One of my favorite parts of New Orleans was going to Lafayette Cemetery, which is locoed in the Garden District. For anyone going to New Orleans and wanting to see the St. Louis Cemetery 1 in Jackson Square, as of March 1 you have to have a tour guide and the one we inquired about was $26 a person!!! We didn’t know this until we’d walked clear over to it from Jackson Square. Being hot and a little tired, we weren’t exactly keen on searching for one and got on the Hop On Hop Off buss right there.

We really wanted to see a cemetery, and so we thought we’d research the other free ones later. As luck would have it, we chatted with a cute little family who were going to the Lafayette Cemetery the next day. When I looked it up, it was just a few blocks from our hotel!

So we opted to go at 8 a.m. the next morning and it couldn’t have been any better. We literally had the place to ourselves except a couple people. It was cool, it was shady, it was empty….sweet! The St. Louis one was crowded, no shade, mid-day….so our serendipitous trip to Lafayette was doubly delightful.


Lesson Learned (or so I hope)

But here’s the lesson I’ve learned. I have a tendency to set a low aperture number on my  camera thinking I’ll get a more artistic shot that way as well as I feel like the lighting will be better in shaded spots. I need to remember to NOT do this in every situation because in a place like the cemetery, it should be more in focus across the board. If I need to, I should set a little higher ISO to compensate. And it seems like it looks good on that little screen. Ohhhh…why must I learn these things the hard way.

Let’s see if I can smack that into my brain.

Here’s one of my favorite shots…even if it isn’t 100% sharp across the board. (The middle is sharp. I am kind of kicking myself.) I played with it and got three color choices.

Which do you prefer?

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