The Natchez paddleboat docked on the Mississippi just behind the French Quarter at dawn.

The Natchez Paddleboat at Sunrise

This was one of the first “good” shots I ever got, when I first moved here. It was dumb luck that I went out early that morning, before sunrise, and the Natchez was docked in the right place, at the right time, with the sun rising behind it and fog on the water. I’ve tried several times since then to go out there and grab a shot with my better camera, now that I know a little more about what I am doing (one hopes), but so far, I’ve run into an amazing number of obstacles. Fog down on the water isn’t that common, and the last time I managed to get over there on a foggy morning, there was some sort of 5K run on the RiverWalk, and the organizers had the Natchez completely roped off where I couldn’t get the shot without the orange cones and runners in the photo. Good lesson for grabbing what you can with whatever equipment you have handy.

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