New Orleans is a major tourist city and almost always has something going on to drag tourists and locals - in huge numbers - to the French Quarter, Convention Center, or Central Business District. However, sometimes the planets align just right so that with some forethought it is possible to find one or two days each year where the city is deserted. This film was made on such a day - a Tuesday in January with the temperature below 40°F and no special events to attract hordes of tourists, foot, and auto traffic. In fact, for a native New Orleanean like myself these images are just plain spooky. The low temps drove the homeless to the shelters and the Caribbean-blooded locals into warmer environments. Iron benches were chilling and deserted. Even tourists venturing south from the Frozen Tundra of the northern USofA could not get comfortable on this day.

I used two cameras today and hand-held both of them the entire time. My first longboard photo shoot without attaching a camera to the actual deck of the board. I do not know why but managed to get some ground level shots that satisfied my need for highlighting interesting textures and surfaces beneath my wheels.

Of Note: Many of the places I skated today would attract the attention of police and security guards on a "regular" day, not to mention untold thousands of meandering tourists in my way. Those areas include: The Flea/Farmer's Market, Moonwalk, Spanish Plaza, Convention Center, Casino, Royal Street, and Bourbon Street.

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