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Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour – cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf

Making expressive travel photographs while on tours, cruises, and other forms of travel where large groups of other people are involved can offer both benefits and drawbacks. Our logistics are made easier, we know exactly where we are going to be shooting, and we may often obtain special access to places where we otherwise could not easily go. On the other hand, whenever a bus load of tourists descend upon a given place, our shooting time will necessarily be limited, and we may often miss out on the best light of day.

I recently joined nearly 100 other passengers on an eleven-day small ship cruise that took me down the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico. The cruise ended in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I spent an additional two days shooting on my own. I made about 5,000 images on this journey and post 68 of them here. In this gallery I hope to demonstrate that it is very possible to make expressive images even when being herded by guides from place to place, room to room, and garden to garden. I will often point out the conditions under which I made my images, and explain what I did in order to make the best out of what often confronted me in terms of photographic conditions.

As usual, I offer this gallery in blog style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see the image in full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions and will be delighted to respond.