Lights On The Mississippi

Every once in a while, I like to go out of focus just a bit in a photograph. This one was taken along the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Personally, I like the way the blur blends all the colored lights together from the boat and the bridge to give just an impression of the scene.


Riverboats and lights on the Mississippi River - New Orleans


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Settings: 70mm Focal Length, 1/10 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 400

This is one shot. I was on a tripod and the scene was quite dark. I switched to manual focus and backed it out of focus just enough to make the lights glow a bit, but not enough for the scene to become totally unrecognizable. The post was done completely in Lightroom, simply adding some saturation and correcting the white balance.