8 Favorite Photo Spots Around New Orleans

New Orleans as a shutterbug’s dream

New Orleans has long been a dream spot for photographers, from locals to tourists.  It delights sightseers with a mix of old and new world architecture, a unique culture and even some surprising nature spots for the adventurous.  Here are a few, which I have numbered in keeping with the top 8 theme.  Truthfully, it is tough to pic a favorite vantage point when backdrops abound in virtually every corner of our city.

8. The Crescent City Connection serves as a frame for the New Orleans skyline at twilight.


7. Each spring, for a short window of time, azaleas bloom and make for a nice accent along the St. Charles Streetcar line.


6. A long exposure blurs the subjects in this classic view of Bourbon Street at twilight.


5. One of my favorite photo spots, and slightly off the beaten path, New Orleans West End is reflected in the predawn light.


4. New Orleans can easily be underrated as a spot for birdwatching. Although it looks as though this brown pelican powered into flight in the far away marsh, I actually took the shot at New Orleans City Park.


3. New Orleans is home to Bayou Sauvage, the 23,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge in the East. It ranks as one of the country’s largest refuges within the limits of a city. Here, an exotic roseate spoonbill is reflected in the morning light.


2. No photo album of iconic New Orleans can be complete without a snap of the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Renovated a couple of times over the years, the dome has outlived a number of stadiums built years after it opened in 1975.


1. With Jackson Square still in the shadows, St. Louis Cathedral basks in golden light just after sunrise on an otherwise cloudy morning.

John Snell is an anchor and reporter at FOX 8. Check out his Facebook page for more photography and his latest travels.