Exploring New Orleans

In February 2017, I traveled for the first time to the city of New Orleans in Lousiana. I have never been to this part of the USA, but I got invited by a good friend, which allowed me to experience the unique atmosphere of the dirty south. New Orleans has been through some harsh times with floods and a crumbling economy. Still, the city is prosperous with its cultural scene.

New Orleans is well known for its musical reputation worldwide—the city is built on Jazz. Therefore, every year there are dozens of major festivals. Luckily, I could witness a few events during my stay, and I used these occasions to take a couple of pictures. Please enjoy my best photos of New Orleans, and please feel free to leave me a comment.

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Travel Photography beyond New Orleans

If you like my post about New Orleans and want to start your project like this, please follow my link below. My friends at Pixpa wrote an excellent article featuring how a travel photographer explores different places, people, and cultures to bring viewers the same experience through photographs. Please enjoy!

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Road Trip with Jaskamon through Oregon

My friend Barry has a reggae band called “JaSkaMon,” which makes great music. They already produced 4 CDs, and during my stay in Oregon, I Barry to get his first Music Video. Please check it out.

We went to different locations, foremost around Portland in Oregon, in producing the video. I attended the band’s gigs, but I also went to Mount Helen in Washington. This enormous volcano crater got famous in the 80′ when it produced a tremendous outburst.

I accompanied Barry and the other band members of Jaskamon to a concert in honor of their former drummer Marv Bauer who died just a few weeks ago of an overdose of heroin. Those were my last days in Oregon before I flew to New Zealand to start my next adventure.

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Oregon Road Trip

Run 21 | Oldschool Biker Festival in Otis, OR

In 2014 a biker festival called RUN 21 was held for the first time in Otis. Otis is a tiny community close to Lincoln City in Oregon. So this event was exceptional for this tiny place. The Run 21 Festival attracted hordes of bikers with Harley Davidson motorcycles who suddenly invaded Otis.

The very friendly organizers invited me to take a couple of pictures. There were many unique people and beautifully customized bikes wherever I pointed the camera. It was a photographer’s wet dream. Unfortunately, it was close to sundown when I arrived at the Festival. Still, I could capture some good impressions of the atmosphere and the scene.

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Barry’s Lawn Service | Lincoln City, Oregon

As soon as I got to Lincoln City in Oregon, I had a job as a photographer. Gary’s good friend has a lawn service, and he needed some photos for his website. During this photo session, I had the opportunity to get some more impressions of the Oregon coast.

After work, I went down to the shore and shot more pictures, like people hanging out at the beach and having fun. I even managed to take a photo of a squirrel close to the dunes. Here is the link for Barrys Lawn Service.

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First Impressions of Otis and Lincoln City

Since I was more or less bound to pass by in Oregon, I decided to stay for a couple of weeks on the west coast of the USA.

After getting picked up from the airport in Portland, we went to Otis, a small community close to Lincoln City in Oregon. As soon as I could manage my jetlag, I started to roam around with Gary to get my first impressions of my new context. While Gary Vey showed me his favorite places, I could talk to some strangers. One was a guy traveling the whole west coast of the USA on his bicycle. That impressed me big time, and a vision grew inside of me.

Besides hiking and visiting all major cities around Otis, we made a day trip on a nearby river. We took Berry along, who was the owner of the small raft. This kind of activity is a great thing to do to relax.

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Sublime Photos Of Long Beach, California

I stayed for two nights in Long Beach, which is southwest of Los Angeles. I always wanted to come to this town because of one of my favorite bands called “Sublime.” Well, at least they had been my favorite band back in my teenage years. So, that’s why Longs Beach was an important place to go. I needed to see the Sublime memorial wall and get a general feeling of the local vibe. Even though I had a couple of meetings there, I still had some time to roam around on my bike and take some pictures of the urban California coastline.

The beach is wide and sandy. The photos show the town’s mellow mood—especially in late September when you won’t find too many tourists. So here are some of the best shots from my discovery tour around Long Beach, California. Enjoy!

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San Diego Road Trip Photography | California

Only a few days remained till I met up with Jens in Mexico again. So I hurried up to drive further south to the border. On my way, I crossed San Diego and many other smaller cities. I took out my camera whenever I found some time. Well, that was not the perfect setting for a photographer. Still, I found myself in some situations where it was fun to take a couple of pictures.

On my first evening, when I dropped into a wedding scenery at a beach in San Diego or when I could capture the sundown from Black Mountain. Anyhow—I was eager to get down to Mexico. There I could entirely focus on my photo artwork again.

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Road Trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Early in the morning, I took a trip from Malibu to the Getty Museum on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It is the perfect place to improve my skills as an architectural photographer. The whole facility is a piece of art in itself. You could be there for days, and still, you could discover new angles to take unique pictures. Shooting photos there is a lot of fun.

I had my interpretation of an artistic photo by taking a picture of myself in one of those fancy restrooms. Inside the museum, I could even find an exhibition about photography itself. So this place is perfect for getting inspired and shooting some nice pictures simultaneously.

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Road Trip California Coastline Photography

I proceeded along highway 101 to see the fantastic California coastline passing some beautiful cities like Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Malibu. Every city is unique in its way. I roamed around and took some great photos. Still, I realized that I only got the same themes I could capture with my camera. I am talking about the typical tourist pictures.

From Monterey to Malibu

Monterey Pictures

I found a nice place at the local Golf Club in Monterey to park my camper for free. With this great spot, I was set up to stay a couple of days to relax at the beach and hang out in one of the Vape Shops in town. With some good juice in my pipe, I could discover the shores of Monterey with my camera and its hordes of tourists. From there on, I continued the road along the Big Sur coastline.

Santa Barbara Photography

Finding a parking lot for overnight camping in Santa Barbara is tricky. The spots are expensive along the coastline, or you can’t leave your car there as soon as it gets dark. So I had to find a quiet place in those communities with tiny houses. The beach is long and beautiful, and all around, you can find free showers and restroom facilities.

Malibu Photography

Malibu is a fancy little community north of Los Angels along the California coastline. It is also known from the movie “The Big Lebowski” and “Two And Half Man” TV series – a few associations German travelers like me have when arriving in this town.

Somehow I found a well disclosed little spot right where all those Hollywood stars talk about when they mention on television that they just bought a cozy little place in Malibu. So I managed to have several nights in one of those porch neighborhoods without being detected. After three days, I left because I did not want any fuzz with the Police Chief of Malibu.

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Road Trip Photography Santa Cruz, California

Pictures of Santa Cruz, CA

My next destination was Santa Cruz on the California coast. Time was pressing on my road trip. I had to make a giant leap from Nevada to the sandy beaches of California. Some friends from New Zealand came over to Santa Cruz for a couple of days, and I wanted to meet up with them. That’s why photography was not my immediate plan. I became more of a trucker than a photographer.

From Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz

In Lake Tahoe, I met another friend from my hometown Magdeburg. I crossed Yosemite National Park, a paradise for photographers, but I only managed to get a few quick shots. If you like to take some amazing photos there, I can only recommend that you bring some time along.

In the end, I made it safe and sound to the mecca of skateboarding on the coast of California, where we spent some sunny days surfing and exploring the city with bicycles.

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