Motion Study

Mule drawn carriage rolls by on Royal Street.
Mule drawn carriage rolls by on Royal Street.

Seems like I make some of the pictures that I like best on the way to some place else. This is picture was made on Royal Street as we walked back to the car after making all those Harvest Moon lighted pictures. It was one of my last for the night. There were actually a couple of carriages rolling down the street and I just couldn’t resist doing my version of an old, but effective motion study. Somebody asked, on Facebook, if I use a tripod when I shoot this kind of picture. Nope. I depend a lot on my body’s own natural motion to contribute to the painterly feel of the picture. Work at a low enough shutter speed and you can’t help but capture some of that. And, that’s what you are seeing here. Well, partially. Even with a tripod, because of the slow shutter speed needed to work in a pretty dark place, there would still be a lot of motion blur. But, there wouldn’t be a very slight up and down movement that you perceive in this picture.  Yes. I like Royal Street much better than I like Bourbon Street. Even though it still attracts a fair amount of tourists, it is quieter and not quite so honky-tonk. Well. Not at all honk-tonk.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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