Lisa's Pick: A Streetcar in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

I was in New Orleans taking pictures for this blog, trying to capture the atmosphere of the French Quarter. As we were just wrapping up, it started to rain. Taking pictures of a city in the rain is one of my favorite ways to shoot urban environments, so I was pretty happy. I really wanted a picture of a streetcar, and in order to get just the angle and setup I wanted, I had to cross this street and awkwardly hover along the streetcar line probably five times. I'm sure I looked like a crazy person, but I ultimately got what I wanted - the streetcar, the criss-crossing lines of the cables above and the tracks below, and a light dusting of raindrops. Here are my settings:

Camera: Nikon D610

Lens: 50 mm

Exposure: 1/800

ISO: 1000

Aperture: 8

White Balance: Auto

P.S. It starting absolutely pouring very soon after I took this. Just in time!