Five Great Louisiana Photo-ops

These vantage points are the backdrops for pictures worth a thousand words (but free).

Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

Jackson Square in the New Orleans French Quarter.

An interesting product of personal electronic device technology and social media is a renewed common interest in photography. In the past, one’s desire was often offset by costly investments in cameras and equipment, film and processing to populate a rarely-seen photo album. Today’s process is cheap and easy: Point, click, upload and await comments, likes and shares.

As you plan your Louisiana getaway, here are some best (and free) bets for spicing up selfies and fascinating followers:

  • Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Take the steps up from Decatur Street to the wall atop the edge of the Mississippi River. The iconic shot is the silhouette of the bronze-cast hero of the Battle of New Orleans below and between the steeples of St. Louis Cathedral (the U.S.’s oldest).
  • The “alley” at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie. This 1839 antebellum mansion connects to the Mississippi River via an 800-foot-long canopy created by more than two dozen, 300-year-old live oak trees. A great alley photo is found halfway up the river’s levee. Look for the slightly cratered spot in the earth with trampled grass.
  • The Louisiana State Capitol’s observation deck in downtown Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s 34-story capitol is the U.S.’s tallest, and the 27th floor’s open deck offers birds-eye views of the 30-acre Capitol Gardens, a statue marking Capitol patriarch Governor Huey P. Long’s gravesite and the commerce inside one of the North America’s busiest ports.
  • Statues of Elvis Presley, James Burton and Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. The three innovators in American music with ties to the immediate area are within walking distance in downtown Shreveport. The local Louisiana Hayride live concert radio show in the 1950s launched Presley’s career, and statues of him and longtime bandmate (and Shreveport native) Burton are outside the show’s venue, the Municipal Auditorium. Lead Belly, a Mooringsport native and a pioneer in Southern Delta blues, is commemorated outside the Caddo Parish Courthouse on Texas Street.
  • Colorful sunsets above flooded cypress and lowland tree stands at Lake Martin and Toledo Bend Reservoir. Access Lake Martin off Louisiana Highway 31 just south of Breaux Bridge. The best bets for Toledo Bend photos are in the towns of Logansport and Zwolle, at La. Hwy. 6’s lake crossing and at South Toledo Bend State Park west of Anacoco.
Don't forget to tag your photos on social media with #OnlyLouisiana.