One of the best ways to capture these large vessels is to get onto the waterway itself. There are various short cruisers, such as the Natchez or the Creole Queen, which will navigate close to some of the very large crude carriers or the large grain carriers anchored in the channel awaiting Port entry. Getting down to the waterline on these cruisers provides a great opportunity to shoot these vessels as they navigate or ride the choppy wave conditions that are often observed on the river.
Port of New Orleans anchorage
Another way to capture the influence of this majestic river on large vessel is to shoot them making the turn at Algiers, where the high currents will compel the pilot to “drift” into the corner, pushing out the stern as it navigates the very tight and very deep bend. This is particularly obvious with the large cruise ships which will noticeably list to the port as they make their way south to the Gulf of Mexico