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Six Flags New Orleans: Star Trails

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A star trails photo of the ferris wheel at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park.

10-22mm, 10 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 100

This is easily one of the most difficult and most rewarding star trails photo I've done. I was shooting through a thick haze of 42ºC humidity and fighting the light pollution of New Orleans to the west. The bugs were overwhelming as well. All of this was worth it, to get a star trails photo in one of the top abandoned locations in North America!

Six Flags New Orleans sits on the eastern end of New Orleans. It was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina and has sat abandoned ever since. The park sat in brackish flood waters for over a month, causing 80% damage to the structures and rides, rendering most of them unsalvageable.