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This is how crazy and different New Orleans is.  You’re walking down the street and a Rooster is walking down the sidewalk and crowing louder than hell, and it’s being followed by more chickens.  That alone made me wonder if I was asleep and dreaming or got dosed or something.

Then a sexy chick in yoga clothes pulls up in her car and lets her huge dog out and the dog walks over by the Rooster and sniffs it and the Rooster lets it.  Then the sexy yoga chick starts telling the Rooster, apparently his name is Mr. Happy, she starts telling him that it’s going to rain in a little.

I just stood there thinking “what the fuck?

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the world is waiting for the sunrise - les paul & mary ford ▲ orange colored sky - betty hutton ▲ accentuate the positive - the andrews sisters & bing crosby ▲ you go to my head - larry clinton orchestra & bea wain ▲ when you’re smiling - leftover cuties ▲ it’s a great feeling - doris day ▲ sun valley jump - glenn miller ▲ powder your face with sunshine - kay starr ▲ the sunny side of the street - ella fitzgerald ▲ i want to be happy - nat king cole & lester young ▲ you always hurt the one you love - spike jones ▲ south rampart street parade - dukes of dixieland ▲ smile big - leftover cuties ▲ swinging on a star - bing crosby ▲ the world is waiting for the sunrise - the benny goodman sextet

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Nat Geo Travel contributing photographer Susan Seubert recently went on assignment in Quebec City. We sat down with her to talk about her experience shooting in this historic Canadian city.

Nat Geo Travel: Did you prepare for the Quebec City assignment differently than previous assignments?

Susan Seubert: I try to approach every assignment with the same sort of thorough approach, which is to say that I check the weather averages, look at all the major stock sites,  NGT: It was still a chilly time of year in Quebec City, but you managed to capture people out and about enjoying themselves. How did you approach scenes in Quebec City and work them?

SS: One of the most important ways to approach any assignment is with a positive attitude—even if the odds are stacked against you. In this case, it was the season that was challenging. When the sun comes out in Quebec, so do the people. Since I’m from Portland, Oregon, I understand this very well. When it was raining, I would try to focus on interiors or places where the light wouldn’t be the most important part of the story. I also think that people and food are a great way to emphasize the alluring parts of travel, so if I spotted someone who looked interesting, I would approach them and see how they did in front of a camera.

There are also endless ways to photograph Vieux Quebec—it’s so enchanting with the ramparts and cobblestone streets, the rain would make the city seem dark and mysterious, whereas the sun would make it look like a place where you could sit outside and have a beer.

NGT: You were working the narrow city streets on foot for much of the shoot. Are there unique challenges to photographing a city with a narrow layout and crowded streets?

SS: Some of the narrow streets made for dark shadows when the sun was up. I always find that working at the edges of the day is the best time to make pictures. Early morning and late evening into dusk and beyond always lends itself to good images. Being that far north made for long days, but that’s okay because to me making interesting and beautiful images is my goal.

NGT: What was the most surprising moment of the trip?  

SS: The family restaurant that served raclette. I honestly didn’t think that there would be much authenticity left, given how overpowering the tourist industry in Quebec, but walking into that little café, on a side street with a wonderful family that only spoke French felt so genuine. I loved that!

NGT: What gear did you use?  

SS: Generally I have two cameras—one with a long lens and one with a wider lens. That way I don’t have to think about changing lenses. With this setup I can shoot just about any scene. I also strapped a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod to my back so that I would have it in case I got lost and stayed away from my headquarters at the hotel too long. I do draw attention to myself this way, but in a city like Quebec, it’s not a problem.

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