South Beach

Florida Photo Caravan: Finale

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I'm kinda down tonight . . . already missing my newfound friends (as well as old friends) on my Florida Photo Caravan.

Today we had out last shoot.... model on the beach. Above is my favorite shot from our last shoot, below is another "Behind the Scenes by Susan" shot.

I enhanced my image with the Midnight filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro.  More on my plug-ins here.

I will miss you all! Hope to see you again real soon.

Scroll down to see previous posts from the road.

Catch you later,

Florida Photo Caravan 12th Shoot: South Beach

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We're still in South Beach - making pictures after sunset.

The idea here was to use a wide-angle lens to get the entire scene in focus, and to choose an aperture of f/22 to create the starburst effect on points of light.

Choosing a low shooting angle added to the impact of this photograph.

I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 17mm lens for this shot. To see all my gear, click here.

Scroll down to see previous posts from the road.

I hope to see you on a future workshop.

Explore the light,

Florida Photo Caravan 11th Shoot: South Beach Sunrise

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This morning I helped the workshop participants makes pictures. I used a hose from the Avalon hotel to wet down the street to create some nice reflections. I also suggested using Topaz Adjust/ Spicify to make the images pop.

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Above is my original image.

For info on Topaz, check out my plug-ins page. Save a bundle on a Topaz Bundle while you are there.

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Speaking of Topaz Ajdust, I also suggested using some of the effects on some of our sunrise shots. Above I used the Venice Painting effect.

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Above: Exposure Correction effect.

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Above: original lack-luster image.

I hope to see you on one of my workshops... maybe in Florida in 2013.

Explore the light,

Florida Photo Caravan 10th Shoot: South Beach

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Last night's South Beach shoot started with the focus on nighttime photography.

I encouraged the students to work with reflections, as illustrated above.

– The best time for nighttime photography is actually not at night, but at dusk, when lights come on and when there is still a bit of light in the sky.
– Use a sturdy tripod and a ball head for maximum flexibility.
– Go wide when it comes to lenses. (See all my gear here.)
– Use a low ISO to minimum noise.
– To streak tail lights, experiment with different slow shutter speeds, maybe between 5 and 20 seconds.
– Watch for noise and reduce it in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
– Watch out for cars! Safety first.

Explore the light,

Thursday's Travelogue: Miami's Sizzling South Beach

This is part of a series I run here on my blog: Thursday's Travelogue. This week: Miami's South Beach - which is one of the stops on my January 2012 Florida Photo Caravan.

Here are some links to some of my previous South Beach posts:
South Beach Sunrise Shoot
Quick Tips for Nighttime Shooting
Work with Reflections

South Beach is grrrrreat for HDR! All these images are HDR.

 For discounts on the HDR programs I use, Photomatix and Nik HDR Efex Pro, click here.

Explore the light,

P.S. See past travelogues below:
Mt. Rainier
St. Augustine
Bosque del Apache

Mono Lake