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Miami Sunrise in Fall | by David Pulgar
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Miami Sunrise in Fall

I must say that having fished Project 365 makes me feel much more liberated. Posting one photo a day had the desired effect of making me more sensitive to what makes a good picture. With limited time to shoot, I had to instantly recognize an interesting composition, take the photo and make edits to post by end of day. Sometime the shot looked great, other times they were terrible.


Now that I'm not constrained to post one photo a day, I can put a little more thought and effort into each post. I can take all the time editing I want, post text with each photo, and even tag my images. Those are all things that were impossible to do during Project 365.Why? Well, I take a train two hours to get to my job. Work from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and return home on another 2 hour ride. Needless to say that doesn't leave much for extracurricular activities. Factor in grad school and free time is almost nonexistent.


But that's why I love photography. Unlike my other hobbies (music and martial arts) it's something I can do on my own time and at my own pace. This photo is testament to that. It's an HDR I created from a single exposure. The image was taken while on my way to visit my dad at the hospital. It was around 7 a.m. and the sun was just starting to burn through the dense rainclouds in the sky.


During the fall and winter, South Florida has the perfect climate. This morning was one of the first cool, non-humid days of the season. It made me want to capture this particular sunrise even more, so I pulled over next to the airport, found a spot between these two lines of CSX rail and clicked away.


It took a bit of post production to get the image perfect. I used HDR Expose to merge my shots and process the multiple exposures but that wasn't enough. My sky was still blown out after the fact. I was able to regain the yellow and orange hues I saw that morning with a little of Photoshop magic. Tweaking the -2 and -4 EV versions of my photo gave the desired effect. The result is this, a photograph that looks like what my eyes saw on that amazing morning.



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Taken on October 14, 2010