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South Beach, Florida

A view of Washington Ave and 15th Street in South Beach in Miami. I was there on the day before storm Isaac hit. There was a bit of rain, but nice for walking around with my camera.

 

This is one of my first night photos with my new Canon EFS 15-85 IS. I like the starbursts it makes.

 

I also tried a new workflow for blending shots. I first aligned them in photoshop using auto-align. Then reduced noise using Neatimage and saved as TIF. Then created the HDR in photomatix, turning off alignment and noise reduction, and blended the photos using the Fusion option rather than my usual Details Enhancement. I think the resulting image is sharper and more natural. I postprocessed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex (sunlight, procontrast and graduated filters). Curves, dodging and burning and smart sharpen in PS.

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Taken on August 24, 2012