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A watch tower on Miami Beach at dawn.
The aim of the photo was to capture one of the many Lifeguard watch towers on the beach before it was populated by the rich and beautiful. In fact at that time I had to weave around the many homeless who sleep on The Beach.
Single exposure image, shot in RAW with a few tweaks in Adobe RAW.
(take 6 hours off time, 1 for DST and 5 for Miami time)
Comments and advice most welcome,
Thanks for looking,

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Jan 2012 - 12:26 PM
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Watchful Dawn
Username:iancrowson iancrowson
Uploaded:3 Jan 2013 - 1:11 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Transport
VS Mode Rating 103 (61.54% won)
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Lovely composition and superb light

banehawi Critique Team 111263 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3285 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 5:03 PM

I knew this was yours when I saw the thumbnail. Its really good; that long exposure has provided a nice warm light on the back of the Lifeguard tower. The ships anchored on the horizon a nice added touch.

Good job,


paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 7:18 PM

First rate well managed image. Just leave as is.


widtink  3406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 8:13 PM

Cracker love the light and the twinkling of the boats adds alot to the overall image Smile Nice compo aswell


3 Jan 2013 - 9:38 PM

Love it! I recognised it instantly! Such rich colours Ian.

zazzycat  9 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 - 10:26 PM

Hi, my cyber buddy! Just a wonderful image: such deep, rich colours and wonderfully sharp detail - and so glad I'm not the only one in love with sunsets and skies! It's perfect as it is - but you could try and just lighten up the front woodwork on the lifeguard tower just a tad. Only sorry I couldn't give you a vote on this one!

4 Jan 2013 - 3:47 AM

Quote: but you could try and just lighten up the front woodwork on the lifeguard tower just a tad

I agree so I've uploaded a mod to show this



Thanks everyone for comment and suggestions.
How did you lighten the tower?

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