I recently had the opportunity to return to Miami for a day. Unfortunately we were booked out at a hotel by the airport. As this was a ‘day off’ I was only traveling with my Canon 28-300mm lens (B&H). While it has a great range for travel, I would have preferred a wider angle to capture the shot below – I would have liked to have gotten in front of the newspaper boxes, the electrical box, the trash can and the fire hydrant. I toyed with the idea of cloning them out but decided it wasn’t worth the time. The image below is an HDR of three frames with a four EV range. I was fortunate that the two guys under the awning didn’t move between frames so I didn’t have to deal with any ghosting. It took a while and a few series to get a clean view with nobody walking or driving through the frame. I was inspired to take this series by a picture hanging in our hotel room. I’ll post the then-and-now of that image later since it was towards the southern end of Ocean Drive and the Betsy Ross is at the north end. I couldn’t really decide which I liked better, the color or black and white version I made so I posted both. A cop-out I know, but my inspiration image was a black and white. Oh, and given a free choice between staying at the Betsy or out at the airport again, I’d most certainly take the Betsy!
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Richard Davis – Photographer
Richard Davis is an International Photographer based in Katy, Texas. Katy, a former rice farming community and oilfield, is now more commonly viewed as a suburb 25 miles west of Houston.
Originally from Swindon in England, from an early age Richard wanted to travel. With a degree in Geophysics, he entered the oil exploration industry which, over the next 11 years, took him to live and work in Libya, South Africa, Brunei, Libya (again), Tunisia, Dubai, and Oman.
A change of track then brought him to the United States to lead a hazardous waste remediation project and that led into an IT Management career. While in Houston he met and married his wife, Karen. Richard's IT Management career took them to Paris, France, where they lived for two years before returning to Houston in early 2000.
In addition to his library of slide and print images from around the world, Richard went fully digital in 2006 when Canon introduced the EOS 5D and has continued to extend his digital image library. He uses a range of cameras but his current favorite remains the Canon EOS 5D Mk II.
Richard takes on a broad range of subjects and his images have appeared in corporate publications, local magazines and various web sites.
Richard lives with his wife Karen, of Karen Davis Design, and their two children (and 3 fish).