South Beach | Miami Beach, Florida | January 21st, 2022

Miami Beach, Florida | January 21st, 2022

Places Photos
January 21st, 2022

It’s good to do another photo essay.

On January 21st, I found myself in South Florida to photograph a wedding the next day in Fort Lauderdale. With a bit of free time on my hands, I hopped in my rental car and drove about 30 miles south to a place I couldn’t resist visiting.

Miami Beach and, specifically, South Beach.

Since I don’t know if and when I’ll ever be back in the region, I wanted to make the most out of the visit and take in all the sights I could, especially the Art Deco architecture.

My visit started at South Pointe Park, which is located at the tip of the South Beach neighborhood. It offers one a view of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, it’s a great place to start a journey predicated on taking photographs.

I walked along South Pointe Park and then started to head north up the famous Ocean Drive in South Beach. This is the home of many famous Art Deco hotels and structures, and I had a field day trying to photograph them all.

The colors and beauty of the buildings were so wonderful to witness in person. It was also a welcome challenge trying to frame things just right to add the proper emphasis and presence of the structures. I legit could have spent way more time photographing the area than I actually did.

Time was also spent documenting people walking up and down Ocean Drive, enjoying time on the beach, and the massive cargo ships coming in from the Atlantic and entering the Port of Miami. As you can see, Miami Beach and South Beach are bastions of activity at all times.

After a delicious dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab, I lingered about South Pointe Park once more to witness the sunset in Miami Beach. It was a great way to end a visually beautiful day.

My editing approach for these photos was to really bring out the mood of South Beach and Miami Beach through the colors present. I went with an edit based on Cinestill film and then did some tweaking from there. I wanted big bold colors to fully represent the “Vice City” aspect of things while also maintaining a hazy and laid-back feeling at the same time.

Because of the beach and ocean setting, I really wanted the greens and blues to have an emphasis throughout the photos. Because it’s Miami, orange also was a prominent color choice in some of the photos as well.