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Old June 28th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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MIAMI - The Magic City

I thought I'd put a few of my Miami photographs out there that I've been taking over the last year or so, although most are from a walk I took in and around Downtown Miami yesterday (Saturday) morning.

Downtown Miami itself is regularly bashed, but it's really not that bad and has improved a lot over the last 5 years or so that I've lived here. A lot of new skyscrapers have shot up and the area is gradually becoming a lot cleaner, greener and more liveable. In fact, Downtown Miami has a lot of potential and will most likely continue to improve.

I will be taking/adding many more photos of other parts of Miami-Dade County to this thread in time (including the more 'famous' parts such as South Beach).

Anyway, here goes....my first batch of photographs from in/around Downtown Miami:


From Saturday June 27, 2009

























































From February 2008:














.....more to follow.
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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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Excellent photos! Thank you for posting them.
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Old June 28th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #3
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Brickell Financial District

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Many thanks....

Here are a few more anyway (from yesterday) of the Brickell Financial District, along with a couple taken from the Rickenbacker Causeway. I also took a few shots of the Four Seasons Hotel, which at 789 feet / 240 meters is currently the tallest building in Miami:

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Old June 29th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #4
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Magic city!
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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Great buildings. I wish you had gotten more street life though, I think that's where Miami is most powerful.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #6
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nice thread, but why no night shots?

i want to see miami sizzilin at night, PLEASE!!!
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Old June 29th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #7
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I hear ya both, but you have to take the following points into consideration:

1) Street life - Downtown Miami isn't quite the ghost town that it once was, but it does lack an abundance of street life (especially during the weekend). If I worked downtown, I would probably have taken those shots midweek, preferably during lunchtime.

2) Night shots - I love 'em too, but I wouldn't have felt safe enough at night in many of those areas I walked with ease during the day. Besides, the skyline itself is amazing at night, but downtown isn't vibrant at night (yet) and is a whole different kettle of fish to Miami Beach.

3) Lastly, we're currently in our "wet" season (hurricane season), so it's often more challenging taking photos after a certain time, because the rain can come out of nowhere and when it rains here, it RAINS!

This thread is also meant to show sides of Miami that you wouldn't normally see, outside of the glitz of South Beach.

Anyway, I plan to use this thread to dump all of my future photos of Miami in....whether day or night and from many parts of Miami-Dade County, including South Beach.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #8
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I hear ya both, but you have to take the following points into consideration:

1) Street life - Downtown Miami isn't quite the ghost town that it once was, but it does lack an abundance of street life (especially during the weekend). If I worked downtown, I would probably have taken those shots midweek, preferably during lunchtime.

2) Night shots - I love 'em too, but I wouldn't have felt safe enough at night in many of those areas I walked with ease during the day. Besides, the skyline itself is amazing at night, but downtown isn't vibrant at night (yet) and is a whole different kettle of fish to Miami Beach.

3) Lastly, we're currently in our "wet" season (hurricane season), so it's often more challenging taking photos after a certain time, because the rain can come out of nowhere and when it rains here, it RAINS!

This thread is also meant to show sides of Miami that you wouldn't normally see, outside of the glitz of South Beach.

Anyway, I plan to use this thread to dump all of my future photos of Miami in....whether day or night and from many parts of Miami-Dade County, including South Beach.

yeah i feel you. got to watch yourself when you got expensive gear at night. in houston usually theres enough activity at night on the weekends that you dont have to worry as much, at least now a days.

but good thread. miami looks swank. got lots of friends that would go there for the winter music conference. looks nice. keepem comin yo.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 01:30 AM   #9
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nice shots!
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Old June 30th, 2009, 05:35 AM   #10
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I hear ya both, but you have to take the following points into consideration:

1) Street life - Downtown Miami isn't quite the ghost town that it once was, but it does lack an abundance of street life (especially during the weekend). If I worked downtown, I would probably have taken those shots midweek, preferably during lunchtime.

2) Night shots - I love 'em too, but I wouldn't have felt safe enough at night in many of those areas I walked with ease during the day. Besides, the skyline itself is amazing at night, but downtown isn't vibrant at night (yet) and is a whole different kettle of fish to Miami Beach.

3) Lastly, we're currently in our "wet" season (hurricane season), so it's often more challenging taking photos after a certain time, because the rain can come out of nowhere and when it rains here, it RAINS!

This thread is also meant to show sides of Miami that you wouldn't normally see, outside of the glitz of South Beach.

Anyway, I plan to use this thread to dump all of my future photos of Miami in....whether day or night and from many parts of Miami-Dade County, including South Beach.
is downtown still off limits at night as it used to be?
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Old June 30th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #11
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is downtown still off limits at night as it used to be?
I don't think it's as bad as it used to be, but I don't think I'd feel comfortable walking around there at night. There's a big homeless problem in the city, but I've been informed that they're gradually trying to take care of that, but still...a lot of vagrants.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:04 AM   #12
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Great pics, but where are the people? I know you said there's a lack of streetlife, but still I don't think I've seen an emptier city.

Great thread though!
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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:14 PM   #13
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Many thanks for those Miami photos
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i think we need some sweet east coast sun rise action too.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 10:41 PM   #15
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Stunning photos! I love to see the city at street level. Hopefully it will get as busy as Miami Beach with bars, restaurants and more shops.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 12:24 AM   #16
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Great pics of the most latin city in the US!!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #18
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@ Diskojoe
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I hear ya both, but you have to take the following points into consideration:

1) Street life - Downtown Miami isn't quite the ghost town that it once was, but it does lack an abundance of street life (especially during the weekend). If I worked downtown, I would probably have taken those shots midweek, preferably during lunchtime.

2) Night shots - I love 'em too, but I wouldn't have felt safe enough at night in many of those areas I walked with ease during the day. Besides, the skyline itself is amazing at night, but downtown isn't vibrant at night (yet) and is a whole different kettle of fish to Miami Beach.

3) Lastly, we're currently in our "wet" season (hurricane season), so it's often more challenging taking photos after a certain time, because the rain can come out of nowhere and when it rains here, it RAINS!

This thread is also meant to show sides of Miami that you wouldn't normally see, outside of the glitz of South Beach.

Anyway, I plan to use this thread to dump all of my future photos of Miami in....whether day or night and from many parts of Miami-Dade County, including South Beach.

Some interestng perspectives and angles you captured there. I especially liked your capture of 1450 Brickell from that angle in the morning because I'm never up early enough to capture how it looks at that hour. It is indeed something new for me. I also liked your capture of the scale of the Four Seasons. You really gave people a feel for its height in those photos. I also liked your capture of Metrorail entering Government Center Station with the Mint, the Four Seasons, and Espirito Santo beyond.

Brickell Village at night is pretty vibrant. On the weekends, sometimes you'll have at least a 45 minute wait to get a table at one of the restaurants there and the skyline from the South Miami Avenue Bridge is brilliant at night. You can take a walk up there to work up a good appetite for dinner while you're waiting for your table. I'm not too big on night shots myself, but if you want to give it a try, I'll go with you just as a fellow photographer if you'll feel safer. Meantime, I did an aerial shoot in a Cessna yesterday and the results are on my QuantumPX thread.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 06:42 AM   #19
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Miami is indeed very cool and unique. Regards.
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