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    Posted: 19 May 2020 at 22:22
I took a drive this morning along the Gulf of Mexico in north Florida (U.S.) near where I live. These storm beaten piers remain a constant reminder of the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. Nature's beauty and the results of nature's wrath.

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What's interesting is just how calm and serene the scenes look, in spite of the beaten up piers.

What's also interesting is these images aren't long exposure greyscale.
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Wow - i like the color very much. The first one is a very striking image IMO since it still conveys a sense of violence (probably by the cloth that's hanging on that devastated pier and the red coloring of the water) - which the storm obviously had. The clouds on the horizon almost look as they had been painted - a great image!

Great work! TFS, Roger!
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Very beautiful, especially #1. Surprised that there is so much silt in the water in the foreground, but it adds a lot of interest to this colour image.
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Fantastic images Roger. The first one is (very!) slightly rotated CW while the second one is rotated CCW. But it doesn't bother at all, just an observation. TFS

For me the second one is better. The first looks like a sunny scene with a boardwalk that has been neglected for years. The second one has cooler light and one could get the feeling something happened and everything is getting over it.
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Hi Roger,

These are lovely images capturing the after effect of what was clearly a rather violent event. That people are either accustomed to or resigned to (?) these events shows a resolution in the human spirit that is hard for those of us in much more sheltered locations hard to understand.

Slight subject rotation in both aside, the best of the two, for me, is #1 - and the primary reason is the colour and tones that we see in it. I'm immediately drawn to that lovely gradation between the sandy brown and the blue as we go further into the bay; the change is almost imperceptible but, for me, works so well. And the other bonus is the retainment of the shadow in the shot - that clearly indicates the separation of the pier from the land and really holds the shot in place. Finally - and it's a small point - those two poles to the RHS; so important they are there and that they are clear of the frame edge but not just in isolation. It's a ergat image and a well judged departure from the long exposure B&W we more typically see from you.

For the second, the way the pier is framed touching the frame edge, there is less of a feeling of isolation from the shore in this and, perhaps, less of a feeling of the destruction that has gone before us. It's a strong image for sure, but I feel the first tells us more about the reason why you took it in the first place.

Thanks for sharing these and best regards, Neil.
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Both are beautiful, but another vote for #1 for the light, colours, shadows and compo.
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Thanks all for the comments.

skm.sa100 and owenn01 - Good memory at work for both of you in that I usually do these in black and white for my Aftermath series. I must have been in a more cheerful mood when processing these!

MichelvA - Hurricanes are powerful storms and they can re-shape the landscape, including horizons!      

owenn01 - I have spent 64 of my 74 years in Florida near, but not right on, the coast. Hurricanes can cause substantial devastation inland, especially in states other than Florida where flooding can be the primary concern, but the damage just inland and on the coastline can be staggering. Yet, there is the allure of living on the water that some folks find irresistible. These folks following Michael have shown an incredible spirit; I don't know if I could respond as they have.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2020 at 11:20
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

skm.sa100 and owenn01 - Good memory at work for both of you in that I usually do these in black and white for my Aftermath series. I must have been in a more cheerful mood when processing these!


Roger - sometimes a change in one's style can be even more arresting to the viewer than the image itself.

I also looked at these on my 'usual' monitor again last night and realised that my works screen is a lot less contrasty and lacking in detail compared to what I see on a Mac screen. I like #1 even more on that one!

As for the Human Spirit - I think the last few weeks have told us more about that than we ever thought possible.

Take care and looking forward to more 'lifted spirit' images from you soon!

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#1 has gone (no longer available, it says)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2020 at 20:40
Same with #2
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I see them so, hopefully, it was just a temporary Photobucket issue.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2020 at 21:26
Hi Roger,

I canít see them on my iPhone but they are there on my pc! Seems an odd problem....
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Does anybody see them after they've cleared their cache?
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