It was so nice to escape the winter in Toronto and head down to Miami with Sheena last week. The weather was amazing and it felt like it has been forever since we could open the door in the morning and step outside for a walk without having to put any thought into it (like, where did I put my hat and gloves and if I need to shovel the stairs). I also realized that we skipped out on the last week of winter because it was the beginning of spring when we arrived back. I did have a lot of debate whether or not to bring my camera since we were trying to go on a vacation, but in the end, the camera won. And, obviously, I couldn't have just taken a plain old camera, which mean I needed to bring my flash, some wireless triggers and other things that were probably unnecessary, but it was worth it. Hitting South Beach was amazing - not just the beaches and patios - but the original Art Deco scene that defines the city. I absolutely love the distinct lines and curves the seem to form a perfect relationship with the vibrant colours that line each street. I found that taking pictures of South Beach was more about finding angles and contrasts rather than simply taking pictures of buildings which was quite easy. Since we normally photograph people 99% of the time, I told myself that I would shoot more abstractly this time and sought out contrasts between buildings, shadows, lines and patterns - no people (other than the couple in the image of the tables at the restaurant below).
The images below will be featured at The Last Drop Cafe in Toronto where they can also be purchased. If you're in the east end of the city, I highly advise you to stop by and grab a cup of coffee there.
As great was the time we had, we were so happy to return to Toronto and get ready for the first wedding of 2011 coming up this Sunday. Enjoy!