I shot this photos one week before Hurricane Irma hit Naples Florida. We had no idea the devastation that Hurricane Irma would leave, we knew it was coming, but we did not know it was going to hit the West Coast of Florida.
I have been to Naples million time, however, this time felt different, it felt special. The day started by riding airboats in the Everglades national park, and it ended up at the beautiful Naples Pier.
The photography gods were with us that evening, making sure we captured the perfect sunset before the hurricane hit.
Hurricane Irma left a bit of destruction behind. From a lot of trees all over the place to boats, I mean lots of boats. The Miami waters look like a Hollywood set from a Sci-fi movie.
I have visited a lot of marinas in the past couple days, and all of them have boats all over the place. Talking to the workers there were a lot more boats before as the owners and insurance companies have been showing up to salvage what is left of their vessels.
I shot these at a marina close to my house. There are so many boats here and these are some of the leftover damage. I shot all these with my Mavic Pro and I edited them with my DJI Lightroom Presets, the Coastal Preset to be exact.
Looking at these photos makes me a bit sad, what once was someone’s dream to have an incredible boat, is now just litter in the ocean… A reminder of the power mother nature carries.
It has been a very hectic 9 days. We have been preparing for hurricane Irma and after it hit we are preparing to be normal once again. It has been hard here in Miami. We lost running water, power, and internet of course.
Miami looked like a ghost town, everyone was hiding out, once the storm got here we sat for 12 hours waiting for the rage to pass. A minute felt like an eternity, we couldn’t leave, just sit in silence with mother natures roar outside the window. Waiting was the only option.
Once the storm finally passed people headed out the-the streets, we were in shock, there were trees and trash all over the streets, around every corner in Miami.
People started to get frustrated, there was no water (running or drinking) and with no power, there was no place to go cool off too. It was terrible and people started to lose it. Slowly power began to come back, and neighborhoods started to get cleaned up, it’s a process that is still going on but people are much more relaxed now. Here is how my day went.
I woke up bright and early to see what had happened in Miami after the Hurricane Irma paid a visit with winds if the excess of 100 MPH. This was a crazy and very tense experience. I am very happy to tell you that the damages were not as devastating as they could have been.
I am also very happy that I am able to write this post so you can read it. After experiencing this insane Hurricane named Irma, I was happy to see the streets were no longer flooded and clean up started immediately.
Here are some of the images and video I was able to capture this morning. I am safe and can now say I have experienced mother nature in full force.
As the sky closed in and a light breeze started, we know what was about to unfold. Now the sun is out the skies are clear, as if nothing ever happened.
Miami will never forget such an event and will come back stronger than ever. Stay strong Miami.
Hurricane Irma is here. I have been hiding indoors for 6 hours. The storm is so crazy insane, the entire state of Florida is stuck in a wind tunnel. There is a lot of damage from what I can see in through the balcony. The entire building is shaking all you hear is the roar of mother nature. Cranes are falling down streets are flooded, mass chaos and destruction is happening as I write this post. Here are some images and some footage of the early stages of Hurricane Irma.