Art Zdanowski's prize-winning photograph of the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower has been added to the city's permanent art collection.
Zdanowski, whose professional name is ArtZ, donated "Laguna Guardian" to the city at the Aug. 16 City Council meeting. The black-and-white photograph shows the tower under a spectacular cloudy sky.
"I waited eight months for the right cloud formation," Zdanowski told the council.
The wait, which began in October of last year, ended on May 8 when he finally captured on camera the vision he had "in his mind's eye."
"At that time I was learning the photographic technique known as 'HDR' (high dynamic range), which is the digital version of the 'Zone System' created and used by Ansel Adams," Zdanowski said. "I applied HDR by taking the image of the lifeguard tower with nine different exposures and used special software to combine the exposures to get the resulting image."
Zdanowski was introduced to the council by Alan Boinus, a 22-year Laguna Beach resident and neighbor of the photographer.