Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Miami Graffiti by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

November 2020 - Miami Graffiti

November 2020 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

Some time ago, a friend and I decided to do Miami Graffiti. The artistic skill and color blending of each mage by the artist, is truly something to admire… Considering this image as ‘street photography’, it required little manipulation. I Content-Ware the truck on the left, cropped some from the top and right side. I did not want to eliminate the top, because it is part of the scene, but toned it down to make it less noticeable. I did not crop the bottom, so that the eye has a longer leading line to the man on the bike and the Graffiti. I wonder what your approach would have been.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I really like this image and the way you have composed it with the bicycle rider moving into the photograph. This draws you in and the colorful graffiti keeps you there. It's truly unfortunate that that traffic sign had to be smack dab in the middle of the image because my eye tends to want to go there and stay there. I think I may have cropped a little bit farther on the right to eliminate that pole. It would make the eye clear of obstruction right into the color and action.   Posted: 11/09/2020 10:32:23

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Nice enhancing of the colors. I agree with Al about the sign - tried removing it and cropping the pole out.   Posted: 11/09/2020 11:46:04
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Al & Marti, I considered removing the pole and the sign, but at the same time I felt that they are part of the scene. Marti, you did a good job, but too tight on the right.   Posted: 11/12/2020 13:55:15

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Nicely composed, especially with the bike rider drawing the eye into the frame and then the road carrying it through. I also agree with both Al and Marti about the sign being distracting. I'm like Al -- that's where my eye first went and stayed. I like Marti's work to remove it. I feel it makes for a stronger image. Great colors!   Posted: 11/09/2020 14:05:56

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
I think the sign is a part of the story -- you have the rider entering a do not enter zone. Perhaps crop out some of the bottom to give the rider a more prominent place in the composition.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:20:59

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree with the others about the Do Not Enter sign. I feel that it interrupts the flow of the graffiti too much. The other elements - the pole and the "stuff" above the wall - add to the story. And you have given the rider some space to move in to. That is some amazing graffiti!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:35:14

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
This is a great street image. I did take it into photoshop and did a content aware fill action, not only on the sign but on that heavy pole on the extreme right as well. I hope I didn't overdo it.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:51:27
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Beverly, no, it is not overdone. I like your version more, because it leaves more room on the right of the rider.   Posted: 11/12/2020 13:56:38

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I feel this image can tell two different stories. One the way you have it and one without. My choice is the one without the Do Not Enter sign. I like the cropped version Marti added, but I would saturate the colors a bit more as Beverly did in her image.

How ironic two images submitted this month were graffiti. I think we should have an assigned month of Graffiti!!   Posted: 11/12/2020 09:39:54
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Noted ..on the theme   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:03:32

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
In general all good comments and thank you for your appreciation.   Posted: 11/12/2020 13:59:47