Stay off my sh*t

(click to see a larger dumpster with a beautiful black border)

I shot this during my HDR Workshop back in February. I just love what the 50mm 1.4 does on a full frame with that wide aperture. No Focal Point or any other Photoshop effect for the depth of field…just good ol’ f/2.0.

Graffiti can either be awesome or, most of the time, just plain and basically ugly. It’s rare to find something that is just pure art out here. This is really nothing awesome, but the inspiration for the title of this post made me laugh. Kind of curious why the person wrote it. Did someone overwrite his previous crappy graffiti? Or does he perhaps sleep in the dumpster?

(exif: canon 5d eos mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.0, iso 100)


  • J Howe

    I got a laugh out of this one, it’s often the little things that can make a mundane subject more interesting and that little bit of text really makes the shot. I like the processing on this one as well.

  • Dave

    Agreed. Full frame + 50 1.4 = Awesome, and you’ve certainly illustrated that here. Love the warm tones too, outstanding work.

  • Chris Nitz

    This made me laugh. Those graffiti artist can be so territorial. Love the processing Mr. Mike!

  • Kristi Hines

    Wow, that is a nice focal effect. Makes me want a prime lens even more now!

  • Jesse

    Its clearly his home. Love the end of the world type feel and that delicious depth.

  • Justin

    Love that focal length! Great find, and funny insight. Thanks!

  • A.Barlow

    I like the warm tonal treatment you gave to this.

    Add this shot to the examples of why those 50mm primes are so awesome.

  • Chris Frailey

    I remember you shooting this Mike. It turned out great.

  • Jim Denham

    Dig the composition and the processing Mike, and I love the 50mm. It’s by far my favorite lens! Good work bud!

  • Jim Nix

    hehe great find and title, well processed Mike! Jim

  • Brian Furbush

    Made me laugh – nice processing and shot Mike.

  • Jason Hines

    Haha. Couldn’t help but laugh, maybe he does sleep in a dumpster. Beautiful DOF.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome DoF! Love the scene and the processing.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    I actually snarfed out loud when I got to your post this morning Mike, thanks for the laugh and the smile! I, too, love the fast 50… just still getting the full hang of ours. This photo is absolutely fan-flippin-tastic my friend, I LOVE it!

  • Scott Frederick

    I won’t go anywhere near your sh*t! 🙂 Love this shot Mike!

  • Scott Wood

    Great shot Mike. I am so wanting to get to full frame. Having spent so many years shooting film I truly do miss the perspective that full frame gives.

  • Ryan Sexton

    Nice shot Mike great use of DOF without doing it in post.

  • Thomas

    When graffiti is used like that it is pretty cool and funny, but most of the time it is just ugly and destructive I think.