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Wynwood Art District: Miami!

Oh, Miami!

Summer vacation this year was wonderful, as always, with family time in Fort Lauderdale, beach mornings, relaxing with loved ones, going on adventures, and enjoying favorite restaurants.

We had first visited the Wynwood Art District in Miami two years ago when we first learned about it, but it was so painfully hot and humid that day that we didn’t end up using the good camera – we just snapped a few phone shots while we tried not to melt in the South Florida heat.

But this summer we went back again, and with a mission this time! We had decided that the only way to really capture how amazing these walls are was to use the good camera. We also decided that we wanted to go down first thing in the morning, before the scorching sun was too high in the sky causing harsh shadows and unflattering light. We ended up being SO glad that we made that choice, because when we arrived around 8:00 in the morning it was cloudy and there was even some wind from an incoming storm that blew through, cooled things down, and left as quickly as it came!

This first (black and white) wall was one I’d fallen in love with two years ago when we visited but did not take any photos there because, well, again, the HEAT! I was so thankful this building hadn’t changed in two years because I really wanted photos there, and I couldn’t love these more! We wanted to travel light, so we just brought our 5D Mark III Canon camera body with a 24mm 1.4 lens ¬†for the wide shots and an 85mm 1.2 for the tighter shots.

Unfortunately, a couple of my favorite walls from two years ago had been painted over by other artists, which is the intention of the art district. The area is always evolving, so if you love a wall and you’re in Miami, get a photo of it before it is transformed into a different piece of art! But the beauty of this ever-changing area is that some of the walls in the photos below were new to us, and we found some extra special gems that we NOT present two years ago!

 

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