Marianne Barnhardt  

DejaBrew by Marianne Barnhardt

October 2020 - DejaBrew

About the Image(s)

Resized in Photoshop
Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS
ISO 125. 75mm. f4. 1/60 sec

First weekend of Quarantine that people began to take a chance going out. This guy lived around the corner of this coffee place and came here every day. He parked himself 12 feet away from everyone and stayed incognito because even though it was ok to be out you were seen as going against social protocol. And since that day.....history continues to be made.

12 comments posted

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Good eye to see this man social distancing. Tells a story. Did you get his permission before making the shot? Looks like he lowered his mask to sip coffee. Nice street shot, well done with good composition, tonality and, sharpness. A slight crop off the right side is my only thought for improvement. Yea, you got the resizing down pat. Good work.   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:52:46
Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Thank you so much! I actually did get his permission. He was very kind. Thanks for the suggestion.
Marianne   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:11:34

Albert Lee   Albert Lee
I love the way you converted this picture in monochrome. Great composition, exposure and tonal range. By putting the darks (the man's jacket is dark enough and still show some details) and the whites (on the man's hand with the coffee cup) on the main subject provides excellent contrast and greatly enhanced the photo. By the way, did you ask permission before or after taking the photo?   Posted: 10/05/2020 15:12:29
Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Thank you. It was a difficult shot because there were only two people there. He and I. So I really couldnt just take a shot without asking. I know he wanted his privacy so I couldnt ask him to do anything else. He did pull down his scarf and agreed to take the photo. It was classic to the time and that day in particular in Carytown.   Posted: 10/08/2020 13:46:15

Geoff Shaw   Geoff Shaw
Hi Marianne

This image works well in Mono. It worries me that the subject does not appear to have a face mask, which is the norm here in Australia. It looks like you have applied some softening/defocus effect but it is patchy and does not look natural to me. Because of all the criss-crossing bars on the chairs and tables, all at different focal distances, this is a very challenging image for that sort of adjustment. I wonder if you can focus attention on the man and de-emphasise the other features using adjustments lighting and tone. I had a quick play in PS to see if that might work... what do you think?   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:43:24
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Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
This was a very unusaul shot. Firstly because we were the only two on the whole street. Secondly, because he was kind enough to allow me to take a photo. The patchy look was because I was shooting rapidly without setting up the shot, I really was trying for the mood. So when I went in to give it some depth I didnt have all the tools to use. I like what you did in Photoshop. I have only been using photoshop for a year. This was several programs together. I am a beginner at post production. Very good points I will take into consideration next time.
Thank you
Marianne   Posted: 10/08/2020 13:49:44

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
I agree with Geoff I think the f4 putting some chairs in and out of focus disturbs the image, pity you could not have moved the chair in front of him. If you are asking permission to take the shot you could ask if you could move the chair. Just a thought for another time. The empty chairs otherwise add to the story, which is very much of our time. Good capture.   Posted: 10/07/2020 22:17:57
Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Jill, Thank you. I agree. Most of the blur was because of movement and I did remove several things from the original. I need to be more precise and not panic when someone says ok. I didnt want to infringe on his space when it was an unusal situation. Thanks again. Marianne   Posted: 10/08/2020 13:51:56

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I think you have done a good job telling a story with this image. I do agree that the chair in the foreground is distracting. Jill made a good point about moving the chair and I think if the lower left were darkened as Geoff did the image might be stronger. All in all a very nice image.   Posted: 10/12/2020 06:12:45
Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Thank you Lou. I appreciate all the advice.
Marianne   Posted: 10/17/2020 14:12:03
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks. Other than darkening the "lower right" not left I would leave the overall exposure as you have it. Sorry about getting my left and right confused.   Posted: 10/17/2020 16:29:52
Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
No worries I am dyslexic. Worked out perfectly.   Posted: 10/18/2020 09:30:35


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