Marianne Barnhardt  

The Lucky Strike by Marianne Barnhardt

June 2022 - The Lucky Strike

About the Image(s)

The Lucky Strike Shot. This guy just happened to be sitting at this landmark in Richmond when I turned the corner. I backed up and took three shots from my car window. Infared shot. I am happy with the look. Sony a9. Shooting in black and white mode.

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7 comments posted

Beth Payne   Beth Payne
I really like this in black and white. It feels contemplative and calm. Nice shot!   Posted: 06/05/2022 09:11:04

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
A real dreamy feel. I love the street lamp, it would have improved the shot if there was some separation between the lamp and the building in the background, as they are both good shapes. One step to the right might have solved the problem. It is always worth looking at slightly different angles.   Posted: 06/10/2022 05:25:24

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Marianne, I really like this image and the B&W rendering is great. I think the side view of the persons face fits well with the feel of the image. I think the water tower could be cloned out in PS with out too much trouble. It's easy not to notice something like that while you are making an image. I don't know how times I have something like that and never notice it until i am looking at the image on my computer.   Posted: 06/13/2022 14:46:24

Ian Coombs   Ian Coombs
A lovely image - I like the different shades of the leaves, just a pity the street light overlaps the building in the background. Not sure about the other street seat on the RHS of the image, by removing, this makes the man more isolated, as he has the only seat.   Posted: 06/17/2022 06:12:23

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Love your story of how it was made. Stopping and backing up is the way to go and, hard to do. This capture does tell a story in my opinion. Infrared treatment is very interesting.
  Posted: 06/17/2022 08:35:00

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is an interesting composition, with a good balance of objects, near and far, in it. I am interested in how it might be interpreted symbolically. I see the Lucky Strike chimney (LSMFT--Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco. That's the old Lucky Strike ad text), and I think that a lit cigarette is a very small chimney burning up your lungs, and here is a very large chimney. Then, is the man on the bench perhaps lighting up--how ironic. How about that street lamp--it is like a huge match ready to light the world's largest cigarette.
Of course, in a different sense, you struck it lucky to get this shot.   Posted: 06/18/2022 21:30:33

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi everyone, thought
I would drop by just as end June reviews; I look forward to hanging out here!

Visually, the B&W aesthetics are beautiful and very much add to the overall composition. The work is beautiful!

I will echo Jill's words, perhaps a quick step to one side or the other may have helped separate the water tank from the light post, but by and large the image still feels pleasant. However, I wish we were able to read "Luck Strike".

Again, though in a lot of street photography settings getting off the shot quickly is key to success, other times it is better accomplish by waiting, changing position, including bending or sitting on the ground. If you have access to this location throughout the year, this may be a fine project to go back and try it again. Perhaps in winter the tree will be void of leaves, for one possible alternative.   Posted: 06/25/2022 11:30:04