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Long Strange Trip it's Been

A black n white shot of historical street corner

9 total reviews 
Comment from Envision


What a great title and border for this image! The black and white format was also a perfect choice for this shot and gives it a feeling of going back in time.

 Comment Written 19-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 19-Apr-2019
    Thanks, I had forgotten about the many shots I had of the Haight Ashbury District. Simple for that B&W contest.
Comment from blujdrawings


Good lighting here brings through lovely detail and texture. The angle here is very well captured of the signs. Thanks you for sharing this on far

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Jay
Comment from Bruceiorio


Fine historical road trip.
Good black and white image.
Very nice composition and presentation.
Good sharp image.
Good depth of field.
Very good angle of view.
Nice details and textures.
Great story telling image.

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Bruce
Comment from Sean T Phelan


Cool,Kari!
I guess that Haight-Ashbury was 'the place to be' during 'the Summer of Love' back in Sixty Seven,wasn't it? ( And even during the 'Gray Summer',the decades long 'Summer of Drugs' that really came on strong starting in Sixty Eight! : O )
Your interesting photographic presentation of the famous street corner signs is,like,GROOVY!
'Good Show',my friend!
~Sean

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Sean, The Haight Ashbury district started becoming the "hippy scene" of barefoot "flower children", drugs, free love sometime in the early to mid 60's and it still is. I called this Long Strange Trip it's Been after the Grateful Dead (song by same title) and whenever they were on the road, they had a following (Deadheads) and a 2 day concert at the local fairgrounds near my home would turn the parking lot into a tiny city / huge commune of hippies with bare feet, smelling of patchouli...a 60's flashback (so to speak), except these kids wear dreadlocks...or never comb their hair. ;-) They were a band along with Janice Joplin, and others that fell straight into that Haight Ashbury scene In fact Janice Joplin O.D'd in a hotel in the Haight Ashbury district. She had been clean just long enough to not be able to tolerate her same previous dose. And Jerry Garcia did the same. He was in rehab when he O.D.'d. But not to make it sound bad, SanFrancisco is a very cool city to visit. It's full of eclectic people. Literally anything goes.
reply by Sean T Phelan on 18-Apr-2019
    Yeah,Kari.I was a Dead Head for a long time! ( And a drug user for a long time also! : ) )
Comment from Patti C


It's a great black-and-white photo. And your street signs are very sharp. But I have two suggestions for you when taking a photo of this type the first would be to have someone hold something up behind the sign to block out the background or use a very shallow depth of field which is a big aperture so that the background becomes fuzzy and doesn't clutter your subject. Your composition is nice. And your blacks are black and your whites are quite so very nice on that point. I feel if I find something to complain about I need to supply ways to fix it. So I try to be helpful and teach. On a shot like this you can also try moving yourself to a different position to get a different perspective. ;-)

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Patti
reply by Patti C on 18-Apr-2019
    You?re very welcome we lived in the bay area when all of that was going on
reply by Patti C on 18-Apr-2019
    You?re very welcome we lived in the bay area when all of that was going on
reply by Patti C on 18-Apr-2019
    You?re very welcome we lived in the bay area when all of that was going on
Comment from Jody brunson


Wow what a good picture for nostalgia I am a Beatles fan I grew up with them. Love the contrast. Due to the black lines and the white background very interesting. Love it

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Jody, I grew up loving the Beatles. I still do. That's why I call my dog, Lucy, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I'm a big Eric Clapton fan too. My golden retreiver's name was Layla. Her registered name was Lay Down Layla. If you are a Clapton fan, you'll get where I got that name. I've never seen Clapton, but I have seen Paul McCartney. GREAT show. San Francisco was always a fun place to visit for a day: baseball game, lunch on Fisherman's Wharf, China Town, Concerts at the Cow Palace. I always think of Janis Joplin when I think of the Haight Ashbury district. San Francisco is a place where anyone can be anything. A very eclectic city.
Comment from alaskapat


Hi Kari, this is so cool! I have never been to this part of San Francisco yet I am familiar with theses street names! I really like that you rendered this in Black and white , this is well focused, the image is clear, exposure is well managed, I see good tonal variations in the black and white. Well composed and I really appreciate this frame with the skulls !well presented! Best wishes to you in the contest!

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Pat. Yes, San Francisco was always just a 90 minute driive for me and a fun place to take in a baseball game, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park. Definitely a city made of anybody and everybody...very eclectic.
Comment from michiganmike


A great shot from a very fine angle. I like the building in the background and think the image looks great in black and white. I think a simple black frame or none at all would have been more appropriate.

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thanks Mike
Comment from Kelly Grant


This is a very nice photo and a great entry for this contest! I love that this is in black and white! It gives the piece a lot of character! Thank you so much for sharing and good luck in the contest!

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2019
    Thank Kelly.