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Pensacola Children’s Chorus …

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Several Sundays ago, Bud Lovoy and I went out to Olive Baptist Church to photograph – The Angels Sing.  This was a presentation by the Pensacola Children’s Chorus.  The show was fabulous and everyone left impressed with what they heard.  You can go to Bud’s Zenfolio site here and view what we made that day.  Below is a photo of Dr. Leo Day singing the Lord’s Prayer … it was enough to take your breath away.

If you have any questions about these photos, please call Bud at 712-3131.

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February 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Oyster Bake on Garcon Point …

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Several Saturdays ago  Jenna, Payton, Lauren and Lukas came home for a three day weekend.  This is the first time we had all been together since Christmas and Payton has really grown … she is crawling around pretty good now.  Pam thought it would be a nice idea to have an oyster bake, so I went and dug a hole between the two barns, built a fire … instant oyster bake.  Pam invited her brother Keith and his wife Jan over and we spent the afternoon cooking oysters and corn.  If Keith ever retires from banking, he could find a job as an oyster shucker and everyone knows what a fantastic cook Jan is … maybe there is a restaurant in the making somewhere?   We have not done anything like that  in a while and I do not know why, because we really had a good time!  The weather was cool and crisp, just a beautiful day to be alive.  The strip of photos above shows Lukas with the food table in the background, the oysters and corn over the fire, and then a group shot with the sun going down.  The photo below is Jenna and Payton and then the strip below is a composite of Lukas … you cannot get enough of Lukas!!

I hope you enjoyed our little cook-out photos, but I really hope you like seeing the kids.  I am sorry that I did not get a good photo of Lauren and Lukas, but Lukas is at the age where you cannot hold him for long because he is gone.  Then you spend all your time chasing after him!  I have a pile of dirt left over from building this second barn and I told Pam that from now on all we need to get Lukas for a gift is a pile of dirt.  You have never seen a kid have so much fun climbing and sliding on a pile of clay.  In fact Lukas has a new nickname … Dirt, Dirt Hedges.

Thanks for looking …

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February 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

Posted in Personal

Gorilla Mother …

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This is an image I made over in New Orleans many, many, many years ago.  I am always amazed at the extent people will go to putting on these outrageous costumes / outfits and going out in public.  When I was making the “gorilla mother’s” portrait, I could not figure out if it was male or female because I could not get   ” it ” to talk.  After printing the photo and looking at it for a while, I figured it had to be a male … the “gorilla mother’s” hand looks to large to be a female’s.  Also note how the hand is posed for the photograph … it looks as if this individual had done some hand modeling before by the way the fingers are shaped ( I am only being half serious here – normally people will just let their fingers fall straight down and not curl the thumb and forefinger as he is doing here ) .  I will post another photo and tell the  story of a street musician that I photographed, ran across him in a Mardi Gras parade five years later and sent him a photograph.  I have said before that one thing I try to do is get an address so I can send them a couple of photos for their time, even though I am giving them a few dollars for their effort.   Stay tuned ,,

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February 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

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Alcatraz …

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When Pam and I went to San Francisco, we took the ferry to Alcatraz.  It was not what I had expected it to be … it was run down and old.  Now I know that it was a prison and it was built back in the early part of the 1900’s and it had not been occupied in almost 40 years, but I thought it would have been larger or something.  The building holding the cells is interesting to tour and to explore.  Seeing and hearing the guards stories was very interesting.   The most enjoyable part was the ferry ride out to the island … being out in the bay and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was the highlight of this trip for me.  The above photo is a shot of the guard’s house and tower … the three trees make the photo to me.  You can find symbolism of the three crosses, but I did not think that when I snapped the shutter.  They just added a few elements to the overall composition.  Also, the sky adds a bit of suspense to an otherwise depressing image.  I have never seen a view of Alcatraz like this above anywhere, so I hope you enjoy it and all comments are welcomed.

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February 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

Posted in California

St. Michael’s Church …

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This is a portrait I made in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in downtown Pensacola many years ago.  Always liked this image and I printed a 16×20 that I hung up in the studio on 12th Avenue.  Received a lot of comments … this was a set-up shot.  I just did not “stumble” upon this nun in prayer.  The girl was a high school senior dressed like this for a photo for her yearbook ( this was not the shot ) and I posed this for myself to use in a print competition.  Never got around to entering the print, but that is something I have been thinking about doing again.

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February 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Portraits

Yosemite National Park …

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This is one of my father’s 4×5 transparencies from our trips out west to visit his sister in Los Angeles.  I did not bother to color correct this image, I thought the color cast sort of looked interesting and you see all of these photographers now days adding this “aged” effect to images they take today.  Now do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it and I have and use these actions myself.  The only problem I have with all these actions is that so many people take an average or below average image and try to improve it with these actions, but I did not mean to get off on that here.  Back to this image,  I have another site that I blog on about my father’s photography that normally I would post this on it, but I thought that it went along with the travel theme from my last few posts.  A link to my other blog is here

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February 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

Posted in Personal

US 1 …

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These two images are from our trip out to north California back in 2000.  I must have shot 20 rolls of 120 and a handful of  35mm b&w over the course of a week.  This was several years before I went digital, so all these images have been scanned by me and worked up in Photoshop.  The top image was just the sign somewhere along the route.  The bottom one was made out at Pebble Beach along the 17 mile drive.  When we showed up at this spot it was just Pam and I.  Then three tour buses pulled up and out got several hundred Japanese … very nice, but all they did was take a photo and got back on the buses and left.  I bet they were not there 10 minutes.  I will have to share a story about some Japanese tourists / photographers over  in New Orleans at Mardi Gras in another post … I call it one of the shots that got away!  Thanks for looking …

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February 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Posted in California