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Pensacola Catholic High School …

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This is an exterior view of Pensacola Catholic High School that I made several years ago.  The Crusader has been taken down and the Mary statue has had some new landscaping added to it, so the front of the school looks different now.  I have been going through my files and finding images where the scenery has changed some what to post.  I hope you enjoy looking at them … Thanks!

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March 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

Old Christ Church in Seville Square …

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This image of Old Christ Church located down on Seville Square was taken sometime in the early 1980’s.  It was shot on 35mm infrared film with a red filter.  This was way before the church was painted white and the fence was added.  The photo below was taken around the same time as the one above.

This one was shot on 1600 ASA Agfa 35mm film.  Have no other info that that.  The church has been painted white for so long now that I forgot that it ever looked like this.  Thanks for looking …

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March 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

Posted in Commercial

Jackson Square …

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One of Jackson Square I made back in the early 80’s … nothing special, just an early morning shot before the place got busy and crowded.  Could not get the pigeons to stay off of the statue no matter how hard I tried.  I guess it would not be Andrew Jackson without a few pigeons.  Shot with a Nikon F3, scanned full frame b&w … very little Photoshop.  Happy Mardi Gras 2011!

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March 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Out West Again …

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This is the “Tortilla Factory”  somewhere between Fort Stocton, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico.  For some reason I am thinking Pecos, Texas, but I could be wrong.  I just remember that it was on a Sunday in August 2004, it was hot and there was not a soul in town.  This is a b&w negative scanned and worked up in Photoshop.

This is another from out in Monterrey California … I think it was taken at Pebble Beach. B&W negative again.

This is one of my father’s negatives from a trip we made back in the 1950’s … not sure where it is, but this is one that I like the distressed look on.  It is not something I did in Photoshop, but it has not aged well and is not in good condition.  No idea where it is … I would guess New Mexico.

I saved the best for last…another one of my father’s negatives.  I do not know what or where this dwellings are located.  I sepia toned the image and cropped it full frame to show  the film markings.  This image was made over 50 years ago and was stored next to the image from above in a plastic sleeve.  It is in good condition and the one next to it is in terrible shape … go figure.  I wish I had more info on these images … if anyone knows the locations of these images, please let me know.  Thanks for looking …

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March 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

Posted in Out West

South Georgia …

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The above photo was taken in Waycross Georgia several years ago with a Holga plastic camera.  I develop the film in my darkroom, scan the 120 b&w negative and then clean the image up in Photoshop.  Pretty straight forward.  I know that a lot of people like these images with all the flaws, but I don’t.  The photo below  was made with a Canon 40D.

Not much done to this other than levels, curves, boosted the saturation and then sharpened … I always clone out trash, blemishes, etc.  The campaign headquarters houses a store that sells all type of political memorabilia from different politicians and campaigns,  not just Jimmy Carter’s.  At least it did when I made this photo several years ago.

Do not remember where this was made, but it is between Atlanta and Plains because I made it the on the same trip as the one above.  I desaturated, added the brown tone and distressed the image … you do not see me using this technique a lot because I see so many other photographers abusing it so much.  If you have an average / below average  photo, run it through a filter or apply an action and it will improve any image.  At least that is the impression I get from looking at other photographer’s blog, especially with wedding photographers.  A little of this distress in Photoshop goes a long way for me, however I do like the desaturated image turned to b&w and changed to sepia or platinum.   Just my two bits …

I have a whole series of these types of images that I have made in Mississippi, California, Out West, Ireland, Spain, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida,  etc, etc, that I plan to post in the future.  So much of this work I created so many years ago,  have never shown and now that I have this forum to show them in, I have been working to organize them.  Thanks for looking …

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March 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

Posted in Personal

Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2011 …

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Pam and I drove over to New Orleans to catch a parade yesterday, but due to the rain and bad weather they were canceled.  So we ended up eating very well … we found a place on Decatur named Olivier’s and had an excellent lunch.  After we ate, we headed down to Jackson Square and it started raining.  The place cleared out and I made the photo above.  The photo below is one that I took from inside Cafe Du Mond when it started raining real hard.

The last photo is of some street preachers trying to save some lost souls on Bourbon Street … they really had their work cut-out for them and I don’t know if they succeeded or not, but they sure were trying!  At this point, business is slow and all the sinners must have staggered into or bar to get another drink or something … the first photo is a close-up and the second is one further back.

Well, this being Mardi Gras in New Orleans, they did not have to wait long for some drunk nut to show up.  I have no clue what he is doing or the gestures that he making signify, but he sure thinks he is being funny and he really seems to be enjoying himself …

I can only hope that he was not driving and wonder how long he made it once the sun went down!  Let the good times roll!

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March 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Is it or Isn’t it?

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You be the judge – is it or isn’t it?  More on this later …

Written by Frank Hardy

March 5, 2011 at 6:48 am

Posted in Portraits