Frank Hardy Photography

Sea Crest Beach and Seaside …

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This Airstream trailer has been at Seaside for as long as I can remember … I have made some photos of it open with kids all around, but I just made these early the other morning before it opened and decided to post them.  Now, there are several other trailers parked along side of ” Frosty Bites ” .   Nothing against any of them, I am sure they serve good food. but there is just something about ” Frosty Bites ” that speaks to me … when I figure out what it is saying, I’ll let you know.  Stay tuned.

The next set of photos were made at Sea Crest Beach and no, they did not look like this straight out of the camera.  The first one looking toward Panama City Beach is an attempt to make it look as if it were shot on Kodachrome.  I am too embarrassed to say how much time I wasted on this or even the steps used, but it is something like this: crop, levels, curves, saturation, levels, curves, saturation on blue channel, Lucis filter on Wyeth, lower opacity, unsharp mask … you get the idea.

The next one is just one looking out to sea.  I did not try to do the Kodachrome look, but I did adjust the levels, curves and saturation once I cropped the image.

This is rain coming down way in the distance.  The last one is looking back toward Ft. Walton Beach.  Obviously the sun was setting and the rays were streaking through the clouds ( I did not add them in Photoshop ).  As you can tell it was not a “pretty” afternoon or sunset, but sometimes those types of days make for more interesting images.  Maybe later I might add the original images to this post so you can see what I started with.

Fort Walton Beach looks as if it were added later as an after-thought, but it was not … not that I have a problem with adding, moving or changing anything in Photoshop.  That, to me, is the beauty of digital photography.  I also have no problem with cropping an image for improvement, since there seem to be so many photographers today that talk about being “purists”  and doing all their cropping in camera.  To each his own.  If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear them…

Written by Frank Hardy

May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Florida

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