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On The Beach …

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Here are a couple that I have been planning to post for some time now, but just have never gotten around to working them up.  This is the first wedding in thirty years or so where I went just as a guest, but could not bring myself to leaving the camera at home.  Chuck and Rene got married back in April or so out on Pensacola Beach and I made these after their photographer finished with them.  I wish that it had been a pretty sunset … but you know how that goes …

Love on the beach … a little hot and a little sandy.  Like I have always said ” Love knows no season … or weather! ” .  I hope you enjoy these few.  Thanks for looking …

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July 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Pensacola …

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This photo was done back in the 80’s, the girl was a CHS student dressed as a nun for a yearbook photo … this was not the one used in the Charisma ( CHS’s yearbook ) and I cannot even remember what I did for them.  I thought the girl dressed as a nun would make an interesting pictorial style portrait, so I found the cross and got the kneeling bench.  I asked her to kneel and look to the side.  I lit her with a single Speeotron head with a grid to focus the light on her face.  I believe I used my RB67 with a wide-angle lens to show the stain glass windows.  I printed a 20×24 and hung it up in my old studio and it generated a lot of comments … mostly ” who is the nun ” and ” I do not recognize her, is she from this diocese “.   I cannot remember too many comments about how dramatic the photograph is or what a sensitive portrait it is of the  “nun” … and I had the portrait hanging up for 4 or 5 years!  You never can tell … thanks for looking.

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July 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Rollei …

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I had posted a photo of a Rolleiflex in several earlier posts … the first camera that I used back at Workman Junior High School when I made photos for the yearbook and the newspaper.  The camera is not in very good condition, but as you can see, it still works … not great but you can still get a photo out of it.  I am ashamed that I let the camera get in the shape it is.  I cleaned it up some, but it could use someone to work on the shutter and I am sure that there are other things that need to be cleaned or fixed.  This is something that I took in the parking lot of a Walgreen’s in Milton when I was waiting for Pam to come out.  The grain is from the film, it was not added in Photoshop, however I did add the brown tone.  Thanks for looking …

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July 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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Train Crash …

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This photo was obviously made before my time, but I thought it is an interesting photograph. We were in a museum in Tennessee and they had a model train exhibit and this photo was on the wall next to the train tracks.  Sometimes, when you feel as if you are having a bad day … just be thankful that you were not the engineer driving this train!!  There was no information about this train wreck where the photo was located, so I do not have any background surrounding this situation.  It looks like it could have been in Europe somewhere and it might have been around the turn of the century, but that is all that I can figure out.  So all I can say is just when you think things are going bad … just think about the person driving this train and the explaining he had to do … well, I dozed off and just forgot to stop …

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July 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

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Georgia Aquarium …

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We went to the Georgia Aquarium back on 12 July 11 and this post has photos from that trip.  I got my scuba certification back in 1969 and these images are the closest that I have ever seen that actually make you feel that you are  in the water with these animals.  I am not even going to try to identify the fish in any of these images, but I am sure can guess some of the types.  I hope you enjoy …

Now, I am going to pull back and show some people, so you will have some scale to relate to how large this tank is.

I hope you enjoy these … I am working on a composite of jellyfish images that I shot while I was there, but it is taking more time assembling the final image than I thought it would.  Tying to get all of the different tonalities of the jellyfish to match up is posing more of a problem than I thought it would.



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July 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Another Rock City Roof …

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This barn is on the south side of I-24 when you cross over from Georgia into Tennessee.  You go across Nickajack Lake and this barn is up on top of a little hill on the south side of the interstate.  This is only the third barn that I have seen in the last twenty years that still remains with ” See Rock City “.  It used to be that you would see them all over the place when you traveled around Chattanooga on the interstate and on the county roads.  I remember reading an article on the man who did all of these signs … it is hard to believe that it was just one man who did all of these signs.  I think the article said that he would approach the owner of the barn and offer them $300 or $400 to paint the Rock City sign on their barn.  He traveled all over the south for twenty-five years or so doing this for the company that owned Rock City.  The photo below is the same photo … all I did was ” distress ”  the image in Photoshop and add a frame for a border.

Just something for a different effect.  If anyone has any information on the sign painter or the location of any more of these barns, you are welcome to share them here … thanks for looking!

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July 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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Smoky Mountains …

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This is one of the Smoky Mountains that I made at  sunrise one morning from up at Ober Gatlinburg.  I believe that you are looking at Mount LeConte on the left side of the image, which would be the highest point.  You walk to the top of the mountain and you are able to spend the night in these ” cabins ” and then walk back down the next day.  We have never done it, but Pam’s grandmother has walked up several times and she was in her 80’s!!  I have seen photos and it did not do much for me … Ober Gatlinberg was fine with me, since you could drive to the top.

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July 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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