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W. G. Martin and Sons …

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This was a photograph I made twenty years or so ago.  We were coming back from the Smoky Mountains and I had taken my Sinar 4×5 F2 on this trip.  We pulled off I-65 at the Prattville Exit north of Montgomery to get gas.  I pulled into this place, got gas and then got to talking to this man, Mr. Martin.  He told me how the interstate had just about driven him out of business and how hard it was for him to compete with the truck stops that were at all the exits now days.  So, I told him that I am a photographer and would like to take his portrait and he agreed.  The Marlboro and Kool signs really set the photo up since it was really a monochromatic image with everything being white … the seashell parking lot and the white building and the white ice machine.  The photo that I printed and have hanging up in my house is not a color print, but a b&w that I printed up like the one below.

I printed up several 8×10’s and mailed them to him.  I received a nice note that I wish that I had kept, it just said about how complementary everyone that had seen the photos were.  I pulled off his exit years later and tried to stop and get gas,  but he had closed.  It is sad to see the old ways falling by the wayside and letting way for the new.  Both of these images are from 4×5’s … the top is a transparency and I did darken the sky in Photoshop and the bottom is 400 Tri-X, available light.  All comments and questions are welcomed … thanks for looking.

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August 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

More Old Buildings …

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I made the photographs of these two old buildings back around 1975 or so.  The buildings were located on Cervantes Street around 13th or 14th Avenues and I used to drive by them all the time, so I guess you could say these were the start of my fascination with old, run down buildings.  They were torn down soon after I made these photos.  This one up top … I do not remember exactly where it was located.  The one below was on 13th Avenue and Cervantes.

I added an edge effect to both of these photos, but they are not that noticeable.   I cannot remember if I even bothered to print them up back then.  They are not really much to look at, but if anything they give you an idea of where I started from.  As you can tell … the journey is long and not always successful, but you have to start with that first frame.  I have several other images from this time that I will share with you later.  Thanks for looking …

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August 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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Beach Portraits …

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I made these photographs of this little girl a while back and I have been working on them lately to create a soft, pastel look.  I made them on a cold January day several years ago.  At the time I made them, they did not do much for me.  I was there to make a photo of her with her mother and her sister.  I just took a few of her by herself at the end and filed them away.  After looking at them for some time, I got to thinking they work better if  I desaturated the image some and then try to make them look like old Kodachrome transparency film.  The flesh tones have that quality of Kodachrome 25, but the beach, water and sky look sort of too bright … then I got to thinking that I did not want them to look too “washed out”, so I just left them like they are.  What do you think?  Let me hear your comments … thanks for looking. Frank

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August 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Bridals …

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A few brides from the past that I just ran across and thought I would post.  I have been posting some off the wall things lately and have been neglecting my main reason for this blog … to generate some business!!  Thanks for looking …

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August 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

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Hatch Print Shop in Nashville …

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This is a section of the wall in the Hatch Print Shop in downtown Nashville.  I made it several years ago and did nothing with it until recently.  I have not run anything through my Lucis Filter in a while, so I found several images that I thought would look “jump” out at you.  This Hatch Print Shop has created posters for the music industry since the 40’s or 50’s, I am not sure which, but it has been for many, many years.  I like what the Lucis Filter does to an image, but it can be overdone and overused.  Thanks for looking …

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August 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Holga in South Georgia …

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This was taken in a small town ( cannot remember which one ) in south Georgia … I will say that it was 70 miles or so from Hinesville Georgia to the west.  I have been taking this Holga on trips and been using it fairly regularly for the past five years or so.  I also have a Diana, but for some reason or another, I like the Holga better.  I do not think that I have ever made a print from the Holga, I always scan the negatives once I have developed the film and then work them up in Photoshop.  I have maybe 30 rolls or so of 120 film that I have taken from these trips sitting around waiting to do something with them.  Thanks for looking …

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August 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

Monterey California …

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This is one from our trip to San Francisco back in 2000.  This was made somewhere along the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach.  It was made on TMax 100 with my Hasselblad and then scanned.  This was before I went digital, so I have rolls of film and transparencies that I plan on scanning in the years to come.  Thanks for looking …

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August 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm