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Pensacola National Museum of Aviation …

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These are several more panoramas made with my iPhone.  Here is a link to the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola aboard the Naval Air Station.  If you ever get to Pensacola, you need to go and tour this place … not only to see a history of aviation, but there is no charge to enter the museum.  Here is one more pano …

The bottom panorama is a little more abstract over the top one, however you still get a feel for how large this building is and all of the planes that it holds.  Thanks for looking …

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June 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Antique Cars …

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These Model ” A ” Fords were sitting in an Arkansas Welcome Station right across the Missouri state line in a little place called Mammoth Spring.  There must have been 30 or 40 of them in the parking lot.  They all met here and were having a rally to somewhere in Arkansas.  A lot of them were also dressed in period driving outfits that made them really look interesting.  Below is one of the meters that sits on top of the radiator …

This photo does not show the sharpness and the crispness of the writing on the meter that a 300 DPI image would show, since this image has been re-sized for the internet.  Could you imagine driving / riding in one of these from Pensacola to Atlanta ? But on the other hand, after taking a horse and buggy for the same trip, this Model “A ” would like being in a limo.   Thanks for looking …

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June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hell, Grand Cayman Island …

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This photo shows the ” Devil ” standing outside of his gift shop / post office in Hell, Grand Cayman.  The Devil is one of the nicest people that you would ever want to meet.  When you send a card or letter from the Devil’s post office, it is post-marked “Hell”.  Here is one more of the building without the Devil …

Before Hurricane Ivan came through Northwest Florida on September 16, 2004 and destroyed everything … it came across Grand Cayman Island and did a lot of damage.  On the back of this building was an inscription to or by Hurricane Ivan ( I could not figure out which ) …

We lost our home to Hurricane Ivan and it took us almost three years before we could move back in … that is another story in itself!  A side note … I was in Memphis recently and was talking to my friend Rusty’s cousin about a cruise Pam and I had taken back in 2008.  One of the stops on the cruise was Grand Cayman and I told Tommy ( Rusty’s cousin ) that we rode  around the whole island.  Tommy then made the comment that we went to Hell, which I then proceeded to tell him about my photos of the Devil, dressed up in his costume.  Tommy then told me this story about being on a cruise back in the mid-1980’s and going to Hell and for some reason another, he ( Tommy ) just happened to be wearing a devil costume on this excursion off the boat … maybe it was around Halloween, I do not know, but I am going to have to find out later … but he went to Hell wearing this devil’s costume and told the owner ( the now ” Devil ” ) that if he really wanted to make this place look authentic, he needed to dress up in costume.  And the rest, they say, is history.  The joys of travel!!!  I had never done anything with these photos until I got back from Memphis, so I hope you enjoy them and the story. ( I did not mention Tommy’s last name to protect the innocent / guilty party )

Thanks again for looking and all comments are welcome, so please share your trip to ” Hell ” with us … and please keep it clean!

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June 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Tupelo Mississippi … Home of Elvis … the Real ” King ” …

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OK … another iPhone photograph. Flew out to Nebraska last week and the only photos I made were in Tupelo Mississippi. At the home / birthplace of Elvis – The King … the real king, not LeBron James of the Heat “King”. You can almost see Elvis, Gladys and Vernon sitting out front in that porch swing. Just thinking about it gets me ” All Shook-Up ” … could not resist throwing that one in. The next image of the church that Elvis attended was with my Canon 40D …

This is supposed to the the first church that Elvis ever attended in Tupelo Mississippi. You could go inside the church ( I did not ), but you could not go inside the house … you were allowed to sit in the swing, however ( I did not ). This place – “Hallowed Ground” to all you Elvis worshipers -is located just several blocks off the interstate and a new museum is in the process of being built to house more Elvis “stuff” … if you can believe that there is more “stuff” that has not been seen yet. Below is the emblem on a 1939 Plymouth that took the Presley family to Memphis … made again with the iPhone camera:

Look how sharp this image is … no close-up filter used ( I did buy one, but like the iPhone tripod, I have not used it yet ), just hand-held close to the emblem and the cropped in Photoshop. These are basically all of the photos that I took on the trip back from Nebraska … there are a few of some Model-A cars that I made in Hardy Arkansas, but I do not know if I will bother with any of them. Thanks for looking … let me hear what you think about anything … here or any place else!

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June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

More iPhone Panoramas …

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OK … I admit it … I think using the iPhone as a camera is incredible.  The app, Auto Stitch, is even more incredible.  Once you figure out how much to overlap your images ( about 20% ) and how many images  (3 or 4 for me ) to take to have the program stitch together … then you are really cooking … with gas!  First, let me make this perfectly clear, there is a lot of trial and error using this app / technique.  Next, it is not as good as combining the images in Photoshop for clarity and sharpness.  But, when all the stars align and your images are sharp ( no movement or shake ), your choice of content for your panorama is interesting ( still subjects obviously are better than ones with people, cars, etc ), you can create images, that I think, are more interesting to view than just an image made with a 20 mm lens … and a lot more fun and satisfying to create.  Now, on to the photos –

This one was made down at Plaza De Luna back in February or March showing the Port of Pensacola.  Notice the three -masted schooner on the left side of the image …  then the Global 12oo behind it.  This photo is sharp through-out the whole image and it was photographed hand-held, as all of these panoramas are.  I purchased a small tripod for the iPhone, but have never used it yet.  Next are several made at SeaSide, several weeks back …

This last one is straight from the iPhone, the two previous views of SeaSide were downloaded and then worked-up in Photoshop, then resized for the web.  The last photo contains maybe 6 or 7 photos, while the first two were 3 or 4 photos.  I have never printed any of these panos yet, so I do not know the quality of enlargements, but for a keepsake to remember places you visited on vacation or trips with the family … this for me is the way to go.  Thanks for looking and if anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to share anything with you.  Don’t forget that you can click on any image for a larger ( somewhat ) view and it is also blacked out around the frame for more emphasis.

DISCLAIMER – I am not affiliated with ” Auto Stitch ” and the above comments are my own.  I do not know the legalise    that goes along with a disclaimer, but whatever it is … insert here:   ______________________________________ .

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June 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Family Beach Photographs 2012 …

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Above is Pam and Jenna with Payton on the beach.  Payton was not in great spirits, but I was able to capture a few of her “better” moments.   She sure loves being with her momma and her “Ya-Ya”.  Below is one by herself and then one with Lukas.

And finally, one of Lukas by himself on the beach … the light was not the best here, but I just wanted to show how grown he has gotten.

I will post some others with the rest of the family when I get them worked up … Thanks for looking .

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June 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

Pensacola Catholic High School Graduation 2012 …

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Below are some random photos that I made at Pensacola Catholic High School’s Baccalaureate and Graduation last month.  I have never posted any from the past and so few ever get used in the yearbook ( which will be in next year’s yearbook, out next May 2013 ).  The first one is an example of the cap and gown package that I do at St. Paul’s before the Baccalaureate.  The beautiful and extremely vivacious Mary Grace Salinas …

Next are several of the seniors entering St. Paul’s and and some random views showing the students and all the people in attendance …

The following were made at the Graduation held at Olive Baptist Church …

These are not in any real order, other than just some candid photographs during the graduation …

This is how the receiving of diploma photos will look … the school will be sending these out to the graduates in the next few weeks … This one of Mary Grace was handy, so that is the only reason I posted her again  Now a few candid photos showing some of the girls ( they were sitting behind me and to my left, so they were the closest to where I was sitting ).

The very eloquent Monseigneur Hunt from St. Anne’s in Gulf Breeze offering the graduates a few ” pearls of wisdom “…

And finally the end, with caps flying in the air in celebration …

And that pretty much sums everything up.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos that I posted and I also hope they reflected the joy and celebration everyone experienced from these two events.  Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome …