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CHS Homecoming 2014 Pep Rally …

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Here are some photos from the pep rally held in the gym on the Friday the day of the game.  The homecoming court is introduced and all of the couples do a little skit / dance after they are introduced.  I am going to leave out the cheesy comments and just post the images.  I guess that the old saying that you had to be there to understand them still is true here.   One thing that is for sure is everyone had a good time and a good laugh was had by everyone.  No, the Duck Commanders did not show … but Honey Boo Boo just happened to be driving up ” W ” Street and decided to drop in and do a little shimmy shake.  Here they are …

IMG_4566 Group Backstage 1 _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_4575  Smith and Campion _ SFW

IMG_4580  McGhee and Kiefer _ SFW

IMG_4622 Friends in Crowd _ SFW

IMG_4599 Dance Team 1 _ SFW

IMG_4710  Henru and Clune 4  _ SFW

IMG_4732 Iacomini and Clune 1 _ SFW

IMG_4747  Honey Boo Boo 2  _ SFW

IMG_4876  Crowd _Good_RTP _ SFW

IMG_4884  Three Friends 1 _ RTP_SFW

Honey Boo Boo and Superwoman _ CHS_SFW

I will have all of the photos posted up on my Zenfolio site in the next few days and I will include a link for your convenience.  Your comments are welcomed and thanks for looking … Frank

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October 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Emerald Coast Photo Group …

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I have recently met photographer, Michael Smith, the owner of Studio One Pensacola , in downtown Pensacola on Intendencia Street.  If you are ever in need of a photography studio, he rents his place by the hour with a two hour minimum.  It is a first class space and he also has lightening equipment to rent.  But, that is not what this post is about … Michael runs a photo group / club called The Emerald Coast Photography Group and they sponsor various photo shoots in the area.  I attended one several weeks ago where a car club and a group of motorcycle enthusiasts show up for you to use their cars and motorcycles in your photographs.  You can bring your own models or their are several that are members of this club who are more than happy to have you take their photo.  It was a chance to meet and talk to fellow photographers … everyone was more than happy to share their knowledge and it was really a good time.  Below is one of the photographs that I created …

Girl in Car_Border and Outer Glow_ 6x4 RTP _SFW

The car was a 1934 Ford Model T kit car that the owner had built himself and was happy to let photographers use it as a prop.  If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask, whether about the group, the studio … or even how I did the image above.  Michael / Studio One can be reached at 850-712-0639.  I have several other images from this day that I plan to post in the near future, so please check back.  Thanks for looking …

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October 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Several Seniors …

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Here are several CHS senior girls from the past few days.  I was able to rent Studio One in downtown Pensacola this past weekend for a few senior re-shoots.  It has a nice courtyard with red brick walls and I took the first three girls outside and we made a few casual shots.  I am really surprised when mother’s of seniors make the comment ” I did not know that you did this type of photography ” … well, you know, after thirty five years, there is not much that I have not photographed So, I figure, I better show some ” casual ” poses in case people wonder what I do … I know that I have done a poor job the last few years marketing myself to the public and I apologize for that.  I am going to try to do a better job at explaining what I do for everyone in the future.  The last girl came out to my house and I made some over at my barn in front a horse stall.  Here we go …

IMG_7519  Natalie Casual 3 _ Color_SFW

IMG_7458  Finger Caual 1 _ RTP _ Best 2_SFW

IMG_7596 Clune Casual 5_Ret_RTP_SFW

IMG_7528 Natalie Casual 1 _ RTP_SFW_Best

IMG_7526 Natalie Casual 1 _ Color_SFW Horizontal

IMG_7454 Finger Casual 3 _ RTP_Color_SFW

IMG_7602 Clune Candid 3 _ Ret _ RTP_SFW

IMG_7605  Clune Candid 1 _ Ret _SFW

IMG_7673 Hamilton Casual 1 _RTP  Ret   SFW

Hamilton Casual 2 _ RTP Ret  Sat SFW

If anyone has any questions about the types of photography that do or have done in the past, please do not hesitate to call me at 850-449-1279.  Thanks for taking the time time to look and please check back … Frank

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October 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

2014 Homecoming Photos …

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IMG_6613  Start of The Run 1 _ RTP_ SFW

I have just added the 2014 Homecoming Walk-Out at halftime during the CHS vs Milton football game, the Homecoming Dance and Walk-Out and also the Football game photos to my Zenfolio site for you to view.  I have not had time to work up the Pep Rally photos yet, but I will do so in the next few days and post them up at Zenfolio.  Here is a link to the Zenfolio site.  Here are several more photos from the Walk-Outs …

IMG_5033  Girls in Court 2 _ SFW

IMG_5285   Clune and Date _ SFW

If you have any questions, please ask.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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October 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

PhotoShop Work …

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One thing that I have been proud of since I went digital in 2002, is how far my PhotoShop skill has progressed.  It literally took me several years to understand how the program works and all of the things that you can achieve when using them.  You really have to become a student of PhotoShop because there is no way that you can learn all of the functions that the program offers … at least me anyway.  The following image of how a good image can be improved to be a better one.  My good friend Bud Lovoy took this image at a wedding that we did several weeks ago down at the Barkley House in downtown Pensacola / Seville Square.  The first image is what I call ” OOC ” or out of camera .   Nice relaxed pose and expression … looks believable.  So much of the stuff that I see on other photographer’s blogs looks like it was staged or set-up … nobody does some of the contrived positions that the bride or couples are placed in.  The one that always gets me is the couple holding hands, standing up against a wall or in a parking lot or in the middle of the road.  But enough of that … here is the image that I started with …

IMG_4061  OOC  _  SFW

Not bad … I did not have to do a lot of PhotoShop to this image.  I leveled the image and removed the framed prints.  The hardest part was making the wall look the same on either side of the sofa.  Balancing the color and removing any shadows took the most time.  Now, the finished image …

IMG_4061  On Red Sofa _ RTP 1 _ Color  2 _6x4 SFW

I put my tag on the prints, but like I mentioned earlier, Bud Lovoy was the photographer and I was just the retoucher on this image.  I will have to make Bud a “tag” and replace mine sometime in the future.  I plan on creating a post in the near future with images I made at her wedding two weeks ago, so please check back.  I know a lot of girls will be getting engagement rings for Christmas in a few months and will start planning their wedding for 2014.  I hope that they will at least remember Bud and I, so you will see a few wedding posts in the future.  Even though I have been shooting weddings for over thirty-five years, I am always surprised to see all of the new names out there working in the area.  Here is a link to Bud’s Zenfolio site, where you can view images from this wedding and other events that Bud has photographed.

That is all for now … Please give me a call at 850-449-1279 and I will be happy to discuss how all of this comes together.  Thanks and please check back … Frank

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October 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

CHS vs Milton 2014 …

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There are a lot of photographs that turned out very well from this game back in September.  I have been busy with other things lately and have neglected this blog ( along with the other one ), so I should have a few posts in the next week or so.  I will also post all of the images that I have worked on to my Zenfolio site for everyone to view.  I usually do not take many images of the opposing team, but since the were in front of my camera, I just squeezed off some to see what might develop.  Surprisingly, I was able to get some images that I thought reflected  both sides of the game.  I do not have them in any particular order, but I always like to start off with some pretty girls and there are not any prettier than the CHS Cheerleaders!  A real class act …

IMG_6243   Cheer 7   _  RTP _ SFW

IMG_6242  Cheer 7  _  RTP  _ SFW

IMG_6249  Cheer 2  _  RTP _ SFW

OK, there are a few cheerleader photos … always nice to start a blog post off with some pretty girls to get everyone’s attention.  Now onto some football photos … I missed the players running through the banner last week with Rutherford, but this turned out good …

IMG_6258  The Banner _ RTP _ 3 _ SFW

IMG_6259  Coming On To Field 2  _ RTP _ SFW

That is not too bad … the one I took this past weekend at the Homecoming / Arnold game turned out better, but you will have to wait for those.

IMG_6260  The Team 2 _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_6261  The Team 1 _ RTP _ SFW

OK  … That is enough shots of the team running onto the field.  Now, the game …

IMG_6286 Good Blur _ RTP  SFW

IMG_6319   CHS Runner_SFW

IMG_6614  Movin On 1 _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_6613  Start of The Run 1 _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_6612  The Hand Off 2 _ RTP _ SFW

Here is a shot that I went and took out some of the color for a different look.  I really like a saturated color image as you can tell, but I thought that I would try something different and go the other way and desaturate the color.  The jury is still out on this one.

IMG_6597  Coming At You _ RTP  2_ SFW

Now, back to my regular way of processing the images …

IMG_6590 OB in The Pocket 1 _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_6336  The Set Up 5 _Lights Added_RTP_SFW

IMG_6380  Front Line 1_Blur _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_6406  The Streak _ RTP  _ SFW

I have been trying something different with these blur / panning shots.  Without trying to be too arty, for lack of a better word, I have always like these type of shots from auto races and I thought that I would try some of them at these games.  Here is one more of this  type …

Runner with Edge _ RTP_ SFW

I won’t bore you with too many of them.  Several more ” normal / regular ” views …

IMG_6557  Milton QB Going Down _ SFW

IMG_6525 CHS Moving The Ball _ SFW

Here is one last photo that I took as I was leaving showing several ” fans ” on the side-line.

IMG_6620 The Sidelines _ RTP_ SFW

Well, that is around 16 or 17 photos for you to view.  I will post all of the ones that I worked on over on my Zenfolio site in the next several days or maybe over the weekend.  I will post some from the Arnold game tomorrow, hopefully.  I was lucky at that game and happened to be in the right spots on some plays and was able to get several receptions.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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October 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

CHS Homecoming Events 2014 …

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Here are a few from the pep rally, football game and walk-out at the game on Friday night.  I have also included one candid from the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.  I made so many photos that it will take me a week or two to go all through them and have them posted to my Zenfolio site.  I will most likely put the game in it’s own folder and then combine the pep rally, walk-out at half time and the dance all into one folder, so please be patient.  I do not just photograph and then upload.  All of the images that you see on this site have been cropped, color corrected, adjusted, worked on, etc, etc.  They do not look like this out of the camera and it takes a lot of time to get them worked up to post.  So here they go …

IMG_4566 Group Backstage 1 _ RTP _ SFW

The Hammer Coming Down _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_5030 H C  Group _ RTP _ SFW

IMG_5125  having Fun 1 _ RTP 2 _ SFW

If anyone has any questions, please email me or call.  Thanks for looking … Frank