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Calla Lilies …

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Calla Lillies_Matte _ SFW

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter 2014 … I made this image of the calla lilies many, many years ago.  Shot with a Hasselblad and 80 mm lens on Kodak 120 T-Max 100.  I posted an image of three lilies when I first started this blog around three years ago.  I shot three rolls and various combinations of arrangements of flowers and only posted the one.  This one caught my eye and the negative was fairly clean, not requiring much to get it ready to post , so there you have it.  I wish that I could say it was more complicated than that, but it is what it is.  Thanks for looking and I hope you have a safe and happy Easter … Frank

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April 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hopkins Boarding House …

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Hopkins House 1 _ RTP _ 8 April 14 _ SFW

I posted some photographs over at my other blog …  , that I had made of Hopkin’s Boarding House back in the early 1980’s.  Even though I made them, I thought that they would be viewed more over on that site / blog.  Hopkin’s Boarding House has been closed now for at least ten years, if not maybe more.  This link will take you to the site and you might have to scroll back some to find the post … I still can not figure out how to create a link to a specific post.  There is still a lot about this blogging that I have not been able to figure out, but I am working on it!  Thanks for looking and please leave any questions or comments … Frank

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April 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Key West Sunset …

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Keys Sunset 6 _ RTP _ 9 April 14 _ SFW

I have been going back in my files from the 1970’s and scanning these transparencies.  This sunset is looking west from Mallory Square back in 1977.  Back in these days, the circus atmosphere that goes on there now was not around.  It was just an old parking lot.  It is hard to see in this image, but there is a bird soaring overhead in the top of the frame.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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April 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

Color Bridal …

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Bridal 4 _RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

These two portraits were created around thirty years ago down at First Baptist Church in downtown Pensacola.  I am embarrassed that I cannot place a name to this bride.  I did not have these images in a negative file because I had shot them on 120 FujiChrome, thinking that I might want to use them on a post card sometime to advertise my bridals.  So I just had them in my transparency files  with all of my other transparencies.  These were just made with available light … notice that I had positioned her if front of the stain-glass of the cross – that was the only area of the glass where the color coming through was the most natural / neutral daylight.  No flash was added to either image, which is unusual for me, since I believe most any image can use a ” touch of sparkle ” to the eyes.  I cannot tell you how many images that I see on photo blogs where the eyes are so dull and lifeless … even a reflector could direct some light into the subjects eyes.  I was looking at a local photographer’s blog post a high school senior recently and the girl had dark brown eyes and the lady photographer had not directed any light into the girl’s eyes and they looked lifeless.   Thirty years ago there were not all of the snoots and light modifiers  that are available today to focus light on a certain area.  If I had been back at the studio, I could have made something out of black paper that I kept around for that purpose.  I am really surprised that more people today do not create their own light modifiers instead of spending so much money on light shapers and benders.  I can remember going to photography programs back in the late ’70’s and early 80’s where the photographer teaching the class would hand out diagrams on how to build your own light box.  Then Larson, then Chimera and list goes on and on of companies that started building ” light boxes “.  Here is the other image …

Bridal 2 _ RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

Beautiful girl, gorgeous gown … A monkey with a camera could create a nice portrait!  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them.  It is nice to know that someone out there is looking and is interested … Frank

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April 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

More Bubba …

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Bubba 2 _ 1985 _ RTP _ SFW

This is another portrait of my friend, Bubba Hual, that I made back in 1985.  I had posted one earlier of Bubba that I taken and I had had it exhibited in the PPofA National Print Exhibit in the late 1980’s.  Now in the digital word you can take a color negative, scan the image, convert it to b&w and rework the image in Photoshop to give the image an entirely different look.  I also ran the image through the Lucis Art Filter to bring out the texture of Bubba’s skin.  Back in the early 1980’s, I attended a school in Greenville South Carolina for professional photographs.  They brought in photographers from all over and two men that I took classes with were Al Gilbert from Toronto and Frank Cirrichio from Texas.  I learned more from these two men than the majority all of the others combined.  Here is the b&w conversion of the above image …


Bubba 2 _ 1985 _ RTP _ BW _ SFW

It is amazing how much the Lucis Filter brings out the detail in the skin texture.  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions about any of this, please ask … Frank

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April 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

South Florida Sunset …

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South Florida 1977 _ 6x4_RTP _ SFW

South Florida sunset on Kodachrome back in 1977 on a trip to the Keys to go scuba diving.  I have been scanning some old transparencies from my father’s file and threw in a handful of mine while I was at it.  I have a lot of transparencies in file folders that I have been planning to scan, but just have not felt like taking the time to start.  It is not the process of scanning, but the arraigning, sorting and cataloging of all of the scans that is so overwhelming to me.  I also have been scanning 120 b&w negatives.  When I started scanning 4 or 5 years ago, so many of the scans were made at a small resolution … I did not realize that I needed to scan at a higher resolution and image size to get a better file for printing.  I know, I know … I should have known better, but at the time I was doing what I thought was correct.  However, I will say that I learn something new every day and it is not as bad as it sounds once you get going.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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April 4, 2014 at 9:27 am