Frank Hardy Photography

An Afternoon At Pensacola Beach …

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IMG_3337  Boy in Water_ RTP _Cropped_2B_Liq _SFW

This post is just some miscellaneous images that I found on a disc that I had burned back in 2005.  It started off as a commentary / rant to other photographers about being careful when backing up their images on portable hard drives, but I am still thinking about how to write it.  So, I just decided to post these images that I found on a CD that I burned back in August of 2005.  They are not great images by any means, but they show what you can create out of just some average images.  The one above is just a kid standing in the water with a life jacket on.  The texture of the water and the sand make this image interesting … obviously the life jacket on the young boy makes his shape look odd, but it is what it is. However, I did try to smooth out the lines with the liquify tool in Photoshop and I think that the life-preserver does not look as bulky as before.  The next one is of an oriental lady sitting on a bench at the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier …

China Woman_ Lucis_4x6 _ SFW

Running this image through the Lucis Art Filter really brings out the texture of the wooden bench, the pattern in her blouse, the texture of her straw hat and the water in the background.  Below is the original image, sort of, that I made …

IMG_3311 Lady Fishing 1 _ SFW

As you can see it is nothing special, but with some cropping and some adjustments, you can turn an average looking image into something that is more visually interesting and appealing.  Below is one more of people on the beach.  Nothing great either, but the late afternoon sun is what really creates the photo …

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Here is another view of the beach of the beach at sunset.  This last image is one of a little girl at the water’s edge shot from above.  I altered the colors to give the sand a blue tint, just to make the image more interesting …

IMG_3352 Blue Kid on Beach _ Lucis_RTP_4x5 _SFW

I have a few more posts almost ready to go from events that I shot a month or two ago, so please check back and please let me hear from you.  When I have time to sit and write, I will tell you about the problem that I have with my back-up hard drives.  It has been extremely frustrating because I have eight or nine years worth of images backed-up on these hard-drives.  Stay safe and please check back … Frank


Written by Frank Hardy

July 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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  1. When I was a young child (early 80’s) I vaguely remember a water slide/theme park of some sort on Pensacola Beach. So I thought, anyways. I have done extensive research in locating this subject and have came up empty handed. Am I crazy? or was it another beach? The only other beach I visited would have been Panama City Beach. I believe the reasoning of this slide/theme park being shut down was how unsafe it was. I think it caused a lot of fatalities. Or maybe mother nature. If I remember correctly. I didn’t grow up here in Pensacola. My family was military. My mom and us kids spent our summers here with her family. Please help jog my memory. I know I’m not crazy, however, we lived/visited a lot of places. Thanks, Robin.



    July 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    • Robin … Thanks for commenting and looking. You are correct about the waterslide being on Pensacola Beach in the early 1980’s. I do not know about or remember any fatalities, but I believe that it was torn down or sold was to build a hotel in it’s place. I made the guy’s daughter’s wedding in the early 1980’s and I think that his name was ” Kennedy ” and he had an office down at the Sun-Bank Building in downtown Pensacola. And that just came to me while I was sitting here typing this. The beach really started developing in the late 1980’s and a whole group of new hotels were in the process of being built from that point on. There still might be a mini-golf course on the beach now, but I am not sure. All of the ” family ‘ destinations were torn down for hotels, restaurants and bars over the last twenty years or so. I doubt that you would find anything about Pensacola Beach in the 1980’s on the web, unless you can find some individual might have posted something on Facebook or their own personal blog like mine. Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      July 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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