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Christmas Lights at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview …

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Main Street Exterior Yes _ Sat _ 25 Nov 14 _ SFW

How many of you out there can remember when Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview used to decorate with all of the lights for the holidays?  I went out there many times to make photos for Father Licari and then Father Gray.  This is the only image that I can put my hands on out of all the hundreds that I had taken out there through the years.  I know that they are around here somewhere and I will have to keep on looking.  The above shot was looking down Main Street where the Round-Up was held and you see the “Grandview Hotel ” at the end of the street.  If I run across some of the interior of the church, I will post them … it was really a site to see!  Thanks for looking and I hope that everyone will have a safe and happy Thanksgiving … Frank

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November 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

Palafox Pier …

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Panorama at the Palafox Pier _ SFW_ 12 Nov 14

Way before the iPhone and it’s panorama apps, even before Photoshop and stitching a series of images together to make a panorama … I would shot a handful of images and tape them together to make a panorama.  Extremely low-tech and very crude, but it worked.  The image above is one that I made when they were making the marina down at the foot of Palafox Street.  You see the corner of the old Municipal Auditorium on the far right side of the frame.  The steel frame-work is the start of the building that is now Jaco’s Restaurant and several other businesses.  Like I said earlier, this is very crude, but it still is interesting to look at and view.  Thanks for looking … Frank

PS – Click on the photo, and it should open up in another screen larger.  I could get it up to 10 inches across, but it would not up-load any wider without taking a long time to load.

North Georgia Vineyards … Revisited

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IMG_9344  North Georgia Vinyards  _ Lucis _ SFW

We went to Jenna’s earlier this year and took a day trip into the north Georgia vineyards.  It started to look like rain and I made this while everyone else was sitting around drinking wine.  It did not do much for me then, but after looking at it fo a while, I thought that I could do something with it.  I still might come along and add some more grass in the foreground to cover up the dead spots, but I thought that I would just through it up to see what type of response I get.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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Ok … I reworked the above image some and I thought that I would just add it to this post instead of creating a whole new post.  All I did was come along and tried to add some new grass to portions of the foreground .  I also added some more branches to one of the trees in the background to fill it out more.  See if you can tell a difference …

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November 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

CHS Homecoming Photos 2015 …

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OK … I have gotten the CHS 2015 Homecoming photos up on my Zenfolio site.  Here is a link to the site.  When you click on the link, a new page will open up with and you will see a photo of the homecoming court back stage before the pep rally.  Scroll down until you come to a folder with CHS Homecoming 2015 and then click on that folder.  You order from this site and your photos will be sent to you in a few days.  If you have any questions, please ask and I can answer them for you.

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Even if you do not purchase any photos, I hope that you enjoy looking through the hundreds of photos that I have worked-up and posted over on my Zenfolio site.  If you do not see any other type of product ( such as an album of photos or a digital file of the image ) contact me directly and I can tell you what can be done.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

The Blue Angels …

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Wright Plane _20x10_RTP _Lucis Winslow _Textured _SFW

Well, now that I have your attention with the title, what does this have to do with the Blue Angels?  The first is that they will be doing their last air show of 2014 out at Pensacola Naval Air Station this coming weekend.  So a word to the wise, if you are planning on going, you had better leave early and plan to stay late to avoid the 75,000 other people that plan on going out to NAS for the show.  The second thing is that this photo has nothing to do with the Blue Angels, but on the other hand it has everything to do with them.  If the Wright Brothers had not bothered building this contraption and hauling it from Ohio to the beach in North Carolina, you would not be enjoying watching the Blues out at NAS this weekend.  It is hard to imagine that this flight would lead to where we are today.  No, I was not there to record this image … I saw it in a museum and took a photo of it and then layered a texture over the image and then ran it through one of the Lucis Art Filters to give it a soft -dreamy look.  Notice how the pilot is laying down and not even sitting up-right.  This flight occurred in 1903 at Kitty Hawk North Carolina and I believe it was in December.  OK … that is your history lesson for today.  As usual, all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

Judge Roy Bean’s Cabin in Pecos, NM …

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IMG_2564  Judge Roy Bean _SOOC _ SFW

The above photo is one that I made ten years ago out in Pecos, New Mexico.  I filed it away and and ran across it the other day and thought that I would do something with it.  Mainly, I wanted to show that with a little imagination and a lot of Photoshop, you can take what I would call a ” below average ” photo and turn it into something that is a lot more interesting than just the straight image.  Now I am not saying that it is going to win any awards, but it does have an interesting look that gets your attention …


IMG_2564  Judge Roy Bean Home_Best _ 3 Nov 14 _Matte 3 _SFW

The main change that I did was to run it through ” Lucis Art Filter ” to come up with the overall look and then alter the color and saturation.  There are a few more adjustments that I did, and if anyone is is interested let me know.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

CHS 2015 Homecoming …

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Here are a few candid shots from the CHS Homecoming Pep Rally and several from the football game along with one from the dance.  I still have some more work to do on the ones from the half time walk-out and at the dance.  I will post all of the ones that I have worked-up over at my Zenfolio site for everyone to see.  You can also purchase them directly from the site and your order will be mailed to your home.  Here goes a few … I will start off with the cheerleaders at the pep rally … Then move to a few from the game …


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I will put a few from the walk-out at half time later, with some more from the dance.  I have to work on a few more of them before I put them on the blog … they do not come out of the camera looking like these.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look … if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask.  Thanks again … Frank