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The Long Ride Home …

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I just titled this ” The Long Ride Home ” for lack of anything better and it really does look like a long ride home.  This image was shot on 35mm Kodachrome back around 1957 or so.  The scene is somewhere out in Oklahoma, not exactly sure where.  Whenever I look at this image, I image it being around 1870, not in the 1950’s.  I have some other slides from this trip and I will go and see what I can find out about the location, etc.  The one thing that I can almost say for sure … it was hot.  I mean the 110 degrees in the shade type hot, so it must be 130 degrees and I do not see a tree in site.  Their faces are in deep shadow, so I do not have in detail in the faces.  Let me know what you think … I have a lot of these types of images that I plan on doing something with, I just have not figured out what.  Thanks for looking … Frank

PS – I had initially titled this image ” The Long Road Home “, but after looking at it for a real long time I never could find the road.  So I just changed the title to the long ride home for obvious reasons.

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January 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Hank’s Seafood in Charleston …

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IMG_1206 Hanks _ 10x8 _ SFW Hank’s is a restaurant in Charleston on Hayne Street, a block off of Market Street.  I am not going to bother posting a bunch of food shots, since I am not a food blogger … I am going to post a couple of the building that I thought looked interesting.  The first is one of the side of the building showing the sign …   IMG_1252  Hanks Sign _ RTP_SFW The next is one of my ” oil ” painting-type images … the original image was a drawing that someone had done in pencil and I took it and reworked it in Photoshop.  I use the ” smear ” tool in Photoshop to give it a painted looked, plus I run it through several other art filters that I have purchased for Photoshop.  Here you are …   IMG_5613 Hanks Seafood _ Adj _ 19 Jan 15 If you ever get to Charleston, you owe it to yourself to go to Hank’s for dinner … I put a link to their site earlier in the post.  I have some more of Charleston that I will post later, so that is all for now.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

The Pacific Ocean …. On Black and White Kodak Film …

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This was taken back in 2000 out at Pebble Beach California with a Hasselblad on Kodak TMax100 … there is a word that I have not used in a long time – Kodak.  It is hard for me to believe that there is no longer Kodak film for professional photographers.  If you would have told me that in 2015 you could no longer buy a roll of film from Kodak ( except on EBay … what’s EBay? ) back in 1985, I would say that you are crazy.  Back then, Kodak was the number one vendor at any photography trade show that you attended … their booth / display was front and center when you entered the trade show.  Every attendee to the trade show walked around with a yellow Kodak bag carrying all of their literature from all of the businesses in the trade show.  In fact, I wish that I still had one of those yellow Kodak plastic bags for old times sake.  I can remember when Ilford started giving Kodak a run for their money and photographers started walking around with those black and white Ilford bags.  Sorry, I did not mean to ramble on … Thanks for looking and I have a few more of these scans to post in the future … Frank

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January 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

The Little Photographer …

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This is our granddaughter, Payton, who lives in Atlanta and she received a camera for Christmas from her Uncle Lee.  She took it with her on our trip to Charleston and I made a series of photographs of her using her new camera.  She started looking at everything in a different way and things that would have not gotten her attention, suddenly became interesting.  And at four, a lot of what we adults take for granted since we have seen all of these things for decades, now become a new discovery for her … like these fire sprinkler hook-ups ( just my term, since I do not know what the firemen technically call these …  ) .  Now, I am going to start my series of photographs of Payton that I have simply titled … The Little Photographer …

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The little photographer is now on Market Street in downtown Charleston South Carolina when she spots a willing subject that gets her attention.  However, before she put the camera up to her eye and takes the portrait, she decides that she needs to study her subject a little more closely …


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Luckily for Payton, her subject is very patient and let’s her get close, so she can capture the most flattering angle to insure an award – winning portrait.  OK, she thinks that she has the best angle to flatter her subject …


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Now comes the easy part … pressing the shutter.  Luckily for you viewers I was able to get her father to forward the finished image to me, because I felt that it would not be fair to the readers to leave them without the pleasure of viewing Payton’s portrait of ” Chester the Horse “.  So without further ado,  here’s Chester …


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Doesn’t this just want to make you  give Chester a big ole nose rub or pat?  Excellent portrait, Payton!  Who knows where this image might take you … international acclaim, photo-journalism, commercial photography, most definitely animal / portrait photography!  Well, that is my little bit of fun for New Years Day.  I hope you enjoyed my little series ” The Little Photographer ” … Please check back and let me hear your comments … I will forward all photography / modeling assignments to her mother in Atlanta and to Chester at the Charleston Carriage Company, but I think Chester will most likely decide to keep his day job.  Thanks for looking and Happy New Year … Frank