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” I want to be just like Silverman when I grow up ” …

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” I want to be just like Silverman when I grow up ! “ …  thought the little boy walking by.

That is my title for this photo … I took this photo with my Nikon F3 on TMAX film back in 2000 on a trip Pam and I took to San Francisco just to go and say we went.  And we were not disappointed !!  As for as this photo goes, I gave Silverman a ten and told him I was going to take a couple of random shots and he said take all I wanted … a ten got me a lot.  I told him thanks for his generosity and he said like-wise.  I only made 7 or 8 frames and they all were like this, except with different people in the background and the no people.  The image that I printed is a different one with just a guy walking away in the background, but it had the street-light framing Silverman better.  But when I was going through my negative, I liked this one and scanned it, cleaned it up in Photoshop and then ran it through Lucis Art Filter.   After having been photographing all of the street people in New Orleans for so long  … it is nice to see some in other cities.  However, New Orleans is just a rest stop for all of these street ” actors ” on the road to their true Mecca … KEY WEST.  I will share a few of those when I scan some old negatives and transparencies in the future.  I also want to share a story of the ” photo that got away

So as Ron Burgundy would say, if Ron were a photographer … ” Stay sharp, Florida, and if you cannot stay sharp … make it so out of focus that  your viewer will have to wish they were drunk to figure it out ”    And as Jerry Seifeld might say … ” Comedy is a dangerous job, leave it to the professionals, Frank.  And by the way, I do not claim to be a professional photographer, so I expect the same consideration “  With that said … I will.  Thanks for looking and I promise no more attempts at comedy for the rest of the year …  But, you will have to wait to see what next year will bring.  Thanks for looking,  Frank

PS –  If I did not give proper credit to the Jerry Seifeld quote above, or if I improperly misquoted or implied, or if he just wants his name removed from this blog post, I will understand completely and will do so happily.  This does not require legal action.  Frank

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December 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Valentino _ RIP …

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Today is Rudolph Valentino’s birthday.  My father had made a photo of his crypt at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and I had posted it on his blog a while back.  It received a lot of hits and a few comments, so I decided to post it here …

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The one above is the one that my father had taken on a trip to Los Angeles back in the 1950’s to visit his sister. Below is a color image that I found of Wikipedia …

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Here is a link to his Wikipedia site. 

The guy led an interesting life and his Wikipedia site is an interesting read … I might have to find a biography of his to read.  There is a rumor that a woman dressed in black would show up at his crypt on his birthday and leave a single red rose.  She was never identified and to this day still remains a mystery.  Thanks again for looking and if you have happened to have visited his crypt out at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, please  let us hear from you … Frank

Alcatraz Prison …

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This is another photo of Alcatraz that I made on out trip to San Francisco back in 2000.  The prison was interesting to tour and to hear the history of the island / prison.  But the boat ride to the island across San Francisco Harbor was the real high light of  the tour … I could have ridden on the boat for several hours and never gotten tired!  Thanks for looking … FRank

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February 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

Pebble Beach 17-Mile Drive …

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One more from my files.  This is another from the trip we took to San Francisco back in 2000.  This is before I went digital, so this is from a 120 b&w negative scan.  This is looking out over the Pacific by the Pebble Beach Country Club on the Seventeen Mile Drive loop that is one of the prettiest drive that you will ever take.  When we were standing at this park where this view is located, I looked around and out of a crowd of two busloads full of people, Pam and I were only people speaking English … everyone else was Japanese!  Or what sounded like Japanese to me.  The world is truly getting smaller … Thanks for looking.  Frank

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December 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

Monterey California …

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This is one from our trip to San Francisco back in 2000.  This was made somewhere along the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach.  It was made on TMax 100 with my Hasselblad and then scanned.  This was before I went digital, so I have rolls of film and transparencies that I plan on scanning in the years to come.  Thanks for looking …

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August 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Several More From California …

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The one above was made at Pebble Beach.  The one below is Monterrey Beach at sunset.  These were before digital … Hasselblad, 50mm, b&w T-Max 100, then scanned.  Hope you enjoy …

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March 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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Alcatraz …

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When Pam and I went to San Francisco, we took the ferry to Alcatraz.  It was not what I had expected it to be … it was run down and old.  Now I know that it was a prison and it was built back in the early part of the 1900’s and it had not been occupied in almost 40 years, but I thought it would have been larger or something.  The building holding the cells is interesting to tour and to explore.  Seeing and hearing the guards stories was very interesting.   The most enjoyable part was the ferry ride out to the island … being out in the bay and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was the highlight of this trip for me.  The above photo is a shot of the guard’s house and tower … the three trees make the photo to me.  You can find symbolism of the three crosses, but I did not think that when I snapped the shutter.  They just added a few elements to the overall composition.  Also, the sky adds a bit of suspense to an otherwise depressing image.  I have never seen a view of Alcatraz like this above anywhere, so I hope you enjoy it and all comments are welcomed.

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February 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

Posted in California