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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

Mother and Child on the Beach …

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I cannot remember if I have posted this earlier, but I thought that it has always been pretty.  This is a good example of what I like in portraits.  You do not need to put up 40 or 50 goofy images … I am a firm believer in one photo saying it all.  But so many of the photographers today just want to go and ” hang-out” and “walk-around” and ” take a whole bunch of photos” … then they go and call it a “sessy” … I still have not figured out what that is yet.  That is how this business has changed so much these days … Thanks for looking and let me hear your comments … Frank

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December 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Young Girl on Beach …

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Here is another on of my Photoshop ” paintings ” … they take me a while to create, but I believe that they take less time than if I actually had created them in Corel Painter .  I would classify them more as an Impressionistic style of painting, since I am ” smearing ” the pixels.   There is still some detail in the face and the skin, and you do get a feel for the water and sand and the shape of the waves.  I have done much more Photoshop work on this image of the young girl than I did on the other Irish paintings that I have posted.  This is really just the start of the learning process for me … however, I still like to put these out and hear any comments that you might have.  The first has just more “canvas” around the image and I did an edge treatment to give it a more interesting look  …

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Now, this is the same image without the border treatment.  I have posted this image earlier and I said that I planned to work it up as a painting in the future.  So if you want to find the original photograph, just search ” beach portraits ” on this blog and it will pop-up along with several other beach portrait posts  You will see a big difference … however, you really have to see a printed example to get a good idea of how this “painting” shows up.  This is something new that I am working on for next year and obviously I have a long way to go on my technique before I offer it  as a print option.  But, I do see this type of work in my future and I think that it has a lot of possibilities for a whole range of subjects.

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Thanks for looking … I have a wedding that I did with Bud back in October that I plan on posting next.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear your comments about these … Frank

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December 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Children’s Summer Portraits …

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Here are several portraits that I made of a few children in the last month or so.  The one above has had a border added to it, but the color is natural.  The color of the three portraits below has been adjusted for effect and I have added  borders to  two of them.  I have not been a big fan of color shifts in the past, but they seem to be very popular because you see them everywhere.  I thought that I would try a few out and see what type of comments I get.  They are not too drastic and they do give the portraits a different look …


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Let me know what you think about the looks.  Even though I have been digital for eleven years now,  I have been slow to embrace a lot of the Photoshop “actions” as gimmicky.   So many photographers seem to use them to enhance mediocre images and I never wanted to jump on that bandwagon.  Thanks again for looking and please keep me in mind for all your portrait needs … Frank

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July 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm