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A Few More From Pensacola Beach This Past Week …

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The above panorama is from a restaurant out on Pensacola Beach – Red Fish Blue Fish – that we had lunch at this past Friday.  The food, service and the food were great and we really enjoyed ourselves.  You look out over the Sound and the place is all open, which I like.  All of these photos, by the way, were taken with my iPhone.  However, they were worked up in Photoshop before I posted them.  On my previous post, I included a panorama that I had taken from our room on the fourth floor at the Hilton located right on the Gulf … it does not get much better than this!  This is an image that Jenna had taken on her iPhone of three Coast Guard helicopters hovering out of the Gulf in front of the Hilton.  You do not really get to see much, but you can make out the helicopters hovering over the Gulf by the rotor wash on the water …

 

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Now, here are a several of Payton and one of Jenna and Payton down at Joe Patti’s Seafood.  The first is Payton with a iPhone playing games, which is what she seems to be doing 75% of the time these days …

 

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The last is just one taken off of the balcony looking at the beach … nothing great, but pretty.

 

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That is it for now … thanks for looking and please check back.  Frank

The View from the Hilton on Pensacola Beach …

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This is a panorama taken on my iPhone from the fourth floor at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach this past Friday September 25, 2015.  I could not get over how many chairs and umbrellas were set out on the beach with hardly anyone there.  Maybe they knew something that I didn’t, but I am surprised at how deserted the beach is this time of year.  I realize that school is back in session, but with the rates going down after Labor Day, you would think that the beach could draw more of a crowd.  And I know that it is not for lack of trying with all of the money spent on ads by the different hotels, restaurants, chambers of commerce, etc, etc.  Well, it was nice while it lasted because the weather is going to be bad starting Monday.  I have not lost interest in my two blogs over the last several months … I have been posting to my Instagram account and have come across a lot of people that I would not have reached on my blogs.  I am busy with some other things and do not have much ready to post.  In the next few weeks I will have some new stuff to post that I hope will be of interest.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

One More Reagan Photo …

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It clearly looks that Reagan is enjoying himself as he works the crowd in Pensacola.  Look at the little boy that is stretching his hand out to Reagan … I am sure that Reagan shook it and I bet that kid did not wash his hand for a week.  I still have a few more of these that I will post later.  If anyone has any idea who this kid is, let me know.  Just email me who you think or know it is and I will give him one of these photos for his scrapbook.  I am sure that this kid ( I called him little Johnny in an earlier post ) is upset with our Iranian Nuclear Arms ” Deal “.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

PS – If anyone recognizes any of these people in any of these Reagan photos, please let me know. Thanks … 28 Oct 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some More of Ronald Reagan at Pensacola Regional Airport …

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This one looks like he is just arriving and getting ready to walk down toward the platform where, but he has already spoken and is getting ready to enter the plane and leave.  However, we won’t tell anyone.  I very seldom show full frame images, since a lot times I have the wrong lens and cannot frame the image the way that I would like to have it composed.  I do not have an issue with going back and cropping the image to cut out all of the worthless parts that really do nothing to improve the image.  Here are a few more images that have not been shown or published prior to today …

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Reagan is in the center of the bottom of the frame … how about those signs, especially the one that reads ” Free Our Diplomats “, what is that all about?  Oh, I guess you must have forgotten about the Iranians taking our diplomats hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran and holding them hostage for over 444 days. Yes, little Johnny, that is well over a year that our citizens were held hostage in Iran.  You are right again, little Johnny, our current politicians ( I am not mentioning any names here ) sure must have forgotten that episode as they negotiate with the current regime in Iran and will allow them to have nuclear materials.  And yes, little Johnny, Iran can then go and build their own nuclear bombs and yes, we are also going to give the Iranians 100 billion dollars to further their cause.  No, little Johnny, they promised that they they would not use the nuclear materials to build bombs … just like Germany signed a treaty ( The Nonaggression Pact of 1939 )  with England before World War II and Germany promised not bomb England and Russia.  And well, Germany lied to England and Russia and invaded Poland in 1939.  Yes, little Johnny, Hitler lied and broke the agreement, but we know that the Ayatollah would not do that besides our Secretary of State believes him.  No little Johnny, we do not need the 100 billion dollars that we are going to give Iran, we have enough money to help our veterans and the less fortunate and all of the illegals that come to the United States … we have enough money for everyone.  No little Johnny, there is not enough for you to go to college for free, but as smart as you are, I do not think that you need any more of an education.  I wish our leaders were as smart as little Johnny.  Enough of that … one more of Reagan –

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I have more of Reagan that I have to work-up before I post and I still will post some of him speaking.  If anyone was here at the airport that day, I would like to here about your experiences.  I did not know anything about it until WCOA mentioned it around 8:00 am that morning.  It was nothing like they do now days.  Thanks for looking and please check back …Frank

PS – Please go and check me out on Instagram … FrankPHardy.  From some reason it would not allow me to use FrankHardyPhoto or FrankHardyPhotography, so I had to use my middle initial.  I have come in contact with a lot of people that I would not have from my blogs and I do not really like Facebook all of that much.  I get tired of all of the sayings and the photos of what people are eating and drinking.  Thanks again …

New Series on Wild Flowers …

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This is a new series on wild flowers that I started several months back.  These photos were taken in back of our house on Garcon Point back in July.  I am not a huge photographer of flowers, mainly because you cannot talk to them, but they are pretty and everyone seems to enjoy looking at them.  All of these were shot with a 200mm lens at 2.8 for shallow depth of field.  And of course they were all worked up in Photoshop.  Here is another …

 

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I might have over saturated them a bit too much but the colors really pop out.  Here is one more …

 

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I have had a lot going on the last month and I have ignored the two blogs, but I am going to renew my subscription with WordPress next month.  So I will keep these going for another year.  What I have been posting to is my Instagram account.  You can find me at: frankphardy .  I will try to come back to this post and add a link, but most of the images that I have posted are ones that I have redone to fit the Instagram format and changed them up slightly.  It has been a great way to show my images in a portfolio style … none of the photos are instant showing what I eat, where I am, etc, etc.  To me the lamest excuse to post anything is to show what you are eating or drinking, but that is just me.  And one more lame photo, your feet in the frame … so many love including their shoes, I guess they want everyone that at least they are intelligent not to leave the house barefoot!  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

PS – To all you food, drink and feet photographers, I was not trying to insult or criticize your subject matter. ( This is where I would insert a smiley face emoji if I had or used them )

Lone Tree …

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In my spare time I have been scanning some of the thousands of negatives that I have shot through the years.  Shot with a Hasselblad on b&w film outside of Havana Florida maybe 13 or 14 years ago.  Nothing really special, but at the time I thought that it looked interesting.  More to come and thanks for looking … Frank

Ronald Reagan Aboard Leadership 80 …

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In September 1980, Ronald Reagan made a stop at the Pensacola Regional Airport aboard Leadership 80.   I have posted a few images earlier of Reagan speaking at the podium speaking, but I had not posted any of boarding the plane to leave.  The reason was that I could not find the negatives.  Until yesterday.  I ran across them looking for some other negatives that I had misplaced.  It is only about 25 more negatives and they are nothing earth shattering … no Pulitzer Prize winners.  However, he still became President of the United States and he was in Pensacola, so that has to amount for something.  Right?  I cleaned these two negatives up and posted them as a teaser.  I know that there are a lot of people who loved him and these show him in a good mood and  to me, very favorable.  It is going to take me a while to get them all cleaned-up and ready to post.  Here is one more of the crowd around the plane …

 

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I have enough images to get several posts out of all of the negatives and I hope to hear from some people that were there.  Not very many comments were received from the other post, so I am hoping that these will get a better response.  I am also going to post something on my other site and maybe that might get some more responses.  I do not believe that I did that with the other post.  It is going be a little before I get around to getting them ready to post, so please be patient.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank