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The Lonely Road Home …

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I could not decide if I should call this ” Aren’t You Glad That You Live In Florida ” or ” The Lonely Road Home ” and I decided on the lonely road theme.  Notice how the ice on the windshield really makes the photo, otherwise it would just be some out of focus car lights on a miserable road out in the middle of no where.  The lights were smaller and I enlarged them so they would be more interesting.  I believe this was Wyoming, not exactly sure.  I have some more from Spain that I am going to post in the next day or so.  Thanks for looking and let me know what you think …. Frank

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February 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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

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

Tuba City Arizona …

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This was taken outside of Tuba City Arizona and it is more of an optical illusion more than anything else and besides I think that the clouds look interesting.  The hill was in the foreground, but the clouds were way off in the distance.  Using a telephoto lens that compresses the image and makes the clouds look as if they are hovering  a hundred feet or so above the hill.  All that is missing a group of Indians on horseback to complete the image …. I will see if I can come up with something to enhance this image in the future.  Anyone out there ever been to Tuba City Arizona?  That is what I thought … no one.  I believe it  is the start of some Indian Nation, but I do not know which one.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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December 16, 2014 at 9:32 am

Judge Roy Bean’s Cabin in Pecos, NM …

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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 …


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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

Re-Worked Images …

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This is the original scan of a 35mm Kodachrome transparency that my father had made back in 1954 or 55, on one of his trips out west to visit his sister.  She was an RN who worked in Los Angeles at the Cedars of Sinai Hospital.  I have no idea where this stretch of road is, but I have often wondered.  Sometime in the future I hope to do a photobook of his images from the trips that he made out west in the 1950’s and 60’s.  This is one that I titled ” Road To Nowhere “, however that can always change as usual for me.  I just thought it would make an interesting cover for a book.  Very seldom do I ever post the original scan … I just thought that I would for reference sake.  The next one is the re-worked  image where I have added a texture matte / screen to the image.  I still might change the color to make it look more like a tinted image.  The judge is still out on that one.  He is the re-worked image …


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The texture screen is very subtle and does not seem to show up that well once I resize and reduce the image quality for internet usage.  You do know that if you click on any of the images on this site ( or the ones over on my father’s site that I created ) that the image will open up on a new page by itself and I am fairly sure that you can enlarge the image.  This image should be over on my father’s photography blog that I have, but some people that I talk to do not know about the two.  There is a link to it on the right-hand side of the page, but apparently a lot of people either do not know about the link or do not want to click on the link not knowing where it might take them or to what kind of link it is.  I can understand that … I have started to print some of these images to get back into selling some.  It has been so long that I have sold anything off of either site  that I have almost stopped mentioning it altogether.  I have some other photos from Graceland, Memphis and North Mississippi that I have ready to go and will post in the near future.  Also, I have some casual senior girl images that I plan on posting just to remind the mother’s that I do all types of photography and not just head and shoulder photos for the yearbook etc.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you if you have any questions or comments … Frank





Stanley Marsh 3 … RIP

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Stanley Marsh 3 died this past week.  He was the man who created ” The Cadillac Ranch ” along I-40 outside of Amarillo Texas.  I made the above back in 2003 on a trip Pam and I took to Sedona  Arizona.  We had driven out on I-10 and I said that there was no way that I was going back the same way.  You would drive for miles and miles and miles and there would be absolutely nothing out your windows but flat land.  So when we left Sedona, we drove north to I-40 and headed east.  The view was a little better and there were some places along the way that we stopped … but those are for another time.  Pam spotted the Cadillacs and said that we just passed a row of cars buried nose down out in a field.  I turned around and went back.  It had rained and the field was muddy and the cars are buried several hundred yards from the service road.  She had no interest in walking out in the mud, so I grabbed my cameras and headed out.  I will have to find the original files and post them to give you an idea what I started with.  This is the first image that really showed me what you could create in Photoshop and how creative and powerful the program is.  Here  is a link to  Marsh’s obituary in the Amarillo  paper and the guy lead an interesting life.  His last few years were filled with controversy, but I guess that is another story, also.  Thanks for looking and I have some other posts ready to put up and I will over the next few days … Thanks for looking … Frank


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June 19, 2014 at 8:26 am