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New and Miscellaneous Work ….

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I have not been posting much on these blogs since I post to Instagram.  I am at @frankphardy on Instagram for those of you that might be interested and see what I throw up on it.  I seem to attract more attention there that I have on this blog.  But I do not plan on getting rid of this blog since I have had it so long.  Here are a few new images and several that I have reworked. Enjoy …

I am sort of all over the place with these images from California to Ireland to Memphis to back to California and I started it off on Pensacola Beach.  Thanks for looking and please check back, I have some concert negatives that I have acquired from back in the 1960’s and 70’s that I plan to post in the near future.  Don’t forget to go to my Instagram feed … @frankphardy … and see my work there.  Feel free to comment and thanks for looking ….

Frankie Ballard at The Pensacola Interstate Fair …

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This past Saturday night Pam and I went out to the Pensacola Interstate Fair to see Frankie Ballard.   I am by no means a concert photographer, but as I always say in this digital world that we live in today … If you can’t shoot’em good, just shoot a lot!!  And that is pretty much what I did.  I did not have access to the center aisle right in front of the stage, so I was off to the left as you look at the stage.  Not really much of a problem since Frankie and the boys move all over the stage.  As always, none of these images are straight out of the camera and all have been worked up in Photoshop.  So here we go …

 

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I have others that I have posted to my Instagram account if you want to see more Frankie. Here is a link to my Instagram account if you are interested.  I have been posting there and have sort of neglected my blogs, only because it attracts a different audience and I have met some people that I would never have come across with my two blogs.  One major regret that taking these concert photos made me realize is that I never carried a camera to all of the concerts that I went to in the late 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Back in those early days you could just wander up to the foot of the stage and hang around if there was an open spot.  There was no obstacles like “security” to stop you from taking photos of your favorite band until I would say sometime in the 1980’s.  I thought about it once or twice, but never bothered lugging a camera bag around with me … now I really regret not taking my camera because I have been taking photos since junior high school.  Thanks for looking and if anyone else was there let me know what you think.  All that I can say is that my days of being ” Young and Crazy ” are long gone … Please feel free to comment and check back.  Frank

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October 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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

Holiday Inn On Pensacola Beach …

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After that last snowy road image from out in Wyoming, I thought that I had better bring it all back home.  This is one of the old Holiday Inn out on Pensacola Beach.  The hotel was torn down after the damage from Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.  I cannot remember when I made this, but it obviously was not yesterday.  I cannot tell you how many wedding receptions I photographed here, but I am sure that it was at least a hundred or more.  The food was always delicious and you sure could not beat the view when the reception was held up stairs at the Penthouse Lounge.  In this area is where the new Margaritaville Hotel is now located … not exactly in the same spot, but this is a huge piece of real estate.  It was really one of Pensacola Beach’s landmarks for many years.  Now, if I only could find some images of the Dunes Motel and Lounge ….   Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please let us hear them … Frank

Goodbye Summer …

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I maybe should have put a blue border around this image to separate the white sand in the foreground from the white background on the blog’s… I still might, but I thought that I would go ahead and post this image.   There might still be a few weeks of ” summer ” left, however you better run out and enjoy it while you can.  I call this image ” Number Two ” obviously and it is just a grab shot with an iPhone.  And yes, there is a good bit of Photoshop involved in the creation of this image plus I still might do several other things to the image.  Once winter gets here, it is going to be a while before you see old number 2  out on the beach… maybe in three months or so and then the SRIA will drag it out of storage  At least we are not up in the far north and having to look at being inside for 4 or 5 months … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

NOTE:  I did not take the photo above … Jenna Adams made the photo, all I did was the Photoshop work on the image.

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October 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Pensacola Beach …

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The above is a panorama I made earlier today ( 17 Aug 14 ) out on the fishing pier at Pensacola Beach.  Gorgeous day.  Hot and bright.  Made with my iPhone looking east about midway on the pier.  It is hard for me to get over how sharp these images made with an iPhone.  I have two more images that I am going to share with you.  The first is just a view again from the pier looking west with the Margaritaville Hotel in the frame with a few surfers in the foreground and then one of the ” Beach Ball ” water tower.

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I should have framed the Beach Ball differently, but you still get the idea.  We could not get over how thin the crowds at the beach was for this time of year.  With still two weeks left in August before Labor Day, you would have thought that it would have been hard to find a parking space in the Casino Beach parking lot, but it was not half-full.  There were spaces as soon as you turned in … I guess everyone still must have been over at the Flora-Bama leftover and hungover from the Kenny Chesney Concert yesterday.  The water was nice, but there was a lot of seaweed.  Thanks for looking and I still have a few posts ready to go that I will post shortly.  Don’t forget to check over at my other blog … there is a link on the right-hand side of this blog that will take you to it.  I finally linked this blog and the other blog to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in hopes of getting some more exposure and it seems to be working.  If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let me hear them.  Thanks again … Frank