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Pensacola Beach Images …

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These photos are ones that I took out at Pensacola Beach from earlier this year.  I want to say that all were taken from the Pier out on the beach.  All have been posted on my Instagram account and several have been enhanced with a program called Plotagraph which adds motion to a still image.  In the image above, I was able to add motion to the waves so that they roll in and then recede. I will try to add several here in the next few days, but in the meantime here are some surfing photos …

And finally one I titled ” Heading In “…

 

I have been posting mostly to my Instagram account over the past few months, but I have not totally given up on my blog and I plan to get back into regularly posting to my two blogs shortly.  You can find me on Instagram at @frankhardyphoto or you can go to the search panel and just type in Frank Hardy Photography.  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please let me hear them.

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 ….

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

Palafox Pier …

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Way before the iPhone and it’s panorama apps, even before Photoshop and stitching a series of images together to make a panorama … I would shot a handful of images and tape them together to make a panorama.  Extremely low-tech and very crude, but it worked.  The image above is one that I made when they were making the marina down at the foot of Palafox Street.  You see the corner of the old Municipal Auditorium on the far right side of the frame.  The steel frame-work is the start of the building that is now Jaco’s Restaurant and several other businesses.  Like I said earlier, this is very crude, but it still is interesting to look at and view.  Thanks for looking … Frank

PS – Click on the photo, and it should open up in another screen larger.  I could get it up to 10 inches across, but it would not up-load any wider without taking a long time to load.

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