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An Afternoon At Pensacola Beach …

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This post is just some miscellaneous images that I found on a disc that I had burned back in 2005.  It started off as a commentary / rant to other photographers about being careful when backing up their images on portable hard drives, but I am still thinking about how to write it.  So, I just decided to post these images that I found on a CD that I burned back in August of 2005.  They are not great images by any means, but they show what you can create out of just some average images.  The one above is just a kid standing in the water with a life jacket on.  The texture of the water and the sand make this image interesting … obviously the life jacket on the young boy makes his shape look odd, but it is what it is. However, I did try to smooth out the lines with the liquify tool in Photoshop and I think that the life-preserver does not look as bulky as before.  The next one is of an oriental lady sitting on a bench at the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier …

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Running this image through the Lucis Art Filter really brings out the texture of the wooden bench, the pattern in her blouse, the texture of her straw hat and the water in the background.  Below is the original image, sort of, that I made …

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As you can see it is nothing special, but with some cropping and some adjustments, you can turn an average looking image into something that is more visually interesting and appealing.  Below is one more of people on the beach.  Nothing great either, but the late afternoon sun is what really creates the photo …

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Here is another view of the beach of the beach at sunset.  This last image is one of a little girl at the water’s edge shot from above.  I altered the colors to give the sand a blue tint, just to make the image more interesting …

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I have a few more posts almost ready to go from events that I shot a month or two ago, so please check back and please let me hear from you.  When I have time to sit and write, I will tell you about the problem that I have with my back-up hard drives.  It has been extremely frustrating because I have eight or nine years worth of images backed-up on these hard-drives.  Stay safe and please check back … Frank


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July 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

The ” Nina ” in Pensacola Bay …

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I had taken my grandson, Lukas, downtown to the end of Palafox to let him run around and chase the pigeons / birds … really just to get him out of the house.  The ” Nina ” was sailing in the Bay and was headed to the port to dock.  All I had on me was my Blackberry phone at the time and I took these images.  Nothing much, but I saw in the PNJ were it and it’s sister ship had docked somewhere to the west of us … maybe Perdido Key or Orange Beach, not sure which.  I ran across theses the other day and I thought that I would post them in honor of the ” Nina ” returning.  These had to be several years old because I have had iPhone for two years.  Here is another view …

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Thanks for looking and if you have any questions, please ask … Frank

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February 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Natalie and Trey Wedding at the Barkley House at Seville Square …

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This is wedding of Natalie Quina and Trey Richburg that I helped my good friend Bud Lovoy   photograph that was held at the Barkley House in downtown Pensacola Florida.  The house is actually in an area called Seville Square that is run by the Historic Pensacola Village group.  The link above takes you to their site, so you can see all of the sites that they rent in the Historic Pensacola Village / Seville Square.  The photo above was taken in one of the rooms at the Barkley House,  the photos of the bride’s family and the groom’s family were made at the bride’s parent’s house in North Hill.  All of the rest were made at the grounds around the Barkley House.  It was a beautiful October afternoon, the weather was perfect, the food was fantastic, etc, etc.  I hope you enjoy …

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Dancing Photos

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Those twenty or so photographs are just a small fraction of all of the images that Bud and I created.  The link associated with Bud’s name above will take you to his site that displays his work.  Just scroll around until you find the folder that says either ” Quina Wedding ” or ” Natalie and Trey ” and click on it to see all of the photos that we created for their wedding.  If you have any questions or comments, either call me at 850-449-1279 or email me through this site, or you could contact Bud through his site.  It does not matter which, both of us are happy to do any thing that we can to help.

Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank



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January 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

More iPhone Panoramas …

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OK … I admit it … I think using the iPhone as a camera is incredible.  The app, Auto Stitch, is even more incredible.  Once you figure out how much to overlap your images ( about 20% ) and how many images  (3 or 4 for me ) to take to have the program stitch together … then you are really cooking … with gas!  First, let me make this perfectly clear, there is a lot of trial and error using this app / technique.  Next, it is not as good as combining the images in Photoshop for clarity and sharpness.  But, when all the stars align and your images are sharp ( no movement or shake ), your choice of content for your panorama is interesting ( still subjects obviously are better than ones with people, cars, etc ), you can create images, that I think, are more interesting to view than just an image made with a 20 mm lens … and a lot more fun and satisfying to create.  Now, on to the photos –

This one was made down at Plaza De Luna back in February or March showing the Port of Pensacola.  Notice the three -masted schooner on the left side of the image …  then the Global 12oo behind it.  This photo is sharp through-out the whole image and it was photographed hand-held, as all of these panoramas are.  I purchased a small tripod for the iPhone, but have never used it yet.  Next are several made at SeaSide, several weeks back …

This last one is straight from the iPhone, the two previous views of SeaSide were downloaded and then worked-up in Photoshop, then resized for the web.  The last photo contains maybe 6 or 7 photos, while the first two were 3 or 4 photos.  I have never printed any of these panos yet, so I do not know the quality of enlargements, but for a keepsake to remember places you visited on vacation or trips with the family … this for me is the way to go.  Thanks for looking and if anyone has any questions, I am more than happy to share anything with you.  Don’t forget that you can click on any image for a larger ( somewhat ) view and it is also blacked out around the frame for more emphasis.

DISCLAIMER – I am not affiliated with ” Auto Stitch ” and the above comments are my own.  I do not know the legalise    that goes along with a disclaimer, but whatever it is … insert here:   ______________________________________ .

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June 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Another Aerial of Pensacola …

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Not exactly sure when I made this aerial of downtown Pensacola, but in the foreground is Joe Patti Seafood and further to the east is the property that the new ballpark is built on.  I posted some aerials in an earlier post that were looking sout and north, but this is the on;y one that I have run across that faces east.  I am not sure of the exact year, but the Municipal Auditorium is still at the end of Palafox Street and way off in the distance on Scenic Highway, the Scenic Terrace Condos down by the Angus have not been built yet.  So some enterprising individual can do some research and see when those condos where built and find out when the Auditorium was torn down, you would have a rough idea when I made this photo.  Thanks for looking …

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April 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm