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Horse Racing at Churchhill Downs …

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Here are several more horse racing images that I worked-up last night.  I saw a poster in Louisville this past weekend that I really liked and thought that it added a different / interesting look to an image that was already interesting.   Taking a break from working up people photos, I thought that I would experiment with some horse-racing photos.  These filters are under the “artistic” menu in Photoshop and I have seen where the watercolor filter gives an interesting effect, so that is what I have been using.  I still have a long way to go with these and there are a lot of combinations that you can run on the image.  Here is one more …

 

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This one is going to take more work until I can get it the way I like it.  Notice how the number “12” horse is completely in mid-air.  I hope that you enjoy these and if you have any comments, please do.  The next few posts will be from Churchhill Downs, so I hope that you enjoy horse racing!  Thanks again for looking ad as usual, all comments are appreciated ….

2016 Kentucky Derby …

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Pam and I went to the Kentucky Derby this past weekend as guests as some friends of ours.  We had a great time with 167,000 of our best friends! No, I did not get a chance to personally talk to everyone, but I tried my best.  The image above is one I made in the paddock area between races.  You are going to see a change in some of my photos … I am going to try to get a more illustrative look to them.  I saw a poster / card while in Louisville that I liked and then that little light-bulb went off … it was done in Photoshop!  That got me to thinking ( I know that is a stretch ) that a lot of average, mundane looking photographs can be turned into something interesting … as in the image above.  We will see where this leads.  A few more I worked up from Churchhill Downs …

 

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I have a lot more that I plan on experimenting with, so bear with me.  Let me know what you think about what I have done, so please feel free to comment.  If you were in Louisville and were at Churchill Downs and what to share your experiences, I would love to hear them.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  I have been on Instagram more the past year and have ignored my blogs a little, but I plan on plugging away with them.  I have of lot of new images to post and I will in the future… Frank

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May 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm

A Few More from California …

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I am going to show a few more from our trip out to Southern California at Christmas.  Above is a view of one of the streets in Beverly Hills.  This is a fairly average view and for all that you have heard about this area, it could be just any other neighborhood except every house that you see starts at over a million dollars.  And we did not see very many For Sale signs driving down the few streets that we drove down.  Next up are just a few more photos of palm trees … I know, if you have seen one palm tree photo, you have seen them all, but I am hoping to bring you a few more that you do not normally see without getting too abstract or weird.  Here we go …

 

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Same image, just presented two different ways.  The two palm trees were in the middle of the road outside of our hotel in Oceanside.  The photo was taken at sunset one afternoon and I was walking to a restaurant across the parking lot from the hotel.  I just took the image with my iPhone and then worked it up in Photoshop.  The bottom image was created in an app called Circular once I sent the corrected image back to my phone so I could post it on Instagram.  Talking of the app Circular, here is one more image taken on the flight back to Atlanta …

 

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A little different view of the Delta wing outside of your window.  The next is just a building in downtown San Diego …

 

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The only thing that I thought that was interesting is the sun’s reflection in the tower’s glass.  I have a lot more that I will most in the near future and I will put up some portraits, also.  Since I mentioned Instagram, here is a link to my Instagram account.  I have been posting a lot there, so that is the reason that I have not been posting much here or on the other blog where I post my father’s photography.  The main reason I like Instagram is that it is like a mini-photography portfolio.  People can go to my account on Instagram and see all of the types of photography that I do in one place.  I do not have a link to this blog, but I have a link to my father’s blog in the heading so if they are interested that can go check it out.  Sometime in the near future, I want to start offering these images as wall decor, but I have not promoted this site or the other site much in the past several years and plan on changing that soon.  I also am going to find a gallery to join somewhere to be able to have a space to hang some examples.  That is about it for now … please feel free to comment and ask any questions that you might have.  Also, go check on my Instagram link and let me know what you think.  I am going to leave you with the Hollywood sign … Thanks for looking … Frank

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Santa and Elves in Pensacola ,,,

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Santa and his helper Elves just happened to drop into Chick-fil-A on Bayou Blvd yesterday.  Luckily, I just stumbled in with my camera to capture a few photos of the moment.  I have to say that it was lucky for Santa to have such cute and able helpers with him.  The Elf on the right was really great going around and gathering up kids to visit with Santa … she is really going to be a great “PR” Elf when she grows up.  No, that can not be right since elves never can grow up.  Here are a few more …

 

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I hope that you did not notice holding the iPhone in the first photo … I retouched one other image with him holding it, but did not bother with that one.  I am hoping that all you are saying  how cute Santa’s ” little-helper’s” are and not even noticing what Santa is holding.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas 2015 … Frank

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December 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Old Car City USA in White Georgia …

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We went to Atlanta this past weekend for Halloween.  I have seen this place on tv and have read about it in several photographer’s blogs and magazines and have always wanted to go.  Will knew where Old Car City USA is located ( White Georgia ) and off we went.  It was only twenty or so miles from where they live, straight up I-75.  Most of these junk yards are out in open fields, but this place is located among trees, so that in itself was nice.  To be honest with you, this is not something that I do very often and I cannot remember the last time I went to some old car junk yard and photographed.  I am sure that I have, but it has been years.  Being a people photographer, I was able to get a nice image of Fast Eddie playing the piano …

 

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How is this for class?  A piano man at a junk yard … this is Fast Eddie and he serenades you as you enter the office / store.  At first I thought that it was the crazy uncle from Duck Dynasty, but no it is Fast Eddie and he has been playing piano for years at Old Car City USA.  Nice guy and a very talented piano player.  I am just going to go a head and post some images …

 

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The rusted, old cars do not really do much for me … if you have seen one old car, you’ve seen them all.  The logos and emblems interest me more, so in another post I will show more of them.  The old Cadillac and Oldsmobile emblems get my interest and one more thing, they did not look like the above photos on the cars … the beauty of Photoshop.  Here is a link and the site says that their new theme song is out.  I am pretty sure that Fast Eddie the piano man has something to do with it.  So if you are ever in the vicinity of White Georgia, do yourself a favor and stop by Old Car City USA.  Let me know what you think … Frank

 

 

 

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November 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm

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

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 …