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Irish Musician …

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Dublin Musician 1 _ ReWorked _ 10 Mar 15 _ SFW

This flute player was outside of the Pease Street  train station in Dublin.  I have posted several other images of him but never this one.  I have added a link to the station and it shows the front of the train station in real time, so maybe if you watch it long enough he might show up.  One of the nicest guys you would ever want meet, but to be perfectly honest with you … a little of the flute playing goes along way with me.  If anyone has ever run across him, let me know. It would be interesting to know if he is still around.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Pensacola CHS Seniors 2015 …

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Two weeks ago, I spent the week over at CHS photographing the 2015 seniors.  I have never done this in the past, but this year I thought that I would take a few photos of the set-up and then show several finished images.  The ones with the camera were made with my iPhone and they are not that bad …mainly to give you an idea of the little studio that I have in one of the class rooms.  The girls I photograph in a drape and the guys wear a coat and tie for their yearbook photo.  The first girl is wearing the drape and the second girl is wearing a casual outfit.  I did this just to show something different and I just wanted to let people know that there are other options that I can do and besides,  the images with the iPhone were turning out better than I thought that they would.  So here we go ….

IMG_0963 Pelham  1 _ RTP_ 4x4 _ SFW

Next, is an image that has been retouched, cropped, color corrected, etc, etc …


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Obviously, that is a different pose than what is showing on the back of the camera, but I think that you get the idea of what was being done.  Next, the iPhone was working better once one of the girls helping me showed me how to focus on one area and take the image with another button on the iPhone besides the button on the screen.  Thanks for that Jodee,  I never knew that it could be done with another button on the phone … I guess that just goes to show that you can always learn something new.  The next girl had on a cute outfit and this iPhone photography was working out better than I thought it would, so I got her to model for us so I could just show some variety.  Here we go …


IMG_0971  Shimeck Casual 1 _ RTP _ SFW

A little different cropping …


IMG_0971  Shimeck Casual 1 _ RTP _ 4x4 _SFW

Now, the first will be what I call ” out of camera ” and then the next will be one that I have retouched and corrected …


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Now retouched …


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One more different pose and retouched …


IMG_1429 Rachael  Shimeck_ Casual Ret_RTP 4x6 _SFW

Thanks to the models … they were several of the seniors that helped me the week that I was over there at CHS and I did not think of trying to do this until later in the week that I was over at the school, so that is why I chose them.  There are still 35 or so seniors that did not have their photos made and I will be back over to CHS sometime in September and probably again in October.  No dates have been set and I do not set the dates, but when they give me a date or dates, I will let you know.  If you have any questions about what I do or can do, please do not hesitate to ask … I just assume that people know that I can do it all, but apparently so many people think that the drape shots are all that I do.  One the things that separates me from most of the other photographers out there now is my retouching that I do to my finished images.  There are so many photographers now that just shoot a lot of images and then burn a disc and then they make you feel like you are getting a great deal since they take so many ” available – light ” images … just take your disc to Walgreen’s or Sams or wherever  and have print them printed out regardless of how they look  Thanks and please check back … Frank

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August 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Color Bridal …

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Bridal 4 _RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

These two portraits were created around thirty years ago down at First Baptist Church in downtown Pensacola.  I am embarrassed that I cannot place a name to this bride.  I did not have these images in a negative file because I had shot them on 120 FujiChrome, thinking that I might want to use them on a post card sometime to advertise my bridals.  So I just had them in my transparency files  with all of my other transparencies.  These were just made with available light … notice that I had positioned her if front of the stain-glass of the cross – that was the only area of the glass where the color coming through was the most natural / neutral daylight.  No flash was added to either image, which is unusual for me, since I believe most any image can use a ” touch of sparkle ” to the eyes.  I cannot tell you how many images that I see on photo blogs where the eyes are so dull and lifeless … even a reflector could direct some light into the subjects eyes.  I was looking at a local photographer’s blog post a high school senior recently and the girl had dark brown eyes and the lady photographer had not directed any light into the girl’s eyes and they looked lifeless.   Thirty years ago there were not all of the snoots and light modifiers  that are available today to focus light on a certain area.  If I had been back at the studio, I could have made something out of black paper that I kept around for that purpose.  I am really surprised that more people today do not create their own light modifiers instead of spending so much money on light shapers and benders.  I can remember going to photography programs back in the late ’70’s and early 80’s where the photographer teaching the class would hand out diagrams on how to build your own light box.  Then Larson, then Chimera and list goes on and on of companies that started building ” light boxes “.  Here is the other image …

Bridal 2 _ RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

Beautiful girl, gorgeous gown … A monkey with a camera could create a nice portrait!  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them.  It is nice to know that someone out there is looking and is interested … Frank

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April 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

More Bubba …

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Bubba 2 _ 1985 _ RTP _ SFW

This is another portrait of my friend, Bubba Hual, that I made back in 1985.  I had posted one earlier of Bubba that I taken and I had had it exhibited in the PPofA National Print Exhibit in the late 1980’s.  Now in the digital word you can take a color negative, scan the image, convert it to b&w and rework the image in Photoshop to give the image an entirely different look.  I also ran the image through the Lucis Art Filter to bring out the texture of Bubba’s skin.  Back in the early 1980’s, I attended a school in Greenville South Carolina for professional photographs.  They brought in photographers from all over and two men that I took classes with were Al Gilbert from Toronto and Frank Cirrichio from Texas.  I learned more from these two men than the majority all of the others combined.  Here is the b&w conversion of the above image …


Bubba 2 _ 1985 _ RTP _ BW _ SFW

It is amazing how much the Lucis Filter brings out the detail in the skin texture.  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions about any of this, please ask … Frank

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April 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Sale and Licensing of Images …

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Destination Pole _ RTP_4x6 _SFW


All of the images on this site are available for sale or for licensing.  I allow the use of my images in two ways:

With Creative Commons you are free:

To Share: Copy, Distribute, and Transmit the image
To Remix: Create Derivative works of the image

Under these conditions:

Attribution: Attribution to Frank Hardy or Frank Hardy Photography must be made along with the image.
Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. For clarity on what defines commercial use, please see the Sample Accepted Uses below.


Blog Post describing a trip
Online article discussing photography
A website for an online project about the use of photography
An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor


‘Commercial Use’ regarding the use of images online or offline is defined very broadly. The determination of commercial or non-commercial use is based on the contextual use of the image. The determination is NOT based on the tax-filing status of the entity using the image nor on whether or not a financial transaction takes place.

Commercial use of my images is allowed only if expressly granted by Frank Hardy Photography.  All commercial uses will incur a licensing fee. My fees are based on the following criteria.  There are no exceptions to this.  Please contact me if you have a question :

Media – print, web, television, outdoor, etc.
Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international)
Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
Prominence of Display – 1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page, spread, front cover, back cover, home page (online), interior page (online), etc.

All licensing inquiries should be sent to:

A marketing campaign for a commercial entity
A fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity
A background image for a website by a corporate / non-corporate business
License to create an individual print for use in a private home

If you have any questions what so ever regarding any of the above information, you can contact me with the email listed above. Or I can be reached
on my cell phone at 850-449-1279.

Thank you for your time and consideration …

Frank Hardy

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March 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

New Image Composite With My Images From The Past Thirty Years …

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10x8 Image Composite_29 Dec 13_Flat _SFW

I have been thinking about creating a composite with several hundred of my images, but I have not been able to figure it out yet … but no worry, it will just take me a while.  The major problem I have with so many images is the images are so small and hard to see … this one is scaled to a 20×16 normally and the images are small, but viewable.  I think that there is 55 to 57 images on this frame.  If you click on the image, it should show it by itself without my copy, which is how I will present it in the future.  The images should not be pixelated, however, I am not sure.  I want to create one with around 250 of my images, and if I include some of my father’s, I could put 500 to 500 images into one composite.  I have set some ambitious goals for myself this coming year … mostly just trying to get all of the types of work that I have created in the past from weddings to portraits to commercial work, etc, etc.  Thanks for looking and let me know what you think … Frank

UPDATE:  If you click on the image above, or for that matter, any of the images on this blog or the blog that I have of my father’s photography … the image will be brought up in a new screen.  If you hold down the ” control ” key at the bottom far left of your key board, along with the ” + ” key on the numbers line, next to your ” Backspace ” key, the image on your screen will increase in 25% increments.  So if you hit the ” + ” two or three times, the composite will enlarge and you will be able to see the images clearer and they were not pixelated, since I started of with large files before I reduced them down.  I hope that helps you … this works with all images on all computers, both PC and Apples.  If you have a problem, please ask … Thanks for looking … Frank

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December 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Young Girl on Beach …

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Here is another on of my Photoshop ” paintings ” … they take me a while to create, but I believe that they take less time than if I actually had created them in Corel Painter .  I would classify them more as an Impressionistic style of painting, since I am ” smearing ” the pixels.   There is still some detail in the face and the skin, and you do get a feel for the water and sand and the shape of the waves.  I have done much more Photoshop work on this image of the young girl than I did on the other Irish paintings that I have posted.  This is really just the start of the learning process for me … however, I still like to put these out and hear any comments that you might have.  The first has just more “canvas” around the image and I did an edge treatment to give it a more interesting look  …

IMG_0025 Virginia_Best_18 Dec SFW  _Painting 2 _Finished 2

Now, this is the same image without the border treatment.  I have posted this image earlier and I said that I planned to work it up as a painting in the future.  So if you want to find the original photograph, just search ” beach portraits ” on this blog and it will pop-up along with several other beach portrait posts  You will see a big difference … however, you really have to see a printed example to get a good idea of how this “painting” shows up.  This is something new that I am working on for next year and obviously I have a long way to go on my technique before I offer it  as a print option.  But, I do see this type of work in my future and I think that it has a lot of possibilities for a whole range of subjects.

IMG_0025 Virginia_Best_18 Dec  _Painting 2 _Finished

Thanks for looking … I have a wedding that I did with Bud back in October that I plan on posting next.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear your comments about these … Frank

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December 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm