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Sunsets of 30A …

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Sunset Book 1    _  RTP _  SFW

I submitted a sunset that I had taken several years ago that I had taken down at Rosemary Beach on 30A.  It was included in this very nice coffee table by Cindy Moskovitz that was published recently.  Here is a link to the press release and you may also purchase a copy from this site.  If you have ever been down to 30A and spent any time, I am sure that you will see something that will interest you.  Here is a copy of my image that was published …


IMG_0446 SeaCrest Sunset  _  RTP_ SFW

I want to thank Cindy for including me in her publication … it is an honor to have my work shown along some very spectacular images and I have already received some very nice comments from people that have seen the book.  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions or comments, please let me hear them.  I have been busy and neglected my blog, but I have several ready to post.  So please check back and thanks again for looking … Frank

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June 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Happy New Year …

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SeaSide _ May 2012 _ 31 Dec 13_SFW

Happy New Year … I posted this image over on the other site and rambled on about New Year’s Eve, so if you are interested, please go over and read what I wrote.  Not exactly earth shattering or great prose … just heart felt.  Thanks for checking this site out this past year and I hope to do some new things for next year, mainly to publish a book of my father’s images, but I know nothing about book publishing and it would take some major fund raising to finance the project.  We will see … I hope everyone stays safe and out of jail tonight …  Frank

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December 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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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

Family Beach Photographs 2012 …

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Above is Pam and Jenna with Payton on the beach.  Payton was not in great spirits, but I was able to capture a few of her “better” moments.   She sure loves being with her momma and her “Ya-Ya”.  Below is one by herself and then one with Lukas.

And finally, one of Lukas by himself on the beach … the light was not the best here, but I just wanted to show how grown he has gotten.

I will post some others with the rest of the family when I get them worked up … Thanks for looking .

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June 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

SeaSide …

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We were actually in SeaCrest  this past week, but we did get down to SeaSide where these photos were made.  These are just a few that I worked up, nothing special.  I just thought that they are pretty.  Next is Wild Bill’s Hot Dog sign …

Again, nothing special, just looked interesting to me …  And finally, one that I titled, ” THE TWO DINERS “.

These are obviously our two grand-children.  Thanks for looking and let me know what you think …

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May 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

SeaSide Florida Pavilion …

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Another shot on b&w film then scanned.  However, it was made only a few years back.  Shot with a Hasselblad and 50mm lens.  This is one of the walk-ways over the sand dunes to the Gulf.  Several have these little pavilions where you can sit and relax.  They show them all the time in their ads, usually with a couple drinking wine and watching the sun set.  You do not usually see a low angle like this and I thought it was an interesting view.  Thanks for looking …

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September 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

Photoshop Magic ….

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I posted this image that I worked up in an earlier post and liked it a lot, however, I did not care much for the building in the background.  An hour or so in Photoshop, I came up with this …

It did not take much to remove the building, but smoothing and blending the blue sky seemed to take the most time to work it into a seamless blue that looks believable.  There is some debate going on about how much Photoshop is acceptable, mostly in facial / body retouching, that people are being highly critical of Photoshop usage.   I personally think it is a bunch of rubbish … this is the 21st century and people are going to use whatever they can to enhance a photograph to their own personal liking.  So if you like it great, if not, turn the page and move on … pretty simple, huh?  Remember, all comments are welcome.  If you have any Photoshop questions, please do not hesitate to ask and I will be happy to share what I know.  Thanks …


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August 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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