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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 ….

More Memphis …

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IMG_7413  Memphis Store Front _ RTP_SFW

This is a store front in downtown Memphis … there is a sign on the window that reads ” Strange Cargo “, so I do not know if that is the name of the store or if it is a line of clothing or whatever that sell in this shop, but it is what I named this photo.  I regret the fact that I did not wonder on in and check it out since it looks like my kind of place … notice that I said my kind of place and not Pam’s kind of place.  I have another that I am going to throw up from Sam Phillips’ Sun Records …

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One of the helpful sales clerks in Sun Records.  Here are several more from inside of Sun Records …\

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I enjoy looking at the photos on these walls as much as I like looking at all of the records and in some cases, I enjoy the photos much more.  I always wonder if the photographers that made these photos ever thought how popular these images would be 50 and 60 years later.  Here is another Elvis poster …

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I cannot remember if this was at Graceland or at Sun Records, but it does not really matter … I think that these are OK, but what could have been created if Colonel Parker had hired a talented art designer or graphic artist to design these music sheets.  I read somewhere about how popular these music sheets where with Elvis’ audience that he sold millions of these music sheets to his fans at his concerts, in fact it was not just with Elvis but Hank Williams was the first county musician who popularized selling these music sheets at his concerts.  I have some more photos of Graceland and also of inside the studio at Sun Records that I am going to throw up ,,, and also some images I made in Clarksdale Mississippi.  Thanks for looking and please check back and all comments are appreciated … Frank

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October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Graceland …

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Pam and I took a trip up to Memphis back in 2005 … we have been all over middle and eastern Tennessee, but have never been west of Nashville.  So we made the trip up to Memphis in April of 2005.  I downloaded the images to a hard-drive that I cannot get to start and thought that all were lost.  However, I have hundreds of CD’s and luckily I had saved a group from the trip.  After going through them, I decided to work some up and post a series of them here.  Above is the gate at the drive-way and then I am going to move to the house.  As usual, I will try to leave out the running commentary and let the photos speak for themselves, but I might just include what room you are viewing at the time for the few that have not toured Graceland.  Here we go …


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The above is the living room when you enter the front door.  Now, all of these images are hand-held and available light … they do not allow flashes and tripods.  I guess they want you to spend fifteen dollars on a nice, glossy catalog ( that I did buy ) and besides, you have hundreds of people walking through the house with you.  These areas are roped off so that you cannot wander through the rooms and sit on the furniture.  Next is the Jungle Room that you have heard so much about …


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One side of the Jungle Room above and another side below … Note the green shag carpet …


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One more of the Jungle Room …


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The next is the TV Room, which happens to be my favorite room in the whole house.  How about that ceramic monkey?  I wonder if there was a run on them when the world found out that Elvis had one in his TV room?  The next is the bar, which would be to the right of the monkey …


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Now we have the Pool Room …IMG_7249  Graceland Poolroom 1 _ SFW

We are going to leave the house and go over to Vernon’s office at the barn …


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A couple of Elvis exhibits in what used to be the racquet-ball court.  There are hundreds of these in this building and I just want to include a couple …


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And finally, the grave site ….


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I still have a few more from Graceland that I might show in another post later.  I have another set of images from Sam Phillips’ Sun Record Studio that I made during this trip and I will throw them up in the near future.  There are some interesting views of the recording studio and offices to those of you interested in recording equipment.  Thanks for looking and if any of you have any interesting stories of Elvis or from Graceland, let us hear them.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank



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August 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Some More North Carolina Images …

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These images were made back in 2008 and I had not done anything with them until just recently.  In fact, I had forgotten all about them and the folder was named incorrectly, so until I opened the folder they were in, I never would have discovered them.  I usually shoot JPEGs, but for some unknown reason, I had shot these as RAW files.  It was not easy to convert them to JPEGs with the prior version of Photoshop that I was using.  I upgraded several months to a newer version of Photoshop, but I am still not up to the current version ( 6, I believe ).  This version lets me open up a RAW file and the it converts it to a PSD file when I close the file after I work on the image.  The first two images are somewhat ” straight ” images … all I did was color adjustments, sharpening and contrast adjustments…

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I could not get the Blue Smoky Mountain image any larger … I had posted one that was similar earlier.  It  was made at sunrise and had some pretty shades of yellow from the sun rising.  This one I believe was taken at sunset and I have only boosted the saturation.  This image was originally a TIFF image and I did not realize that WordPress will not allow you to post TIFF files, the files have to be JPEG’s or GIFF’s.

The rest of the images are ones that I Photoshopped, so I am going to post a before and after, so you can get an idea I what I do to images to clean them up before I post them or let them out  One is a barn with a ” See Rock City ” sign painted on it.  I have posted several barns with the Rock City slogan on them earlier … you used to see them all over the South back in the 1950’s to th 1970’s, but most of the barns have fallen down or into such a state  of disrepair  that they have been saved or rebuilt.  The other images are neon signs for motels in Cherokee, North Carolina.  When you drive across the Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg Tennessee, you end up in Cherokee.  Cherokee today still looks like it was in the 1950’s … same motels, same restaurants, same tacky stores selling Indian moccasins and paraphernalia that you cannot live without.  And yes, I have purchased my share of souvenirs to keep them in business , too.  Here are the ” See Rock City ” images.  This first image I am proud of because I had to ” construct ” parts of the barn to replace where the sign was located and it took a great deal of time to figure out how to achieve the results I did.  You just cannot cut, paste and mask any section and it automatically matches.  The first image is as the scene looked …

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I have no idea why I did not just walk around to the front and crop out the sign, but for some unknown reason I did not.  It took me forever to take out the real estate sign …also,  the signage / writing on the side of the barn took me forever to create to match the rest of the letters.  I cannot even remember the name of this little town in North Carolina where I made this photo ( see update below ).  I will get out my map and try to locate the name.  The rest are motel signs that were interesting to me at the time …

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This last one has a before and after.  These three were pretty straight forward and the only things that I took out were power lines, poles and some trash on the ground.  This next sign, ” The Teddy Bear Motel ” was a lot more work as you can see …

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I had posted the ” Teddy Bear ” sign before on an earlier post, but I thought that I would include it with the the other signs from Cherokee.  If you have any memories from any of these places and want to share them, I / we would love to hear them.  In fact any memories from the Smoky Mountains or from the Cherokee  side are welcomed … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

UPDATE:  The town that the barn that had the ” See Rock City ” sign painted on the side was in Bryson City, North Carolina.  Like I said earlier, the photo was taken in February 2008.  I have not been back since, so I do not know if the barn is still there or not.  There was a drive-in across the road from the barn that we ate … I will do some more research and see if I can find out the name of the drive-in.  Thanks … Frank

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February 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Smoky Mountain Snow …

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I thought that I would post this image I photographed many, many, many years ago.  I have posted it before, but not with these Photoshop embellishments to the image.  The image was originally shot on Kodachrome 64 with a Nikon F3 ( which I still have, but seldom use … only when I need to copy something with a macro lens ).  This was taken at the crest of the Smoky Mountains on the way to the North Carolina side.  Just beyond the bathrooms is a road and it has this gate that you see above.  Not much to look at without any snow, you probably have seen it many times when you left the bathroom building and wondered what was beyond the gate, at least I have, but one time in the snow changed the scene entirely.  Thanks for looking and I hope you made it through the Big Chill of January 2014 … at least that is what the local weather people are calling it here in Pensacola / Milton / Bagdad.  Please check back … Frank

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January 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

Smoky Mountains Sunrise …

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Just a pretty Tennessee  sunrise … I have experienced a lot of them through the years.  I thought I would share this one with you.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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October 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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Hatch Print Shop in Nashville …

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This is a section of the wall in the Hatch Print Shop in downtown Nashville.  I made it several years ago and did nothing with it until recently.  I have not run anything through my Lucis Filter in a while, so I found several images that I thought would look “jump” out at you.  This Hatch Print Shop has created posters for the music industry since the 40’s or 50’s, I am not sure which, but it has been for many, many years.  I like what the Lucis Filter does to an image, but it can be overdone and overused.  Thanks for looking …

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August 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm