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The Trumpet Player …

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I had posted some images earlier of ” The Trumpet Player “, it might have been several years ago I am not really sure.  I ran across several more that I thought that I might work up and post.  Shot on 4×5 Polaroid Type 55 film.  These are scans of the processed negatives.  I did not bother trying to clean-up the sides. as I just left them as they are.  The only problem with this Polaroid film is that it scratches very easily and has to be carefully stored, which is something that I very seldom do.  Here is one more image …


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One thing that I will say about Polaroid Type 55 film is that it was very sharp … you can see all types of scratches and marks on the horn.  It is a shame that a company like Polaroid closed down completely after they had been such a creative and dominate force in the photography industry for so long.  If you have any comments about either of these images, please feel free to comment.  Also, if you want to say anything about Polaroid, feel free,  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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April 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Sports Cars …

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Back in the early 1980’s, I had a friend that was always buying and selling sports cars, boats, etc, etc … about the only thing of his that I never photographed were planes and that is not to say that he did not have any.  I ran across this print and contact sheet when I was looking for something else.  I wish that I could put my hands on the negatives and the rest of his files, but I must have lost those when Hurricane Ivan destroyed the building that I was storing a lot of negatives and prints in. The contact sheet shows a Ferrari, Pantera  and Aston Martin out front of his house over on Pensacola Beach …

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People talk today about shooting lots of images, but I used to burn up film … I would usually shoot a roll on each sequence of images.  I processed and printed all of my film and I was fairly careful, but I could always manage to end up with dust / scratches on some of my frames.  So, I always tended to shoot more than just a frame or two on a set-up.  Next is an 8×10 of the Pantera in this photo.  Back in the the 1970’s, you could by a Pantera new from a Lincoln-Mercury dealer for a little over  ten thousand dollars.  I knew several people who had gone out to the local Lincoln-Mercury dealer in Pensacola, Astro, and purchased Panteras.  Here is one photographed out at NAS Pensacola …


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If anyone wants to share their Pantera memories here, please feel free, but remember that this is a family oriented ( sort-of ) blog, so try to keep it clean.  Here is a Wikipedia link to the history of the car.  Feel free to Google ” Panteras for sale ” to see what they sell for now, but I have to warn you … you had better be sitting down when the prices pop up.  I have some more miscellaneous mess that I will be putting up in the next few days, so please check back.  Thanks for looking ,,, Frank

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March 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Holiday Inn On Pensacola Beach …

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After that last snowy road image from out in Wyoming, I thought that I had better bring it all back home.  This is one of the old Holiday Inn out on Pensacola Beach.  The hotel was torn down after the damage from Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.  I cannot remember when I made this, but it obviously was not yesterday.  I cannot tell you how many wedding receptions I photographed here, but I am sure that it was at least a hundred or more.  The food was always delicious and you sure could not beat the view when the reception was held up stairs at the Penthouse Lounge.  In this area is where the new Margaritaville Hotel is now located … not exactly in the same spot, but this is a huge piece of real estate.  It was really one of Pensacola Beach’s landmarks for many years.  Now, if I only could find some images of the Dunes Motel and Lounge ….   Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please let us hear them … Frank

Several More From St. Anne’s Catholic Church In Bellview …

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In my last post, I had an image of Main Street from St. Anne’s Round-Up set decorated in Christmas lights.  For years the parishioners from St. Anne’s decorated the Round-Up set, the Church and other areas with literally hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights.  It was a huge attraction at Christmas time and I have no idea how many thousands of people it attracted, but I am sure that it was in the tens of thousands, maybe even a hundred thousand … whatever, it was a large number.  It took literally hundreds of volunteers to set-up and take down all of the decorations and lights.  I found these images finally of the Church’s exterior and interior, so I cleaned them up and thought that I would post them for your holiday viewing enjoyment.  Here is the interior …


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Aren’t these magnificent?  By the way, these transparencies were made in the late 1980’s, I believe … not sure of the exact date, sorry.  The ceiling is so dark it took a lot of light to bring out the detail in the wood / rafters.  I sure am glad I am not an ” available – light ” photographer … I would have really been lost in a situation such as this.  Thanks for looking and please check back … I have several posts ready to go and plan on putting them up in the next few days … Frank

Christmas Lights at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview …

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How many of you out there can remember when Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview used to decorate with all of the lights for the holidays?  I went out there many times to make photos for Father Licari and then Father Gray.  This is the only image that I can put my hands on out of all the hundreds that I had taken out there through the years.  I know that they are around here somewhere and I will have to keep on looking.  The above shot was looking down Main Street where the Round-Up was held and you see the “Grandview Hotel ” at the end of the street.  If I run across some of the interior of the church, I will post them … it was really a site to see!  Thanks for looking and I hope that everyone will have a safe and happy Thanksgiving … Frank

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November 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

Hopkins Boarding House …

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I posted some photographs over at my other blog …  , that I had made of Hopkin’s Boarding House back in the early 1980’s.  Even though I made them, I thought that they would be viewed more over on that site / blog.  Hopkin’s Boarding House has been closed now for at least ten years, if not maybe more.  This link will take you to the site and you might have to scroll back some to find the post … I still can not figure out how to create a link to a specific post.  There is still a lot about this blogging that I have not been able to figure out, but I am working on it!  Thanks for looking and please leave any questions or comments … Frank

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April 11, 2014 at 3:52 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