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Santa Barbara Mission …

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This photo of the Santa Barbara Mission was made back in 1915.  I have purchased several negatives of various missions through the years and have never done anything with them.  I have only been to the missions in Oceanside – Mission San Luis Rey –  and the one where Alfred Hitchcock made the movie “Vertigo”,  Mission San Juan Bautista.  There are twenty one missions in the state of California, so two down, nineteen more to go.  I thought that I had posted some photos already of these missions, but just going back through the last year or so it looks like I have not.  I made a good number of images at the Oceanside Mission and I must have only posted them on my Instagram account.  No idea who took this photo.  I just scanned the negative and did a little Photoshop work on the file just to clean it up a bit.  Here is a link to some information on Spanish Missions.

If you ever get a chance to travel to California, do yourself a favor and find a mission near where you are staying and go pay it a visit.  It is really amazing to read and see how these people lived back in the 1600 and 1700’s.   Thanks for visiting and feel free to comment if you have been here to the Santa Barbara Mission or any of the California Missions.

Las Vegas …

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This is something that I would classify as  ” street ” photography. I did not take this image, but bought the negative off of EBay for a few dollars.  The negative looked clean and was taken back in the 1960’s, but more importantly it just looked interesting.  Nothing earth shattering here but there is a lot going on within the frame of the photo without anything actually happening and I do not consider a women walking out of a glass door in what looks to be a strip mall interesting.  I have bought a few of these type negatives the past few months  and I plan to share them with you in the future … I just had this one ready and I could put my hand on it easily.  I hope everyone is staying cool this summer, it is hot here in the Florida panhandle.  Like I have mentioned earlier, most of my attention has been on Instagram the past year and I have come into contact with a lot of people that I would not have met through my blogs .  I also plan on putting up a web site again in the future when I can figure out what I am trying to achieve and whom I am trying to reach.  My Instagram address ( for lack of knowing what Instagram calls it ) is – frankphardy .  I have over a thousand posts and I have only been serious it for a year.  I have combined my photography ( which is all over the place ) , my father’s images that I post on his site that I run ( a link is in the column to your right ) and the images that purchase from other photographers, EBay, etc.  When I do purchase a print or negative from someone I always work it up in Photoshop, clean it up, crop it, alter it some way, before I post it in a blog or Instagram.  Thanks for looking … if you ever went to this show or review back in the 1960’s in Las Vegas, I would love to hear from you.  Or if you just want to comment on the image, knock yourself out ( just figuratively ) … Frank.

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June 24, 2016 at 10:19 am

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

Irish Musician …

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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

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

Calla Lilies …

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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter 2014 … I made this image of the calla lilies many, many years ago.  Shot with a Hasselblad and 80 mm lens on Kodak 120 T-Max 100.  I posted an image of three lilies when I first started this blog around three years ago.  I shot three rolls and various combinations of arrangements of flowers and only posted the one.  This one caught my eye and the negative was fairly clean, not requiring much to get it ready to post , so there you have it.  I wish that I could say it was more complicated than that, but it is what it is.  Thanks for looking and I hope you have a safe and happy Easter … Frank

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April 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

A Few More Re-Worked …

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This first image is one that my father made back in the mid-1950’s, that I had posted on my father’s blog a while back.  It was just a straight image that I had cleaned-up.  I just thought it was an interesting image … I am not exactly sure of where this is out West.  I think that I just titled it something like ” Cliff or Cave Dwellings “.  All I did was add a texture overlay and added a color-tint to the image  The image below is one that I made over in Jackson Square in the French Quarter thirty years or so ago.  I did the same thing, but I also added a selective blur to bring your focus back to the statue of Andrew Jackson.

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Let me know what you think … all comments are welcomed.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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November 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm