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Hank’s Seafood in Charleston …

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IMG_1206 Hanks _ 10x8 _ SFW Hank’s is a restaurant in Charleston on Hayne Street, a block off of Market Street.  I am not going to bother posting a bunch of food shots, since I am not a food blogger … I am going to post a couple of the building that I thought looked interesting.  The first is one of the side of the building showing the sign …   IMG_1252  Hanks Sign _ RTP_SFW The next is one of my ” oil ” painting-type images … the original image was a drawing that someone had done in pencil and I took it and reworked it in Photoshop.  I use the ” smear ” tool in Photoshop to give it a painted looked, plus I run it through several other art filters that I have purchased for Photoshop.  Here you are …   IMG_5613 Hanks Seafood _ Adj _ 19 Jan 15 If you ever get to Charleston, you owe it to yourself to go to Hank’s for dinner … I put a link to their site earlier in the post.  I have some more of Charleston that I will post later, so that is all for now.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

The Little Photographer …

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This is our granddaughter, Payton, who lives in Atlanta and she received a camera for Christmas from her Uncle Lee.  She took it with her on our trip to Charleston and I made a series of photographs of her using her new camera.  She started looking at everything in a different way and things that would have not gotten her attention, suddenly became interesting.  And at four, a lot of what we adults take for granted since we have seen all of these things for decades, now become a new discovery for her … like these fire sprinkler hook-ups ( just my term, since I do not know what the firemen technically call these …  ) .  Now, I am going to start my series of photographs of Payton that I have simply titled … The Little Photographer …

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The little photographer is now on Market Street in downtown Charleston South Carolina when she spots a willing subject that gets her attention.  However, before she put the camera up to her eye and takes the portrait, she decides that she needs to study her subject a little more closely …


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Luckily for Payton, her subject is very patient and let’s her get close, so she can capture the most flattering angle to insure an award – winning portrait.  OK, she thinks that she has the best angle to flatter her subject …


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Now comes the easy part … pressing the shutter.  Luckily for you viewers I was able to get her father to forward the finished image to me, because I felt that it would not be fair to the readers to leave them without the pleasure of viewing Payton’s portrait of ” Chester the Horse “.  So without further ado,  here’s Chester …


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Doesn’t this just want to make you  give Chester a big ole nose rub or pat?  Excellent portrait, Payton!  Who knows where this image might take you … international acclaim, photo-journalism, commercial photography, most definitely animal / portrait photography!  Well, that is my little bit of fun for New Years Day.  I hope you enjoyed my little series ” The Little Photographer ” … Please check back and let me hear your comments … I will forward all photography / modeling assignments to her mother in Atlanta and to Chester at the Charleston Carriage Company, but I think Chester will most likely decide to keep his day job.  Thanks for looking and Happy New Year … Frank

Highway 17 … Savannah Highway Outside of Charleston and few in Charleston …

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These two images were made this past Sunday on Highway 17 on the way to I-95.  Highway 17 is also known as the Savannah Highway which runs around 110 miles connecting Charleston and Savannah.  You need to be careful and not speed, since it is just one long speed trap between counties and little towns.  The road above  runs next to this small church which is on Highway 17.  I have no idea where this road leads to, but the photo was taken around nine in the morning and did not look a thing like what I created.  The beauty of Photoshop.  The little chapel looked pretty much like the image shown … I did remove the road running along side of the building though.


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I have worked up a few more images that I thought that I would add to this post instead of creating a new one, so here they are …

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And finally, one more of the church that I posted above …


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None of these are anything earth shattering, but I thought that they are something different than just Fort Sumter,  the suspension bridge at sunset, etc, etc than the usual Charleston photos that you see in all of the travel magazines.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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December 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Charleston Bridal in Oil …

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Jenna_Oil Painting _SFW_5x7_1_23_14This is a bridal portrait I made of my daughter, Jenna, before her wedding in Charleston several years ago.  I am still working on these “oil” paintings in Photoshop, but I still have a long way to go.  The real test is how it looks printed on canvas, so we will have to wait and see.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm