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An Afternoon At Pensacola Beach …

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IMG_3337  Boy in Water_ RTP _Cropped_2B_Liq _SFW

This post is just some miscellaneous images that I found on a disc that I had burned back in 2005.  It started off as a commentary / rant to other photographers about being careful when backing up their images on portable hard drives, but I am still thinking about how to write it.  So, I just decided to post these images that I found on a CD that I burned back in August of 2005.  They are not great images by any means, but they show what you can create out of just some average images.  The one above is just a kid standing in the water with a life jacket on.  The texture of the water and the sand make this image interesting … obviously the life jacket on the young boy makes his shape look odd, but it is what it is. However, I did try to smooth out the lines with the liquify tool in Photoshop and I think that the life-preserver does not look as bulky as before.  The next one is of an oriental lady sitting on a bench at the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier …

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Running this image through the Lucis Art Filter really brings out the texture of the wooden bench, the pattern in her blouse, the texture of her straw hat and the water in the background.  Below is the original image, sort of, that I made …

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As you can see it is nothing special, but with some cropping and some adjustments, you can turn an average looking image into something that is more visually interesting and appealing.  Below is one more of people on the beach.  Nothing great either, but the late afternoon sun is what really creates the photo …

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Here is another view of the beach of the beach at sunset.  This last image is one of a little girl at the water’s edge shot from above.  I altered the colors to give the sand a blue tint, just to make the image more interesting …

IMG_3352 Blue Kid on Beach _ Lucis_RTP_4x5 _SFW

I have a few more posts almost ready to go from events that I shot a month or two ago, so please check back and please let me hear from you.  When I have time to sit and write, I will tell you about the problem that I have with my back-up hard drives.  It has been extremely frustrating because I have eight or nine years worth of images backed-up on these hard-drives.  Stay safe and please check back … Frank


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July 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Mother and Child on the Beach …

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Mother and Son in Air with Rainbow _20 Dec 13  SFW

I cannot remember if I have posted this earlier, but I thought that it has always been pretty.  This is a good example of what I like in portraits.  You do not need to put up 40 or 50 goofy images … I am a firm believer in one photo saying it all.  But so many of the photographers today just want to go and ” hang-out” and “walk-around” and ” take a whole bunch of photos” … then they go and call it a “sessy” … I still have not figured out what that is yet.  That is how this business has changed so much these days … Thanks for looking and let me hear your comments … Frank

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December 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Young Girl on Beach …

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Here is another on of my Photoshop ” paintings ” … they take me a while to create, but I believe that they take less time than if I actually had created them in Corel Painter .  I would classify them more as an Impressionistic style of painting, since I am ” smearing ” the pixels.   There is still some detail in the face and the skin, and you do get a feel for the water and sand and the shape of the waves.  I have done much more Photoshop work on this image of the young girl than I did on the other Irish paintings that I have posted.  This is really just the start of the learning process for me … however, I still like to put these out and hear any comments that you might have.  The first has just more “canvas” around the image and I did an edge treatment to give it a more interesting look  …

IMG_0025 Virginia_Best_18 Dec SFW  _Painting 2 _Finished 2

Now, this is the same image without the border treatment.  I have posted this image earlier and I said that I planned to work it up as a painting in the future.  So if you want to find the original photograph, just search ” beach portraits ” on this blog and it will pop-up along with several other beach portrait posts  You will see a big difference … however, you really have to see a printed example to get a good idea of how this “painting” shows up.  This is something new that I am working on for next year and obviously I have a long way to go on my technique before I offer it  as a print option.  But, I do see this type of work in my future and I think that it has a lot of possibilities for a whole range of subjects.

IMG_0025 Virginia_Best_18 Dec  _Painting 2 _Finished

Thanks for looking … I have a wedding that I did with Bud back in October that I plan on posting next.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear your comments about these … Frank

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December 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Pensacola CHS Crusader Knight …

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IMG_9372 Jacob on Beach 2_Retouch 2   _SFW

Here are several photographs that I made for the Pensacola Catholic High School Charisma 2013 yearbook.  It was a terrible looking afternoon in November when I made these photographs … I was surprised that it did not rain while we were out on Pensacola Beach.  Below is an image made at the Cross on Pensacola Beach.  The Cross Statue commemorates the site of the first church service in the New World.  Most people forget that the Spanish established the first settlement in Pensacola, I am not sure how many years before St. Augustine.  But, bad weather and a host of other problems caused the Spanish to abandon their settlement here, making St. Augustine the first permanent settlement in the Americas.  Here are several more images …

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IMG_9380 Jacob ob Beach Best _Border_SFW

IMG_9378  Minor Adjustments and Retouching_B and D Done_10  July 13  Border 2_5x4 _SFW

I have several more variations of these photos and when I get them worked up, I will post them.  I take so many images for the yearbook and they only use a few of them, I thought that I would start sharing some of the “out-takes” with you.  Thanks again for looking and as usual, all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Frank

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July 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Space Station … Pensacola Beach ?

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This is a view of the 360 Observation Wheel out on Pensacola Beach, even though it looks as if it could be part of the Space Lab somewhere above earth or where ever.   Here are a couple more …

If you are out on the beach and have nothing to do, it is worth the $15 for several spins on the wheel.  Pam even enjoyed it and she is not one much for heights.  Thanks for looking and ” Beam me up, Scotty ” … Frank

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September 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Summertime on Pensacola Beach …

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This is a photograph that I made several years ago that I just recently turned into a pencil sketch in Photoshop.  I think that this type of photo lends itself very well to this Photoshop technique … if anyone has any questions or comments about this or anything else you have seen on this blog, please do not hesitate to ask.  I have one more using this technique that I am going to post next.  Thanks for looking …

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April 29, 2012 at 9:41 am