Archive for October 2014
Several years ago, after I had culled through about eighty boxes or so of negatives that had been stored in a room off of my parent’s garage, I gave sixty boxes or so of negatives from the 1950’s and 60’s to what was then called The Pensacola Historical Society. They in turn went through all of them and put them in new glassine sleeves and envelopes. Personally, I can not believe all of the time that was spent on preserving all of these negatives. You are looking at five rows with around twelve legal sized boxes per row. These are from the 1950’s to the early 1960’s … maybe 1962. I think I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I did not have a photo of all of the negatives cataloged by year. I personally want to thank Jacquelyn Wilson for all of the time and effort she spent on undertaking this huge project … you are looking at easily over 100,000 negatives / images and this is just from twelve years or so. If anyone has any questions about any of these negatives, feel free to contact the Historic Trust ( their new name since they are now part of The University of West Florida ) in downtown Pensacola with any of your questions… 850-595-5840. They also have lots of archived images that you can look through and purchase for your own personal use. Sure is a lot more personal way to decorate your home, your office or whatever area you have that you want to decorate. I still have thousands of negatives and those are what I have selected to put here on this blog. You can also contact me and I can share with you what little I know … Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank
One more old Kodachrome image that I had scanned and put an over-lay texture over the image to give it more of an aged effect. I also like the texture that is created on the image, but some of this is lost when I re-size and reduce an image for the web. I wrote a post on my blog earlier today reminding my few readers that I also have this blog and to come over and check out the work that I have posted. I get ten times as many viewers on this blog as I do on my personal blog, but I just wanted to make my viewers aware of all that I have posted on this site. I have several things that I am working on for this site and one is adding a textured over-lay to some of the images that I thought might benefit from it. The other I will share with you later when I get some images completed.
The next two things are a couple of web sites that I recently just ran across … the first shows you a list of old images and the background is Google Maps and you over-lay the image over it. Here is a link to the site. Type in ” Pensacola Florida ” and go to downtown Pensacola, find the corner of Palafox and Main Street where the new Artisan Apartment building is being built and find the old photo of Pensacola Restaurant Supply and lay it over the corner to see what it looked like back in the 1970’s … pretty neat effect if you ask me. There is a list of of old buildings that you can do this to. I uploaded one of my old Sacred Heart Hospital image with the nuns out front, but it said that there was no Google street-level view for the block between DeSoto and Brainerd Streets, which I knew was wrong. Maybe I did something wrong, but go check it out. The other site is The Florida Past project and a link is here. I have not gone all through it but what little I did see was interesting. Contact me with any comments or questions and let me hear from you … Thanks for looking … Frank
PS – I title all of my images, for what it is worth, and the one above is ” Road To No Where ” or maybe it is ” Lonesome Road To No Where ” or it could be ” On The Road With The Drifting Cowboys “. Take your pick … not a car or a person in site. How many of you can remember that canvas water bag that traveler’s used to hang off of their radiator for when your car over-heated in the desert? And how about driving across the desert at night since it was too hot during the day? I can remember sitting in the back seat of this old Buick by myself with the window rolled down, staring out the window looking out at the stars when all of a sudden a UFO comes flying by … I can see them like it was yesterday … at least I thought it was a UFO and I was too young back then to even know what a UFO was back then. More on that later … Thanks for stopping by …
No … I have not been in jail … or the hospital … or have I died …. I have just been busy with other things over the past few weeks and have not been posting any images recently. One thing that I have been working on lately is re-working some of my images and putting a textured overlay on them. I am surprised at how much you can change the look and feel of an image by just adding some texture in Photoshop. The ” old-school ” way was to do it in printing on textured paper, but you were also very limited by the few printing papers that you could select or by running the finished print through a texture-creating machine. I have been doing some reading and found a technique that I that would be interesting and am starting to create some new images from old images. The image above of Pensacola Bay around 1950 is an image that I thought would lend itself well to texturing and I think that it succeeded. Also, a gift to my viewers, this image is an 8×10 full resolution sized file. So if you want to down-load the file ( right click and Save as … ) you can make a print to keep. Just call it an early Christmas gift. Most of all of the other images on this blog are sized for the web for easy loading and viewing … nothing bothers me more than having to wait minutes for images to load because the photographer was not considerate enough to resize the image or images. As usual, all comments are appreciated and welcomed. Please check back, because I forgot to mention that I have been doing some scanning a lot of new negatives. Thanks and please check back … Frank