Hello and welcome to my SmugMug. My name is Frank Pharis and I’m strictly an amateur who enjoys photography as a hobby. I’m a native of Nevada currently residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but between time in the USAF and a long corporate career, have lived from coast-to-coast and border-to-border in the U.S.
Upon retiring in 2011 after 42+ years in the insurance industry, I’ve been able to devote much more time to this hobby and (hopefully) improving my skills. My wife and I enjoy traveling throughout the U.S., so you’ll find many photos from our travels.
I enjoy history and am a “Route 66” aficionado with a long-term project of photographing what’s left of the old “Mother Road” across its span from Chicago to Santa Monica.
All of my images since 2013 are captured in RAW format with either a Nikon D7100 or Nikon D610. Digital Images prior to 2013 were captured with Olympus E510, E520, or E-30. Many of the older images on this site were taken with one of a variety of Olympus 35mm SLR film cameras I used between the 1970s and switching completely to digital in 2008. I’ve scanned several of those film images from their original negative, print or slide to digital format either using my own scanner or a scanning service (www.scancafe.com). After purchasing a high-end photo scanner with the best of intentions, I quickly found that scanning all the images I’d accumulated to be very time-consuming and labor intensive. Even though I’m “retired,” I still consider my time valuable, and found that using Scan Café is much more cost-effective and I’ve been very satisfied with their process, pricing and end-product.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and I’m always interested in any feedback that will help improve my skills. Feel free to leave a comment on any photo or gallery, or to email me at the address shown below. And remember …… when in doubt, shoot it again!!