Frank Petronio photographer


I broke down and did a hotel room shoot on my last road trip. It was fun enough and Lex is a beautiful woman but I just think bedroom shots are kind of sleazy. But not so sleazy enough not to do them lol. They’re more likely bittersweet and heartbreaking testaments to my aging and confusion because at this late date I fall into Dad mode more than being any sort of suave, sophisticated photographer. 

Argh should have moved her right thigh a bit and had her sit up a touch, there is no flab on her.

What I did differently was shoot everything in room light and high ISO, moving her and the camera to get the best lighting rather than overpowering the existing room lights. It is a different approach, trying to replicate what I see without the carefully positioned and more powerful photography lights. It’s harder in many ways and takes more care in post-processing. 

Maybe next time we can go outdoors?


I drove a car out to my son in Denver and flew home, 1700 miles in three days during Winter. I had thought I’d do more photos but I didn’t, I felt pressure to drive and didn’t meander very far. I did enjoy my stops in Jefferson City, Missouri and Abilene, Kansas but even then I forgot to do photos of my friends and family because it felt rushed. And the return flight home was rough, my connection from Philly to Rochester was cancelled so I rented a car and had to drive even more! Phew, a bit of a backache today and still pooped. 

The people I encountered in the Midwest were invariably nice. And the landscape was more interesting than I expected, even if I didn’t stop to photograph it. But this trip just confirmed my feeling that my best landscape photography will probably be done close to home, in familiar terrain. 

Orange Man

The Orange Man betrayed his base on Thursday. 

If you’ve followed me you’ll see I’ve scrubbed my online presence of direct political commentary and firearms for obvious reasons. So this is all I’ve got to say. 

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