Questions you may have about this website

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1) Who is the photographer?

2)  What's the deal with the latitude/longitude coordinates in some of the pictures?

3)  Are the images manipulated; and if so, how much?

4)  Why are so many of the photos taken in Franklin County?

5)  Why do some months have so many photographs, but others have very few or none at all?

6) Are these photos for sale?

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1)  My name is John Perkins, and as of this writing in January 2005 I am 55 years old.  I have been a photographer for better than 30 years.  I worked for newspapers for 15 years; and since 1985, I have been a photographer for Kentucky state government.
     Except for 1977 when I worked at a newspaper in South Texas, I have lived my entire life in Kentucky.  I was born in Louisville, and grew up there and also in Russellville, Paducah and Campbellsville.  In adult years, I have lived and worked in Richmond, Frankfort, Lexington, Middlesboro, Cynthiana and Shelbyville.
     My family's roots are in small-farming country in central Kentucky.  (top)

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6) Yes they are, but that's not the reason I started this website.  I have no particular pricing schedule and in fact, I give away the edited files (though not the original files) when someone asks for them, usually for a publication of one type or another.  If someone wants to buy a print for display, that's a different situation, something we would have to talk about on a case-by-case basis.  (top)

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2) I bought myself a GPS receiver a couple of years ago and thought it would be fun to include coordinates with the pictures.  It was for awhile.  Sometimes it works; but most times now I like to give more general location information.  (top)

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3)  Some.  Spotting, because the digital camera I use picks up dust.  Subjective color balancing and so forth, of course.  I may burn or dodge, but nothing like I used to do when I was shooting black and white film.  That's pretty much it.  Nothing is moved, nothing is added or taken away.  No heads are switched.  (top)

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5)  That's a question I ask myself a lot of the time.  Fact is, I usually shoot much more than I put up on the website.  But sometimes I get burned out shooting pictures, especially when the workload is heavy at my day job.  I ran more than 20,000 images through my camera in 2004, and probably 95 percent of those were work-related.  Sometimes I like to put my camera in the bag and just leave it alone.  (top)

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4)  My office is in Franklin County; so when I'm not out in the state, I'm usually in Franklin County during the day.  My home is next-door in Shelby County, so you'll probably see a number of pictures from Shelby County, as well.  (top)

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