This photo was taken at Tombstone, Arizona’s Wyatt Earp Days. There were costumed characters everywhere. Their costumes were judged on adherence to authenticity. Skits by acting groups were also judged. Photographed with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 28.

“The Town Too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin (SHEF·e·lin) came to Camp Huachuca (hwah·CHEW·kuh) with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.

During World War I, Tombstone was a major producer of manganese for the government. In World War II, Tombstone was extracting lead for the cause. After both conflicts, Tombstone faded into obscurity, just to be resurrected at a later time. The citizenry of Tombstone decided rather than depending on a vanishing mining industry, they would focus their time and energy on tourism and restoration. Good call!

Many of Tombstone’s historic buildings are within an area bounded by Fremont, 6th, Toughnut and 3rd streets. Among them are St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, built in 1882; the Crystal Palace Saloon, one of the most luxurious saloons in the West; and the Tombstone Epitaph building, where the oldest continuously published paper in Arizona is still being printed. Western printing history exhibits in the front office are free to the public.

Truly a Historical American Landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of our 1880 western heritage, which is well preserved with original 1880’s buildings and artifacts featured in numerous museums.

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“Wyatt Earp” was featured in:
OUT OF THE PAST/July, 2009
50+/January, 2010

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I am a 60+ retiree who loves photography. I am active in the Green Valley (AZ) Camera Club where I teach several classes. Joining this organization has taken my photography to new levels. I consider my cameras and my computers to be my creative media.

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  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work Linda again.

  • Thank you, Ric. I wouldn’t have tried this if I hadn’t seen your work with people.

    – Linda Gregory

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderalmost 5 years ago

    Linda, I think your image blows my efforts to date away, It is me that should be inspired when i look at this.

  • Thank you, Ric.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work here!!! Makes a great series!!

  • Thank you, Gina.

    – Linda Gregory

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    Is this a photograph, then? Is it an actor?
    You are welcome to delete this once you answer. I just don’t see any mention of your medium in the description. Thanks. :)
    It’s beautiful, btw.

  • These men were being judged for authenticity of their costumes during Wyatt Earp Days in Tombstone, Arizona. I took a lot of portraits that day. I have black and whites or sepias of most of them in my RB porfolio, but I’m trying out a new texture layer effect to see if it would work on portraits.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats. He looks good no matter what we do with him.

  • Thanks much. Yes he does.

    – Linda Gregory

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    So the texture is photoshop or something similar and the portrait is digital camera? Okay, thank you. :)
    The portraits are beautiful. Love your lighting and style.

  • I downloaded the textures from websites offering them for free. In Photoshop Elements I opened a frame layer, then copied a texture layer and put it on the frame, changed the opacity until I liked the feel of it, then copied the digital photograph and pasted it to the texture layers. Then I changed the blending mode to multiply. If the frame texture is too strong (it would be a background copy which can’t be altered), I make a copy of the background, turn off the background, and change the opacity of the background copy until I get the look I want. Then, if the overall look is too strong, I desaturate the photograph. That’s what I did with Cochise Stronghold. Once you get the steps down, it’s just a matter of experimenting. I came up with this process on my own. No tutorial.

    – Linda Gregory

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    Excellent, Linda. Maybe you should write a tutorial in your journal or writing section.
    I’m sure it would be well received.
    I’d like to invite you to join Solo Exhibition.

  • Wow! Thank you for the invitation. I’d love to join Solo Exhibition. And I agree that I should write a tutorial on my layering effect. Several people have asked me about it. Thanks for the push.

    – Linda Gregory

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 5 years ago

    Great, Linda. Thank you. Bmail me when you do. While you’re moseying around the forums, check out the last two editions of my newsletter, “Inside Solo”. I’d love to do a little lead in and link to your tutorial, once it’s posted.

  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats on being Featured in the Point and Shooters Group!

  • Thank you very much, Jen. I appreciate the honor.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011almost 5 years ago

    I like this one too.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Linda Gregory

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