You are Entering the Twilight Zone: Daytona 500 Under the Lights…


As you can see from the photo above, we had quite an adventure shooting the Daytona 500 last night!   The race, which was delayed over 30 hours due to rain (the first time in its 54 year history the race was not run on Sunday), was marked by events that could have been straight out of the grainy, black and white world of the Twilight Zone.

The race itself, promised to be exciting when just one lap into the race, a large crash collected several cars.  But before long, the race was going full bore, with very little in the way of incidents and with everyone for the most part staying in line and waiting for the last run.  But that was all about to change…

At lap 160, while the caution was out, the 42 Target car was on the back stretch catching up to the pack.  Just before entering turn 3, something broke in the rear of the car, sending it spinning out of control – and directly toward one of the jet dryer trucks that was slowly circling the track.  I just happened to be looking in that direction, and saw a massive fireball erupt as the two vehicles met.  I quickly grabbed my 100-400 and took the following series of images.  The first is just a second or two after impact, before the jet fuel ignited.  As you can see, the damage doesn’t look all that severer.  The second image is shortly after the fire crew arrived.  The third image is after the fire has been put out – you can clearly see the destruction.

Below are my favorite photos from this very unique race!

All the photos can be downloaded for free as HD desktop wallpaper.  Simply click on a photo below, click on the permalink (bottom right), save the HD wallpaper by right clicking the “1280×720” link, and selecting save as. 

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Seeing Double – Two Very Different Dostie Homes in Palencia

Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph two properties for Dostie Homes.  Lucky for me, the homes were on adjacent lots.  But don’t think that makes these homes twins – while they do share many of the premium amenities and creative spaces Dostie Homes is known for, the exterior of these homes could hardly be more different.  One home looks like it could have been plucked straight out of an Iowa corn field, while the other is clearly a Florida-inspired home, complete with dramatic tower and decorative eaves.  Enjoy the photos!

Deremer Studios specializes in Architectural photography – both residential and commercial.  Our specialized equipment, designed specifically for this sort of photography, enables us to creatively capture almost any space!  Check out some of our favorite shots from this shoot below.

Want to see more of our architectural work?  Check out our full portfolio at www.deremerstudios.com/arch.html.

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A Night with Rambo: Amelia Island Book Festival

Last weekend we had the pleasure of spending some time at the Amelia Island Book Festival, photographing one of the weekend’s events.  There gala evening, held at the beautifully rustic Walker’s Landing, provided a casual atmosphere for writers and literature lovers to discuss what they love – books!

The event also featured two very special guests – Steve Berry (an adventure writer of the well known Cotton Malone series of books) and David Morrell (creator of Rambo).   The two gentlemen, good friends for many years, took turns trading stories and answering guests’ questions for over an hour.

Here are several of our favorite photos from the evening.  Enjoy!

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The Haiti Chronicles – Addendum: The Final Product

If you’ve been following our blog for any time, you’ll know I recently went on a trip to Haiti with Reach Global.  Together with Chris Yarborough (ICY Pictures) and Melissa Putney (Director of Communications for Reach Global Latin America), we spent the week visiting a total of 3 churches, 2 orphanages, 3 schools, a seminary and a health clinic.  In total, Chris shot over 12 hours of footage and I captured well over 1500 images.

During the following week, Chris whittled down the material into a three minute piece, blending his footage with my stills.  Below is the final product – a tool we pray will be used to call many to pray, send and go to Haiti.  Enjoy!

PURCHASE PRINTS TO BENEFIT HAITI
Want to purchase one of these panoramas or any of the other images featured in our Haiti series?  Visit our online ordering site: www.deremerstudios.photoreflect.com to choose your favorite image.  All profits from the sale of these images will be donated to Reach Global’s Haiti initiative. 

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Memorial Bridge – Rediscovering a 90 Year Old Panorama

So, I’ve always been a big history fan.  Recently, this has manifested itself in a borderline obsession with the Memorial Bridge, in Portsmouth, NH.  In researching the building of the bridge at The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s website, I found a large archive of photos from the construction process (see the video I created below from 1920’s news reel and photos during the construction of the bridge).   But what really peaked my interest was a series of 6 photos, taken from the same vantage point (the top of the North Tower) and seeming to have been designed to be displayed together in a primitive sort of panorama.

And that got me wondering – would it be possible to stitch these 90 year old photos together into a modern panorama?  First, I tried our commercial stitching program, but due to slight differences in the images and limited overlap, it wasn’t coming together as I hoped.  So much for the easy way!  But by this point I was determined – and started to stitch the photos together manually using Photoshop.  After about an hour, I had a pretty presentable final product (above).

I still get a kick out of the idea that 90 year old images, taken with a comparatively rudimentary camera, were able to be turned into a modern panorama.  Pretty exciting stuff – Enjoy!

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Dramatic Dostie Home in Pablo Creek

We recently had the opportunity to photograph another Dostie home.   This two story home, located in Jacksonville’s Pablo Creek Reserve, sports a somewhat open floor plan with lots of extras – such as outdoor kitchen, mud/pool room, and a gigantic laundry room (something our family could certainly use).  The master suite has a stunning westerly view – perfect for watching the sun set over the distant marsh.

One thing unique to Deremer Studios architectural photography is that, whenever possible, we capture a selection of ultra-high resolution panoramas, such as the one below.  Just another reason why you can’t find a better combination of quality, value and affordability anywhere else!  Enjoy the photos!

Deremer Studios specializes in Architectural photography – both residential and commercial.  Our specialized equipment, designed specifically for this sort of photography, enables us to creatively capture almost any space!  Check out some of our favorite shots from this shoot below.

Want to see more of our architectural work?  Check out our full portfolio at www.deremerstudios.com/arch.html.

Copyright 2011 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Going for the End Zone at The Ritz-Carlton

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to shoot this wonderful corporate event at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.  As usual, the folks at the resort and the event staff made this beachfront weekend one to remember.  If the great atmosphere wasn’t enough, the guest speaker was Lou Hotlz (of Notre Dame and ESPN fame).

I am time and again impressed with how down to earth celebrities often are – and Lou was no exception.  He was kind to the guests, took time to talk to them as he signed their books, and still managed to bring a great motivational message to the group.

On the second evening, the resort transformed one of the banquet halls into a country sports bar, complete with pool tables, ping pong, darts, and a BBQ feast that would put Sonny’s to shame.  Below are some of our favorite photos.  Enjoy!

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