A Wild Trip to White Oak with Big Break Florida

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Several months ago, we had the special pleasure of spending some time with a few of the talented golfers from the Golf Channel’s hit TV show, Big Break.  Of course, this was during filming of the latest series, Big Break Florida, so we were asked to delay posting photos until the show was well under way – and so it is!  White Oak is always such a treat to visit, and this trip was no exception – giving the contestants a sampling of nearly all White Oak has to offer – from the private golf course and bowling alley, to the shotgun course and eclectic art collections.  As is often the case with a White Oak tour, the stops included opportunities to view a wide variety of protected and endangered species and a few hands-on interactions with cheetah, giraffe and several species of rhino.  Over the past several years, we’ve shot at White Oak the better part of a dozen times, yet the experience is one I always look forward to and cherish.  Best of all, the Conservation Center now does regular events open to the public – be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay informed!

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Celebrating a Luminous Year with Brightway Insurance

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We recently has the pleasure of spending an evening at the Omni in downtown Jacksonville with our friends from Brightway Insurance as they celebrated the 2013 achievements of their agents.  This was our second shoot with Brightway, so having the privilege to see many of the folks we met back in 2013 receive recognition for their work was a treat.  Congratulations to all the award recipients and here’s to a splendid 2014!

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Mr. Rogers Presents: How to Make a Tube – Featuring Hanson Pressure Pipe

When I was a kid, my very favorite part of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was the small segments that featured the making of anything from crayons to musical instruments.   To be completely honest, I still love those kind of shows.  There’s just something about seeing all the machines whirling and people working to create a final product that really appeals to me.

Well, this week I had the opportunity to experience this firsthand.  Hanson Pressure Pipe hired us to go out a capture the production of a new type of piping they have developed.  And let me tell you, pressure pipe is pretty cool stuff!  It all starts with a metal spiral core that is spun on this massive machine that takes up a whole building.  The photo above is of a pipe segment being cut on this machine.  These pipes can be made in all sizes (they’ve made pipes up to 194 inches in diameter at this facility), though the ones we worked with were a bit smaller.

Then, the pipe goes through a series of process by which the inside is coated with a layer of cement and spun (above) at an insane speed to ensure uniform coating.  From there it gets an exterior coat of wire and a second coating of cement – this time on the outside.  A few more steps, and walla, you have yourself a big ol’ pipe capable of handing hefty pressure loads.  From a roll of metal to a finished pipe takes about two days.  Of course, the whole process is much more complex than what I outlined, but it gives you the idea.  More detailed photos below!

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Going for the Long Drive: 2012 Avis Invitational

This week, we had the unique honor of shooting the first annual Avis Invitational golf event, hosted at TPC Sawgrass.  This two day event designed to honor some of Avis’ top corporate clients provided a wonderful opportunity for the competitors to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather on one of the best golf courses in the world.

Golfing legends Steve Stricker and Mark Rolfing generously spent the day with the golfers; answering questions, giving pointers and participating in some friendly competition on the famous 17th hole.

The event was capped at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Inn and Club with a wonderful awards banquet.  Each guest was also given a framed print we had captured and printed onsite, using one of our awesome HiTi professional printing system.

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150 Years Later: Rediscovering Fort Clinch

Just today, we had the opportunity to shoot another signature Fernandina event for the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council. This time, we visited Fort Clinch – a Civil War era fort that 150 years ago today, was occupied by union troops (and remained in union custody until the conclusion of the war).  On the first weekend of every month, you’ll find more than your average tourist walking around these ancient ground.  In fact, you’ll be surrounded by troops, doctors, shop keepers, and a slew of other folk straight out of 1862.

Along with a large contingent of other guests, we spent the morning with these dedicated folks, learning much about life in the 19th century. From the joy of dental work (the patient had to use a foot pedal to power the drill), to soldier life in the south before vaccines, to live cannon firing demonstrations (below), the morning was certainly a treat!

Being a history buff myself, this trip was especially enjoyable for me.  Inspired by the day, I decided to do a little extra work on several of the photos to give them a period feel (above and below).  To do this I created vignetting on the sides, added a progressive blur toward the outsides, and did a slight textured overlay to make it all come together.  I thought the finished product turned out well.

Also – neat fact.  As you may know, i grew up in NH.  While talking with one of the park rangers, come to discover that the granite used in the construction of the fort is no other than NH rock!  Pretty cool stuff.   Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the day – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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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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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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Family First for Physicians at the Ritz-Carlton

This weekend, we had the opportunity to photograph the Florida Academy of Family Physicians‘ 2011 Annual Event at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  As usual, the Ritz did a wonderful job of making this event truly memorable – from a beautiful general session to an absolutely stunning winter wonderland for the evening gala.

We provided a variety of services at this event, from standard event coverage, to onsite studio photography.  Thankfully, the staff of FAFP is wonderful to work with – making our job a true joy.

If you were wondering, here’s a bit more about the FAFP from their site:
The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is composed of more than 4,000 family medicine physicians, resident physicians, and medical students from across the state. The FAFP works to advance the specialty of family medicine by promoting excellence and improvement in the healthcare of all Floridians. Our priority is to help our members to become the best family physicians they can be through effective communication, legislation/regulation, education, advocacy, research and motivation.

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Here I Raise My Ebenez-what? Thanksgiving at ECC

This Sunday marked a day of mission and thanksgiving at our church home, Eastside Community Church.  During our Sunday morning service, we had the joy of recommissioning one of our missionary families (the Matthews).  We’ve enjoyed having them here for a few months, but are so thankful for the work they are doing to love and care for those in Southeast Asia.

But that wasn’t the end of our Sunday!  Last night, the church got together for a special Thanksgiving service.  For the first time, we raised our own Ebenezer (a memorial of sorts, to remind us of God’s gracious help).  It was a wonderful time of worship and thanksgiving!  Enjoy the photos!

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Flying High with Audi at the NAS JAX Air Show – Part 3 [The Panoramas]

Here’s our third and final installment from the air show – our Panoramas.

One of the unique things we provide at the majority of our shoots are ultra-high resolution panoramas.  This is a fun and unique way to capture all the activity in a wide area while maintaining lots of crisp quality, even at very large sizes.  Enjoy!

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Flying High with Audi at the NAS JAX Air Show – Part 2 [The Planes]

Here’s Part 2 from this weekend’s Air Show. For those of you who missed the first post, we had the opportunity to shoot this year’s show on behalf of the title sponsor, Jack Hanania Automotive Group.

Aviation goes way back in my family.  My grandfather flew a P-51 during WWII and so the P-51 holds a special place in my heart (right next to my TR-6 if you were wondering).  The two P-51s above are flown by The Horsemen – the world’s only P-51 flight team.  It’s always a thrill to hear those mighty 16 cylinder engines come to life.  It’s a sound not easily forgotten!

For those of you who follow the blog, you already know I am a bit of a car nut, but you may not know that it was actually my love of aviation that brought me down to Florida.  I originally came down to Jacksonville University as a flight student.  Though I changed majors, my love for flying has never diminished.  So, having the opportunity to walk among such beautiful and storied aircraft, not to mention watch them fly, is quite a treat.

Above is a wonderfully restored example of the trainer variant of the Stearman model 75.   The first aircraft most WWII veterans flew, this plane taught countless thousands all the basics of military flying.  This particular Stearman is flown by John Mohr [of Mohr Barnstorming] – who put on a thrilling barnstormer-style display – flying just feet off the ground in a variety of unconventional attitudes.  It was all the more impressive this weekend because of the crazy crosswinds.  He’s truly a talented pilot!

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Flying High with Audi at the NAS JAX Air Show – Part 1 [The Sponsor]

This weekend, we had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the NAS Jax Air Show on behalf of the title sponsor, Jack Hanania Automotive Group.  To shamelessly parody a cherished Christmas carol, though the weather outside was frightful, the stunts [and occasion warm jet wash] were quite delightful.  As you will see in a few photos below, we employed our ND filter for several unique time exposures of the crowd.  The one below is my favorite:

Jack Hanania Automotive Group has four dealerships in town, specializing in Audi, Acura, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen sales.  We had a great time getting to know some of their staff at the event, as they showed those daring souls who braved the cold, some of the great new cars from Audi, VW and Acura.    We hope you enjoy the photos!

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Supporting the Community: Second Mile Family Fall Festival

Last weekend we had the privilege of donating our talents to Second Mile Ministries.  Second Mile does all sorts of things throughout the year, all focused on serving the underprivileged in our city’s urban core through Christ-honoring activities.  From summer day camps and after school programs, to fun events like their annual Family Fall Festival, these folks are doing a wonderful work!  Check out some of my favorite photos from the event here!

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Helping Out Those in Need Through Photography

Earlier this month, we had the joy of being a sponsor at the Stellar Foundation’s annual Charity Golf Tournament at the St Johns Golf and Country Club.  Our contribution to the event was to take each team’s photo as well as chronicling the day for those in attendance.  Except for an occasional downpour, the weather was ideal for all the supporters of this great event.  In total, the foundation raised over $50,000 for two local charities.  Not bad for a day’s worth of golf!

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What has 4 Wheels, a Silver Horse, and Costs 18 Million Dollars?


We recently received word that we’ll have the honor of shooting the 2012 Concours D’Elegance on behalf of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  Being an avid car guy, this is an exciting opportunity, made all the more exciting by the car they will be honoring – namely the Ferrari 250 GTO.  In 2010, one of these beauties went for £12 million at a rare car auction in London.

Got some spare change lying around?  Well perhaps you can pick up one of these – or one of the countless other stunning, rare autos that will be featured at the Concours this year.

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