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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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!
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.
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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