The Boca Experience Part 2: Wild Florida

It’s official – you can stop holding your breath now.  The long-awaited second post from our corporate shoot in Boca Raton is officially here.  This time, we’re sharing some of our favorite photos from the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas.  Unlike a swamp, the Everglades are actually shallow, slow moving rivers of water that meander from headwaters in northern Florida to the open water surrounding the southern tip of the peninsula.   This amazing location is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from alligators and crocodiles, to wading birds, panthers and black bears.

Above is a black necked stilt, one of the many species of birds that calls the Everglades home.  At the turn of the 20th century, the area was home to flocks of birds numbering in the millions.  It was not uncommon for a flock to take flight and blot out the sun, stretching for as far as the eye could see.  But in the 1920s, the once plentiful birds were nearly hunted to extinction because of the fashion of the day – large, gaudy hats decorated with profuse numbers of bird feathers.  Thankfully, the wildlife has been making a healthy comeback over the past 60 or so years, and though not what it once was, the Everglades are still an amazing place to visit.

Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the shoot – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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Capturing History: The Boca Raton Resort & Club

We recently had the pleasure of shooting the Boca Raton Resort and Club for one of our commercial clients.  This 1000+ room resort began its life during the Florida Land Boom as the Cloister Inn, built in 1926 as the most expensive 100 room hotel in the world.  Since then, the hotel has gradually, though steadily grown into one of the top resorts in Florida.  With 7 swimming pools, two professional golf courses, eleven restaurants, and hundreds of feet of ocean-front property, its no wonder!

Also – neat fact:  During WWII the resort played an essential role as a barracks housing soldiers for nearby Boca Raton Army Air Force Base. The troops affectionately called it “the most elegant barracks in history”.

Anyway, here are several of our favorite photos from the shoot – as always, downloadable as HD desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

Want to see more of our commercial work?  Check out our full portfolio at deremerstudios.com/events.html.

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Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

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!

Want to see more of our commercial work?  Check out our full portfolio at deremerstudios.com/events.html.

Copyright 2012 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at DeremerStudios.com  |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

HD Time Lapse – Remembering the Memorial Bridge

As you may have heard, last night the main span of the Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth, NH) was floated out – severing the 89 year connection the bridge made between New Hampshire and Maine.  As a tribute, I put together the video below.  It incorporates a few of our images, but even better than that, I put together a multiple-camera HD time lapse video from the webcam photos of PortsmouthWebcam.com.  Being 1,200 or so miles from Portsmouth, it was a real blessing to be able to watch the bridges final hours.  Many kudos to the folks that put these webcams together!

The video finishes with vintage footage and a few vintage stills from news reels back in the 1920s that feature the construction and opening day for the bridge.  If you would like to read more about this great bridge and see more photos of its inauguration, check out SeacoastNH.com.

Here’s the full 2 minute HD YouTube video below:

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