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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