Photojournalism

Santa Fe Fire

Went out today to cover the Santa Fe brush fire in Bradford Country, today with my friend Andrew Stanfill, the fire is abot 25% under control and so far has burned about 5,000 acres of land. Luck was on our side today, as we had no idea where to actually go to find where we could go, but happened to stumble upon a dirt road where a tv crew from jacksonville was waiting for the press information officer. After waiting for about 15 minutes, we were taken in by SUV to the fire line that the forestry department had created. Overhead was lone Huey helicopter dropping buckets of water on the fire and multiple bulldozers trying to clear out all of the brush. Forestry workers were busy lighting dead shrubs on fire in an effort to starve the advancing flames of fuel and to prevent it from jumping the fire lines.

STS-135 Rollout and Lift

Space shuttle Atlantis rolls out and is hoisted up for it and the space shuttles final mission, ending over 3 decades of manned flights with the space shuttle. This was by far one of the most incredible things I’ve witnessed in my life. I’ve gotten to use the jaws of life with airport fire rescue, flew a plane, traveled through Asia, but hands down, watching Shuttle Atlantis being prepared is one of the moments I’ll vividly remember for the rest of my life. Below are two different galleries, the first is Atlantis being moved from the Shuttle Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The second gallery is of shuttle Atlantis being hoisted off of the space shuttle carrier and up-righting it to a vertical position and then later mating it to the solid rocket boosters (SRB) and external fuel tank. Being inside of the actual VAB was mind blowing. It’s such an immense structure that makes determining scale difficult. I was able to shoot straight down from about 230ft and people literally do look like ants from such high up and the scale of everything in the VAB.

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STS-134: Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Launch

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Gainesville Airport Fire Rescue

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The Great Underwear Dash

The Great Underwear dash, or Undie Dash for short has become a yearly ritual for many students at the University of Florida. Near the end of each spring semester, student organizers organize a massive charity drive where students gather in Turlington Plaza at the University of Florida, strip down to their underwear and run a small course that takes them on the edge of campus and back to Turlington Plaza. Afterwards all of the clothes are collected and donated to a local charity.

 

Gator Fly-In

Myself next to the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet

This assignment was absolutely amazing to shoot. I’ve always loved aviation, especially military aviation and I was lucky enough to be able to shoot the first annual Gator Fly-In which featured a T45C “Grosshawk” 2 seat Navy trainer jet, a T-4 “Texan” trainer, and best of all a F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Jet. Also at the airport, but not in the show were Harrier Jump Jets. I got to watch the F/A-18 taxi down to the ramp and actually felt some of the jetblast and it’s incredible. Later on, the pilot, Lt. Nicole Johnson, was kind enough to show the cockpit of her jet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Olustee Battle

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My editor asked me a few days before the event if I would be up to shoot a civil war reenactment. After checking my schedule since this was pretty much going to be an all day shoot that was way out of town, I decided to say yes. At first I was a bit apprehensive over it, not know what it would be like or what the crowds would be like, but once I arrived at Olustee, I knew it would be fun. I used primarily a 300mm F2.8L on a 1d Mark II and 70-200 f2.8 IS on 5d Mark II for pretty much the entire time. I wish I had brought out the 400 as the 300, while it was getting good frames, was still too short. The people at Olustee were incredibly friendly and easy to talk to and after going to this re-enactment, I can see why it’s such a big draw for both the spectators and the participants.

Battle of Olustee