Hertz Rent-A-Car Groundbreaking Event

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Last week I got to shoot photos for VisitEstero.com at the Hertz Rent-A-Car Groundbreaking event. Hertz is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Estero, Florida. The move will create about 700 new jobs in the area which is a pretty big deal for Estero.

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I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the event. It was a bit of a gloomy morning but once you got under big giant tent where they were having the event you kind of forgot about how nasty it was outside because of all the smiling faces and refreshments. Tons of delicious food and drinks to be had before and after the event.

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There was an abundance of Florida legislature present at the event. Many of them took turns speaking about what sort of positive impact Hertz coming to Estero is going to bring. Governor Rick Scott and State Representative Ray Rodrigues both spoke at the event.

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Hertz had four or five different cars on display but the coolest one by far was the black and yellow Mustang.

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Executive Vice President, Richard Broome takes the podium.

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Governor Scott presented Hertz CEO, Mark P. Fissora with a medal and flag before it was his turn to speak.

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Getting ready to break ground.

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Governor Scott was all smiles after the event while answering questions from the press and taking pictures.

These were my favorite photos from the event. If you would like to see more you can head to my facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/timmurphyphotography

Caterpillars and Butterflies

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On one of the mornings I was out doing a shoot of the Estero Bay and the Estero River for Visitestero.com we ran into an Estero Bay Budies board member who happened to have a butterfly garden. She asked if we wanted to see it and maybe get some photos and I was all for it. It was one of the coolest things! She had all kinds of plants and flowers that different butterflies like. There were about ten to fifteen flying around and she told us that ther is normally more haha.

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One of the coolest things she showed us was this chrysalis that was hanging off of a wooden stick. There was this whole mesh container in her garage with a few different chrysalis and caterpillars but this one must have gotten out and decided to change into a butterfly on the stick. It was awesome because you could pick up the stick and get a really close look.

DSC_3332This orange caterpillar was my favorite because it looks super scary. It has these back spiky looking things all over it that just look terrifying but it really is completely harmless haha! Very cool experience!

Photoshoot with Sammie

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Last week I headed back to Koreshan Park to do a photoshoot. My friend Sammie volunteered to model for me. (Thanks Sammie!) While at Koreshan Park with photography class the week before I saw a couple places I wanted to take photos at but I never got the chance to have the model pose at those spots before I had to run and go to work. Also I wanted to practice some of the things I had learned on the trip with photo class that guest speaker Mike Owen taught us.

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I wanted to practice working with a model and posing a model because it is actually way harder than it sounds. You have an idea in your head how you want them to move and how you want the shot to look but it can be hard to explain to the model what you are thinking. Practice makes perfect though…The more you get out there and actually shoot photos and work on things like learning how to pose models the easier it all becomes.

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I really need to invest in getting some reflectors. When I was at Koreshan with photo class we were using them a lot to create even lighting or to block the sun a bit because it was really bright out. It was the same situation when Sammie and I went last week. It was super bright and finding even lighting was a bit of a challenge.

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It was a really fun day and it was a painless photoshoot. Sammie did a great job modeling and she was super easy to work with. It was funny because as soon as I started posing her for each shot it was like she figured out what I was going for and before I finished telling her how I wanted her to pose, she would pose the way I wanted and say “You mean like this?” haha I don’t know if she realized it but I did and I found it pretty comical.

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It was a good day and a great shoot. I hadn’t seen Sammie for a while before we did the shoot and it was nice to catch up a bit and hang out while we got the photos. Hope everyone likes the photos as much as I do!

Koreshan Park with Photo Class

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On Monday, October 15th, FGCU Digital Photography class took a field trip to Koreshan State Historic Site. It is a really cool place with an interesting history. It is also a great place for photo shoots. Tons of different buildings, trees, lighting, landscapes, and anything else your heart desires. Guest speaker and professional photography Mike Owen did a hands on workshop for all of us with the help of volunteer model Aastha.

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The first thing Mike went over was what sort of gear he would bring to a shoot like this and why you would need it. Everything from reflectors, flashes, extra batteries, and a variety of lenses. Some of it a tad bit expensive for a college student but he also gave us ideas for great alternatives to some of the gear that was more than doable on a college budget.

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After a quick overview of what sort of gear we should bring, Mike got straight into it and began showing us techniques for interacting with clients while shooting to make sure you get the shot you need and how make it a fun experience for you and the client. One of the most important things is to make whoever you are taking photos of feel comfortable and relaxed. If they are feeling uncomfortable you will probably see that uncomfortable feeling come through in the shots and that wont make for very good looking photos.

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Koreshan Park is full of all kinds of different lighting scenarios so it was a really good place to practice. We also practiced with reflectors to create fill light or to diffuse some of the sunlight in the brighter areas with less overhangs.

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Mike gave us a lot of tips on how to pose models. It sometimes can be hard to explain how you want someone to move. As Mike demonstrated sometimes the best way to explain to someone what to do is to just show them. Do the pose yourself so that your model can see what you are going for.

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It was a great afternoon and I learned a lot from listening to what Mike was saying and then attempting to try what he was saying right away by shooting photos of Aastah. I am happy with the way my photos came out especially since there was 20 plus of us in the class all shooting the same model at the same time haha! It was sort of a race to get the best angle.

If you want to see the rest of the photo set you can head over to my Flickr page. The link is on the sidebar to the left. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Mysore Fig Tree

I recently had the opportunity to work with some really great people, for a little over a month now, shooting photos of Estero, Florida and surrounding areas for an upcoming website for the city. (more on that in a future blog post) This post is about one of the places we visited to shoot photos for the website.

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This is the Florida State Champion Fiscus Mysorensis or the Mysore Fig Tree. It resides on the corner of Sandy Lane and Broadway Avenue. The Mysore Fig Tree was planted 117 years ago in 1896. It was brought over from Mysore India to the United States. At the time it was a custom to plant unusual plants or trees to mark property lines which is why the tree is on the corner of the lot.

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The tree really is massive and it can be hard to tell how big it really is just by looking at photos. The tree is over 93 feet tall, its branches spread out more than 130 feet, and its circumference is about 40 feet. One of the coolest things about the monstrous fig tree is its roots which have grown up to 6 feet above the ground and spread out in all directions for 10 to 20 sometimes even 30 feet.

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Now here is one of the most interesting parts. If you go visit the Mysore Fig Tree you will find that the property owners who maintain the tree have created a small shop where you can buy nic nacs having to do with the tree and even buy some awesome home made jelly that is made with the figs from the tree. If you visit you can try a taste of the jelly for free. I encourage you to try it..it was delicious. All of the proceeds from the shop go to maintaining the massive tree which is almost a full time job.

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