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

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Photoshoot with Carol

I have been on a bit of a hiatus recently. I got super busy with school and work and then I got really sick so it didn’t leave me much time for writing posts. Now that I have a little free time and I’m not sick in bed..it’s post time!

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Earlier in the week we had a model shoot in photography class with volunteer model, Carol. Once again it was pretty challenging to get the shot you were looking for since it was about 15 to 20 of us all working with one model. It all worked out good though and it seemed like everyone was able to get what they were looking for.

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This time around we basically were the ones posing and interacting with the model unlike the photoshoot earlier in the year that we did with Mike Owen. Carol was a great model to work with! She has really great positive energy, you could tell she was excited for the shoot and I think that got all of us excited too. Carol was easy to work with because she was super into the shoot. We had some of our own ideas and Carol had a bunch of good ideas as well. Throughout the shoot she would just try things too see if it worked or not and I liked the fact that she was so open to just going for stuff. It helps when your model enjoys getting creative.

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Carol was down for whatever pose we needed and when we asked her to hop into a fountain she didn’t hesitate for a second. I think she had her shoes off before we finished asking her haha. Like I said…it helps to have a model that isn’t afraid to get a little out of the box to get some really good shots. You have to do what you got to do sometimes and not everyone is always ready to hop into a fountain.

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This shoot was a lot of fun to do. I think we all got in good practice of all the things we learned when we were with Mike Owen earlier in the year. Carol did an awesome job as a model. She made the whole process a lot easier and fun with her outgoing attitude and by being up for anything.

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Hope you enjoyed the photos!

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!

Photo Assignment: Observation

This semester I am sitting in on a Digital Photography class. I really wanted to take the class but I wasn’t able to and will not be able to take it because of scheduling/credit hour issues. That’s a whole other story for another time though haha. Anyways James Greco, the professor teaching the class was super nice and did me the favor of letting me sit in as an observer and participate with the class this semester.(Thanks James!!) I am really happy that I got such an opportunity to learn more about photography especially when I thought I wouldn’t get to.

One of the assignments we recently had was about observation. The assignment was to pick an object and put it in the window. We were supposed to observe our object in the window and take photos of it from different angles and at different times of day.

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The object I picked to put into the window was this self assisted knife. The point of the assignment was to experiment with different lighting, focal length, aperture settings, shutter speed, and angles. I took about 50 or so different shots of my knife in various different positions and settings and then picked what I thought to be the best 10 for the assignment.

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I thought it was a really cool exercise to do. It got my creative juices going and really had me thinking about all kinds of possible ways to shoot my object. If you are looking for a fun and creative photo assignment I highly suggest you try this one.

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DSC_2826If you would like to view the rest of the set from the assignment you can head over to my Flickr account. The link is in the sidebar! Hope you like the shots!