Photos from Wednesday on Friday without color

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Thank you Newsgate, for if it weren’t for you there would have been another photographer available for an hour and a half cruise on a doorless helicopter over Broward County. We had about six or so stories to shoot for so we went from a neighborhood in Parkland, Florida to the 595 to the cruise terminal, boat show, and downtown fort lauderdale. So cool, I can’t even stress!

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Tuesday and celebrating the goddess Durga

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Being in focus is over rated according to fellow photographers Brian Frank and Michael McElroy . . . . I put this picture up on facebook to ask fellow photographers how much it mattered that the focus was on his chest rather than his face. I really liked the photo, I almost started to feel that if I had focused on his hands it would have been a better technical photo, but weaker in its’ sentido and it was comforting to hear other photographers echo that idea.

Then I started thinking about this assignment. Visually it was captivating. It is a celebration for the goddess Durga, she is considered, according to wiki, a demon-fighting form of Lord Shiva’s wife the Goddess Parvati. She manifests fearlessness and patience and this festival, the Durga Puja, celebrates the slaying of the demon Mahishasur by the goddess Durga.

The best part was how the parents had the children do the dances, depict the battle between the goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasur. So I got to run around photographing little boys and girls being dressed to depict soldiers, traditional dancers and even a goddess. I’m putting up my favorite, non-literal images of the evening and at the end I’ll put up a couple of the more literal, straightforward shots.

Though like was stated at the beginning . . . being in focus (whether that means literally in focus or a literal photo) can be overrated.

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As for the more literal images:

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Sunday

My saturday was intense. I’ve been working a lot of long days (mostly because I’m just awfully slow at editing video sometimes) and I spent my morning at swim meet preliminaries where my photos turned out awful. I mean just terrible. I had to leave at 1pm to shoot cardboard boat races in Hollywood, Fla. Very, very cute. I wish wish wish I could post the video because I had two little kids at the beginning that were so sweet but it hasn’t been posted yet. Finally because my swimming take in the morning was so poor I went back for the finals which turned out to be so, so, so much better! The light was nicer, I didn’t feel quite so clueless as what to shoot. These were my favorites from swimming and here is the link to the photo gallery for the paper.

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Here are a few from cardboard boat races . . . although having to shoot video at the same time I feel that the photos were really not that good:

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A while back I shot video of the Nova Dental Clinic, it’s huge and comprised of hundreds of students. I had fun with it and I’m so happy to see it online, I was almost sure it might not make it since I shot it two weeks prior. So here is the Nova Dental Clinic video and here are a couple of my favorite pics from that:

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Dental students have to keep teeth to practice on, this was one kid’s jar . . . pretty cool.

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This guy above is who I interviewed, absolute sweetheart and was pointing out the tooth that was being worked on.

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I’m a big fan of subway and I love that the dude that made my sandwich wanted to stress how crazy Florida was. He told me about a lady who put a knife in her sandwich and said I want my sandwich free, you’ve left your sandwich knife in my sandwich. Another lady that when he was mopping, ran over to the shop and stopped running, as he put out a safety sign (apparently suing is big out here). That brings me to one assignment, it was to photograph the founder of WhoCanISue.com and here is the story (minus the photo I shot . . . I don’t know why) so here is the pic:

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This is probably a four foot iguana kept at the school outside one of the classrooms. The grow out here to be huge because they have no natural predators after the age of one and are considered a menace. They dig holes for their burrows, eat other animals and occasionally bite people. I challenge you to find a state where you are less likely to be bit by a reptile than Florida.

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Geekfest!

Awesome quote of my day:

F**k off, I’m gonna call f***ing PETA on your *sses

See below for the full story and video, but first let me tell you about a wonderful thing . . . it’s called geekfest.

You’ll no doubt see my chubby cheeks clearly in the center of that pic surrounded by a multitude of talented, freelancers, students, professional multimedia/visual storytellers. While Melissa Lyttle of APAD fame organized this amazing conference. What struck me as different from the only other photo event I’ve attended (Women in Photojournalism a couple years back) was that many of the photographers were young, they were innovative, creative and while still journalists they straddled fine art and journalism in a way that many long time news photographers don’t seem to do.

All of the speakers were phenomenal. My favorites included Dai Sugano of the Mercury News. His work is visual storytelling, just amazing stuff I recommend you click on his website that I’ve linked to his name. Damon Winters of the New York Times just blows your mind . . . I don’t know if I could ever see like that and Nicole Fruge of the San Antonio Express-News had this attitude, even after years as a freelancer, news photographer that was so infectious and well, happy.

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I could go on for ages about geekfest, but I’ve included a couple photos above and a really, really cool video I made when I got home and couldn’t sleep. Watch it below, I promise it’s worth it. The music is Santigold and the game, it’s shuffleboard

Point A – Ft. Lauderdale
Point B – St. Petersburg
Point ? – Frogs
Point C – Ft. Lauderdale

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Watch the video for Point Frogs. Watch tomorrow for a new post.

Oh and check out the story I covered today about Iguuuuanas. Specifically the kind that are, well, wild animals. This one bit a little girl, got sent out to photograph the iguana catchers doing their thing, but when they went to the home where the 7-foot beast allegedly lives we were told to f-off. Actually this is my first experience using “bleeping” in a video. Quite fun.

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This is the link, but mind you the video will be posted tomorrow most likely.

Sunday

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Another week down and it’s been fun. I shot several videos and photos this week and I’ve been able to edit all of them. I’ll try to include links.

Also I discovered something wonderful today called Pollo Tropical. Instead of fries you choose from fried yuca or fried plantains and sides of rice and beans . . . man it is awesome. I can’t believe I can get fast yuca, at home we get this maybe once or twice a year . . . a smart person would open one in Phoenix or Tucson.

Here are some more fans from last week’s Dolphins game . . . I am going to do a project on the fans, no doubt, they are what makes games interesting (at least to me).

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I also photographed a young volunteer that day who said his experiences were character building. Here he is waiting for someone to need to use a wheelchair.

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We also did a couple of interviews with pet owners who adopted Katrina pets. Here is the link and one of the videos . . . it is just a little too long and a little disorganized, but not bad for a photo/video assignment.

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Mirimar police are looking for a suspect in a triple homicide in a good neighborhood in the area. There are so many murders here it is ridiculous.

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Broward County K-9’s recieved protective vests. Here is the story and below is a photo that they didn’t use on the website:

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And in theme with the shoes here is the complete office of polished black boots.

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A couple of dancers with Dancing with the Stars gave a workshop. Fun times.

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There were 10,000 socks collected for the homeless and bagged up to be given to different local shelters:

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And today a father/teacher from Weston (filled with so many Colombians/Venezuelans I was floored) and here his daughter is hugging him when he arrives.

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And just for fun I took a screen shot with all my windows visible . . . this is really how I work:
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And tomorrow? Work, paperwork, doctor, alligator alley?, and hopefully this guy . . . excited.

Monday

It’s been a week since I last posted . . . It’s been busy as it has been tedious. I spent my entire weekend putting together packages to send back to Arizona, wondering about what kind of project I want to do . . . something that is unique to Florida. It’s funny because if you ask me about Arizona it takes me about five minutes to give out ten story ideas and five of which I already have contacts for. Being in a new place where I haven’t been out much has made it a little bit harder. Each time I believe I have an angle, story or idea I find myself doubting it immediately . . . Going to have to change this.

As for the past week I turned in my first online videos and did my first video/photos assignment. It is a lot of fun, I love editing video but it is a totally different process here than it was at Cronkite News Service so my learning curve has been slow.

Last Saturday I photographed a couple whose house was in foreclosure. I would add the link to the story but I was unable to find it online.

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Tuesday I came in and they sent me right back out for a wind feature. It was fun, although it felt weird . . . it makes me laugh when I think about shooting wildart 2-3 days a week during my internship at the Bend Bulletin in Central Oregon.

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There was a Green Mamba attack on a cable worker in Hollywood, Fla. I shot video of Alan Cruz from the Miami-Dade Fire Dept. Venom Rescue Director. Tricky, no mike and just a small sony handycam but I think I did alright.

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Go to sit in a courtroom on Friday for the sentencing of a young man, my age, for murdering his father and beating his mother while under the influence of vodoo spirits.

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Along with shooting a young girl, Alyssa Rosenberg, who won gold at the Maccabiah games in Israel. I shot video which I edited for online and the tv station uses our work as well.

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And the tour of the new Trump building in South Florida on Hollywood beaches.

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Saturday was hitting up the Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Panthers with photographers Robert Duyos and Jim Rassol. Here is the slideshow of the game. Below are some of the pics of the fans. It was a good time and my first Pro football game. I hope I get to go again. I’d like to do some portraits of the fans . . . they always crack me up.

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I’m trying to wrap up the application to the Peace Corp and send in what I need to the Sudan Volunteer Programme. On top of that sending in the work I finished for the Virginia Piper Trust in Phoenix. Busy, slightly boring, weekend.

My newest addiction while editing on the computer? Common Radio on Pandora. Good stuff.

Tuesday

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Tuesday was the start of my second week at the Sun Sentinel . . . I admit it kept me up at night during the weekend trying to think of what I wanted to do a story on and thinking wether it had been done before or not. But Tuesday was great, I think I have one of my ideas down and I am really enjoying the Sentinel as well as Florida.

Jackie Gleason, of Honneymooner fame was honored in South Florida by being placed on a stamp. These are the outtakes of that shoot for the Sun-Sentinel and here is the photo gallery from the Sun Sentinel site. Personally the first is my favorite . . .

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Gleason’s widow was there and while she was very nice and smiling she teared up below when talking about him and placed a pin of the stamp on her blouse below.

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