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Gators Hanging On

The Florida Gators hosted the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012. Florida was hosting a 26 point underdog in The Swamp on homecoming. The Ragin’ Cajuns had ideas of ruining the day for Florida alumni and players.

In a much closer than expected game, the team from Louisiana had the Gators on the ropes and the game was all knotted up at 20 points apiece with 13 seconds to go in the game. Most everyone was expecting overtime to determine a winner in this game. All ULL had to do was get a punt off and let their defense hold the Gators until regulation time ran out.

However, in the next few seconds, the Gators’ Louchiez Purifoy would block a ULL punt and Jelani Jenkins would grab the ball and run it into the end zone to give the Gators a 27-20 victory with 2 seconds to go in the game.

Florida players went into celebration mode and The Swamp exploded in delirium. An unbelievable finish to a very close game.

My complete gallery of the game is on Jacksonville.com.

Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (3) returns a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Florida Gators beat the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 27-20 in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday November 10, 2012.

 

Florida wide receiver Latroy Pittman is on the business end of Jeff Driskel’s cleats during third quarter action against the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012.

Albert and The Photobomb

Thanks Albert. You pulled off a great photobomb! Or, where you just rooting the boys on to victory?

Florida’s Mike Gillislee takes a screen pass and goes 45 yards for the touchdown against Missouri in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Florida’s 14-7 victory on November 3, 2012.

One Wedding and a Football Game


My weekends in the fall usually consist of livestreaming a Friday night high school football game and then shooting the University of Florida game when the Gators play in The Swamp on Saturdays.

This weekend was a little different as I shot a Friday afternoon wedding with an evening reception that wrapped up about 10:30 PM. I then got up early Saturday to head to Gainesville, Florida to cover ESPN GameDay and the Gators as they hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina in a SEC Eastern Division showdown.

The wedding was great as I photographed a long time friend of my oldest daughter marry the man of her dreams. I wish Mike and Jennifer a long and happy marriage. They are a fun couple!

Here are a couple of snaps from the ceremony and reception.

The First Kiss

Top Gun Introduction

Reception Group Photo

The atmosphere in Gainesville was exciting on game day. ESPN choose to have their GameDay program outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the 12th time. The Gators have been involved in a game where GameDay has been broadcast a nation leading 35 times. True to every other show, folks were out in force with their signs supporting one team or another or in this year of presidential election, signs supporting their candidate of choice.

The Gators jumped out to an early lead after a Carolina turnover on their opening possession to go up 7-0 in the game. The Gators never looked back in defeating the Gamecocks 44-11 to take control of the SEC Eastern Division race.

Jelani Jenkins (#3) takes down Carolina QB Connor Shaw in first quarter action.

Signs at the ESPN Gameday show outside Ben Hill Griffin.

Alex McCalister (#95) celebrates with the Rowdy Reptiles in the North End Zone after the victory.

Two big events made for a tiring, but very rewarding weekend of photography. I love what I do!

 

 

Baby Crusader Football

The freshman football team ventured up to Hilliard, Fl to take on the Flashes of Hilliard Middle-Senior High School in a freshman football game. What the Baby Crusaders lack in football experience, they make up for in enthusiasm.

The Crusaders had it tough most of the night as the more experienced Flashes rolled over the young squad from Bishop Kenny. The Crusaders wrapped up their season with yet another loss, but an experience that will give them the skills to succeed on the junior varsity and varsity football level.

By the way, in small town football, even at the freshman level, the town comes out to see the boys play ball.

 

A Little Color to Brighten the Day

Lorikeet – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ©2011

Life In The Swamp

The tenth ranked Florida Gators hosted the fourth ranked Tigers of Louisiana State University on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Despite falling behind by two field goals going into the second half, the Gator defense, aided by the Rowdy Reptiles in The Swamp held LSU scoreless the second half.

The Florida ground game came alive in the second half and  the offense put 14 unanswered points on the board to defeat the Bayou Bengals 14-6. A very jubilant team celebrated with the equally excited fans in the north end zone. The win vaulted the Gators to the number four spot in the AP poll.

Below are a few images from the game. The rest of the gallery may be viewed at jacksonville.com.

Gator players get ready to take the field prior to their game against LSU on October 6, 2012. The Gators employed a stifling defense and a solid running game to defeat the Tigers 14-6.

 Florida’s Lerentee McCray sacks LSU’s Zach Mettenberger during first quarter action on Saturday October 6, 2012. The Gators went on to beat LSU 14-6.

Florida’s Matt Elam strips the ball from LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during third quarter action in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Florida defeated LSU 14-6.

Florida fans celebrate another victory for the Gators in The Swamp as the Gators hosted LSU on October 6, 2012. The Gators employed a stifling defense and a solid running game to defeat the Tigers 14-6. The Florida team was rewarded with a number four ranking in the AP poll released on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

A Self Portrait

For The Bruce

This past weekend I rode in my 13th Bike MS PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore. This year was the 11th year that I rode for my longtime friend from my college days, Bruce Kujawa.

Bruce has secondary progressive MS. Several friends have established a foundation to raise funds so that Bruce might have available a wheelchair accessible van.

For more information please take a look at www.ForTheBruce.org.

For information on supporting the National MS Society and my ride, please visit my personal page.

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Florida Yearbook Seminar Notes and Links

I have been teaching photography to middle and high school students in St. Petersburg, Florida the past couple of days. The emphasis has been on learning to use the camera in manual mode and using the elements of composition to become a better photographer.

The students in the photography track have their work critiqued by their peers and the instructor  and receive feedback to assist them in becoming better photographers. Images are critiqued for proper exposure, sharpness and the compositional elements used to help tell the story.

It is indeed an interesting process watching them go from using full auto mode on their cameras to understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how manual settings affect the final image.

Below are some links that might be helpful in helping to further understand all the factors that go into making powerful photographs that tell a story.

If you have any questions – either add a comment below or reach me through the contact form here.

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Bishop Kenny District 3-5A Champions!

The Bishop Kenny Crusaders hosted the Eagles of Paxon in the District 3-5A championship baseball game Thursday evening. The Crusaders took the lead early with two runs in the first and added an insurance run in the fourth to win the district title 3-0. The Crusaders advance and play the Nease Panthers in a regional quarter final game playoff on Wednesday May 2 at Bishop Kenny and Paxon will play at Ponte Vedra.

More game photos can be found on Jacskonville.com