Cruise Ship Aerial

Usually when one thinks of an aerial of a cruise ship underway, this isn’t the usual vantage point.

Aerial of cruise ship bow directly head on from helicopter.

Working in the U.S Virgins Islands awhile back, I had the opportunity to capture a Costa Cruise ship entering the harbor. I had arranged with the ship captain the day before, so as not to alarm him. The ship was on schedule and would not pause for pictures. An experienced helicopter pilot is very helpful and one that is also somewhat adventurous and up for something a little more creative can be a lot of fun.

I had a young art director along for the ride, her first in a helicopter. As I recall, all she did was scream into the headset as the chopper dropped down in front of the moving ship and then crabbed backward holding position in front of the forward moving bow. This image was made with a wide angle lens to give some technical info. Needless to say, we were close.

A very memorable assignment, one among many.

Last 2018 Project

Welcoming an Atlas Air 747-400

My client Atlas Air Worldwide asked us to document the arrival and deplaning process of a 747-400 at Fort Lauderdale airport. This was a private charter by the Jacksonville Jaguars and we were required to not show any recognizable people…a challenge to cover the activity and not show any faces! I asked my associates, Andriana Mereuta and Brian Szeliga to help photograph the scurry of activity as the deplaning and unloading happens within 15-20 minutes. Two remote cameras were set up to capture time-lapse sequences. This was not on my clients wish list, just a little something I wanted to produce to demonstrate the capability. I’m very happy with the result! Check it out: <>

What a year! We have had several really interesting projects during 2018, but this last quickie stands out for how well everything fell into place. And the weather could not have been better!

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7:30am, Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Ft. Lauderdale Color Run

Color Run Ft. Lauderdale

Color Run Ft. Lauderdale
Color Run Ft. Lauderdale

Color Run

This was our first Color Run…had little idea of what to expect…except it could be colorful and for cameras, a bit worrisome. Actually, as it turned out, I was more concerned about the foam machines sending clumps of bubbles up into the breeze. Amazingly large crowd of Happy runners and spectators…and the color toss was certainly a highlight.

I’m getting used to having a slightly pink camera!

Update to A Group Portrait

Never fails that when you have a group of very busy executives, somebody is not available for the company group portrait. It happens, and we just have to be ready to roll and adjust as necessary. No problem!

It’s vital that the lighting style and placement match when adding an individual, or two, into a scene. This is not for the faint hearted and can be tricky.

We recently performed a little magic for our good clients Searcy, Denney P.A. in West Palm Beach. See if you can find the “adjustments”.

Executive Group Portrait
Formal partner group portrait created for Searcy, Denney, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida.

Pot Musician

We recently shot a test video for a prospective client. As a director, I try to control the environment as much as possible, but always leave room for, and look for serendipity. Occasionally, it pays off…as it did here. No one could have scripted this little bit of action.

Tyvek Coveralls Today!

Today, our dress for work was head to toe, Tyvek.

Ready for the clean room…hair net, surgical mask, safety glasses and white lab coat, first set of airlock doors…step on sticky floor pads before putting on shoe covers, second set of airlock doors…remove lab coat, full Tyvek coveralls,  Tyvek knee high booties, second hair net and not one, BUT two layers of latex gloves…I wear a size 8…and before all that, alcohol hand cleanser.  Oh, and then once the gloves are on and you are all set..lets do more alcohol hand sanitizer. Talk about claustrophobia! Then we have to set up “cleaned” lights and cameras, computers, etc…somehow we made it happen. Cleanest images I ever made!

Thanks to Andi Mereuta, my faithful and fully trusting assistant today. I told her to shower as soon as she got home, don’t touch anyone for 48 hours and if you see a red rash call the client. We both wanted to do the selfie more than the project! Just another day at the office!

Dressed for the Cleanroom
Larry Gatz and Andi Mereuta dressed for the clean room.

Ginger & Woody Kahn Family Portrait

Kahn Family Portrait
Ginger & Woody Kahn, Jett & Myles, family portrait.

Family portraiture is not my usual stick…but for friends and family, I’ll make exceptions, especially if dogs are involved.

This was a quickie…Myles, the younger Bouvier des Flandres, was a bit unsure of the flash. Myles was good for about three takes and that was it…enough of this posing stuff! Fortunately, one photo is all that we needed to create a terrific family portrait.  A fun project and destined for a large print to grace Woody’s entry way!

Happy Anniversary!