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Spring Training 2018

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Took some trips up and down the Gulf Coast last month for Tampa Bay Rays spring training. 

Hot Wheels: An investigation into juvenile auto thefts

Added on by Monica Herndon.

The Tampa Bay Times worked on an investigation into the juvenile auto theft problem in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kids as young as ten are trying door handles and stealing cars when they find the keys inside. Dirk Shadd shot all the video and stills for the project, and I edited his work. Below are two of the videos that we worked on. You can find the full project here. 

 

Chasing 13 year-old car thief Tyron “T-Man” McKinnon

St. Petersburg Police Department detectives chase prolific St. Petersburg juvenile car thieves, including Tyron “T-Man” McKinnon and Antwan Summers.

DIRK SHADD and MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times 

Hot Wheels: Three victims recount the day their cars were stolen

Three victims recount their experiences with stolen cars including a real estate agent, a Meals on Wheels driver, and a father, who’s car was stolen with two of his young children inside.

DIRK SHADD and MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times 

January, February, March and April: Four month roundup

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Some how the last few months have flown by. A couple of big projects I worked on ran, including Why Cops Shoot and Hot Wheels. I still managed to squeeze in a few daily assignments and a little bit of spring football. I may or may not be counting down the days until the season opener in September. In January I spent the morning at a dog show and made a couple cute frames. In February I took at day trip to the TECO power station in Apollo Beach to see hoards of manatees with Danese Kenon. I spent most of March editing video, but visited a gun factory in Melbourne, and shot a gun, a fully automated AK47, for the first time.  

Towards the end of March we hired a small Cessna to shoot aerials of Egmont Key, and a couple other Bay Area scenes. Check back in a few weeks for another project that was exciting to work on!

Behind the scenes at Tampa Bay Rays media day

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Every year during Spring Training the Tampa Bay Rays baseball players line up for portraits on media day. This year Times photographer Will Vragovic decided he want to make moving gif portraits of some of the biggest players. I tagged along and shot a quick behind the scenes video with footage from a 5D Mark III and a GoPro. You can find all the gifs here.

The Road to Tampa: College Football Playoff 2017

Added on by Monica Herndon.

The College Football Playoff National Championship was held in Tampa in this year. I covered a few press conferences and practices leading up to it, and then shot from the field on game day. It was an incredible experience, and a great way to wrap up the football season. I'm already looking forward to next season. 

My season with Florida and Florida State football

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Last July my editors asked if I wanted to take the lead on the college football beat. I was hesitant. There were so many things I wanted to work on, sports included, but I wasn’t sure about the time commitment. After some deliberation I decided to go for it.  

I spent the season covering Florida and Florida State. I traveled to Gainesville, Tallahassee, Orlando and Atlanta, while following the teams. I did manage a few Tampa Bay high school games during bye weeks as well. I returned to Atlanta on New Year’s Eve for the Peach Bowl CFB Playoff between Alabama and Washington. It’s been an incredible season of growth, and I’m looking forward to wrapping up the year at the CFB Playoff Title game in Tampa, on January 9.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

August Recap

Added on by Monica Herndon.

What's up friends, family, creepers? It's been a super hot summer here in St. Pete. I've been working a lot, trying to do things that maybe I used to be scared of. One of those things was a portrait shoot with FSU running back Dalvin Cook. I'm looking forward to football season. This year will be a bit different because I'll be covering college instead of high school.

 Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook posed for a portrait during media day at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Sunday August 14, 2016.

Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook posed for a portrait during media day at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Sunday August 14, 2016.

 Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) stretches during Florida State Seminoles football practice on Sunday August 14, 2016 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahasse, Florida. 

Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) stretches during Florida State Seminoles football practice on Sunday August 14, 2016 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahasse, Florida. 

 Isaiah Bolden rests between drills during practice on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at Wesley Chapel High School, in Wesley Chapel.  Bolden is a four-star defensive back, who has already committed to Florida State. 

Isaiah Bolden rests between drills during practice on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at Wesley Chapel High School, in Wesley Chapel.  Bolden is a four-star defensive back, who has already committed to Florida State. 

 Shawn Palmer and Shavon Hyatt, both of Tampa, pose for a photograph during a break in the rain at Ballast Point Park in Tampa on Monday August 8, 2016.  Palmer and Hyatt came out for a walk to avoid traffic before continuing with their day. 

Shawn Palmer and Shavon Hyatt, both of Tampa, pose for a photograph during a break in the rain at Ballast Point Park in Tampa on Monday August 8, 2016.  Palmer and Hyatt came out for a walk to avoid traffic before continuing with their day. 

 Frank Diehl drives around  Frank Diehl Farms  on Wednesday August 24, 2016 in Wimauma, Florida.  Diehl has been a farmer since he was 17 years old. 

Frank Diehl drives around Frank Diehl Farms on Wednesday August 24, 2016 in Wimauma, Florida.  Diehl has been a farmer since he was 17 years old. 

 Motorists pass through standing water from rainfall before Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 2016 along Bayshore Blvd in Tampa. Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to make landfall on Thursday, in NW Florida. 

Motorists pass through standing water from rainfall before Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 2016 along Bayshore Blvd in Tampa. Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to make landfall on Thursday, in NW Florida. 

 The Pollo Al Forno with Lemons, at  Oggi Italian  on Thursday August 10, 2016 in Tampa.

The Pollo Al Forno with Lemons, at Oggi Italian on Thursday August 10, 2016 in Tampa.

 (left to right) The Caprese Salad, the OGGI Homemade meatball, the Sorrentina Rigatoni, and the Pollo Al Forno with Lemons, at  Oggi Italian  on Thursday August 10, 2016 in Tampa.

(left to right) The Caprese Salad, the OGGI Homemade meatball, the Sorrentina Rigatoni, and the Pollo Al Forno with Lemons, at Oggi Italian on Thursday August 10, 2016 in Tampa.

June 2016 Recap

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Hard to believe 2016 is already halfway over. I feel like it was just January, yet here I am, almost two years since I moved to St. Petersburg. This month it felt like I was seeing through new eyes. I felt a renewed energy that I haven't in awhile. 

I started off the month with a tour of the former studio of Tampa artist Theo Wujcik, in Ybor City. Wujcik died in 2014 and his ex-wife Susan Johnson is still organizing and archiving his life's work.  (Here's a link to the story).

After Muhammad Ali died, I spent a morning with St. Pete artist Rasta Geary Taylor, while he worked on a comic book mural. 

The tragedy in Orlando struck close to home, with the passing of Tampa resident Christopher Sanfeliz.  (Here's a link to the story)

I ended the month with a tour of a historic cemetery in Downtown Tampa. It's been poorly preserved and has had problems with vandalism. (Here's a link to the story).

Facing my food fears

Added on by Monica Herndon.

I never photographed food before I got to the Tampa Bay Times. I would show up for a food assignment with sweaty palms and nerves through the roof. With the help of mentors here I've gotten better, even though I still get nervous.  

 The Sacred Meatballs at Sacred Pepper

The Sacred Meatballs at Sacred Pepper

 The filet with asparagus and a cabernet reduction at Sacred Pepper in North Tampa

The filet with asparagus and a cabernet reduction at Sacred Pepper in North Tampa

 Plantain empanadas at O Cocina & Flights 

Plantain empanadas at O Cocina & Flights 

 Pastor Chicken Flautas at O Cocina & Flights 

Pastor Chicken Flautas at O Cocina & Flights 

 The Pollo en Mole Poblano at O Cocina & Flights

The Pollo en Mole Poblano at O Cocina & Flights

April and May Recap

Added on by Monica Herndon.
 Jane Davis Doggett posed for a portrait on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at her home in Jupiter Island. Doggett pioneered "wayfinder" airport design. Though she is now retired, she creates fine art prints. 

Jane Davis Doggett posed for a portrait on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at her home in Jupiter Island. Doggett pioneered "wayfinder" airport design. Though she is now retired, she creates fine art prints.