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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!

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.

Sticking to my resolutions

Added on by Monica Herndon.

New Year's day I made a bunch of promises to myself, including blogging monthly. These are some of my favorite frames from this month. I started 2016 off bright and early at an Emancipation Proclamation service in Tampa. A week later I drove 3 hours north to Starke to photograph protestors and supporters outside of an execution. I made my way to a few basketball games. Visited a couple of cold weather shelters, when lows dropped into the 40s. And I ended the month with Gasparilla. Cheers to February!

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CAPTIONS:

1. (left) Agnes Mayes, of Tampa, sings with the choir during the Emancipation Proclamation Service on Friday January 1, 2016, at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Tampa. The service, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Coalition of Clergy, celebrates and remembers the Emancipation Proclamation for laying the ground for the eventual 13th amendment. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. "If there's anything black people ought to remember it's this day," Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr. said. 

2. Supporters of the execution, including high school friends of Stephanie Collins, like (center) Chris Foster, of Land o' Lakes, and Julie Solomon, of Coconut Creek, gather before Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.'s scheduled execution on Thursday January 7, 2016 outside the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida. 

3.  The Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida, is lit up in the fog on the night of Oscar Ray Bolin Jr's execution, Thursday January 7, 2016.

4. (center) Grace Jonassen, of Summerfield, gathers with other people opposing the death penalty before Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.'s scheduled execution on Thursday January 7, 2015 outside the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida.  

5. Thierry Moliere (10) of Jesuit, tries to score during a non-conference game against Tampa Catholic on Friday January 8, 2015 at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa. Jesuit beat Tampa Catholic, 63 to 51. 

6. DJ Snyder (2) of Jesuit, high fives teammate Lee Green (not pictured) after a non-conference game against Tampa Catholic on Friday January 8, 2015 at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa. Jesuit beat Tampa Catholic, 63 to 51. 

7. Joseph Liquori,1, and Dominick Liquori, 3, play, while mom Catherine Coleman looks on, in a private room at the cold weather shelter at Northwest Presbyterian Church on Tuesday January 19, 2016, in St. Petersburg. Coleman, her mom Cora Fulmer, and her kids have been homeless for the last two weeks, after Fulmer lost her job. This is the first night they've stayed at the church cold shelter. 

8. Catherine Coleman walks towards a private room with her kids Joseph Liquori,1, and Dominick Liquori, 3, at the cold weather shelter at Northwest Presbyterian Church on Tuesday January 19, 2016, in St. Petersburg.

9. Wiregrass Ranch players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Freedom in the 7A-8 final on Friday January 29, 2016 at Plant High School in Tampa. Final score: Wiregrass Ranch 59, Freedom 47.

10. (center) Bill Higgins photographs his wife Christina Higgins, both of Dunedin, with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, before boarding Jose Gaspar on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Tampa Yacht Club.

11. Michael Shimberg has his makeup done by Caylie Richardson, before boarding Jose Gaspar on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Tampa Yacht Club. More than 650 pirates rode the Jose Gaspar into downtown for the Invasion.

12. Rick Reeves, Ham Moshell, and Bill Long(center), wait for stragglers with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, before boarding Jose Gaspar on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Tampa Yacht Club. More than 650 pirates rode the Jose Gaspar into downtown for the Invasion. 

MONICA HERNDON | Times

 

2015 Year in Review

Added on by Monica Herndon.

 

My favorite images from 2015, at the Tampa Bay Times. 

During 2015 I shot a lot more sports than ever before. Friday night football was pretty regular (until I got run over by a 182lb high schooler). I got to shoot features at the Women's NCAA Final Four and the Stanley Cup finals. I also spent two early mornings in April shooting a triathlon.

In 2015 I learned a lot about shooting food and worked on weekly cooking videos with the food editor.

A few busy weeks

Added on by Monica Herndon.

After a fun couple of weeks I thought I'd share some of my favorite images (other than Gasparilla).

 The Countryside Cougars celebrate after winning the district championship at Northeast High School on Friday January 30th, 2015. Countryside won 52 to 45. 

The Countryside Cougars celebrate after winning the district championship at Northeast High School on Friday January 30th, 2015. Countryside won 52 to 45. 

 Kellie Gaston (center) celebrates with her teammates after winning the district championship at Northeast High School on Friday January 30th, 2015. Countryside won 52 to 45. 

Kellie Gaston (center) celebrates with her teammates after winning the district championship at Northeast High School on Friday January 30th, 2015. Countryside won 52 to 45. 

 Teresa Giammarino, of Ozona, and Jay Hoover, of Tampa, swing dance to live music at the bandstand during Localtopia on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Williams Park in Downtown St. Pete. Localtopia, a "community celebration of all things local", featured over 100 St. Pete vendors as well as a craft beer garden, live music, and activities for kids. The 2nd annual festival was held by Keep St. Petersburg Local, an advocacy group and independent business alliance. 

Teresa Giammarino, of Ozona, and Jay Hoover, of Tampa, swing dance to live music at the bandstand during Localtopia on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Williams Park in Downtown St. Pete. Localtopia, a "community celebration of all things local", featured over 100 St. Pete vendors as well as a craft beer garden, live music, and activities for kids. The 2nd annual festival was held by Keep St. Petersburg Local, an advocacy group and independent business alliance. 

 Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputies (left to right) Eric King and John Footman patrol the midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. The Florida State Fair increased the number of deputies and other law enforcement personnel after last years "wilding" event the prompted the HSCO commander on scene to shut down the Fair for fear of public safety.

Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputies (left to right) Eric King and John Footman patrol the midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. The Florida State Fair increased the number of deputies and other law enforcement personnel after last years "wilding" event the prompted the HSCO commander on scene to shut down the Fair for fear of public safety.

 Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputies patrol the midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. 

Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputies patrol the midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. 

 Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputy Ryan Zacher patrols the Midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. 

Hillsborough County Sheriffs deputy Ryan Zacher patrols the Midway at the Florida State Fair on Friday February 6th, 2015. 

 Florida State Fair, February 6th, 2015.

Florida State Fair, February 6th, 2015.

The wooden roller coast, Gwazi, had its last run at Busch Gardens on Sunday February 1st, 2015. Gwazi opened in 1999. Future plans for the space have not been released yet.

 Kelly Sheehan and Upup. St. Petersburg, Florida. Saturday, February 8th, 2015. 

Kelly Sheehan and Upup. St. Petersburg, Florida. Saturday, February 8th, 2015. 

 (left to right) Stav Friedman, 25, and Rafael Taveras collect leftover Gasparilla trash near the Davis Islands bridges on Sunday. Friedman is an aquarium volunteer and a Marine Biology student at USF. Volunteers from the Florida Aquarium and other organizations participated in the 5th annual day after Gasparilla clean up on Sunday February 1st, 2015. The volunteers worked in zones along the parade route and the surrounding areas. They identified and tallied what they collected to keep track of the trash data.

(left to right) Stav Friedman, 25, and Rafael Taveras collect leftover Gasparilla trash near the Davis Islands bridges on Sunday. Friedman is an aquarium volunteer and a Marine Biology student at USF. Volunteers from the Florida Aquarium and other organizations participated in the 5th annual day after Gasparilla clean up on Sunday February 1st, 2015. The volunteers worked in zones along the parade route and the surrounding areas. They identified and tallied what they collected to keep track of the trash data.

 Family of Austin Demauro hang a tapestry given to the family from the Gee and Sorenson Funeral Home. Classmates, friends and family of  15-year-old Austin Demauro attended a memorial for him on Sunday February 8th, 2015 at Fossil Park in St. Petersburg. Demauro died last week while "skitching" when he fell off his skateboard and hit his head.

Family of Austin Demauro hang a tapestry given to the family from the Gee and Sorenson Funeral Home. Classmates, friends and family of  15-year-old Austin Demauro attended a memorial for him on Sunday February 8th, 2015 at Fossil Park in St. Petersburg. Demauro died last week while "skitching" when he fell off his skateboard and hit his head.

 Two members of Bonefish Grill's founding team opened Noble Crust at 8300 Fourth Street North in St. Petersburg. The 160-seat restaurant opened in the middle of January. (Bottom left) The sweet potato ravioli at Noble Pizza has sage, brown butter, and pecans.  (Bottom right)  The Cedar Key Pizza at Noble Crust features clams, bacon, pickled cherry peppers, oregano, and lemon. Shot on Wednesday February 4th, 2015. 

Two members of Bonefish Grill's founding team opened Noble Crust at 8300 Fourth Street North in St. Petersburg. The 160-seat restaurant opened in the middle of January. (Bottom left) The sweet potato ravioli at Noble Pizza has sage, brown butter, and pecans. (Bottom right) The Cedar Key Pizza at Noble Crust features clams, bacon, pickled cherry peppers, oregano, and lemon. Shot on Wednesday February 4th, 2015. 

 Festival attendees paint on the NOMAD art bus during Localtopia on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Williams Park in Downtown St. Pete. NOMAD stands for Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art + Design. NOMADstudio is a non-profit aimed at making art more accessible to the Tampa Bay Area.    

Festival attendees paint on the NOMAD art bus during Localtopia on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Williams Park in Downtown St. Pete. NOMAD stands for Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art + Design. NOMADstudio is a non-profit aimed at making art more accessible to the Tampa Bay Area. 

 

 Localtopia, a "community celebration of all things local", featured over 100 St. Pete vendors as well as a craft beer garden, live music, and activities for kids. 

Localtopia, a "community celebration of all things local", featured over 100 St. Pete vendors as well as a craft beer garden, live music, and activities for kids. 

MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times

A losing game

Added on by Monica Herndon.

Last Friday I covered a state semifinal in Clearwater. For once only one team was in our coverage area so it was pretty exciting to focus on one group of kids. Sadly the Clearwater team lost, 63 to 13. 

MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times