The Augusta Masters for GolfWorld & Golf Digest

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Just came back from a week in Augusta GA on assignment shooting the Masters for Golf Digest/GolfWorld with some of the best in the business. Long week of work but one of the most exciting finishes I’ve witnessed at a major in some time with Adam Scott becoming the 1st Aussie to win a green jacket after 74 holes of golf. Here’s my shot of Adam holing a 20ft+ birdie on 18 while screaming “C’Mon Aussie” that landed on the cover and the shot on the 74th hole that won him the green jacket. Enjoy!

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Miralle Family Meets Star in Bahamas

We had the great opportunity to visit the Bahamas last month shooting a campaign for the NFL Players Association, staying and shooting on the amazing resort Atlantis on Paradise Island. If you have a family with small children, I highly recommend Atlantis as its a gorgeous, expansive property as well as a plethora of fun activities, including one of the more amazing aquariums and water parks I have ever been to.

On one of the afternoons we wrapped shooting early, I was able to join my family (who was on vacation while I worked) to meet the amazing sea animals at the Dolphin Cay, including a newly born baby dolphin and Cassie, the blond sea lion.  Here’s a little video of our encounter with Cassie shot with a GoPro (my apologies about the water drop on lens that came off the bait fish) and the little surprise she gave us at the end. Special thanks for the amazing local stylist/scout Jenny Pinder for setting this visit up and to my assistants Brandon Magnus and Octavian Cantilli for shooting the pics and the video…enjoy!

Behind the Scenes in Chopper for Outside Magazine Spread

Here’s a little clip my assistant Brandon Magnus put together of some POV behind the scenes shot from the helicopter during the 2012 Ironman World Championship. Nothing too fancy but you get a good idea of the height and the perspective from the chopper, and I was just happy that it wasn’t too windy with the door off while I was hanging outside with my camera! Shot with GoPro HD2 mounted on helmet and pole with safety strap, special thanks to Rick Loughery from GoPro! Hope you enjoy, and more videos to come!

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Golf Digest Shoot with Ricky Fowler

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We just did a photo shoot for Golf Digest with Ricky Fowler at Bear Creek Golf Course. It was an instructional for GD, so we went through a myriad of different swing sequences of do’s and don’ts, and ended with a couple portraits. Video was also shot during the session. Ricky was super easy to work with, and it was great to see the Golf Digest crew again. Special thanks to Golf Digest Director of Photography Christian Iooss, Staff Writer Max Adler, lighting assistant Shawn Cullen, and my Rep Jim Lee. The magazine issue isn’t out yet so I can’t put up any of the pictures but they turned out great! Here is a couple of behind the scenes shots for you guys:

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Outside Magazine Spread

Just grabbed my February issue of Outside Magazine from mailbox and stoked to see my aerial pic from the Kona Ironman World Championships run as a double-page spread in the “Exposure” section. Have always loved this publication and psyched to finally get a big pick in there…Get your copy today!

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Free Gift and Free Shipping for thinktank photo gear!!!

Get your holiday shopping done early, order thinktank photo gear as a friend of Donald Miralle Photography and qualify for free shipping and a free gift with your order! If you don’t already own some of the awesome thinktank products, they make the best bags, straps and accessories for pros and consumers out there. To get there holiday deal just go to http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=WS-628 and start ordering!

The NPPA Biz Blitz Roundtable on The State of The Photo Industry

If you’re in SoCal tomorrow pop your head into the Kona Gallery in San Clemente for the NPPA Biz Blitz Roundtable for good discussion, good people and great photography. BYOB!

WHAT? NPPA Biz Blitz Roundtable on The State of The Photo Industry

WHERE? Kona Gallery + Photo-Journalsim Center – 412 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA, U.S. 92672 exit 75 on I-5

Which hopes to have a new show by ART BREWER up and also the Best of DOUBLEtruck Exhibtion and a showing of some of the BOP 2012 Award Winners, as well as the proflic essay by AL SATTERWHITE: the Racers. The 3 KONA gallery spaces will be packed with amaZing Photography, Art and Journalism. Worth the trip by themselves:) www.TheKonaGallery.com

WHEN? Friday the 16th (yes tommorow). From 18:00 till 22:00 and it is FREE!  BYOB

Join Panelists:

Sports Legend and in NPPA BOP Show at Gallery: DONALD MIRALLE

Commercial and Editorial Legend: AL SATTERWHITE

ASMP President SHAWN HENRY

Legendary, former Time Magazine Contract Photographer: ART GRACE

Portrait Photographer Extraordinary and ASMP Board Member: KEVIN LOCK

Environmental Photographer, Rights Adovcate and ASMP Board Member: JENNA CLOSE

And a  few last minute surprises…

You do not need to be a NPPA member, all are welcome.

 

To register or learn more on THE EVENT:

https://www.nppa.org/news/25966

Night Dive with Manta Rays

Here’s a couple minutes of video shot with my GoPro Hero2 from a recent night dive with 12ft Reef Manta Rays off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Beautiful and docile creatures that feed on the plankton attracted to our torches, and an average-sized manta is estimated to consume 44–66 lb of plankton per day and can get up to 18ft and 1500lbs! You can see each manta rays individual markings on their underside which act as a fingerprint for identification, and the more time you spend with them in their environment you really get the feeling that they are very intelligent animals. Superfun dive and I recommend it to anyone who has the chance, it’s like being on another planet for an hour.

PGA Tour 2030 – Micah Miralle

Look out Rory and Tiger, my 4 year-old Micah swung a golf club for the first time at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course the other day and showed some skills! Not bad for the first time out:

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And the nice butt shake at the end of this one :

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PHOTO OF THE DAY – 2011 IRONMAN

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KONA, HI – OCTOBER 8:   A general view of the mass swim start for the the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship on October 8, 2011 at Kailua Bay in Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle) Canon EOS-1D Mark III Lens: 15mm Aperture: F5 Shutter 1/1000th sec ISO:640