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Golf lession from Hank Haney for Charles Schwab

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Shooting Hank Haney and Charles Schwab clients at Palo Alto Hills Golf and country Club. Hank Haney is best known for coaching Tiger Woods and championship winner Mark O'Meara.

Hank was recognized as PGA's Teacher of the Year and has instructed more than 200 PGA Tour professionals. He is also the Corporate Ambassador for Charles Schwab. When Tiger Wood studied under Haney, he changed Tiger Woods' swing from an upright to a flatter golf swing and greatly improved his skill.

Hollywood Effects

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Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to be a secret agent like in James Bond movies. Now with Photoshop magic, all my dreams can come true.... well, virtually. This photo of me on the train was taken on the railroad track in Old Sacramento. I was shooting a family portrait for a friend and asked him to take a photo of me with my smart phone while I jumped on the train. My initial motive was simply taking a casual shot of me on the train. When I returned to the studio, I looked at the photo and thought, "What can I do with it to make it more interesting?" So I applied motion blur to the train track and background to make the train like it's moving. Then searched for explosion and plane crash images om Google. After combining multiple images, my fantasy was created.

The Best Princess Parties

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Little Joysee's wish was to be a princess and meet Elsa and Anna from Disney's Frozen. With the planning of Wish-A-Wish Foundation and generosity of various vendors, Joysee celebrated her surprising 5th birthday at the San Mateo Marriott. Kurty Photography is happy to be a part of the team in making her wish come true.

Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and change the lives of the kids they serve. We first learned about the foundation from Batkid, Miles Scott, an American child and cancer survivor who is in remission. Miles wish was to be "Batkid", a sidekick to superhero Batman. The city of San Francisco kindly supported the event on November 15, 2013 for one of the largest and most elaborate Make-A-Wish projects ever staged. It was truly awarding to contribute our photography skill to make a difference for the kids.

Event sponsors: Event Planner Bridal Stop & Events, flowers Mints & Honey Dot, DJ Verducci Event Productions, Cake Kathy's Kreative Kakes, Balloons Paradise Sweets LisaMarie Sablan, Linens Napa Valley Linens, Food Round Table Pizza, Horse Carriage Fancy Ferriage by Horse & Carriage, Jump House EJ Jumpers, The Best Princess Parties, and Kurty Photography.

Vice President Al Gore

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Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureat, author and Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature An Inconvenient Truth. Since his earliest days in the U.S. Congress 30 years ago, Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

I had the wonderful opportunity to have a brief conversation and photograph Al Gore at Deloitte's World Event at the San Jose Fairmont. I thanked Al Gore for elevating American's awareness of global warming and thought he made a difference in the history of mankind.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Captured

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SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) hired me to cover a four day convention at the San Jose Hilton, and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and capture shots of Governor Anold Schwarzenegger on the last day. The governor is a major supporter of solar energy in California, and he gave a speech that won applauds from thousands of attendees.

Followed by Germany and Japan, the U.S. is currently the third largest country in solar energy usage. During the convention, I learned that solar panels now come in a variety of colors. The technology has improved so much that some panel design were as thin as film, and some were transparent like glass for light to travel through.

Currently, it takes approximately five years for the investment in solar panel to break even. After that, one can start saving money on energy and even sell energy back to the electric company when the electric meter runs backward.

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