Cart Girl

Cart Girl

The Secret Life of Cart Girls was published in the April issue of Golf Digest Magazine.  It involves many of my friends including models Tiffany and Dan.  Thankfully, comedians Nick Pupo and Jason Hunter also joined in the fun and provided many laughs throughout the day at Rio Pinar in Orlando.

The story can be found here:  http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2015-04/the-secret-life-of-cart-girls

Follow Tiffany on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyTiff

Here’s a screen shot from golfdigest.com to promote the story:

Cart Girl

Cart Girl

Gretzky Boys II

Paulina Gretzky Cover Spoof

Gretzky Boys

WOW.  A silly little photo shoot turned into something bigger than we all expected.  Thanks to (in order) Paulina Gretzky (photo by Walter Iooss) and Big Joe Ellicott, Casey Bourque, Jesse Dunbar,  my brother Jeff Cyr,  Ninja Federico Celano,  Ernie Fairles, neighbor Bill Canavan and Mike Wieland!

I’d like to think that Big Joe Ellicott and Bill Canavan are some of the nations top models right now.  They’re being called by the biggest ad agencies, companies and modeling agencies in the world.  You’ll most likely see them in upcoming advertising campaigns for pants, sports bras, Gillette razors and Adidas shoes.

Here’s the original blog post.

Thanks for Golf Channel for producing this amazing video!

Thanks to Walter Iooss, my photography idol and legend who photographed Ms. Gretzky for the cover of Golf Digest.  I’ve assisted Walter dozens of times throughout the years and appreciate all the lessons.   Walter has photographed the top international models in the last 40 years… and I failed miserably to follow in his footsteps.

We’d like to thank all our families and people enjoying this ride with us on social media.  It’s great hearing from so many people!   It all started with you.  Three of us in the photo are originally from Biddeford, Maine.  If you haven’t checked out the southern Maine coast, you should!

We’ll be rooting for Dustin Johnson to win The Masters!!!

Cy Cyr is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Florida.  Contact him for your next project.

Special thanks to Holly from MyFox Orlando, who put on THE sports bra and pants and struck a pose!  Thanks HOLLY!!!!
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http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/other-options-golf-digest-cover-are-hilarious-terrifying/

Thanks to Carson Daly and the Today Show!  http://www.today.com/id/54896097/displaymode/1283/for/facebookvideo/

Thanks to Diane McInerney at Inside Edition  http://www.insideedition.com/entertainment/8087-golf-digest-cover-spawns-spoofs

Thanks to USA Today, one of the first to share the photo!  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/middle-aged-men-recreated-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-and-the-results-are-hilarious/

http://nesn.com/2014/04/old-men-create-hilarious-remake-of-paulina-gretzky-cover-shoot-photo/

And the increasing number of news organizations and writers that shared our photo!

http://www.mstarz.com/articles/28744/20140407/paulina-gretzky-sexy-golf-digest-photo-parody-middle-aged-men-recreate-controversial-walter-looss-cover-hilarious-cy-cyr-shoot.htm

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http://www.brunchnews.com/canoe-ca/blog/gretzky-boys-put-spin-on-paulina-s-golf-digest-cover-photo-932305

http://thedirtyturban.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/photo-photographer-recreates-paulina-gretzky-golf-digest-cover-with-old-dudes/

http://elitedaily.com/sports/bunch-middle-aged-men-recreated-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-reason-photo/

http://www.gamedayr.com/lifestyle/sports-biz/paulina-gretzky-golf-digest-cover-by-men-103499/

http://nextimpulsesports.com/2014/04/07/older-men-recreate-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-results-outstanding/

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/04/07/PHOTO_Paulina_Gretzky_s_Golf_Digest_cover_recreated_with_men/

http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/04/old-men-recreate-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-photos/

http://thebiglead.com/2014/04/07/paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-gets-re-done-with-fat-bald-men/

http://www.brobible.com/sports/article/average-guys-recreate-paulina-gretzky-cover/

http://newsok.com/photo-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-recreated-with-men/article/3951236

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/04/07/men-recreate-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-hilariously/

http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/various-men-reenact-paulina-gretzky-golf-digest-cover.html

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2020363-paulina-gretzkys-controversial-golf-digest-cover-gets-spoofed-by-group-of-guys

http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2014/4/7/spoofed-already-the-paulina-cover.html

http://www.cbssports.com/golf/eye-on-golf/24517909/photo-here-is-the-paulina-gretzky-cover-with-old-men

http://www.back9network.com/article/photographer-pokes-fun-at-paulina-gretzky-cover/

http://www.iso1200.com/2014/04/gretzky-boys-new-version-of-paulina.html

http://www.totalprosports.com/2014/04/08/paulina-gretzky-golf-digest-cover-remade-middle-aged-white-men-picture/

http://sports.ca.msn.com/headlines/photographer-pokes-fun-at-paulinas-racy-golf-digest-cover

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http://m.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201404/middle-aged-men-recreate-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-photo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/spoof-paulina-gretzky-cover-golf-digest_n_5106984.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1749464

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Cover Spoof

Paulina Gretzky Cover Spoof

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

Photographer Walter Iooss is my photography idol.   His recent Paulina Gretzky golf cover sparked nationwide interest in Golf Digest this week.  And well… I have a sense of humor and called a few friends.

I’d like to thank:

“Big Joe” Ellicott, an Orlando sports radio host and owner of Uncle Joe’s Coin shop in Orlando.  You can listen to Joe every morning on the CBS 810 APP!  Follow him on Twitter!

Casey Bourque, my buddy since the age of 5, when we played hockey together in Biddeford, Maine.  He played in the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock.  Oh, and he won the Maine Amateur in 1995.  Follow him on Twitter and check out his Orlando web design business.

Jesse Dunbar, an Orlando realtor that dropped by before his men’s hockey game. Follow him on Twitter.

Jeff Cyr, my brother.  He’s a flight instructor and will get plucked up by the airlines within the next year… unless they see this.  This is not his flight uniform.  He’s not on Twitter or Facebook.

Federico.   I don’t know him.  He’s a ninja.

Ernie Fairles, originally from Canada, and a golf instructor.  Ernie plays the drums and enjoys showing his fiancé jiu jitsu moves.

Bill Canavan, my neighbor and second father.  He served our country and has installed conveyor systems around the world.

Mike Wieland, who works for a golf company in town.

Then there’s me…  Follow me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook.  I photograph a lot of golf.   I’d like to work on your next ad campaign!

Hey Paulina, DJ and Mr. Gretzky, need a fourth?  Maybe we can shoot some photos before the round!  :)

And thanks to my sports agency buddy Ryan Totka, for being a website guru!

Cy Cyr is an Orlando, Florida photographer that photographs celebrities, athletes and business people for advertising, commercial and editorial purposes.  Contact him for your next project.

Nick Faldo

Sir Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo

I got an assignment to photograph Golf Channel talent at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in 2012.  After photographing Sir Nick Faldo in the booth on the 18th hole, he left for lunch.  Knowing he wasn’t going to walk a mile to the lunch tent, I asked him if I could hop on his cart for a quick photo op.  He was funny driving through the crowds, saying things like “foreign driver coming through!”

With nine PGA Tour wins and 30 European Tour wins, Sir Nick Faldo had a lot of success during his golf career. But he seems to be enjoying his down time now that he is an analyst of the sport he once played.

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David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

On a recent photography assignment with author James Patterson, I shared that I did some work with the Golf Channel.   His next question was, “have you ever worked with Feherty?”  I responded with, “many times.”  “What’s he like off camera?”  Well…..

The first time I photographed David Feherty was for his show open on green screen at an Orlando, Florida studio.  Golf Channel promotions people needed enough footage for the season and I was there making photos for advertising, marketing, social media and more.  Feherty worked the cameras and comedy for several hours that day.  I have photos of him blasting his own face with silly string, riding a bike and with his pants down like he’s taking a shit.  This would set the tone for all photo shoots.

The next shoot with Feherty was also for a show open.  It shows Feherty in a “psychiatrists” office.  Feherty explains to her that “Yes, I really do have a show on Golf Channel.”  The location used was a mansion outside of Dallas, Texas.

Here are the three things I’ll always remember from this shoot.  While talking with David by his matte black Chevy pick up, he shared how closely he works with US veterans on weapon assembly, time spent on gun ranges and charity events.  He created an organization called “Troops First Foundation.”   The second memory is that Golf Channel asked me to make some pictures of Feherty on his cell phone.  We created a few photos, but when he was done, he simply gave me the finger.  I thought it was damn funny, since I got what I needed.  Next, while filming in the “psychiatrist office,”  Feherty decided to once again, pull down his pants and moon the doctor.

I then got my first opportunity to photograph an actual taping of “Feherty.”   His guest was Lee Westwood.  The interview portion was recorded at a neighbors home.  If you’ve seen the show, you know about this crazy backyard. You’ll also see that once again, while filming in Westwood’s home under construction, Feherty drops his pants and asks for a little privacy in the unfinished bathroom.

Well…. “Mr. Patterson, every time I’ve photographed him he drops his pants, he’s given me the finger, he loves the US, he’s funnier off camera, he loves his family, loves people, jokes about genitalia, and is pretty much the funniest fucker I’ve ever met.”

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Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine

Restaurant Impossible:  Hard ass.  Jerk.  Harsh.  Abrasive.

Not the Robert Irvine I met….  I got a call to photograph celebrity chef Robert Irvine for a New York magazine.  The Grand Bohemian hotel in Celebration, Florida would be the location for the photo shoot.  The magazine asked for a portrait of Irvine and his beautiful bride Gail Kim.  Irvine’s two daughters were also a part of the photo shoot.  Irvine couldn’t have been any nicer.  He’s a true pro in front of the camera.  He made my photo shoot very fun and brought a lot of energy.

We created some photos in the kitchen of the Grand Bohemian, and then we went outside to the Bohemian’s balcony overlooking the water.  The magazine story had to do with their recent marriage and relationship.  They couldn’t have been any cuter together.

I lit the scene with a Profoto 7b and beauty dish.  With all the highly reflective stainless steel in the kitchen, it’s best the keep your light source on the smaller side.

Irvine is the host of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.

I had a blast photographing Irvine and his family, and hope to visit his restaurants in the near future.

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Follow Cy Cyr on Twitter.  He is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Florida.

NYC Time Lapses

Here’s a time lapse video from the 33rd floor of the Times Square Intercontinental Hotel on 44th and 8th.  If you haven’t been, it’s amazing and close to everything.

The camera faces north.  On the right side of the frame is the Milford Plaza.  I haven’t been there, but the outside looks really cool!   The video is playing at 60 frames a second.  Unfortunately, when I left my hotel room, I forgot to turn off the lights. There was a massive glare starting to develop in the photos as time went on, so I had to cut it where this video ends.  Lesson learned.  To bad, because the next 100 frames are my favorite.

I tried to make the most out of my 30 hour work trip to Manhattan, and learned a few thing along the way.

This next video is from the same location, and was filmed the next morning on April 2, 2013.  This is the sunrise that morning.

This night time lapse was taken on the night of April 1st, 2013 from the Intercontinental Hotel near Times Square in New York City, New York.  It starts when it does because this is when I got back from dinner.  It ends when it does because my batteries died in my Canon Mark III.  Another lesson learned!

The real lesson is that maybe I should stick with portraits.

Banana George

"Banana" George Blair

“Banana” George Blair

Best nickname is sports.

I photographed  “Banana” George Blair for the first time when he was 90 years old in his Florida home.    Banana George was born on January 22, 1915.  He wore many hats, but to me will always be known as a barefoot waterskier.

Banana George and his wife JoAnne welcomed me into their home in 2005.  I set up a yellow background in their yellow garage after they pulled out their yellow car.  I had Mr. Blair put on a yellow suit, and he sat on a yellow chair.  After the shoot, Mr. Blair showed me his yellow boat garage, which was storing his yellow boat.  Waterski magazine published several photos from the shoot.

A few years later, I photographed Mr. Blair for Boating magazine.  They were doing a story about crazy people in the boating industry.  They featured Mr. Blair, well, because he was in his 90’s and still barefoot waterskiing!  I had Mr. Blair sit on a yellow chair, overlooking his yellow boat, yellow boathouse and yellow wind sock on the lake.  Since he was a barefooter, I had him take off his yellow shoes.  He was wearing yellow pants, yellow shirt, yellow hat and yellow tinted glasses!  He was also wearing a Mayor of Cypress Gardens button, yellow of course.  I lit the scene with a Profoto 7B and softbox.

I asked Mr. Blair for an estimate on how many bananas he thinks he’s eaten in his life.  He responded with 25,000.

That’s a lot of yellow.

Best DSLR Camera

best dslr cameraBeing a photographer, I get asked all the time, “What’s the best dslr camera I should buy?”

I never give a specific answer.  I only ask questions.

How much do you want to spend?

Do you realize how big and bulky a DSLR is compared to a point and shoot?

What do you want to photograph with this new camera?

Budget is a big topic when it comes to purchasing your DSLR.  You need to consider the actual camera body, a lens or two, flash, compact flash or SD cards, a bag to carry it all, tripod, and extra storage on your home computer or external drive.  Another thing to consider is depreciation.  Cameras these days are like cars or computers, they will not hold their value.  As soon as you drive if off the lot, it’s worth less.  Professional DSLR’s can reach $7000 and entry level cameras start at $500. A dslr camera that I purchased for $4600 in 2009 is now worth about $1400 in 2013.

If you’re looking to make most of your pictures outside, in bright daylight, then a camera kit is probably a good option.  Kits come with “slow” lenses, with a maximum aperture of 4.5 or 5.6.  If you’d like to make some pictures inside a darker room, for example a recital or sports game, you need a faster aperture, such as 2.8, 2 or 1.8.  A great lens is a 50mm 1.8.  It’s fast and affordable.

There are many great entry level DSLR cameras out there to fit any budget.  I tell friends to visit their favorite big box retail store to experience different cameras.  Some may feel great in your hands, but the buttons don’t make any sense.  Or vice versa.  It’s a personal preference.  I can tell you that the new dslr cameras these days are so good, that an amateur photographer won’t notice the small nuances in megapixels, speed or image quality.

Once you’ve been in the big box stores and have decided on a camera, double check with the online retailers.  One of my favorites is http://www.samys.com in Los Angeles.  I also like http://www.bhphotovideo.com.   Sometimes a store like Walmart, Target or Costco will have the best deal.

Good luck!

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Orlando Videographer

Still Photographer

To me, being a still photographer on a video production means one thing:  Stay the hell out of the way, and do your job.

Being a set photographer is a challenge.  You’ll immediately recognize that you  are not the priority, which is difficult for most photographers to fathom. You need to stay out of the way of the video crew, make little noise, and deliver terrific photos.  Some of the normal angles you’re used to working from are most likely occupied by a videographer and audio guy.

Still photographers really need to speak up on set to get their needs fulfilled.  A set photographer may need a selection of portraits in each filming location.  If you don’t speak up, people will cruise on to the next location or scene.  You’ll want to work quickly.  Have a plan in place  to execute your ideas.

The photo above is a Golf Channel show with Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd at Old Palm Golf Course in Palm Beach.  Two cameras on a tripod (one is also in background) and a camera on a jib.  If I remember correctly, Mr. Floyd was delivering lines into the camera during this particular set up.  You’ll also notice a lighting crew member holding a stand, which already has 10+ sandbags.  What you don’t see is many more crew members, consisting of jib operators, producers, director, makeup, audio, wardrobe, PA’s and grips.

Still photographers don’t usually show up when the crew does.  They spend hours setting up their cameras, scouting, calibrating and lighting.  I often get a call sheet, and my call time is 1 – 2 hours after the crew.  Let me be the first to tell you that you’ll be made fun of when showing up at 7am, when the video crew was there at 5.  I’d share my favorite come backs when this happens, but it’s best for you to learn on your own in this situation.

Here’s another tip:  Don’t mess with lunch!  Talent get cranky if they have to pose or take a few extra minutes right before their lunch break.

As a still photographer, get familiar with the lighting gear and crew.  Big productions bring in flags, scrims and generators to power their lighting.   Going back a paragraph, you’ll want to make friends with the lighting crew.  Once the crew calls “lunch” or “wrapped”, I can’t explain to you how quickly these lights shut down.  It’s milliseconds.   Make sure they know you’ll need these lights on for a few extra minutes.  They take several minutes to fire back up, and I can tell you first hand, that your subject will be GONE when they turn back on.

Which brings me to my last point.  Video crews work LONG days. They’re used to it.  Still photographers are not.  Get used to a 12 – 15 hour work day.  For a 15 hour work day, video crews may only create an hour long show.  There’s a lot of down time.

Feel free to email me any questions about being a set photographer.

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A Fresh Start

Stephen Szurley, Golf Digest MagazineA new beginning.  A fresh start.  Out with the old.  In with the new.

You’ve heard the sayings…  I have too.  I didn’t know what it meant until I burned or trashed photos from the 2001 Super Bowl that I photographed in Tampa.  The spring training baseball games I photographed in Lakeland, Tampa and Kissimmee for a stock agency, for free…  The PGA Tournaments in Orlando.  The Orlando Magic games I photographed.  The Footvolley event I photographed in Miami for ESPN the Magazine.  The outdoor bowling I photographed in the Villages for Sports Illustrated.  Stock golf photos of my buddy Casey Bourque.  A waterskiing event in Orlando.   A women’s soccer match in Philly with Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm.  Bucs Games.  Eddie Adams Workshop. slides.

I threw it out.  Or, I watched it burn.

It’s sitting on the curb right now actually… there’s still time.  I could go out and save it, but I’m not going to.

It feels good.

A lobster sheds its skin.  So does a snake.  So does a photographer.

I noticed slides from a Golf Magazine assignment from a while ago.   I sucked.  It was to photograph Australian PGA Tour players Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby.  I was probably 23 years old.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Allenby and Appleby are best of friends.  They’re Australian and play on the PGA Tour together.  After their practice round at Bay Hill, I photographed them sitting in chairs alongside of the 18th hole.  My punk 23 year old ass said, ” the editors said you’re best friends, I need some funny photos of you two together”  Allenby responded, “we’re friends mate, not lovers.”

I only saved my favorites.

I’m growing as a photographer.   It’s time to let go of the past.  I saved my selects.  But the rest will be picked up in the trash pile tomorrow, before you read this.

I had several boxes sitting in a closet for 10 years.  Some were older.

I found (and kept) a cherished photo of myself and Golf Digest Senior Staff Photographer Stephen Szurley from the 1997 Doral Ryder Cup PGA Tournament.  After graduating from Hallmark Institute in 1996, I cold called the Golf Digest magazine in late 1996 and told them I was visiting a friend in Lakeland, Florida during the Florida PGA swing.  A gentleman answered, took my name and phone number, and said that if any of their photographers needed help, they’d contact me. I was 19.   I wasn’t expecting a phone call.  This was before cell phones.  The number I left him was for my parents.  While in Lakeland, my parents called me.  Said a Golf Digest photographer called, his name was Stephen “Girley, Murley, Zurly or Turly, and he needed a hand in Miami for the PGA tournament.”  I had the time of my life.  Not only did I see my first Canon 600 f4, but I carried it like my life depended on it for several days.  Tiger Woods’ caddy told me to be steady.  Mr. Szurley introduced me to his friends, including Jacueline Duvoisin, who really liked my name.

My stack of photos was like a diary.  Photos of Joe Paterno, Kerry Collins, motorcycle racing, fishing in Maine, July 4th fireworks in Philadelphia and field hockey at Princeton, just to name a few others.

You have a few hours to pick them up on the curb, if you’re interested!

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Annoying Golf Partners!

18 Annoying Partners

I was contacted by Golf Digest staff members in mid 2011 to create humorous photos of annoying golf partners.  I was honored they thought of me.  I guess my narrated video of Golf Digest writer Matt Ginella retrieving golf balls from a water hazard during a PGA tournament finally paid off!  (You’ll have to ask me for that).

The staff and myself came up with 22 photo ideas for the first installment.  We picked them based on the humor, photography options and time restraints for each photo.  Some were pretty easy, like the ball retriever guy and the cigar guy… both of which were portrait by my father, Don Cyr!   Others weren’t so easy, such as the parking lot pro and cheater.  Lighting, luck and expressions paid a large part to the success of the photo.

I wasn’t dealing with real actors.  I was dealing with a bunch of hack golfer friends and family!  Especially funny were the four Orlando comedians that made an appearance.  Special thanks to Jason Hunter, Clay Robertson,Nick Pupo and  Mark “Jiggy“.  Many others helped me including Dennis Card, Rob Overall, Doug and Alex Climo, Casey Bourque, Dan Cook, Evan Hoffman, Octavian Cantilli, Tiffany Crystal, Paris Nichole, Nancy and John Smith,  Craig Kotilinek and especially Nick Dunleavy and Rio Pinar Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

It’s now in its second year.  We added another 18 annoying golfers to the slideshow in January 2013.  The first slideshow got many millions of hits, so they decided to keep going!

If you’d like to add the photos to your golf or humor blog, please ask me for some photos to share.

CC

PocketWizard

Special “THANK YOU” to PocketWizard for featuring me on their website blog and Facebook page on January 21, 2013!

I have been exclusively using PocketWizards for my entire career.

The assignment they wrote about was the Golf Digest “18 Annoying Golf Partners” assignment from 2012 and 2013.  We have now photographed 36 annoying golfers such as cigar guy, ball retriever guy, 4 foot gimme, crazy cart driver and many more.

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18 Annoying Golfers

golf digest_18 annoying golferSometimes you’re a perfect fit for a job. This is one of those assignments. Golf Digest came to me with an idea to showcase the 18 people that annoy you while playing golf. For example, the cell phone guy, ball retriever guy, over celebrator and more.

Rio Pinar, an Orlando golf course, was our gracious host for the day.

11212011_AnnyoingGolf – Images by Cy Cyr