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Maurice Rivenbark, Times Photojournalist

Maurice Rivenbark

Maurice "Mo" Rivenbark, a third-generation Florida native, has been a photojournalist at the Tampa Bay Times since 1981.

Rivenbark began his career taking photographs for his hometown weekly, the Vero Beach Press Journal, which he also delivered. In 1978 he joined the staff of the Today newspaper in Cocoa where he photographed the first launch of the space shuttle.

Since joining the Times, he has photographed stories throughout Florida, across the United States and abroad. His work has been recognized by NPPA's Pictures of the Year, the Green Eyeshade Award and others. Most recently his focus has been both video and still photography, including the Real Florida series, which won national recognition for online storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009.


Special Report: Real Florida, in Words and Video

  1. Video: Capturing a super blood moon total eclipse


    When I looked skyward Sunday night in hopes of filming the Super Blood Moon there was not a star to be seen, the entire horizon was covered with clouds. But after a quick scan of live satellite images on the web, it looked like some small openings might appear around the peak time of the eclipse. With a brand new camera to try out, I got my geek on.

    About 11 pm, I first saw the faint glow behind thinning clouds. I filmed a 9 minute time-lapse 4k video that was shot with a 400 mm lens at f 4.0. The exposure was set for 1/4 sec at 3200 iso. The results were squeezed into about a 1 minute video. (Did I mention my geek?) The short film shows the deep reddish colored moon starting to escape the eclipse as the sunlight begins to creep across the lunar surface once again. A chorus of tree frogs provides the soundtrack....

    Super Blood Moon seen from Tampa Bay.
  2. Kresge house Christmas light display is bright as ever

    Human Interest


    As the sky darkens, the lights come on — an invitation to explore the outdoor maze of Christmas displays at the Kresge house in St. Petersburg. Ted Kresge began it all with a few strings of lights 38 years ago. "Our power bills have run in the past as much as $4,400," he said. These days, he uses a lot of energy-saving LED bulbs. The displays include 10 trailer-truckloads of lights, an HO scale model railroad, inflatables, bubble machines and a 70-foot tree. It's at 2719 Oakdale St. S, near the Chattaway restaurant. It's free and open 6 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3....

    Ted and Kim Kresge's St. Petersburg house is locally renowned for an elaborate Christmas display that includes more than half a million Christmas lights, computer-operated Christmas tree decorations and a "fiber optic forest.''   The Kresges' lights shined across the country. Their home was featured on NBC's Today show.  [Times]
  3. Lipizzans winter home in Florida awes crowds


    MYAKKA CITY - The crowd cheers as the white Lipizzan stallion rears up on it's hind legs with Gabriella Herrmann coaxing a majestic move from one of the horses she trained.

    "The Herrmann family has been doing this for generations, it's been passed down," says Herrmann.

    Herrmann says one of the famous horses was given to her family 300 years ago. Since the 1960's about 30 of the horses have made their winter home in Florida, dazzling fans with their training shows. During the summer they travel through the north east preforming shows....

  4. MOSI tries to beat world record for giant cup of hot chocolate


    To wrap up its Festival of Chocolate, MOSI hoped to break two world records by creating the largest cup of hot cocoa and hosting the world's largest practical science lesson.

    Most participants were in shorts and white T-shirts (maybe not the best color choice) as they gathered around a giant cup filled with 880 gallons of hot chocolate. On this mild Monday afternoon at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, the group, 300 strong, had also joined in a practical science lesson earlier in the day....

  5. Forecast calls for flying monster trucks at Raymond James Stadium


    If you like big trucks that crush cars and even school buses, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa might be just the ticket.

    The latest Grave Digger, the world's best known monster truck, is there along with Son-uva-Digger and a 13-passenger truck that fans can get a ride in by stopping into Advance Auto Parts and picking up a ticket.

    Dennis Anderson's latest Grave Digger design is based on a 1950 Chevy panel van. "It has a 540 cubic inch motor that puts out 1500 horse power. It will fly 40 feet in the air and keep going," said Anderson....

  6. Pink for a purpose in Hernando

    Human Interest

    Some came in pink sandals, with pink hats and pink hair. About 300 people attended the Hernando County YMCA "Pink for a purpose" health fair Friday in Spring Hill. Many wore pink shirts in support of National Brest Cancer Awareness Month, which the center tied its event to this year.

    One of the highlights of the fair was a dance workout.

    "We just created a really fun and upbeat positive dance routine to kind of get people in good spirits," said Karin Mizell, a dance coordinator for the YMCA. "The dancing was great," said Sandy Bissone, of Spring Hill, who came wearing a pink wig, pink hat and pink sandals....