30 September, 2012

Prélude à l'après-midi d'une boîte

There were boxes and velcro in Dolores Park yesterday, for an event dubbed "Cardboard Castles." People built things. It was amazing. More photos to come

Thanks to Charles Hufnagel-Dvorak for organizing and to Awesome Foundation SF for putting this on. See FB event here for more info.

27 September, 2012

No pain, no gain

Welp, it's that time of the season again. Time to lace 'em up, get back in shape, and try to start making next year a year to remember.

22 September, 2012

In the Wake of Space Shuttle Endeavour

A long time ago, I remember my mom telling me that "funerals aren't for the dead, they're for the living." Watching from the NASA Ames Research Center as Space Shuttle Endeavour passed reminded me of that aphorism — it felt like the day's mood was merry rather than melancholy. It seemed as if the event served more to bring people together than to make their hearts heavy.
I had the good fortune of watching as the guest of one of the Ames researchers, and so I ended up in an area where entire families of Ames employees and guests had gathered to watch. Walking around, it felt like people were simply out, enjoying the day, and enjoying spending time with their loved ones.
A fire engine from the Ames Fire Department was on hand, and young and old people alike had a chance to climb inside and see what a fire truck was all about. I chatted with one of the firefighters, and he mentioned that despite working at Ames for the past five years, this would be the first time he had ever seen any of the space shuttles.
I was amazed to see the sheer quantity and variety of people who came out to watch for Endeavour. Throngs of people stood and watched from wherever they could see, and as the arrival time approached, every rooftop and vantage point that I could see was covered with people. Here, two people (landscapers, I presume) wait atop a pile of mulch as one points toward the direction from which the shuttle would approach.
The arrival of the shuttle was announced by a slight rise in the crowd, followed by a marked quiet. As the shuttle drew into sight, some people pulled out cameras to take pictures and videos; others simply watched.
Though it was widely believed by attendees that Endeavour, atop its 747-based Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, would fly above the Moffett Field runway, it instead passed to the west. From my vantage point, this diversion made no difference, but it did frustrate some people who had stood next to tall buildings or structures (such as Hangar 1) which obscured their view to the west.
And as quickly as it had arrived on the horizon, Endeavour slipped into the distance; a short viewing, if ever there were one. Nonetheless, I'm glad to have had the chance.

21 September, 2012

Googlers under the Spotlight

Thursday evening, a variety of skillful Googlers hit the stage of Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first ever Bay-Area-wide Googler talent show, dubbed "G Factor." More photos to come…

17 September, 2012

Matt's Favorite Alfa

I raced at LeMons up at Thunderhill Raceway this past weekend. More on that later. On our way out of the racetrack, my teammate Matt spotted a pair of his favorite Alfa Romeos parked side-by-side in the waning light of the sunset. I really like the warm tint and the long shadows, and of course the cars themselves are beautiful.

14 September, 2012

Rock and Roll!!!

Vodden The Hell Are We Doing? I dunno. It took way too long, but the cars finally left at way-too-late-in-the-evening last night. We've got the "Takin' It Seriously" Miata…
…And the ever-melancholy and accident-prone "Saab Story". See y'all at the races.

11 September, 2012

Hi, Mary!

Phew! Spent a week hanging out with family for a wedding, then took some time to focus on non-photography stuff. Now back to the grind; so many shoots to catch up on, it's crazy.

That said, last week I got to spend some time with my awesome niece, Mary. She's really good at walking and her fine motor skills are also in pretty good shape. Moreover, she's already developing quite a personality. Here, her dad looks on as she eats a tendril of spaghetti during dinner.
Like most kids, she's inquisitive and playful. She had a camera that she would sometimes walk around with. In the photo, she plays with it as she sits in her grandfather's lap.

She knows how to use the camera — I saw her take a photo — but she would sometimes alternate between looking at the camera's LCD and trying to look through the lens barrel. You'll note that her left index finger is still poised above the shutter release. At times, I've been known to do the same thing ;o)