The deafening roar filled the air with every wicked strike Lincecum launched at the demoralized Texas Rangers in the final innings of game five of the 2010 World Series. Tonight was the night–I could feel it and so could the other tens of thousands who packed in to Civic Center Plaza to watch the Jumbotron […]
Urban legends once again filled the air in casual conversation while awaiting the aerial entertainment over San Francisco bay–legends of planes going under and/or between the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge, and stories of jets breaking the sound barrier during the show. Of course they’re nothing more than folklore…well, until today that is. The […]
After reading San Francisco is Burning, Dennis Smith’s superb book of San Francisco’s reaction to the 1906 earthquake, I got to thinking. What if I could precisely line up photos taken in 1906 with my own and combine the two together? I’ve always been frustrated by typical “then and now” photos because the photographer always seems […]
Oahu is known as Hawaii’s “gathering place” due to its population and activity. Not having spent more than a day on Oahu before, I had a chance to grab some photos of the deep, saturated colors of the island, even though I only packed a single lens. Most of these pictures are of some pretty […]
Being a fan of 1930s Modernism and Art Deco, I always thought the terminal was a pretty cool building. Just before the closing, I poked around every little nook and cranny of the structure, taking hundreds of photos of every detail of the complex just days before the demolition crew will begin dismantling the building. The time has come for this sadly-degrading edifice to go.
When opportunity arose to see this magnificent wonderland of ingenuity and craftsmanship in detail while it was still under development, I grabbed my camera with enthusiasm. As soon as I arrived, I got as many close-up photos as I could in the limited time I had. They didn't like me hanging around taking pictures all day because I might get in the way of all the activity going on. Many areas and structures were still being assembled at the time of shooting, especially some high rises and bridges, but everything I saw was absolutely amazing and coming along very nicely. Some pictures aren't the greatest, but, like I said, I did the best I could in the limited time I had.
At 246 feet, it's a tad longer than the new Airbus A380 and dwarfs the Goodyear Blimp. There are four modern Zeppelin NTs in the world, one retired, one in Japan, one in Germany, and one in San Francisco. The "NT" stands for "New Technology" and is the first modern fleet of zeppelins to carry passengers since the blazing crash of the Hindenburg in 1937. San Francisco's very own Zeppelin NT, the "Eureka," lives in the massive hanger over at Moffett Field. I see her flying over the bay area almost every day. And the ride aboard is incredible....
For two and a half weeks, we would set off on the adventure of a lifetime through the land of the Pharaohs, traveling by minivan, riverboat, felucca, horse carriage, hot air balloon, water taxi, airplane, and foot to reach all the remote sites of Egypt. Two Egyptologists would help us make some sense out of all the chaos and immense history: Omar for Lower Egypt (northern Egypt or "The Delta") and George for Upper Egypt (southern Egypt or "The Valley"). I learn to love Egyptian food and daily Egyptian Stella beers. So many tourists coming to Egypt pour out of air conditioned mega-buses, take goofy pictures of themselves at the sites, and head back. This is no way to truly experience Egypt....
In the shadow of the state Capitol, filled with legislators desperately trying to pass a budget in a time of fiscal crisis, the most talented group of pro riders ever assembled on US soil arrived in downtown Sacramento to circumnavigate the 3.8 km course from the Capitol Mall around the Capitol Park in a test of all out speed and cornering. The purpose of a prologue is to seed out the general classification standings by launching riders one-by-one in an individual test against the clock.
The 15 block parade route from Market Street up to Chinatown was PACKED Saturday night under the clear skies and almost fully waxed moon, with the sound and smell of millions of firecrackers exploding. The firecrackers are lit in strings of hundreds at a time right in front of Gum Lung (the big dragon leading the parade), which was the longest ever this year at 238 feet. The firecrackers frighten away the mythical beast of the Nian (year), which was believed to come on the first day of the new year to devour livestock, crops, and children.
I get a bunch of questions on how I get photos of exploding balloons and smashing light bulbs, so I figured I would just explain the entire process here. I did these shots a few years ago, so I’m going from memory here. I had delusions of getting shots of things like guns firing, smashing […]