Friday, December 10, 2010

Lights on Market Street

It's not every day you get tipped off to a fun assignment to shoot but that happened to me yesterday. The news editor at the SF Gate pointed out an article about several new art installations that went on display in the Mid-Market area of San Francisco on Thursday evening.
The event, dubbed “Lights on Market Street,” is an initiative aimed at revitalizing the Central Market Street area, which is plagued with vacant storefronts and is not a friendly, or fun, place to hang out.
The artwork, including this piece by artist Robert James, made people in the area stop, touch and explore. It was interesting to watch.
During the ceremony there was a walk between the exhibits that was fun and full of lights.
I even saw Top Cat, who is a saxophonist player that was the subject of one of my first photo essays when I was in school at SF State.
But by far the coolest and biggest drawing instillation was Faces by artist Theodore Watson.
You just couldn't stop standing in front of the "capture station," wait a few seconds, and then see your face across the street.

A lot of fun. An interesting experiment, and well worth the time to check out!

For more of my photographs from the event, check out my photo gallery on SF Gate.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Union Square Menorah Lighting

I love photographing the annual Union Square Menorah lighting, commemorating the first night of Hanukkah.
The ceremony starts with the lighting of a large torch by Rabbi Yosef Langer which he brings around the crowd and lets everyone touch...
...although some don't want to get to close...
...and the Rabbi shows he can dance as well.
From there they climb the staircase behind the large menorah.
And from there its lighting the first candle.

As the crowd below watches.
At the end, the Rabbi gives his wishes and the celebration begins. If you happen to be in downtown San Francisco the next several days, there will be a nightly lighting ceremony for the remaining days of Hanukkah. Its an experience to remember!

You can view more of my photos in this SF Gate Photo Gallery

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Giants Fans Celebrate the World Series Win

After 56 years, and never in San Francisco, Giants fans have waited to celebrate winning the World Series. All those years of pent up frustration burst out last night on the streets of San Francisco. It was insane...
Earlier fans by the thousands watched the game at the Civic Center
Fans were hoping for a celebration...
And when Edgar Renteria scored a 3-run home run it looked like the party was about to start.
At the end people were streaming around honking horns and hi-fiving..
Samba bands appeared out of nowhere...
And the party began..
Some San Francisans had to work and couldn't join the party...

A group of around 1000 fans marched from 5th and Market...

And celebrated on the steps of the old Mint at 5th and Mission.

Making their way to AT&T Park jumping on any car in the way...

Even if it was a police car.
And lit and jumped through bonfires at 3rd and King St.

Firefighters doused some of the bonfires.
And the party just kept going and going. Congrats Giants for an amazing run and bringing the party back to SF. Can't wait for the celebration parade on Wednesday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Marin County Triathlon

One of my favorite yearly events to photograph for the Marin IJ is the Marin County Triathlon...
I am always amazed what people go through to compete in the race...
After the brutal 1.5 km swim there is a 22 mile bike ride...
22 miles...
At least it always helps to have a supporters section cheering you on.
Then at the end an "easy" 6.2 mile run...
and down hills to the finish line...
Where you raise your hands in triumph.
And celebrate with your loved ones. To see all my photos from the day click on the slideshow in the Marin IJ article .

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giants Fans Celebrate Game 1 Win in Marin

I was on assignment for the Marin IJ shooting fans reactions for Game 1 of the World Series.At the beginning of the game it looked like I was going to be taking a lot of photos of unhappy and worried Giants fans...
And I was also taking photos of how well sports bars were doing cause of the Giant's run...
But in the end after a wild and crazy game the Giants fans were able to celebrate a game 1 win. A good start, but only a start.

Monday, October 18, 2010

First rain of the season

I was covering the Tiburon Mile for the Marin IJ on Sunday (will post that tomorrow) when the first significant rainfall of the wet season happened on Sunday. So I went into weather feature mode.
Trying to stay dry I walked around downtown Sausalito snapping shots.
And got to take in the view of the bay as well. It was nice to have rain here but I do hope there is one more warm spell before the rain sets in for good!