Monday, June 25, 2012

New Edition in Concert in Oakland

I was excited last week cause my friend, music and food writer extraordinaire Tamara Palmer called me up last week with a juicy assignment:  photographing New Edition on their nationwide tour.
Now you have to understand: I love New Edition.  They were my favorite band growing up.
And in particular I always thought Bobby Brown was
So to photograph them on their 29th anniversary reunion tour was a special treat for me.
And it was awesome because with Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown both there all six members of New Edition were on stage.
And the amazing crowd (of people all my age) ate it up!
The opener was Tony! Toni! Toné!, which was beset by sound problems and only played two songs.
But that didn't stop New Edition.  The ultimate professionals they've been bringing it for 29 years.
And on Saturday night they didn't disappoint.

You can read the Tamara Palmer's review of the concert on the SF Weekly website.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

USA vs. Guatemala World Cup Qualifier

World Cup Qualifiers can be tight, ugly affairs and except for two moments of brilliance that was the case in the USA's game against Guatemala at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.  Unfortunately each team had a moment, and it canceled out a great chance for the USA to take control of their qualifying group.
Before the game a hardcore group of USA fans (numbering roughly 20 or so) made their way to the stadium to enjoy the pre-game festivities.
And wearing their colors with pride.
The USA fans made their presence known before the game.
Grabbed a couple of beers available outside the stadium...
...and danced it up with the Guatemalan fans.
They were even able to get a Guate TV announcer to wear a USA head band.
Not all the Guatemalan fans were happy to greet the USA Fans...
but it was all in all a festive atmosphere outside the stadium.
The USA arrived a few hours before the game...
...and Chris Wondolowski signed a kids shirt.
Then game time!
The national anthem...
...the coin toss...
...and let the game begin!
The USA came out for 3 points in this game...
But Guatemala was determined to play a physical chippy game.
And try to get the ball away from the Americans any way they could.
The one moment of brilliance for the USA was started by Fabian Johnson who passed a quick ball to Clint Dempsey...
And made sure to finish when it counted.
The whole second half it looked more like the USA was trying to hang onto its 1-0 lead instead of add to it.
and as Klinsmann paced the sidelines, the Pescalito was able to get a foul...
Which set up Marco Pappa to hit an excellent free kick over the USA wall...
...for a goal.
The USA tried to press in the final minutes...

...but the result was a 1-1 tie.  They are still up in their group cause of goal differential but it could've been a much smoother road if they had sewn up this game.  Lets hope Pappa's goal is not one that American fans rue for a long time.

You can view more of my photographs on ISI Photos.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

USA Men's Team Practice in Guatemala

I made it to Guatemala City to photograph the USA's upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala. Like the coach of the team Jurgan Klinsmann, I don't think I'm the only one who can't wait for the game to start.
Before the team's practice on Monday the USA team held a press conference for the media which included Klinsmann and Landon Donovan.
The the USA team arrived at Estadio Mateo Flores...
to start their warm ups....
...under the watchful eye of the coach...
Like I said can't wait for the game to begin. Have a feeling it will be quite a match!  You can see more of my practice photos here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The 102nd Dipsea Race

I love photographing the Dipsea, a 7.5-mile cross county race in Marin County that starts in downtown Mill Valley, goes up and over Mount Tamalpais and ends up in Stinson Beach.  
I've covered this race before for the Marin IJ, and this year I covered the start line which I love to do...
There is so much happening, there are the friendly introductions of the racers who have finished in first before...
And there are the staggered start times which make it easier to photograph the start.
As part of the team coverage I covered the start of the race, through Old Mill Park...
And then up the legendary Dipsea Steps....
Which seem to never end.
You can see more of my photographs and the rest of the Marin IJ coverage of the Dipsea event at the newspaper's website.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

San Rafael Pacifics Opening Game

I was fortunate to be able to photograph for the Marin IJ the opening of a professional baseball team last night as the independent San Rafael Pacifics held their opening game at Albert Park in San Rafael against the Sonoma County Grapes on Monday night.
It was a really festive atmosphere with celebratory pins being handed out for those in attendance.
As a small team looking to make money in any way they can, any place that can be used for advertising was considered...even the back of the umpires jackets.
The first pitch ever in Pacifics history...
...and a packed grandstands watching every pitch...
...bat boys scurrying after loose baseballs...
...and a local boy who hit two home runs during the opening game, there were story lines everywhere.
And with a small park you might even catch the mom of the local hero hi-fiving the other fans.
I really enjoyed photographing the opener for the Pacifcs and plan on coming back to catch a few more games as well this season as a photographer and a fan.  Can't wait!

You can see a slideshow of more of my photographs from opening day in the Marin IJ article online.