Archive for the ‘On Location’ Category

It’s Friday. Go ahead, let yourself get carried away.

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Jeanine levitates over the San Francisco Bay with umbrella and bag.


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Due salti da solo

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
AM silhouette jumping during sunset over Ocean Beach

Indian Summer sunset at Ocean Beach, San Francisco

AM silhouette jump during the sun setting over Ocean Beach

Indian Summer sunset at Ocean Beach, San Francisco

These two shots were taken within minutes of each other. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the light transforms?

And here’s how the sky looked just minutes before the two jumps. (Taken with an iPhone)

Sun dips into the Pacific Ocean

The end of today

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Angel Island escapade

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Ning jumping on Angel Island
Ning jumping at Angel Island
Ning portrait at Angel Island
Ning portrait at Angel Island
Ning portrait at Angel Island
Ning portrait on Angel Island

A couple of weekends ago, I boarded a sailboat headed to Angel Island with five models I’d never met before and a handful of other photographers. Once we docked at the island, the skipper who happens to be a Nikon shooter asked if I’d like to try out his lenses.

“Which one would you like to try?” he asked.

“Um, how about the 300mm,” I said.

“Really?” he asked.

I grinned and nodded.

The Nikon 300mm f2.8 lens is a tank. And also happens to be $5,000. He said okay and helped me put it on my D700. Then he made the mistake of turning around to peer back into his photo case. Before he turned back around to me; I had already scampered off the boat, off the dock, and onto Angel Island with one of the models by my side. I cradled the 8-lb. camera and lens with both arms like a newborn and we giggled like elementary school BFF’s. We made it to the shady side of the island past the picnic tables and went to work.

When we got back to the boat, one of the other photographers on board said that the skipper joked that since I disappeared I must have hopped on the ferry back to San Francisco with his lens. I wouldn’t do that! After returning the tank, he told me he never shoots that lens without a tripod. Too heavy. Heh. I guess all the early morning bootcamp workouts have been paying off because I handheld it for 130 shots.

Model: Ning Ma
MUA: Cindy Crabtree

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Fill ‘er up

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
AM jumps at an abandoned gas station.

Something new, somewhere old

What ever caused the demise of the full service gas station? Apparently, the oil crisis of the 1970s marked the beginning of the end of full service gas stations. Oil companies figured that people wanted to pump their own gas to save a few pennies. Soon the attendants, who would walk up to your rolled-down window and ask, “leaded or unleaded?” then wash your windows and check your oil while your gas was getting pumped, were no longer needed. Feeling nostalgic? It’s illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey so you can experience the luxury of full service in both of those states.

Flashback: When I was eight years old, I used to think the word “motor” meant addiction. I clearly recall sitting in a passenger seat when my dad drove to the gas station and seeing signs that read “No Smoking. Stop your motor.”

Source: goretro

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Being caught up

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Nora floating on an abandoned rooftop and in an abandoned cathedral in Gary, Indiana

a.k.a. the rapture

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. —R.E.M.

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Way to go, Elyssa!

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Junior Nationals volleyball star Elyssa

2011 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship Top Ten Team Player

Elyssa jumps with guitar and volleyball

Elyssa, pre-teen jumping wonder

Elyssa and her volleyball team just placed 6th at the 2011 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships after 9 games in 4 days in Atlanta. What an amazing ride! Congratulations!!!

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You are invited…

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

AM jumps in abandoned classroom, black and white

In the event of an earthquake, tuck duck and good luck.
1 of 2 images in the "Art I.S. getting (t)here" show through 8/13/11

…to the “Art I.S. getting (t)here” Opening Reception

Saturday, June 18 at 8:00pm – 12:00am
Art I.S. Pop-up Gallery
(Everybody Bikes)
1288 15th Ave
San Francisco, CA


Featuring live music by David Molina and his band, Earthlike.

Themes of transportation, journey, process, destination, road less traveled; whatever transporting means to you.

Curators Tanya & Faern

Art I.S. getting (t)here will be on display at the Gallery at Everybody Bikes from June 18th to August 13th. On the night of June 18th we will also showcase site specific installations, as well as live musical performances.

This theme has arisen from ART I.S.’s new collaboration with Everybody Bikes (1352 Irving St @ 15th Av) and as a means to point out that there are no galleries in the Inner Sunset and Sunset District as a whole. We want to let folks in the city know we are here!

In collaboration with
Everybody Bikes
Arizmendi Bakery
Muni Diaries
Colibrita Productions

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One Light Workshop

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Last weekend, I attended Zack Arias’ One Light Workshop in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and spent 14 hours learning more about and practicing off-camera flash photography using speedlights. Here are some of the photographs I shot. Next up: memorizing reciprocals, practicing a lot, and pumping up more gravity-defying ideas with the one-light techniques I learned. Thank you for the well-run and -taught workshop, Zack!

Models: Whitney Nichole, Maya Carina, Charles Wynn, Damian Marhefka

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It is acceptable to take a seat when the host/hostess is not present so long as you do not touch anything.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
AM jumps in abandoned cathedral in Gary Indiana

Gary, Indiana

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Week 52/52: It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. And I’m feeling good.

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Charlene jumps on bed with sun streaming into windows


I am thrilled to share the final photo of my 52 Project. I had been wanting to re-create my Week 1 sleeping shot all year long, but I moved to a new place that was set up differently, and I also wasn’t even sure I could physically re-create it. I really lucked out on that first self-timer self portrait. Since I was in Los Angeles with my family for the holidays, it was the perfect opportunity to do a shoot with my very good friend Charlene Laino who modeled for me a number of times five years ago. I really am lucky to have so many wonderful friends who know how to move well! She was an incredibly good sport and jumped in the sleeping position over 200 times. We got the shot that I envisioned, but during a break from all the horizontal jumping, what you see above happened. This says, what words cannot, exactly how I feel now that I have successfully pushed through 2010 to create, edit, and publish a new motion-based image every week. And while I was editing this shot, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” kept playing in my head.

To all of you who have liked, favorited and commented on one of my images online and/or in person, thank you. Having an audience helped me stick with it and encouraged me to keep going when I hit a slump (or two or three) and wondered what other ways there are to photograph weightlessness.

Many more thank you’s are in order for everyone who defied gravity for this project and for those who helped and inspired me along the way. I will get to those in another post along with my third annual end-of-the-year video montage and a behind the scenes time-lapse video of this final week’s photo shoot.

A fond farewell, 2010!

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