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High altitude view of the Aurora Borealis, as seen from 37,000 feet over Northern Quebec. Photo by George Murphy

Electric Air Above My Head

by George Murphy January 3, 2017 Journal Essays

Bringing in the New Year from 37,000 feet – Somewhere over Northeastern Canada – January 1, 2017:  As I write this it is one hour into the new year and I am traveling over 600 mph beneath glorious waves of Aurora Borealis. We are 37000 feet above Northeastern Canada – just east of the mighty Hudson […]

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Waimakariri River Valley, New Zealand. Photo by George Murphy.

Stillmotion

by George Murphy November 19, 2016 Uncategorized

Slow Exposure Landscapes from the shifting vantage of the rails – Featuring scenes from the Waimakariri River Valley, New Zealand –– Even when it seems the human world is on fire, the natural world persists; impartial and uncaring – though perhaps not so immune – from all the things that keep us awake at night. There […]

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Waimakariri River Valley, New Zealand. Photo by George Murphy.

Another Day at the Office

by George Murphy August 28, 2016 Photo Splash

Often our work in film and visual effects revolves around grueling hours spent on closed stages or in front of computers, in windowless rooms that never see the light of day. Every now and then, however, there are perks…time we are actually tasked to spend in beautiful places in the real world.  Today was one of […]

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The iconic visage of Big Ben shines over central London.

One Year In London…Already!

by George Murphy November 1, 2015 Journal Essays

Summer has definitely passed here in London. The air has gone brisk and the leaves have been turning on the tree lined streets and back gardens of downtown neighborhoods, reminding me that it’s now been over a year since I first came to this complex and vibrant city. So much of that time has seen […]

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Season's Greetings card from FirstHand Pictures and photographer George Murphy

Season’s Greetings!

by George Murphy December 24, 2014 News & Updates

We’re Back! After an extended hiatus, I am happy to say that the FirstHand Journal blog will be reving back to life here in the coming weeks, with new posts, photography and under the hood notes. We are now based out of London, where I am working on feature film projects for the outstanding group […]

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A photo-illustration by photographer George Murphy commemorates a mother's and daughter's shared tattoo art and bond.

Bound by Ink

by George Murphy January 23, 2013 Photo Splash

It was surprising news when my  wife told me that she and our daughter were going to be getting matching tattoos. She had only slowly come around to the idea of our daughter getting a tattoo (once she was old enough), let alone the idea of her getting one herself.  It was a sign of just […]

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Danza Coyolxauqui Aztec celebrate the pre-Columbian origins of the Mexican observance of El Dîa de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. Photos by George Murphy.

El Dîa de los Muertos Aztec Style

by George Murphy November 5, 2012 Journal Essays

The Mexican born celebration of El Dîa de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is commonly associated with elaborately decorated alters honoring the memory of passed loved ones and, of course, the proliferation of skulls in the form of sculptures, candles, artwork and especially as face paint. It is a visually rich […]

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour take a once-in-a-lifetime victory lap over the Bay Area piggybacking on a modified Boeing 747. Photos by George Murphy.

Space Shuttle Victory Lap

by George Murphy September 21, 2012 Photo Splash

The space shuttle Endeavour took to the air one last time today, riding piggyback atop a NASA modified Boeing 747 airplane, as it took a final “victory lap” around the the state of California. Endeavour left Edwards Air Force Base just North of L.A. this morning, making it’s way first to the Sacramento area and then West […]

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Evidence of Burning Man. Photo by George Murphy.

Evidence of Burning Man

by George Murphy September 6, 2012 Photo Splash

In a hotel parking lot in Reno, a dust covered car bears dramatic evidence of time in the desert as “Burners” return from Burning Man and the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Earlier in the day my wife and I had noticed all of the grey “painted” bicycles mounted on roof racks and trailers heading […]

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A Blue Moon rises over the Western U.S. as seen from 30,000 ft. in this photo by photographer George Murphy

Blue Moon Rising

by George Murphy September 2, 2012 Photo Splash

Friday’s full moon rise offered up a rare “Blue Moon.” No, the label doesn’t refer to the color of the Moon, but rather its timing. Whenever there is a second full Moon within a calendar month, we call it a “Blue Moon.” It’s a rare enough event to have inspired the phrase, “Once in a […]

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Petaluma National pitcher and first baseman Andrew White. Photo by George Murphy.

The Petaluma Nationals Come Home

by George Murphy August 30, 2012 Journal Essays

It’s been a treat to share a hometown with those inspiring kids of the Petaluma National Little League team as they found themselves thrust onto a world stage and proved to us in both victory and defeat that even 12 and 13 year olds can teach us something about greatness.  After following the team’s journey […]

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Sunlight diffraction causes a surreal view of the 2012 annular solar eclipse. Photo by George Murphy

A Dimming of the Sky – the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

by George Murphy May 21, 2012 Journal Essays

There’s nothing like a celestial event to remind us that our world is so much bigger than the latest tabloid driven, water cooler gossip. Everyone pauses for a moment to turn their awareness to something bigger than everyday life, and an often forgotten sense of our connection to the workings of a universe beyond our […]

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Justin Oliphant with high-tech steam-punk glasses

Wearable Art

by George Murphy May 16, 2012 Photo Splash

It seems I am always photographing Justin Oliphant on his birthday behind some kind of persona facilitating eyewear. This latest Photo Splash post is an image we made outside of McNear’s Saloon in Petaluma, a few nights ago. That’s the neon marquee of the Mystic Theater that you see reflecting off of the highly polished […]

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fotoGRAPHIC Art - Holiday Hand Tree by George Murphy

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

by George Murphy December 23, 2011 Journal Essays

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a wonderful year ahead. -GM

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A Holiday Gallery – Petaluma’s Lighted Boat Parade

by George Murphy December 23, 2011 Photo Splash

It’s hard to resist turning one’s camera toward all of the magical decorations that crop up at this time of year. My own town of Petaluma, California, does it up with the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. This annual event involves a flotilla of brightly decorated watercraft of all sizes making their way up the Petaluma […]

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Lunar Eclipse Gallery

by George Murphy December 10, 2011 Photo Splash

This morning’s total lunar eclipse favored those of us on the west coast with a nice view, so I thought I’d share a few of the shots I made in those chilly pre-dawn hours that the eclipse was visible for us here in California. Very grateful for a nice down jacket to ward off the […]

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Joshua Orellana Portrait – “Photo-Graphic” Style

by George Murphy November 11, 2011 Journal Essays

About the time things were drawing to a close last year at ImageMovers Digital–the digital feature film studio where I worked–Joshua Orellana, the assistant production  manager for our fx & crowd simulation department, seemed to be on a mission to keep growing his hair out until the final days when the studio would close its […]

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Exploring A New Photographic Dialect

by George Murphy October 23, 2011 Journal Essays

Things may have been a little quite on the Firsthand Journal of late, but it hasn’t been for a lack of developments on the photography front. Apologies for the extended silence. In reality I’ve been diving headlong into exciting new visual territory that I just haven’t been ready to share until now. The three images […]

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Space Shuttle Wrap Up & Gallery Links

by George Murphy August 10, 2011 Journal Essays

July was an intense and exhausting month as I hit the road with a car packed to the gills with photographic equipment and traveled to Florida’s “Space Coast” to witness and document first-hand the final mission in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. I would be providing an insider look at this historic event for the Press […]

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Update from the Kennedy Space Center

by George Murphy July 11, 2011 Photo Splash

I’ve been out at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida since last week, covering the launch and upcoming landing of the last Space Shuttle, Atlantis. I’ll be putting together some comprehensive posts in the near future on this, but won’t be able to publish extensively until I finish up my current collaborations with the Press […]

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