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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Three Interpretations of an Image

by George Murphy May 23, 2011 Photo Splash

One of the things I often struggle with is deciding how I want to present a story image. I want it to convey an honest understanding of the subject as it was shot, but by its nature, photography cannot help be anything more than an interpretation of the world around us; filtered through the equipment […]

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Pausing a Moment To See.

by George Murphy May 16, 2011 Photo Splash

The weather has been unsettled of late. This morning, predawn rain showers gave way to dazzling early morning sunlight piercing through the glistening wet branches of the backyard trees. Taking a moment before plunging headlong into the day’s tasks, I allowed myself the luxury of simply noticing the light as it played across the damp, rich […]

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Castillo de San Marcos

by George Murphy May 11, 2011 Photo Splash

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. It is made from a greyish coquina stone, composed of seashell material that has fused together to create a substance similar to limestone. After several earlier wooden forts proved insufficient to defend the area, the fort’s Spanish […]

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2011 Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race

by George Murphy April 25, 2011 Photo Splash

A surreal view of bikers in this year’s ‘Bring Your Own Big Wheel’ Race as they careen down Vermont street in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill District on Easter Sunday. Dozens of costumed bikers participated in San Francisco’s version of “running with the bulls” as contestants risked spills and scrapes to race in outrageous outfits, on […]

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Justin’s ‘Picture of the Day’ Project

by George Murphy December 20, 2010 Photo Splash

  Photographer Justin Oliphant  poses with prints from his ‘Picture of the Day’ project as hear nears completion of the first year of image making. The images hang near the ceiling of his office at ImageMovers Digital studio in Novato, California, where he works at an Assistant Editor.

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Tommy Lafferty

by George Murphy November 12, 2010 Photo Splash

Tommy Lafferty is the Director of Technology at the film studio, ImageMovers Digital; but dressed up here, as a pirate for Halloween, he was much more the Tommy who is also a rock musician – guitarist for the band, Crown of Thorns.

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Equestrian Cool Down

by George Murphy August 15, 2010 Photo Splash

After a day of competitive riding at the Woodside Summer Event near Palo Alto, California, rider Madalena Parisi’s horse, Double Shot, enjoys a cool spray down.

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