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Remembering Another NASA Mission Ending

by George Murphy June 7, 2011 Journal Essays

With this last Space Shuttle launch coming up fast, I thought it appropriate to look back at another earlier mission ending that carried many of the same question about the future of manned space travel that haunt this last flight of Atlantis. Six years before the very first Shuttle flight, and that amazing sense of […]

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Riding the Sky One Last Time

by George Murphy June 7, 2011 Journal Essays

In a few weeks NASA’s Space Shuttle program will draw to a close with the final mission of the Atlantis spacecraft under the command of astronaut Chris Ferguson. While this last foray into space by an American manned spaceship does not spell the end of NASA’s vision for the future of U.S. manned space exploration, economic […]

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Sonoma Plein Air – Raising Money for Art Education

by George Murphy May 30, 2011 Journal Essays

One of the things I love about photography is that through it I often get to meet interesting people and learn about cool things that I previously had little awareness of. This past week’s Sonoma Plein Air Festival in the wine country town of Sonoma, north of San Francisco, was one of those. Shooting for […]

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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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12 Honorable Mentions in 2010 Int’l Photography Awards

by George Murphy September 12, 2010 News & Updates

The votes are in for this years International Photography Award and I managed to walk away with twelve Honorable Mentions from a field of 15,000 entrants. More on my acknowledged submissions and the

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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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On a Mission to Spread Joy

by George Murphy August 11, 2010 Photo Splash

The sign on the front of Jan’s lavishly decorated bicycle reads, “Celebration of Life.” After surviving cancer, Jan decided that’s what he needed to do; so you’ll find him, along with his dog Buddy, hanging out on the streets of Calistoga, California, sharing a smile or a peace sign and showing off all of the […]

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part II

by George Murphy July 25, 2010 Journal Essays

While ‘Part I’ emphasized how the truth of an image relies on so much more than just what happens in post production (digital or chemical), there’s no denying that the ever increasing capabilities of digital tools continues to focus attention on that part of the image workflow. The resulting distrust of the images we see in published media threatens the credibility of truly important works and calls out for a method to communicate the nature of the images we create so we can re-establish trust in our audiences.

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The Myth of Photographic Reality – Part I

by George Murphy July 17, 2010 Journal Essays

There is a lot of angst these days about abuses in the digital darkroom and it’s impact on the credibility of photography in presenting honest images of the world around us. However the truthfulness of an image relies on more than just the question of how much it’s been manipulated in some image editing package; it begins with all of the subjective choices that we make before and during the moment the shutter is released.

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Storms & Cows

by George Murphy July 8, 2010 Photo Splash

This past winter was a stormy one in the Bay Area, making for some nice moments at dusk and dawn. This was the view along Adobe Road, east of Petaluma, CA. last January, when a series of dramatic and very wet storms pounded the area.

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Dramatic Skies

by George Murphy June 10, 2010 Photo Splash

High altitude cirrus clouds etch unusual patterns into the skies over Northern California. The ice crystals that make up these clouds are refracting sunlight to create a circular rainbow around the sun, just out of frame. The contrast of this image has been enhanced to bring out the amazing details of the cloud structure.

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Humans Only Please!

by George Murphy June 9, 2010 Photo Splash

What kind of open house expects anything other than the human kind?! In this case it’s the Dairydell Dog Kennel in Petaluma, CA. using a bit of humor to ask visitors keep their pets at home when they come to visit.

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28 Candles

by George Murphy May 18, 2010 Photo Splash

Filmmaker/Photographer Justin Oliphant celebrates his 28th birthday with family in Petaluma.

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NY TImes’ ‘A Moment in Time’ Gallery Now Up

by George Murphy May 12, 2010 News & Updates

The New York Times multimedia blog, Lens, has posted the images from its ‘A Moment in Time’ project, where photographers around the world were asked to make a photograph at the same moment in time. The gallery features a unique globe interface that allows you to select images from different parts of the world, as well […]

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Ghost Ride

by George Murphy May 11, 2010 Photo Splash

The reflection of a bicycle in one of the large windows that frame ImageMovers Digital’s Hamilton Field studio in Novato, CA, makes it seem to float ethereally against the dried grass landscaping outside.

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