Recently on a trip home to San Francisco while I was sitting waiting for my Singapore – Hong Kong leg to take off we had some time to kill due to an unexpected minor engine repair. I was sitting in my usual seat, well the one I always try to get, 44C on the Cathay Pacific international flights (isle seat exit row) and noticed the two men next to me breaking out their reading materials. 44B with his Financial Times and 44A with his iPad. I thought it was a pretty good example of the two mediums being used side-by-side so I got up to take a few frames. What I didn’t know was that the guy behind me in 45C was into what looked like a 500 page manifesto. Now the triangle was formed. iPad, newspaper and book. I got off a few frames from the hip before hearing the captain’s voice over the intercom telling us the engine was fixed and to buckle up. I love the unexpected.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, is the youngest billionaire on the planet. At 26 years of age he has a net wealth of US$4 billion thanks in part to his 24% shares of Facebook, the social networking site he launched from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2004. He says the idea for Facebook came from his days when he was at Phillips Exeter Academy which publishes annually a student directory with head shots of all the students, faculty and staff and was known simply as “The Facebook”. Zuckerberg’s version of Facebook started as a “Harvard-thing,” he says. He decided it would be cool to spread his site to other ivy league schools and enlisted the help of roommate Dustin Moskovitz to get the it rolled out. They first signed up colleges such as Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, New York University, and Yale and from there it took off.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook – Images by David Paul Morris
Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto, California, with Moskovitz and some friends where they converted a small house into their first office. According to the young billionaire, he and his friends always intended to return to Harvard but eventually decided to remain in California. As of this writing has not returned to college as a student, and who can blame him. His site just passed the 500 million user mark, up from 400 million in just 5 months and is growing rapidly especially in places outside of the North America. In fact it is one of the fastest growing companies in history. Facebook has become such an integrated part of everyone’s life and it’s not just for teenagers but is also being used more and more by hundreds of millions of adults all over the world. Along with the networking ability it offers it has also been noted that Facebook was instrumental in political protests in countries like Columbia, Thailand and Iran. I photographed him last night for Bloomberg at a forum where he was grilled on the stage from author David Kilpatrick who’s recently published book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World, which is a look at the inner workings and start-up of Facebook and Guy Raz, weekend host of the National Public Radio show All Things Considered. A lot was said about where the internet started, where it is now and where it is going in the future. It seems to me that we have only scratched the surface of where we are all going with this amazing technology. Check out more images.
Lately I have been having fun with my iPhone 3Gs. No, I don’t have the iPhone 4…yet….but hope to get it sometime soon. I have heard that Verizon might start carrying the iPhone 4 after the first of the year. If that is the case I will wait until then to check out my options. I love the device for what it is, the interface with the apps is fantastic and very user friendly, but for a phone it has little to be desired as I am sure many out there will attest. I think that AT&T simply does not have the bandwidth to accommodate all the users. Hopefully that will change once brand red gets access to the phone. Anyway the reason for this blog today is to post a few photos from my iPhone that I have been taking lately. I am really having a good time using this as a creative outlet and feel remarkably free to be able to produce the images I see in my head with this phone. Granted it is a very limited pixel capturing device but if you have decent light and can compose a photo you get some good results. Have a look at these 20 images produced using the “ShakeIt Photo” application in this slide show and tell me what you think.
iPhone Photos – Images by David Paul Morris
Recently I had the gastronomic pleasure of accompanying my good buddy Getty staff photographer Justin Sullivan to review a burger joint for his new-ish blog simply called, The Hamblogger. This is a great resource for anyone who loves to savour burgers at their best. Featuring about 3 posts a week, Justin and his partner Josh Weisberg, put out a USDA quality blog with great reviews of some out-of-the-way and unexpected places you might not expect to find tasty delights of meat between buns in your neighborhood.
We went to the Broken Record, a bar in front eatery in back sort of place located close to the Cow Palace at 1166 Geneva Street, San Francisco, California 94112. In the back room behind the bar is a kitchen and dining area with out only a couple of items on the chalk written menu. The reason for our visit was simply known as the Beef and Bacon burger.
When I arrived and Justin was already there at the bar. We ordered a couple of beers, had a chat for a while and then at 6pm when the kitchen opened Justin left to get to work. After drinking one of the many beers on tap and making a few pictures in the bar area I went back to check on Justin and how his shoot was going. When I got back to the kitchen area he was almost done documenting the cooking process. Now the only thing left to do was shoot the burger and then dispose of it in the usual way that you would dispose of a burger. We split the burger in half and I have to say it was pretty darn good.
A few weeks later we went to another location that he reviewed in his blog called Don Pistos in north beach, San Francisco. We had the hamburguesa which was by far the best burger I have ever tasted. Read Justins blog for the details. As he says, “it was awesome”!
Check out the Hamblogger when you get a chance and thanks for looking!
A line of pool cues sit on the wall waiting for the game at the Broken Record in San Francisco.Inside the bar area of the Broken Record the game goes on.A wide range of whiskey is lined up on the wall.Justin waits for the decisive moment as the bacon burger is being prepared.Justin has a look at the progress of his report.Justin gets to work shooting and savouring the Bacon Burger at the Broken Record.The final test…Yum!
Seasons Greetings everyone! It’s the time of the year when we reflect on all that we have done throughout the past year and look forward to setting new goals for the one coming up. We think about things that are important to us. Family, love, friends, peace, faith and equality for everyone are some things that come to mind. As the last year of the first decade in the 21st century comes to a close we can all agree for most of us it was a tough one. 911, two wars and financial hardships for so many. All in all it seemed to be difficult for so many which gives us optimism for the decade in front of us. Things can only get better. The media business is changing in a drastic way which makes it exciting to learn new and interesting ways of covering and delivering news. I am so excited about the possibilities and hope you are too! I want to wish everyone a happy healthy holiday season and all the best for the years to come.
Hello from Chengdu, China. Most of you have heard about the major earthquake that rocked this region back in May. Thousands of people lost their lives and many more still remain homeless. While the region is bouncing back and the Chinese people are seem stronger then ever, that is not the reason I am here. I have been assigned to cover the Chengdu Golf Championship. Some of you might not know that China has it’s own tour similar to the PGA in America and the European tour. The Omega China Tour was launched by the China Golf Association in 2005. It is a development tour intended to produce players who can move up to the Asian Tour or other international tours, such as the European tour and the PGA and to help accelerate the development of golf in China where golf was reintroduced to the PRC in 1980′s after being absent during the early communist years. Golf was considered a sport for the elitist and not welcome in the newly formed communist country. And while the level of play isn’t to the standard of Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson….yet, they do have players who can break par on a championship course and play under the pressure of tournament play. What strikes me the most of these unheard of swingers is their stories, where they have come from and how they got to where they are now. Players who were once security guards, postal clerks, peasant field workers, driving range workers and caddies. These players are lucky to have picked up a club and found they could hit the ball a mile, hit it straight and sink a snaking 12 foot birdie putt. Also, on hand this week is the China National Team which consist young up and coming players some who are just 16 years old. Given the same opportunities of their counterparts in the west they can and should go far. I have been hired by World Sport Group, a great group of professionals who are based out of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, to document all the tournaments this year. Thanks for having a look and check back for another posting or two.1st round leader Yuan Hao reacts after his par putt fails to go in the 7th hole on day 2.Liu Anlin jumps for joy after making a birdie putt on hole 3.
16 year old superstar Benny Ye Jianfeng (A) of China watches his tee shot on the 3rd hole.1st round leader Yuan Hao of China reacts to almost holing out his chip shot on the 14th hole.
The gallery watches the action on the 12th hole.
Greetings from San Francisco. It’s been far to long since I have posted anything here so I thought I would pick it back up again. Back in the city I love and probably one of the best cities in the world to live. I recently had dinner with my mom and sister when they were in town. I brought my 5D along and thought I would shoot a bit on the walk to Union Square. Have a look and come back for more posts which will be happening more frequently. I promise!
I found this guy sitting in the warm sunlight on the corner of Broadway and Columbus Ave.
Not so sure what to say about this one, I just like the light and the similarities in the two subjects.I woman and her son make their way through the Stockton Street tunnel. The Transamerica in the afternoon sunlight.
Shoppers make their way along Post Street.
A woman plays an accordion in front of Café Trieste, which in my opinion has the best coffee in the city.
One of the great things about my job is that I get to go to places and see things that I like. Last night I covered the Bruce Springsteen concert in the Condord Pavilion for the San Francisco Chronicle. After the usual 3 song limit of shooting I was told that I could stay and watch the rest of the show providing I return my cameras back to my car. Hmmmm 3 hours of Springsteen and for free no less….ah…OK! The sound was amazing to say the least. He was backed up by about 20 musicians made up of three or four guitars, banjo, accordion, steel guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, various other percussion and a rockin’ dixieland jazz horn section with Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg on trombone and Mark “The Loveman” Pender on trumpet. You might know these two from the Max Weinberg Seven band, Conan O’Brien’s house band. There were as many as seven or eight people at one time harmonizing in song, the Seeger Sessions Band didn’t so much play the songs they overwhelmed them. The band, a sprawling assemblage of folk and bluegrass musicians was put together to record Bruce’s latest album, “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions”. It consists of the songs of folk legend, Pete Seeger who is still alive at age 87. If they come to a town near you definitely go and see them. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s a few shots from my 3 song take. Bruce shows why he is called “The Boss” as he wails on the acoustic guitar. The Seeger Session Band plays on.
Part of the Seeger Session Band with Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg on trombone and Mark “The Loveman” Pender on trumpet.
Wearing a black vest he got from Johnny Cash, Bruce and a backup singer belt out a tune.
Bruce and the band play on and on and on and on………
Bruce walks along the side of the stage to the delight of the crowd.
Bruce Springsteen plays with the Seeger Session Band at the Concord Pavilion.