Yesterday I was hired by the SF Chronicle to go out and look for various beach closures because of a tsunami alert that was placed in effect. The advisory, which is not as serious as a warning, was issued after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile. Although there wasn’t any apparent danger, authorities in San Francisco and other counties in the bay area urged people to stay off the beaches. Of course when this warning goes up many people seem to ignore the potential dangers and go out to catch a glimpse of the incoming killer waves. As predicted by many the waves only grew to about 4 feet in height but brought along with it a deep recession in the tide which brought out the crabbers. I was out at Pacifica and Half Moon Bay where I worked much of the afternoon. Here’s a sample of the images I got. Thanks for checking in and taking the time to look!
3 months. I haven’t worked or shot any photos to speak of for the last 3 months. Not that it was my choice or I didn’t get any calls for work. Back in November, on the 21st to be exact, I fractured my right humerus bone (upper arm) in four places on the top where it joins with the shoulder joint. I am not sure why they call that bone the humerus bone cause there is nothing humorous when you break or fracture it. While it was a painful experience and something I don’t recommend for anyone, as it was my right arm, the fracture and the process of healing was the experience that took me away from photography. They don’t make left handed cameras.
I had to immobilize my arm for a month using a belt like device with velcro straps and braces that went around my bicep and another around my wrist that held my arm against my body bent at the elbow at 90 degrees. Not advised for comfortable sleeping. After the first month was over I happily discarded my immobilizer and put my arm in a sling for month two and for month three I was out of the sling but limited to lifting my arm 45 degrees with no more then 5 pounds of weight.
I spent most of my time learning new programs on Lynda.com and getting some of my archive scanned and organized. Now I am in the process of physical therapy. Because of the lack of movement with my arm and shoulder and the scare tissue that has developed due to the bleeding from the bone I am very stiff and weak. The physical therapist tells me that these next few months are the most critical to get my arm back to where it was before, so I have a lot of work to do. Stretching and more stretching with weight lifting is on the agenda and high priority.
Now I can go back to work and thanks to my editors at the Chronicle, Getty and my other clients for their patience and calling me when they do. Below is a photo from an assignment this week at the Chronicle having to deal with the possibility of raising fees for tourists to enjoy some of the places we take for granted here in San Francisco. Coit Tower is on the list and just down the street from my apartment. Thanks for looking and check back again soon!