I spent last week covering the 2014 Big West Basketball Tournament for the conference. Sixteen basketball games in five days. It was a great time which was capped off with a big upset by the Cal Poly Mustangs over the CSU Northridge Matadors for their first trip to the tournament in school history. Mahalo to Mike & Steve with the Big West and to Greg, Richard, John, and Matty for their help and support.
Here are a few images.
All images 2014 Copyright © Jordan Murph
Back in January, I was commissioned by the City of Anaheim’s Public Utilities’ department to create their advertising and marketing photography for 2014. The Public Utilities department wanted to build their campaign around showing real Public Utilities workers serving the city in their natural element. We were able to get everything done with one location scout day and two production days. Mahalo to Melissa and Justin for such a fun shoot, and and to Shawn, Peter, Matt, Greg, and Richard for all their help and support. Here are some of my favorites.
Last summer I got a call from my friend and high school classmate Ke’ōpūlaulani Reelitz from back home in Hawaiī. Ke’ōpū is now editor of Mana Magazine, a relatively young publication made for Native Hawaiians by Native Hawaiians. Itʻs a beautiful publication telling the story and celebrating our culture. Mana had an upcoming feature about Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame star linebacker and 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate and part Native Hawaiian, who hails from the small town of Laie on O’ahuʻs North East shore. Manti is now playing with the San Diego Chargers.
Ke’ōpū said that Mana wanted to tell a story of what it is like to leave home to pursue your goals and success, and that they wanted to profile Manti and talk to him about his journey pursuing football professionally. Leaving home is a big part of “making it” for many children of Native Hawaiian decent growing up in the islands. The “mainland” or “continent” as we call it back home, is where many of our pursuits, dreams, and aspirations lead us. I immediately related to the story, having left home in college to pursue the learning opportunities in photography in California and the mainland. But no matter how great it is on the mainland, itʻs not home. Every Native Hawaiian I have met or spoken to, no matter how long they have been gone or why they have been gone, longs to return home. Itʻs hard to be away. Itʻs part of having your blood and roots tied to the land. The ‘āina and kupuna, the land and ancestors, call to you and you feel it deep inside.
So needless to say, I was excited about contributing to the story. I coordinated with Ke’ōpū and Mana Art Director Janelle Kalawe about what we wanted to do. When it came right down to it, time was going to be the biggest factor. For editorial pieces, itʻs usually tough to get a professional athlete to sit for more than five to ten minutes, with five being the more realistic number. I came up with several possible ideas and setups that we could do in a small amount of time.
On the shoot day, the world famous Shawn Cullen helped me out and we got to the Chargers practice facility early to scout and get set up. We had several restrictions and Mantiʻs schedule kept changing while we were setting up and the ten minutes we were hoping for turned into “a few minutes or less” and that we needed to be fast so my extra setups went out the window. I chose a spot in the practice field utilizing the goal post. Shawn and I trimmed our setup and kept things simple. We set up my 6×6 Lastolite Skylite scrim overhead to shade our set from the midday sun. In keeping with the simple theme, we set up my Elinchrom Octabank with a Profoto 7B pack and Pro7 head to camera left just out of frame. We put a quarter CTO gel on the light to warm it up a little bit. I used a Nikon D700 camera with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
When Manti arrived he was a consumate professional and great guy. I spent a little time talking story with Manti and trying to build as much of a connection as possible in a few short seconds and then we got to work. From the first frame to the last was three minutes and thirty five seconds. Manti was happy, the Chargers public relations team was happy, and so were we.
Spent the first week of 2014 in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl for the last BCS National Championship game for Sports Illustrated. I got to help Erick Rasco, Mel Jones, and Terrance Phillips with the photo technology and editing backend and we set up and managed the network infrastructure for tethering the Nikon D4 cameras. Covering the game were staff photographers John W. McDonough, Robert Beck, John Biever, and freelancers Gary Bogdon and Donald Miralle. The team made fantastic images.
SI has always felt like a small family since I started as a Lighting Tech and 1st Assistant to John W. McDonough back in 2008. John has been a mentor to me and the the other photographers have as well even though they don’t know it. The Sports Illustrated staffers, both current and former, are the best of the best of the best. Period. And there is nothing like getting to help them out and get to observe how they work. I’ve learned so much that way. And there is nothing like looking over the John Biever’s shoulder while he’s photographing football and seeing what he shot and having your jaw drop. I’m a lucky kid from the Big Island and I’m always grateful to get to support the team at big events.
It was also great to get to see a bunch of wonderful people who have done so much for me as a young photographer including another one of my mentors Peter Read Miler and Kallie, Bob “Pepaw” Rosato, Jon Soohoo, and Scott Clarke. Big mahalos to Eric Kay, Richard Mackson, and Joe Knight for all their help and support in getting the job done and taking care of us all in Pasadena.
Here are some phone photos.