Saturday, July 18, 2009

Old Al, New Knees

You all keep asking me how my dad is doing. Well, he is great. He is able to do just about everything now except step on the break, and he didn't do that before. Having both of his knees replaced was hard on him, but he has bounced back and has even been spotted walking around Noah's in Modesto by himself. This picture was taken at Kiaser in Modesto the day after he had his surgery. He was in a lot of pain when this was taken, and the doctors were still having to give him blood. He told me during this visit that he was going to be ready to photograph this coming season. It looks like he might be right. He wont be able to kneel by then, but there are places he can stand and shoot from at the Raiders and the 49ers. The Old Guy still has it... Way to go Dad.

Photos by Adm Golub

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Cube, Hot Night

It was a very hot day when I picked up my assignment for the Ice Cube concert on 10th Street in Modesto for the Bee. I was excited for the challenge and decided to shoot without a flash - no safety net. I practiced during the warm up acts, but my D300 made it almost too easy. I kept waiting for the night air to cool, but when Ice Cube took the stage at 12:45am, it was still in the high 80s. After having been kicked out of the camera pit, all of us photographers had to work our way back into the back stage area, and then back into our positions. I only had about 15 Minutes to shoot since I couldn't burn too many overtime hours, and at the last second, Ice Cube's manager let me go on stage just before Cube threw up a "W" for the West Coast and the crowd went nuts. You can check out more photos at here.

(Adm Golub/ The Modesto Bee)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bear Flag

There is a new wine that has just come out called Bear Flag, and it is rather close to our hearts here at the Daily Double A. One of our closest friends, Beth Cutler, and Hillary, who's wedding Ali and I photographed last night, actually made this wine. It just hit shelves last Tuesday and I think that it is fantastic. Everything about this wine is very cool. You can check out the site for the wine here.

photos by Adm Golub

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mendota and the Delta Smelt

First, I'm so sorry for the lack of posting this past month. We have been really busy since we're in peak wedding season, and it just takes a lot more work to keep up two blogs! To view the wedding stuff, feel free to check out this blog:

Now, onto the post. A little while ago, I had the good fortune to do my first assignment for the Washington Post. I met up with their reporter Dave Fahrenthold in the small town Mendota (pop. 9600), which is west of Fresno and south of Merced in the Central Valley. The town is suffering from a 41% unemployment rate due to a lack of water, which is a combo of drought and the water pumps being turned off in an effort to save the delta smelt, which are on the endangered species list. We had a long day of exploring Mendota, touring farms, photographing an impromptu visit from Arnold, and then a long drive to the Delta estuary. For more information, here is the article.

On to the photos...

My welcome sign into Mendota:

Mendota Mayor Robert Silva outside of of his two grocery stores:

People of Mendota hanging out because there is no work:

Fixing the drip system before it gets leaks because they can't afford to waste any water. The drip system uses ground water, which is pretty much their main water source right now.

Arnold's guest appearance:

Our quick trip to the Delta estuary:

Photos by Alison Yin