Larry Mersereau: “Cabana Classics” Album Cover

When Larry Mersereau was done recording his newest album, entitled Cabana Classics, he called me to do the album art.  We decided to go for a tropical theme and headed down to the American River in Sacramento.  He packed a Hawaiian shirt and his Martin guitar.  I packed my camera gear and some music to play along to.

Larry Mersereau (back)

Larry Mersereau (back)

Cabana Classics was produced by Narada Michael Wanden at Tarpan Records in San Rafael, California.

Narada Michael Walden Foundation Christmas Benefit Concert

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

On December 14 the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley hosted the annual Narada Michael Walden Foundation Christmas benefit concert. Here are some of the best photos. A full review will be available shortly.

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Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Narada's Holiday Jam Dance Party 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley, CA December 14, 2013 (Ryan Selewicz)

Merry Christmas from the Selewicz Family

Merry Christmas from the Selewicz Family 2013

The Selewicz family wishes you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful ride into the new year.

And of course, you can’t have a Christmas card without a cheesy poem. Here is ours:

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the trees
Not a Selewicz was driving, we hadn’t the keys.
But the Caddy was shining, the roof was detached
So we hung from the branches, greeting all those who passed

Now Barbara, Now Tyler, Now Ryan, and Joe
We gathered together with a big Ho! Ho! Ho!
With hearts full of love and holiday cheer,
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Also, since I never posted last year’s card, here’s the Selewicz family sending you a splash of Christmas cheer from Santa Clara University:
Selewicz Christmas 2012

Long Exposure: Downtown Los Angeles

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Last Friday, after driving down to Southern California for the weekend, Gordon and I decided to do some long exposure photography. We found an overpass just outside of downtown with Highway 110 gunning beneath it, took out our tripods, and started shooting. Here’s my best shot.
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Julian Assnage: 16 Months Inside the Embassy

Julian Assange addresses press and supporters from the embassy balcony

The Fifth Estate is now in theaters and millions of movie-goers will see a dramatic and thrilling portrayal of a story that is very much still being written. They will see the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Quick Background: Julian Assange is the creator of WikiLeaks, a website that has leaked countless classified materials exposing secrets of governments around the world, most notably the United States of America. Assange, a citizen of Australia, has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, UK, since June 19, 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case.

When I studied in London last fall, I had the opportunity to document the standoff between Assange and police. I took photos outside the embassy and at protests, I interviewed police and supporters, and I put it all together into an interactive presentation for a final project for my photojournalism class.  I’m hoping these images will give you a glimpse of the real life situation behind the film.

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On December 21, the night before I flew back to the United States, Julian Assange made his second live appearance to his supporters and the press from the balcony of the embassy.

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

View of Los Angeles from behind the Hollywood Sign
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Climbing the Hollyridge trail to the Hollywood Sign was one of those things I’d wanted to do for a really long time, didn’t even know for sure was possible, and ended up being a lot harder than I expected. After leaving Santa Clara at 5:30am, Jamie and I arrived at the base of the Hollyridge trail just after 11:00am. We made pretty good time! It was already 90 degrees and the hike was a few miles more than we expected, but it was worth it when we got to the top.

Furthur at the Greek Theater

Furthur at the Greek Theater

I’ve been wanting to get this photo of the Greek Theater with the Campanili and the bay in the distance for a really long time and just before the Furthur concert, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity. The photo above is the reason I brought my camera, but I was able to get a few other shots from the crowd. The crowd was amazing – I’ve never seen so many people dancing as if nobody could see them. The band played from 7pm sharp till 11pm with an intermission that lasted about a half hour.

The Narada Band at Yoshi’s in Oakland

The Narada Band

Narada Michael Walden and his band released their album Thunder on Thursday, September 5 with a show in front of a packed house at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Their 20 song set-list included many of their own new songs as well as some well known hits including Purple Haze and Freeway of Love. They ended the show with a song dedicated to Angela Bofill who was in the audience.

For more information regarding the new album Thunder or Narada Michael Walden, visit www.nmwproductions.com.

Color Me Rad 5k Run

Color Me Rad 5k Race

This past Saturday, I was one of the official race photographers at the Color Me Rad 5k Race in San Jose. I was a little worried about my camera but they assured me it would be safe and I knew I would get some great photos. I put my camera in a plastic rain sleeve, put my sunglasses on, and took my position at the finish line. I found myself engulfed in a cloud of pink powder most of the time, but the color made for some great shots. Total photo count at the end of the day: 4,279.

Notes: I shot this with the Nikon D800 and 24-70 f/2.8. The aperture stayed at f/8 during the race to make sure the photos were nice and crisp.