Photos: Awesome aerial imagery from a (20 year-old) Silicon Valley stunt pilot

Photos: Awesome aerial imagery from a (20-year-old) Silicon Valley stunt pilot Menlo Park native Michael Mainiero shoots—literally—at a higher level Michael Mainiero’s first “air-to-air” shoot (at the age of 17) capturing a Hawker Mk.20 Sea Fury aircraft over the Golden Gate Bridge. (Courtesy of Michael Mainiero) It’s not exactly a hidden secret that the San Francisco Bay Area is a field day for photographers. Between the landscapes and the landmarks, the region is profoundly photogenic ...

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The Six Fifty’s six most offbeat stories about Silicon Valley in 2017

Off-the-beaten path and under-the-radar in Silicon Valley The Six Fifty’s most popular stories of 2017 By Charles Russo “Surreal.” That’s the big-picture adjective we keep coming back to in our effort to sum up the 365 that were 2017. It’s a term that is just broad enough and plenty weird enough to encompass the very long, very strange trip of these past 12 months. At the same time, when it came to our charge of covering the San ...

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Meet the man who flew the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest jet

Meet the man who flew the SR-71 Blackbird —the world’s fastest jet Pilot Brian Shul discusses his unique trajectory—in life and in flight—ahead of his Hiller Aviation Museum event By Kali Shiloh Speed demons: pilots of the Blackbird SR-71 looking as top secret as the plane itself. (Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin) The ups and downs of Brian Shul’s life have been both literal and extreme. Shot down over Vietnam, the fighter pilot suffered extensive burns and broken ...

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The Secret Life of a Silicon Valley Airport

The secret life of a Silicon Valley airport In San Carlos, SQL is code for an aviation ‘cult’ that flies organ donations and rescued pets By Kali Shiloh Photos by Philip Wartena The San Carlos Airport, also known as SQL, is one of about 20 small airports in the Bay Area. (Photo by Philip Wartena) Bennett Taber steers his small aircraft toward the San Francisco Peninsula at 25,000 feet in the air, keenly aware that he is flying between tragedy ...

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Above the clouds and beyond the brink with adventurer Hilaree O’Neill

The ever-ascending athlete talks motherhood, mountaineering and “The Peak of Evil” ahead of her Redwood City Nat Geo talk. By Emily Olson Day at the office: mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill will showcase stories and imagery from her climbs at the Fox Theater in Redwood City as part of the speaker series Nat Geo Live. (Photo by Cory Richards) For most people, a life of ups-and-downs is merely a metaphor. For Hilaree O’Neill, it comes with the job. The ...

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Five fascinating finds from the archives of Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum

A photographic tour through the early days of the tech industry By Anna van Raaphorst-Johnson and Dick Johnson Customer engineers working on a General Electric mainframe. (Image courtesy of the Computer History Museum archives) For all of the recent boom and widespread hype of modern day Silicon Valley, it remains compelling to consider that the region’s ties to technology and computer innovation date back well over 60 years. Deep in the archives of the CHM’s Fremont warehouse. ...

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Stanford vs. Cal: A visual history of the Big Game

The triumph and the tragedy…the Play and the Revenge of the Play…the Rugby Years? A photographic historical tour of the Bay Area’s most heated football tradition By Charles Russo Dating back to the 1890s, the Big Game — the annual Stanford-Berkeley showdown — is the oldest sports rivalry in the West. (Courtesy of the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) This weekend will see the 122nd incarnation of The Big Game, one of the oldest, most well-known and contentious rivalries ...

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Feral Photography: amazing animal imagery from Silicon Valley trail cams

Peninsula resident Katharina Pierini has compiled a unique glimpse into the unseen world of Bay Area wildlife By Charles Russo A lone bobcat photographed along the coast. (Photo by Katharina Pierini) Katharina Pierini is surprisingly quick to refer to herself as “skittish.” That can come across as a bit of a dubious admission, especially if you’ve seen the images of her in action— with a chainsaw strapped to her back as she rides a dirt bike ...

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National Geographic’s Cristina Mittermeier on how imagery can spark activism

Talking photography and environmentalism ahead of Redwood City’s Nat Geo speaker series by Charles Russo At the water line in the Great Bear Sea, British Columbia. (Photo courtesy of Cristina Mittermeier) There are no shortage of quotes about the power of photography, many of them overwrought, but some finely tuned to the nuance and potential of the craft. Speaking with Cristina Mittermeier — contributing photographer, speaker and explorer for National Geographic — I kept thinking of a simple quote, ...

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Check out 15 years worth of Bridge School Benefit concert photography

Photographer Erika Carrillo shares more than 15 years of imagery from Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit. Photos by Erika Carrillo/Text by Charles Russo Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (and Nirvana fame) performing at the Bridge School Benefit in 2011, one of many times he has played the concert. (Photo by Erika Carrillo) This final weekend in October will mark what would have been the 32nd year of the annual all-acoustic charity-based Bridge School Benefit ...

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