Dec 15, 2008

Jeff hangs out with SpongeBob

I met a star a while ago. I happened to be at the Daily Bulletin newsroom when he stopped by for some photo opportunities. Staff photographer Jennifer Cappuccio Maher happened to be in the office to help me savor the moment. Bob jump up on my hand and we posed for the everlasting photo. Thank you SpongeBob and Jennifer.

Dec 13, 2008

Rancho Beat Upland in Football Finals

Here is a video I did of Rancho Cucamonga High School beating Upland in the finals 21-7. Ended up being a bit cold and condensation was forming on the eyepiece and video camera. It ended up being a good game although for people who got to the stadium on the later side they were lucky to get seating. Again there were way to many people on the sidelines. Sideline passes were abundant.

Dec 10, 2008

The Moon

I'm not one who shoots the moon, but on my way back from photographing water polo today I saw a nice glow from the moon through some palm trees. Use your imagination to see that the black stringy stuff from above is palm leaves, OK!

Nov 23, 2008

Ada's Balls, Hand Painted

By Jeff Malet/Staff Photographer

Ada Jarvis paints balls. Not just any type of ball. She paints Christmas ornaments, which she jokingly calls Ada's Balls. Her trademark is taking photos of local landmarks and churches in Redlands and Loma Linda and artistically applying her strokes to the different sized objects.

“It's really a hobby that's gotten out of control,” said Jarvis as she paints from a tiny crowded room that looked like it was once used for laundry. “I don't need the money. I just enjoy doing it.”

Jarvis started painting ornaments in 1999 when her hometown of Revel Stoke, British Columbia, Canada, celebrated their centennial celebration. “I decided to do unique balls of local places for souvenir items,” said Jarvis.“No one else had done this.”

A resident of Loma Linda for about 35 years, Jarvis has been making them for nine years. She sells them at local stores in Redlands. She also makes special orders of the Mission Inn for the Mission Inn Museum Store in Riverside. She makes anywhere from 200-250 a year, all painted by hand.

Her work of Redlands landmarks is only sold at Redlands gift store Celebrate Redlands. Another store, Treasures in Redlands, sells them but of themes such as “Babies First Christmas.”

Her most popular are of First Congregational Church, A.K.Smiley Library, University of Redlands and Mission Asistencia.

Sharla Wright, Mission Inn Museum Store director of museum products says she has been selling Ada's work for 4 years. “Her work she does is outstanding. I'm always intrigued by what she does every year,” said Wright. “Right now we have them on a tree in our window on display.”

Over the past nine years of making her creations she has only kept a few broken ones for herself to put on her tree .”It's a one of a kind gift.” Said Jarvis, ”I really enjoy seeing peoples faces light up.”

Celebrate Redlands – 19 E. Citrus Ave. #102, 909-335-0356
Large: $26
Small: $17

Treasures – 411 E. State Street, Redlands, 909-792-2700
Large: $22.50
Small: $14.00

Mission Inn Museum Store – 3696 Main Street, Riverside, 951-788-9556
Large: $40:00
Medium: $30:00
Teardrop: $40:00
Extra Small: $3:50-$4:00

Nov 14, 2008

Nation's Fourth Successful Hand Transplant

I followed up on an Upland man who received a hand transplant over the summer and is doing some rehab in Rancho Cucamonga.
Very determined 32-year-old who lost his hand six years ago during a gun accident while hunting. Here is a video I did from his rehab Friday November 14, 2008. There are graphic elements to this video.

Nov 7, 2008

Eviction Video and Gallery

On October 29, 2008 I ventured to Victorville and Hesperia for an assignment to go on a ride-along with a deputy who specialized in evicting home owners and eviction notices.
I knew I was going to be both photographer and videographer on this one, so I took my video camera, wireless mics and a video monopod. I also took my two camera bodies with my three lenses and a flash (with SC-17 cord). I ended up shooting 98% with both wide angle lenses as it was easier to tow along the video camera and shoot stills. Here is a link to my video.
Here is a link to my gallery as well. The package will run Monday, so the video will be ready Monday on this blog as well.

Nov 3, 2008

I Voted on Monday, not Tuesday!!!

Here is a photo of me after voting today!

Monday November 3, 2008 I voted. I work for the newspaper and live near the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. On my way into work I stopped by, got in line and voted 30 minutes later. Than I called into work and offered my services to photographer and do video of the scene.
Glad I got to vote early. They should offer 2 days of voting nationally everywhere. Not just at the registrars. Less stress.
For the record, I voted for Obama. I also voted NO on Prop 8. I don't believe in any type of discrimination. Other props were less significant, but I voted yes on 2 for the record.

Nov 2, 2008

Getting Older

I know I'm getting when...
I fall asleep on the couch for a quick nap and wake up 20 minutes later only to realize I just took a nap (my wife and child were witness to it, watching TV). I only see this as a sign. After all I'm getting closer to 40. By the way, I have been one who would rather feel sleepy all day then take a nap, only to fall asleep comfortably at night.

Oct 8, 2008

I bought a MacBook Pro Today

I went for it today, Saturday October 18th, and bought a Macbook Pro. I'm rationalizing the purchase with it being my 40th birthday soon and it would be a tax write-off. Also the new Macbook's came out, so the old, but new model was available for quite an enticing discount. Quite nerve wracking going for and buying the higher end Pro versus the Macbook, but I did it. My eMac is not going to last much longer anyway, right. Now I can be mobile and when needed use it for work. As you know I'm a photojournalist and photo editor. Here is a photo.

Sep 29, 2008

New Canon EOS 5d Mark II !!!

There are times when I would switch from Nikon to Canon. This camera is one of those times. As a Nikon user of old equipment in the D2hs and D2h and a video camera in the Sony VX2100 I'm certain this would be the creme de la creme. I only wonder what the next model would be like. Should we wait? Also, I would need to raise the money for such an item. Since I have Nikon gear, I would also need to spend extra on nice lenses.
Below is Vincent Laforet's behind the scenes look at him using the camera in video mode. The finished product looks better than the behind the scenes video camera's they used!

Aug 27, 2008

The new D90, I'm drooling!

The new Nikon camera digital SLR that can do video and take photographs with interchangeable lenses. Just what I was looking for! Here are some links and a video I have embedded.

Aug 21, 2008

Mechanical Mole Surfaces From Nearly Five-Mile Journey

A 450-foot tunnel-boring machine emerged from under the San Bernardino Mountains Wednesday August 20, 2008, creating a nearly four-mile tunnel as part of a large-diameter regional water line serving nearly 19 million Southern Californians.
Mechanical Mole Surfaces Video

May 17, 2008

A link to a photo gallery of my photos

My photo gallery.

Click the link above and see some images I have taken through the 14 years at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper. Now a days I work the desk as Deputy Photo Editor for both The Sun and Daily Bulletin and on occasion I get out, pick up the camera and shoot. What a great feeling that is too!

Feb 12, 2008


I created a blog to experience it. See where it takes me. I'm working in the newspaper business. I help run a photo department in Southern California. Here is a photo of my wife and me. I do have a wonderful daughter. I adore her and have purposely left her out of my blog.