Photographer spotlight: Michael Gethers

I am Michael Gethers, third-year student and staff photographer here at the Daily Cal since Spring 2011.  I got into photography during my sophomore year in high school, when my class took a field trip to the Getty Museum in LA.  My friend had a camera that I fiddled around with, and just like that a passion was born.  My parents gave me my first camera for my birthday that summer and I immediately started using up cards like nobody’s business.

One of the things I love most about photography is how it allows you to creatively illustrate things that we see in our daily lives, but might not stop to recognize the beauty of.  I take pictures of some really, really strange and/or random things sometimes, 1) because it’s fun, but 2) because that’s part of the fun and part of the challenge of it for me: turning what might seem like nothing into something creative and unique.  But as much as it is challenging, it is relaxing, and immensely satisfying when you finally get a photo just the way you want it (which any photographer will tell you is no small task).  Hope you like what you see, and happy shooting!

Michael Gethers/Staff Photographer

This photo: Sometimes photography is as much luck as it is skill.  Just happened to be at the Golden Gate Bridge at what has to be the most perfect time.  Drove to several locations before finding the one with the best angle for this shot, but the credit for this one goes to Mother Nature.

Michael Gethers/Staff Photographer

This is a 1930s Rolls Royce that I saw at the Concours d’Elegance car show in Dana Point just this past summer.  The styling of this car and cars of that era is breathtaking, and equally impressive is the detail.  My goal in this shot was to in some way capture that style and that detail, and what better way to do that than a direct profile.

Michael Gethers/Staff Photographer

Last semester my roommate and I made an impromptu trip to San Francisco.  For quite some time I had been wanting to experiment by taking some city shots pointing directly at the sky.  This gave me the opportunity to play around with the geometry of adjacent buildings, essentially just turning them into shapes in the frame.  It was a lot of fun and I love the way this turned out.

Michael Gethers/Staff Photographer

I took this at what I thought at the time was going to be one of the last chances I ever had to shoot a Cal baseball game.  What I really like about this is how it is sort of an action shot without actually being an action shot.  This is a moment of great anticipation and drama, the moment before a pitch is thrown, and yet the photo looks strangely peaceful.  I love that juxtaposition.

Michael Gethers/Staff Photographer

Two summers ago my dad and I headed to San Diego with the intention of taking some shots around Hotel del Coronado and maybe some landscapes of the coast.  A shot of a railroad crossing sign in the middle of the city was the furthest thing from my mind when we set out, but you just never know where your photo senses might lead you.  I was really happy with the flare in this shot, and thought the square crop might be something interesting and different.

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