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My First Final Four

03/21/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. -  Emma Roberson, A16, and the rest of the Tufts women's basketball game walk through the curtain into the Quandt Fieldhouse to face FDU-Florham in their NCAA Division III Women's Final Four game on Mar. 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I spent quite a bit of time on the road in Wisconsin last week, thanks to a historic run to the NCAA Division III Final Four by the Tufts women’s basketball team. Having covered this team for the past few years, and seeing them knocking on the door for quite some time now, it was an honor to get the chance to tag along with them as they made it further in the tournament than any other team in school history.

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I approached the coverage like a road diary for the team, chronicling everything that they did behind the scenes in addition to the game action. Unfortunately, the team’s first ever trip to the Final Four didn’t go their way as they lost to eventual-national champions FDU-Florham in the first game, but it clearly didn’t seem to phase these remarkable women as the seniors ended their careers by having a blast in the consolation game.

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

It was an exhausting trip, with 5-straight 16 or longer-hour days, but hopefully I’ll be able to get enough rest to do it again next season!

To get a complete chronicle of everything that went down in Stevens Point, check out the Tufts women’s basketball page over at Tufts Athletics, or take a look at a slightly condensed gallery of my time in Wisconsin below.


2014 Tufts Women’s Basketball Final Four – Images by Kelvin Ma

Sound Check with The Glitch Mob

A few weeks ago, my cousin Ed’s band, The Glitch Mob, was in town touring in support of their latest album, “Love, Death, Immortality,” at the House of Blues. My cousin and I see each other at least once a year since we both went off to college, and I’ve always enjoyed hanging out with the other guys in the band since they first got together. As objectively as I can put it, though, this edition of their tour is the best production I’ve seen so far, and that’s saying something, given their last go-round:

It was a treat for me to just be a fly on the wall as the crew and the band worked through their set during sound check, since I wasn’t able to stick around for the real thing. Then again, I wouldn’t be walking on stage during the actual show…

Here’s a few shots from that afternoon.

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, of The Glitch Mob works through the band's set as crew prepare the stage during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — From left, Justin Boreta, Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, and Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob work through the band's set during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

3/12/14 — BOSTON — Ed Ma, aka edIT, of The Glitch Mob makes some last-minute changes to the live show during sound check at the House of Blues on Mar. 12, 2014. (Kelvin Ma)

Crystal Clear

There are a lot of perks to being a news photographer, but one of the best is getting to meet interesting people every time you go out for an assignment.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal gave me a shout about photographing a chandelier cleaner going about his work in the posh Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. That’s how I met Keith Campbell, the owner of Acu-Bright chandelier cleaners.

Keith was being profiled because he invented a method machine that makes cleaning the crystals of a chandelier possible without disassembling the whole rig. Being completely ignorant to the world of chandeliers — like 98 percent of the rest of the world, most likely — I had no idea that the traditional method of cleaning involves a complete disassembly, individual cleaning, and then reassembly. Obviously, for a big Las Vegas casino, that would involve a lot of downtime, and time is money.

Acu-Bright’s method involves ultrasound and water. It’s as simple as a cylinder of vibrating water, which shakes the debris and dust right off the crystals as they hang. Without disassembly, what would take about a week for the larger chandeliers takes about a day with Acu-Bright. Keith says he’s been a hit, and he’s got a lot of stories about some of the clients he’s served, some of whom make him sign non-disclosure agreements. Such is the nature of the rich and famous, I guess!

Read more at the Wall Street Journal while it’s in front of the paywall.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

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