Category Archives: San Jose

Robotic Sightings in Silicon Valley

I went down to my home town of San Jose after reading about Intel’s new “Garage” for their aspiring self driving car chip business.

Intel Campus San Jose
Intel Campus San Jose

In any case after some unpleasantries from the security guard, I managed to get some good shots from outside.

Self Driving Car
Delphi Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Delphi Self Driving Car

From there I headed to Mountain View and ran into the new Self Driving Fiat-Chrysler Self Driving Pacifica Minivan I’d been on the lookout for for a while.

Waymo's Autonomous Chrysler minivan on the Streets of Silicon Valley
Waymo’s Autonomous Chrysler minivan on the Streets of Silicon Valley

And if that’s not enough robotic action for ya, I managed to come “face to face” with a robotic security guard at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus.

Autonomous Campus Patrol, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley
Autonomous Campus Patrol, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley

Mapping Silicon Valley

Do you know the way to San Jose was a song made popular by Dionne Warwick back in the 1960’s.  Well I might as well write a song “Do you know the way to Silicon Valley.”

Of course that doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does describe my recent little stock photo project.

Campbell, Silicon Valley ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Campbell, Silicon Valley ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
San Jose, Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
San Jose, Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley Map ( copyright Michael Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)

 

Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose

A welcome addition to the multicultural architectural landscape of Silicon Valley is the Gurdwara in the hills of East San Jose. Looking at the Gurdwara, it’s not not hard to imagine that you are in South Asia somewhere. Then if you turn 180 degrees you are looking down at Silicon Valley.

Once again I’ve been playing around with the B&W ND1000 Neutral density filter for some of the photos. That allows me to take long exposures during broad daylight. That can be a cool effect when there are clouds in the sky like on this day, as the building obviously doesn’t move in 20-30 seconds but the clouds “smear” in that time.

As usual these photos are available as stock photos for editorial uses including books, magazines, online travel articles etc. Please check out my primary site at SiliconValleyStock.com.

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Pau-Hua Temple

In suburban East San Jose growing up I witnessed a temple being built. It really stood out, as the surrounding neighborhoods were so typically middle American despite the strong Asian presence. Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s it was just strip malls surrounded by never ending rows of stucco houses. Not that the Pau Hau temple set much of an example. Most of the neighborhood still looks middle American suburban. But I think everybody can acknowledge that multicultural architecture has added a bit of life to the area.

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