I don’t know how I get away with such dumb jokes. But alas, here’s a few photos of the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. It really exudes that WPA feeling – a public space with a late 1930’s feel to it. Not forgetting the all too common Mission Style architecture of the cluster of buildings on the site.
Last summer my family and I flew into Copenhagen Denmark, traveled through Germany and flew out of Berlin.
Copenhagen was rich in urban texture. Bikes and bricks were everywhere.
Since there was a substantial time shift- I woke up very early one morning and opted to go photograph.
The wet streets and gray skies lent themselves to the colorful lights of a closed Tivoli amusement park.
After a rare spell of puffy clouds here in the bay area I was trying to figure out where to shoot some long daylight exposures. This has turned out to be a longer series of visits.
The tulip events have begun recently, and there are a number of beautiful flower displays around the cemetery.
I’ve been experimenting with many different techniques and lots of my equipment.
I have several really fancy long lenses I seldom have the opportunity to utilize. So I’ve been having fun with the 120-300mm f2.8 Sigma and the 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary pulling in distant results and blurring backgrounds.
This project has also given me the chance to test my newish Sigma Art 24-70mm f2.8. Frankly it hasn’t been too great for the event work as I had hoped. It’s a bit slow with the MC-11 converter on Sony. But nothing is moving here!
Stay tuned for the next entry, I just don’t have time but hope to continue soon.
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.
In any case after some unpleasantries from the security guard, I managed to get some good shots from outside.
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.
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.
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.
Well, it’s almost completed. The Salesforce Tower is supposedly the tallest building on the West Coast (or so I have read.)
It was just luck that while testing a new lens I drove around the corner and noticed the sun was setting practically right behind the new skyscraper.
Punny title, eh?
So I had an event gig recently down in San Diego. That also opened up an opportunity to shoot a little stock.
Balboa Park was on my list- I’d been there before on a family trip (where I was forced to promise not to make the trip into a photo trip.)
So this time I went full force ahead. I employed all my tricks: the stick, long daylight exposures and the shift lens.
Balboa park is littered with ornate buildings left over from a World’s Fair a century or so ago.
The plazas and pedestrian passages seemed particularly photogenic – especially with the aerial views.
It was only an hour or two I had, but I think I got some good stock photos from my visit.
The building itself is Beaux-Arts based on a building in Paris (or so I have read.) I did my stick schtick on the outside.
Fortunately I have a reciprocal membership from the San Jose Museum of art that gets me in to most art museums in the US, including the Legion.
Which is handy since I have about an hour before my attention span dissipates. And an hour isn’t worth the admission cost – so otherwise I’d seldom set foot inside such museums.
Though fewer than the Cantor Museum at Stanford, there are quite a few Rodin sculptures inside, and The Thinker graces the inner courtyard.