I Promise You a Rose Garden

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.

Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California
Morcom Municipal Rose Garden, Oakland, California

Catching up with Copenhagen p1

Last summer my family and I flew into Copenhagen Denmark, traveled through Germany and flew out of Berlin.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Copenhagen was rich in urban texture. Bikes and bricks were everywhere.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Since there was a substantial time shift- I woke up very early one morning and opted to go photograph.

CopenhagenThe wet streets and gray skies lent themselves to the colorful lights of a closed Tivoli amusement park.

Copenhagen

The Architecture of Death: Mountain View Cemetery (Pt 2)

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.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
Tulips and Mausoleum, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

The tulip events have begun recently, and there are a number of beautiful flower displays around the cemetery.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
Broken monument parts, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

I’ve been experimenting with many different techniques and lots of my equipment.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

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.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

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.

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)

 

Salesforce Tower Transforming the San Francisco Skyline

San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline

Well, it’s almost completed. The Salesforce Tower is supposedly the tallest building on the West Coast (or so I have read.)

San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline

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.

Salesforce Tower -San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline featuring the new Salesforce Tower under construction (stock photo with room for type)
Salesforce Tower -San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline featuring the new Salesforce Tower under construction (stock photo with room for type)

Balboa Constrictor

Punny title, eh?

Balboa Park, San Diego

So I had an event gig recently down in San Diego. That also opened up an opportunity to shoot a little stock.

Balboa Park, San Diego

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.)

Balboa Park, San Diego

So this time I went full force ahead. I employed all my tricks: the stick, long daylight exposures and the shift lens.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa park is littered with ornate buildings left over from a World’s Fair a century or so ago.

Balboa Park, San Diego

The plazas and pedestrian passages seemed particularly photogenic – especially with the aerial views.

Balboa Park, San Diego

 

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

Doing the Honorable Thing

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

It was only an hour or two I had, but I think I got some good stock photos from my visit.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

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.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

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.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

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.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Though fewer than the Cantor Museum at Stanford, there are quite a few Rodin sculptures inside, and The Thinker graces the inner courtyard.

 

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