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.

 

Alamy and My Own Photo Library

The photos on this site are mine. I’m a photographer and license photos through the stock photo agency Alamy as well as on my own. Some recent changes at Alamy have me scurrying around trying to figure out how better market my own photos.

One way is to post a bunch of them here regularly so you can find them. So here goes.

I spend a fair amount of time chasing around Google related stuff:

Google’s Electric Autonomous Cars

Self Driving Car (Michael Halberstadt)
Self Driving Car (Michael Halberstadt)

Android Graveyard at the Googleplex in Mountain View

Google, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Michael Halberstadt)
Google, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Michael Halberstadt)The Googleplex

Google X projects like Makani Energy Kites

Makani, Alameda CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Makani, Alameda CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Silicon Valley cities like

San Jose

 (©Michael Halberstadt, Michael Halberstadt)
Bank of America Building San Jose Stock Photo(©Michael Halberstadt, Michael Halberstadt)

Palo Alto and Stanford

The Arizona Cactus Garden, (or refered to as the Stanford Cactus Garden,) is a botanical garden that specializes in cacti and succulents (Michael Halberstadt)
The Arizona Cactus Garden, (or refered to as the Stanford Cactus Garden,) is a botanical garden that specializes in cacti and succulents (Michael Halberstadt)

Cupertino

Apple Computer in Cupertino, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Apple Computer in Cupertino, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Campbell

Heritage Theater, Campbell, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Heritage Theater, Campbell, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Los Altos

Bamboo Garden at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Bamboo Garden at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Los Gatos

Los Gatos, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Los Gatos, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Fremont

Niles, Fremont, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Niles, Fremont, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Oakland

Oakland Museum of California (Michael Halberstadt)
First Fridays and Food Trucks, Oakland Museum of California (Michael Halberstadt)

San Francisco

Bay Bridge Stock Photo (Michael Halberstadt)
Bay Bridge Stock Photo (Michael Halberstadt) – This photo is very unique, it’s a long exposure on a tripod taken from the Bay Bridge while it was closed preparing for opening the new Eastern Span.

People

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Woman with Camera (Michael Halberstadt)

Seattle

Artists at Play Playground, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (Michael Halberstadt)
Artists at Play Playground, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (Michael Halberstadt)

Monterey Bay

Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove (Michael Halberstadt)
Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove (Michael Halberstadt)

I’m still sorting out what to do about stock photography in light of theses changes at Alamy. I’ve restricted my Alamy images from the US and UK- I was only restricting images that I had a clear path to selling myself. But the changes at Alamy forced me to decide for my entire catalogue. I have a friend who left Alamy to Blend Images. From what I’ve read, they’re moving away from right’s managed images to royalty free- I’m not too crazy about that (all my images here are presently only right’s managed.)

I’ve also been using ImageBrief and Photographers’ Direct. They are both sort of “crowd sourcing” for stock photography. I’m not crazy about ImageBrief’s methods- they charge extra to allow searches of your images, and for other seemingly basic stuff. And the vast majority of “briefs” I’ve participated in haven’t been “awarded.” As an example there was one brief that was for $250 for images of San Francisco. There were 159 participants and the client never shortlisted any images let alone licensed any. Imagine how many hours are wasted by how many people compiling images that clients may never have even seen.

For giggles I just uploaded a few recent images to Photographer’s Direct. Looks like they’ve updated their website but they still seem stuck in the 1990’s. After uploading I had to re-keyword some images (perhaps my fault? oops, look like these were really missing key-words- my fault.) After uploading (very small- they only offer a tiny amount of space for free) the images are stuck in a review que and presumably will be on their site eventually.

Basically I guess the stock photo world seems to be imploding at the moment.

Yup, you guessed it…..

Yup. You guessed it. It’s time for more photos of those adorable Google Self Driving Cars as seen on the streets of Silicon Valley.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

Not that this has too much to do with things urban or texture. But I can’t help myself.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

These are the latest (well, not the Chrysler hybrid minivan that’s been announced) two seat electric vehicles. Though they are, so far as I’ve read autonomous – California law forbids them from being driven without a driver who can hit the breaks if anything goes wrong.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

Enjoy the photos (but please don’t steal them!)

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

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