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.
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.
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 X projects like Makani Energy Kites
Silicon Valley cities like
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.
On a rooftop in downtown Oakland there’s a public garden that offers tranquility in an urban core. Built in 1963 the garden is open to the public and offers 3.5 acres of grass, trees, ponds and peace-and-quiet elevated above the hustle-and-bustle of central Oakland.
The Architecture of Death – Mountain View
Recently returning to Mountain View Cemetery to photograph I was reminded what a fantastic place it is. For those not familiar, Mountain View Cemetery is not actually in the nearby city of Mountain View (think Google HQ) but in the Oakland Hills about 50km away.
The original layout was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve undoubtedly heard of some of his other landscape architecture projects like Central Park in New York. He was also responsible for part of the Landscape Architecture of UC Berkeley and Stanford’s Campuses.
The winding roads nearing the top of the hill are dotted with crypts in various states of decay. Many of the names hewn in marble will seem vaguely familiar to Bay Area residents. Like Merritt- I think of Lake Merritt not knowing the history of Oakland until researching on the computer: Samuel Merritt was mayor of Oakland. I recall seeing signs for the “Pardee House” driving through Oakland and giggling- turns out he was an early Governor of California. Bechtel comes to mind when thinking of the engineers for the BART tunnel- well there’s a nice crypt for him there too.
And if you get a hankering for ice cream and coffee while walking around that may be more than a coincidence. Other names you may have subconsciously taken in include Ghirardelli, the “chocolate king” and Folger of Folger’s coffee fame. In fact right after photographing the Ghirardelli crypt I opted to take my family to Ghirardelli Square for ice-cream.
While technically not part of the Mountain View Cemetery, the Chapel of the Chimes right outside the front gate is worth a visit. This crematory and columbarium was partially designed by the wildly popular female architect Julia Morgan, famous for Hearst Castle, Asilomar, the Berkeley City Club etc.
Well worth a visit!
(Please enjoy the photos – but don’t copy them and use them elsewhere- you can find licensing information on my image library page at SiliconValleyStock.com)