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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)

 

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

That Damn Self Driving Car Again

Whenever I’m in the neighborhood of the Googleplex, I check out all the regular hangouts for Google’s new two seater electric self driving car. As luck would have it this time they were testing it out, apparently seeing how it works with bicyclists and pedestrians this time.

Autonomous car being tested in Silicon Valley parking lot (Michael Halberstadt)
Autonomous car being tested in Silicon Valley parking lot (Michael Halberstadt)

Where Android Statues go to Die

Android Graveyard
Android Graveyard

On a recent visit to the Googleplex I found the Android Statue Garden was gone. For those not familiar, Google produces a computer operating system called Android. It’s represented by a cute green robot, and each version of the OS is given a handle named after sweets. Some previous releases names included Honeycomb, Froyo, Kitkat, Eclair, Gingerbread, etc. Until this point, Google would unveil a colorful fiberglass statue in front of Building 44 at the Googleplex. But I had just stumbled upon the latest unveiling of Lollipop which was unveiled in the courtyard of Google’s main building. Walking across the street to Building 44 I saw an empty spot where previously the statues were displayed. There were signs pointing to a new location that I followed. What a funny site it turned out to be. The statues were in fact there, but were in pieces on the lawn. It appeared there was a hasty attempt to renovate them. Colorful jelly beans were strewn out on the lawn. Armless robots sat near decapitated robots undergoing a paint job. Just another day in Silicon Valley!

Google’s Latest Self Driving Car

 

 

My latest trip to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley was a fruitful one. Through sheer coincidence I stumbled upon the release of the new Lollipop OS, chased a Self Driving Lexus SUV to get a few snaps, then found the latest Self Driving car. The new Google [x] project is a two seater electric vehicle without a steering wheel. Amazing what you can find in a public parking lot in Silicon Valley, isn’t it?!

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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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Lick Observatory and Views of Silicon Valley

High above Silicon Valley is the historic James Lick Observatory. It was built in the 19th century to observe the sky, but the view down to Silicon Valley is nearly as impressive. I took the windy drive up to the observatory on a clear evening hoping to add to my picture library, and lucked out. Though San Jose and Silicon Valley have an impressive number of sunny days, that’s in fact a selling point- visibility is often poor.

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