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Catching Up with Copenhagen Pt. 2

Our second full day in Copenhagen… we experienced a misty summer day, lots of bikes an outdoor urinal, Tivoli. But my favorite photo was of a broken safety glass window.

Broken Window, Copenhagen
Broken Window, Copenhagen

I actually converted this image to grayscale and made some big prints I’m pretty proud of.

When traveling (even with family) I’m still on the lookout for stock-worthy subjects. As such, I’m often stopping to photograph some strange subjects. In this case there was an outdoor urinal: no doors, no privacy. Fortunately nobody was peeing at the time!

Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen
Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen

I’m going to go rogue here and rant about two things. One, what’s up with these graffiti idiots? Graffiti is usually a scar on architecture and the built environment. But did somebody write their own name on this urinal? Or somebody else’s (guess that would make more sense!) I hope they washed their hands afterwords (eeewww!)

Rant 2/2 in general Europe is running circles around the US in terms of quality of life. But one human need is very poorly met everywhere I’ve been in Europe: toilets. It’s easy to find a public toilet in the US. Often they are free, and reasonably well maintained here. While Denmark and most of Europe have done a great job addressing the human condition with universal health care, welfare and the like, it’s nice to think at least we in the US are better about something 😉

So, the other thing that stands out in Copenhagen is cycling. Bikes are everywhere. Chained to fences without gaps seemingly for miles.

Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt
Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt

 

(all images and text (c) Michael Halberstadt)

Berlin, Berlin Keine Masken Keine Mauern Pt. 1

It was about a year ago, we returned from our family trip to Europe. I’m still working my way through the photos. Berlin holds a special place in my heart.

My Doc Martins, Berlin, Germany
My Doc Martins, Berlin, Germany

I had visited a divided Berlin for the first time in 1987. In fact, I took an old pair of Doc Martins that might have been on my feet on some of the very same streets in the 1980’s.

Ambulance, Berlin, Germany
Ambulance, Berlin, Germany

Though it was a family trip, I still try to shoot stock. Many of my photos would seem rather odd without taking stock photography into account.

Fashionable Hat Shop, Berlin, Germany
Fashionable Hat Shop, Berlin, Germany

Across from our crappy hotel (Hotel Alper, don’t go there) was this hip hats shop that made for some nice photos.

Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

One of the first places I remember visiting in 1987 was this Soviet WWII memorial. One ironic twist was though the USSR occupied the Eastern part of Berlin, they controlled a few little spots in the west where this memorial in the Tiergarten lies.

Welcome to our Museum, Comrades

The World Clock in Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Capital of the GDR 1987
The World Clock in Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Capital of the GDR 1989

Visiting a friend down in the Los Angeles area, Culver City to be exact I had another opportunity to visit the Wende Museum. The Wende Museum is focused on the Cold War, a particular interest to me.

Barren Avenue in Berlin, Capital of the German Democratic Republic, 1989
Barren Avenue in Berlin, Capital of the German Democratic Republic, 1989

Back in 1986/87 I was an exchange student in Southwestern Germany (technically the Federal Republic of Germany or as most English speakers referred to it “West Germany”.) It seems like ancient history now, but in the wake of WWII, Germany was occupied by the major victors divided into zones amongst them.

Intra-German frontier, Berlin 1987
Intra-German frontier, Berlin 1987

Where I lived in Immenstaad, and went to school, (now Bad) Saulgau was in the French occupied zone. I have no idea if the French really “occupied” this area though they did have a Garrison in nearby Friedrichshafen where you’d occasionally see French soldiers and military equipment.

Portrait of Michael Halberstadt on the Spree River, Berlin, 1987
Portrait of Michael Halberstadt on the Spree River, Berlin, 1987

In any case the “democratic” powers of France, United Kingdom, and United States got on pretty well. However the USSR…. not so much. The Soviet occupied Eastern portion of Germany became its own country in 1948. Except the western portion of Berlin and some other quirks, like a few spots in West Berlin that were run by the USSR (like the Soviet Memorials at Treptow and at Tiergarten.)

Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

So, my first visit to the GDR was with a friend and classmate from the Gewerbliche Berufsschule Saulgau who had a sister who lived and worked in West Berlin.

Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA

Whew, this is getting longer than I planned. Short story, I visited Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR in the summer of 1987 and was fascinated.

Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA

So just a couple blocks from my friends house lies the new location for a museum dedicated to my interest.

Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Vintage Wartburg, Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA

There were a bunch of busts of Lenin. I had a good time framing them with my new camera setup, I thought it worked well using the new Sigma Art 18-35mm f1.8 (hey, that’s sounding rather capitalistic- a product placement?) I liked the ability to get a shallow DOF with one little Lenin in front of a big Lenin.

Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Busts of Lenin, Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA
Busts of Lenin, Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City, CA

I’m kinda bummed my friend is moving. I’d love to go back and spend some more time exploring Ostalgie.

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

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.

Googliciousness?

Google Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Google Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

Of all the stock photos I take, all things Google is the number one selling subject. And I should hasten to add more importantly the most infringed upon subject matter from my stock photo library.

Google Express (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Express (Michael Halberstadt)

So I spend a plenty of time chasing Google cars and running around Google campuses. Here’s a bit of what I added to my stock photo archive from Google of late.

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

My family trip to Seattle included a little business. This included a side trip that included the Google “Silicon Canal” campus (and neighboring Adobe.)

Seattle (Michael Halberstadt)
Seattle (Michael Halberstadt)

Not long ago, I managed to make it in to the Googleplex soon after the new GOOGLE typeface change. Security there is completely unpredictable. They’ve kicked me out and waved me in on different occasions. In this case they let me in. The mascot for the soon-to-be released “marshmallow” OS was already on display. There was a colorful “andproud” display I’m assuming is in favor of gay rights but not sure.

Google Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Google Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Editorial Use Only) (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

Researching a few recent articles in the news about the cutest little Google self-driving car I figured out where they keep the damned thing! So I spent an afternoon stalking the place. Didn’t get many of the newest GCar, but did get plenty of the Lexus SUV.

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

And really close to home it turns out Google [x] is right in my backyard. I live in Alameda. Recently my wife pointed out a Google bike at the nearby Rockwall winery. A little research turned up that they bought out an outfit called Makani Power that has an experimental “energy kite.” Though I don’t think they can launch this “kite” out on the old Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS) they are doing something in “plane view” (get it, that was punny!) And I added yet another Google [x] project to my library.

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

p.s. please don’t steal my photos- contact me for usage rights… this is my day job.

Somehow I forgot to mention

I went to Seattle. It only rained once. I took a lot of photos.

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

There really is some cool stuff to see there. There’s Georgetown, a sideshow of a neighborhood near Boeing Field. There’s the University District and W State campus. And Fremont with its Lenin statue and Sunday Market (and Google, Adobe and “Silicon Canal” beneath the Aurora Bridge.)

Seattle (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Seattle (Silicon Canal) (Michael Halberstadt)

My Seattle family lives in Renton, and besides the fantastic pastries we took home from Renton Technical College, we also visited the grave of Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix Memorial, Renton, WA (Michael Halberstadt)
Jimi Hendrix Memorial, Renton, WA (Michael Halberstadt)

I think they only tell outsiders that it rains all the time to keep them out.

(addendum 08.04.2017)

One of the images in this post was chosen by Lonely Planet Travel Guides for their Pocket Seattle cover.

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