A Couple of Tech Companies in San Francisco

Adobe Software, San Francisco
Adobe Software, San Francisco

I decided to ferry/bike to an appointment in San Francisco recently and take my camera with me.  Last time I drove through SF I noticed Mozilla had an office in what back in my day in San Francisco was Gorden Biersch brewery and restaurant.  And Adobe has a presence in my old neighborhood near the train station.  Not the most interesting of subjects, but glad to add more to my library.

Turns out the ferry/bike combo works well for stock and hope to do more soon.

Mozilla Foundation, San Francisco
Mozilla Foundation, San Francisco

 

San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
San Francisco Ferry Building, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Little Ma’am

 

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)

Little Ma’am, Big Sir, Big Sur.

My plan for New Year’s Day was to drive down California’s Central Coast and meet a couple friends at Pfeiffer Beach. But after some strong weather hit, the beach was closed. The subject we were interested in was the “Keyhole Rock” – at this time of year the sun streams right through the center of the hole at sunset, a sort of au natural Stonehenge I suppose.

So, we drove the half hour of windy road to another part of California’s Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I’m sure you’ve seen it. I remember it from zillions of photos modern back to the classics by f64 photographers. It’s a  secluded cove and a desolate beach, so shallow that the water of the Pacific looks cyan.

Normally I’m in favor of all those European social welfare laws and such. But one aspect of those can be the frustration of being surrounded by zillions of krauts and frogs as happened this not-so-fateful New Year’s Day.

Fighting for a spot to place my tripod was hard enough. But I was also out gunned by my friends who own better gear than I do. I did my best to find a slightly different spot then theirs, but no doubt their photos will be better than mine none-the-less. And to add insult to injury, some schmuck had drawn a huge “I love XXX” in the sand near the waterfall. Oh well.

If nothing else, I stayed longer and got a few photos under the nearly full moon.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - California State Parks (Michael Halberstadt)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  – California State Parks – Bridge Illuminated by Moonlight (Michael Halberstadt)

 

I (went) way, way over to Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco California (Michael Halberstadt)
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco California (Michael Halberstadt)

Get it…..? Ai Weiwei? Very punny….sorry couldn’t help it!

Years ago, I lived in “The City”, and did my best to avoid touristy destinations like Alcatraz. A photographer friend of mine got me a quick free (very short) trip once long ago, he used to supply postcards of his photos that they had in the gift shop.  But until my most recent trip I’d seen nearly zero of the place except in the movies.

Thanks to my brother and his wife, I got a free most expenses paid trip to the Island people tried to escape from. Despite all the tourists, it really is pretty interesting. There are fantastic views of the city and East Bay. The prison itself is full of beautiful textures of institutional colored paint layered and cracked. And the Weiwei exhibits really pop cool monotone colored halls and rooms.

I liked it so much, I might even go back after the tourists go home!

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco California (Michael Halberstadt)

Ferry to Alcatraz Island, San Francisco (Michael Halberstadt)

Fremont- Beer and Church

Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)
Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)

In between two gigs in Fremont, I had some time to kill. So while eating lunch at California Craft Beer pouring room (with a sandwich from the Cheese Deli next door,) I opted to get a few stock photos in.

After a nice beer sampler, I got some exterior photos of the Mission San Jose across the street. After dropping $5 I got in and made some interior photos of the alter, chandeliers, and the cemetery in back.

The suburbs can be more interesting than we give them credit for.

Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)
Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)
Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)
Fremont California (Michael Halberstadt)

Video of the New Google Self Driving Car

I’m still working on my video skills, sorry they’re crap right now. But here’s a short snippet I caught of the new Google two seater self driving car in a Silicon Valley parking lot. Fortunately I did get some decent stills (see here.)

Stock Video Testing

Testing…..one, two, three, testing…….

I’ve been trying to grab a little stock video while I’m out doing the regular SiliconValleyStock schtick. Here are a few recent samples captured at the Googleplex in Mountain View AKA Silicon Valley. I just figured out how to display here on my site without going to Youtube or any of that sort of thing, so I might drop a bunch more on this site soon.

 

Another Glance at Google’s New Self Driving Car

Google Self Driving Car, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Self Driving Car, Mountain View, Silicon Valley (Michael Halberstadt)

Once again I stumbled upon Google’s new self driving car. This time it was in yet another public parking lot, dodging between the controversial Google Busses that park there. And once again I could see the Googler’s working on the project were not happy about my presence. The “driver” made an effort to stay in areas that I had a hard time pointing towards. None the less this parking lot had some great vantage points, including some that showed the interior quite well too.

Cupertino: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

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

The world knows the city of Cupertino for one thing only. Being the headquarters of Apple Computer. Jobs and Wozniak may have gotten their start in a modest garage in nearby Los Altos. Apple’s infamous HQ is at One Infinite Loop, and their campus buildings dot the periphery.

The funniest thing I found was walking down the street … in front of another Apple building there were a bunch of apple trees. They were bearing fruit, that was just rotting on the ground below the Apple Computer signs.

Where Android Statues Go to DIE

The new location for all previous Android Mascot Sculptures under renovation (Michael Halberstadt)
The new location for all previous Android Mascot Sculptures under renovation (Michael Halberstadt)

One of the most amusing things I’ve seen at Google was this “Android Graveyard”. Actually the sculptures are under renovation, I’m assuming they’ve been reassembled. But when I stumbled upon them, they were in pieces- jelly beans strewn on the lawn, Android robots sans arms and heads.