Greetings from San Diego

Greetings from San Diego…..

Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Alcazar Gardens, Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

To be honest, I’m actually back home in the San Francisco Bay Area. But I’ve been busy processing my stock photos from a trip down to Southern California to cover an event unrelated to my Silicon Valley Stock shtick.

Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

My first uploads are of Balboa Park. The park is a historic district, much of which was built for the Panama Pacific Expo (I think).

Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

I tried to put all my tricks into use here. Lots of aerial shots, a few architecturally correct shift photos, and a few long daylight exposures as well.

Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

The area is just sooo beautiful and well suited to photography. I hope to return and spend more time down there.

Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Long daylight exposure, Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Balboa Park, San Diego (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

Oranges and Dinosaurs

In researching a client’s stock photo needs, I remembered a few photos from years ago. They are looking for weird western photos and a trip to southern California came to mind.

Dinosaurs at Cabazon, Riverside County, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Dinosaurs at Cabazon, Riverside County, California (Michael Halberstadt)

In both cases, I used props, something I seldom do with stock photography.

Dinosaurs at Cabazon, Riverside County, California (Michael Halberstadt)Back in 2010, (btw, it’s weird to say that, like shouldn’t we be on a moon colony for the last 10 years already?!) I had a gig down in Orange County. I drove down for that gig and had some time to travel around, including meet some friends on the way back in Beaumont.

Dinosaurs at Cabazon, Riverside County, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Dinosaurs at Cabazon, Riverside County, California (Michael Halberstadt)

My fun Orange County stock photos were taken at the (newish then?) Great County Park. I seem to recall having read something about a balloon ride on a giant orange balloon. What a cool idea! Especially in a city called “Orange” after all!

Oranges and the Orange Baloon, Great Park, Irvine, Orange County, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Oranges and the Orange Baloon, Great Park, Irvine, Orange County, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

When I got there I found a nice tidy new park. But the balloon ride was shut down due to high winds. Bummer, I thought, it was soooo clear. Turns out they had a farmers’ market day at the park and I put 2 and 2 together. Wouldn’t it be fun to put a real orange in the foreground with the giant orange balloon in the background? I’m sure there’s a word for this sort of thing.

Oranges and the Orange Baloon, Great Park, Irvine, Orange County, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Oranges and the Orange Baloon, Great Park, Irvine, Orange County, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Later on my trip on my visit to friends at Beaumont I made a side trip to Cabazon. They have these life sized dinosaurs off the highway. I think this was originally a touristic distraction meant to get people to pull off the highway on their way to Palm Springs.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
(Michael Halberstadt)

But if I remember correctly at some point it got bought out by some religious nuts who try and brainwash kids and dissuade them from science and learning evolution. In any case they make for some fun photos on their own. But I also bought a few little dinosaurs in the gift shop as props and once again placed them in the foreground with the full sized dinos in the back.

Fun!