Yahoo!, Youtube, Cruise Automation and the Golden Gate Bridge

Finally! I had a day to run around and shoot some stock.

Yahoo offices in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley

I chose to head down to Sunnyvale to visit the Yahoo HQ.  Not that too much has changed, but I wanted an excuse to visit Weird Stuff Warehouse. Plus I wanted to do a little recon to see if there was any activity over at the Baidu and Renault/Nissan research centers. The only real difference notable at the Yahoo building was the flag up with “Oath, a Verizon Company” on it. BTW, weird name for a company…but whatever.

Yahoo offices in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley

Now, on to San Bruno to YouTube HQ…. once again this was on my list to flesh out my stock photo archive of tech companies. Note to self, return in the morning when the light on the front will be better.

YouTube in San Bruno

Next stop was Cruise Automation in San Francisco. They’re GM’s self driving car research center. It’s funny- they try to make this a secret- the building is still labelled “Borden Decal Co.” But it’s hard to miss the Chevy Bolt EVs coming and going every few minutes with the funky Lidar antennae. 

Self Driving Car Testing on the Streets of San Francisco

And once I got more boring autonomous car testing pics, I headed to Crissy Field hoping to get some nice Golden Gate Bridge photos. I’ve posted a few here, but I did also shoot some medium format film too. Those won’t be ready for a while if they do turn out well. 

YouTube HQ

 (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Another gap in my photo library was temporarily patched. I’d been meaning to give a visit to Google’s Alphabet’s Youtube HQ in San Bruno for a while. And this time I was just passing through anyhow.

YouTube HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Turns out another subject on my list was right across the street. Walmart eCommerce HQ is a long way from (Ar)Kansas – apparently they are willing to spend top dollar for a spot in our high rent district.

YouTube HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

As is often the case, this isn’t a particularly interesting subject to look at. That having been said, these sort of stock photos are among the most used of those I’ve taken. Seldom do photos I’m proud of actually see the (back)light of screens around the world.

 YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)
YouTube HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Lighting was less than ideal and I’m sure I’ll go back for a repeat sometime. But at least I’ve got this covered. But how a company can make the fortune 500 list by hosting largely millions of funny cat videos remains a mystery to me.

Walmart eCommerce HQ

Walmart eCommerce HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

On my way back from some other business I opted to take a detour through San Bruno. Searching for the address of YouTube, I stumbled upon a Business Insider article that Walmart’s eCommerce HQ was next door. Two birds HQs, one stone parking spot.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)

Once again, not the most interesting subject. But I got the usual logo closeups and the like that tend to sell. Another box checked off, yay!

Walmart eCommerce HQ  (Michael Halberstadt)
Walmart eCommerce HQ (Michael Halberstadt)