Here are a few recent SiliconValleyStock photo finds:
With some detective work, I found where Apple is doing their modifications to their “Project Titan” vehicles. I did a “stake out” recently and here’s what I saw (photos below.) In addition to the “Project Titan” Lexuses (Lexi?) I came across mapping vans being tested nearby.
Where is this statue? Hint, it’s in a theater in the East Bay.
Guess where this red telephone box is… I can tell you where it’s not. It’s not in Jolly Ol’ England. Not any more at least. Please submit your guess below in the comments for a chance to win nothing.
I’ve been busy doing reverse image searches and here are a few resulting tearsheets. This one is from CityWire by Peter Smith.
Spotted one of my photos in London’s The Telegraph newspaper:
A couple of friends joined my wife and me to go to Faction Brewery in my fair Island City of Alameda. Unfortunately there was a festival with a $60 per person entry fee. We ditched Faction and our friends were curious about Hangar 1 nearby.
We’ve lived in Alameda for a decade, but have never been to Hangar 1. A problem that was soon solved!
I’m not a huge vodka drinker, but was quickly impressed with the variety of flavors.
Here’s what I saw:
Here’s a stock photo from the SiliconValleyStock.com archive on the cover of Lonely Planet’s Pocket Seattle.
(with apologies to Led Zepplin)
After a quick detour for coffee and pastry at the Lafayette Bakery at the Barnyard, I headed off to the sea.
This is another one of those, I know one of my clients is looking for something specific. In this case I saw Carmel on a list and figured it’s time to head back and shoot some stock.
My first stop was Carmel Meadows- a walking path along the sea. My parking spot deadended looking down a steepish stairway to the water below.
Though beautiful, it was a bit barron for what I was looking for. As I walked around, I only encountered one woman walking a dog.
From there I went into the quaint little town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. There had been some nibbles on a few photos I’d taken previously of the Cypress Inn, so I thought I’d add a few more to the library.
I did a loop around the touristy main drag. One of the more photogenic places is the La Bicyclette- with a prop oldschool bike and French flags.
There’s that hobbit-esque candy shop that somehow I can never resist photographing as well.
From previous trips I have the other main touristy spot, the Mission pretty well covered, so no stops this time (but I’ll post an old pic here none-the-less.)
(As far as I know, nobody reads this, so let me end this blog. So I’m gonna close with a fun closer, albeit in another language…)
To quote the Rosarote Panther: Heut’ ist nicht alle Tage, ich komm’ wieder keine Frage!
Returning from the Monterey Peninsula, I opted to go straight inland this time. All I ever hear on the news when I’m down in the Monterey Area is crime dramas from Salinas. Yet there had to be more.
And I was pleasantly surprised!
The small tiny core of downtown Salinas was nice and tidy. The built environment was rich in architectural details. Regrettably I didn’t have too much time, but it looked like there were a number of nice eating (and drinking) establishments.
The main road runs right in to the National Steinbeck Center. Salinas was Steinbeck’s home town and a major influence on his writings (or so I have read.)
A historic Bank of America building is being given a new life as a giant antiques shop. Like many small towns, the people seemed particularly nice and had time for small talk, like the lady at the antiques shop. Photographically, I really like the glass in the window thing. I took a few other snaps inside the shop. One thing that freaked me out as I sorted my photos and looked a bit closer was that the military garb I had taken photos of had swastikas. I’m surprised and freaked out as to how many Americans have a fascination with the NAZI’s!