Tearsheet: The Telegraph – That Self Driving Podcar (again)

Telegraph Tearsheet – Auto Insurance
Google Self Driving Car, Mountain View, Silicon Valley
Source photo from SiliconValleyStock.com (sold via Alamy)

Tearsheet: The Telegraph – Government backs driverless car trials in London

Spotted one of my photos in London’s The Telegraph newspaper:

Tearsheet from SiliconValleyStock.com Government backs driverless car trials in London
Google Self Driving Car, Mountain View, Silicon Valley
Google Self Driving Car, Mountain View, Silicon Valley – from SiliconValleyStock.com

A Few More Tearsheets

Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

There’s been a small stack of magazines sitting on my living room table. I’ve been meaning to setup my desktop shooting station and take a few nicer photos of them for my tearsheet postings for a while but finally got around to it. A friend and (successful) photographer Tom Paiva had brought another magazine he was reading and noticed the photo credit (Bloomberg Businessweek.) There were a couple of Silicon Valley Stock images in the latest Via Magazine (the AAA member magazine,) and Santa Clara University’s magazine too.

 

Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Berkeley, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Berkeley, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Magazine Tearsheet - Via Magazine (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Magazine Tearsheet – Via Magazine (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Villa Montalvo, Saratoga California (M Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)
Villa Montalvo, Saratoga California (M Halberstadt/SiliconValleyStock.com)

 

Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley, San Jose and the South San Francisco Bay Area as seen from the East Foothills (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Silicon Valley, San Jose and the South San Francisco Bay Area as seen from the East Foothills (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

 

 

Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Magazine Tearsheet (M. Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Yahoo! Parking Lot, Santa Clara (M Halberstadt)
Yahoo! Parking Lot, Santa Clara (M Halberstadt)

July 2015 Update

It’s been a while and July is almost over.

Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelley Park, San Jose, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelley Park, San Jose, California (Michael Halberstadt)

So since the last posting what have I been up to….? A lot of new aerial pole stock photos for one. That includes some old territory reshot under different conditions like Ainsley House, Heritage offices and the Vintage Theater in Campbell. I spent a little time dangling my pole in San Jose including at the Japanese Friendship Gardens and History San Jose.

History Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
History Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

I even went to Overfelt park next to my old High School (Independence in East San Jose) which was an interesting experience. It was crazy hot- and there were people apparently living in their cars in the park’s parking lot. I walked around the main pond which was completely empty, the mud had dried into that pattern you see in photos of the desert. Unfortunately for aesthetic reasons, that meant lots of dry grass. Overfelt has some Chinese monuments and one of the main ones was cordoned off in a particularly unattractive way. And the pond that surrounded the statue of Confucius was completely empty- so I just walked right into the middle and got a few pics.

Overfelt Gardens Park, San Jose, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Empty pond at Overfelt Gardens Park, San Jose, California (Michael Halberstadt)

I also spent a warm Sunday afternoon at Jack London Square in Oakland getting some aerial views for stock photographs. The place was teeming with people seeking respite from the heat near the water at various watering holes. Some time ago I licensed a few photos of Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon and figured with all the people out, it was time to update the library.

Oakland, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Heinhold’s Oakland, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Previously I’ve also licensed a bunch of photos of Pixar and their gate in Emeryville. I figured it was time to update with elevated views for my stock photo library (in writing this I’m reminded that I have yet to upload those photos to PhotoShelter.)

Sather Gate Entrance to the University of California Berkeley (Michael Halberstadt)
Sather Gate Entrance to the University of California Berkeley (Michael Halberstadt)

Same goes for the Sather Gate in Berkeley. I got really lucky and droves of students walked right underneath. On issue with the pole aerial stick shtick is that I often get lots of shots of curious or puzzled people looking up at the camera. But in this case these college kids wandered right by me without a second glance. My courage has been improving, and despite my general shyness photographing- the pole thing really seems to disarm people. In photographing the Sather Gate, there was even a motorcycle cop sitting right next to me. I’m so used to being harassed by security guards and occasionally police – this is quite the change.

Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)
Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

While in Berkeley I also stopped leaving family in the car to add a few exterior shots of Chez Panisse restaurant.

Father and Son (Michael Halberstadt)
Father and Son (Michael Halberstadt)

Another subject I’ve been trying to add to my stock photo library is model released people. It’s been slow going, trying to find models, figure out if they’d work well, then see if it’s possible to schedule them at a time that works for me too. In any case I got one such shoot done last month- a guy and his son. That seemed to work out reasonably well aside from a typo in an email I sent them that should have read “no big logos” but read “big logos”. None-the-less I was happy with some of the shots. The light was nice in downtown San Jose and I think some of the technology in use with father and child are saleable. We’ll see.

Monterey California (Michael Halberstadt)
Monterey California (Michael Halberstadt)

There are some family issues I have to take care of in Monterey and try and use that as an excuse to photograph there or along the way as well. In this case I added a few snaps of the Wharf Marketplace, one of my favorite stops in the area for coffee or beer depending on what time of day. They are located in a renovated old train stop and have a vintage delivery truck and tractor on display. I also moseyed over to the historical area for a few more shots.

Golden Gate Park Conservatory, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Golden Gate Park Conservatory, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Another place I thought would be fun to put the pole in action was in San Francisco. On returning from Monterey, I stopped at Golden Gate Park. The weather there in the mornings and afternoons is often magical- when the clouds are coming or going and the Conservatory of Flowers is under soft warm light and the sky behind undulated between blue and cloudy. The dahlia garden was nearly at peak bloom as well.

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

Though the Japanese Tea Garden had closed, I could still see over the gate from 15’ above 😉

Twilight at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
Twilight at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

After Golden Gate Park I headed to the Presidio to tick off another tick box on my stock photo list. There’s a food truck event called Off the Grid that moves around the bay area. Food trucks have been good sellers in the past. And this venue seemed especially promising aesthetically.

San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA (Michael Halberstadt)
San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA (Michael Halberstadt)

This whole entry’s chronology is discombobulated, and I forgot to add yet another stop last month. San Pedro Square and its market have been good stock photo sales in the past. I just renewed a license including a photo from there. So it seemed like time to freshen up that part of the library.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Computer Concept- (Michael Halberstadt)

Another project I’ve been working on that doesn’t fit here chronologically or categorically is computer still lifes. A buddy and I share a studio space in town, but mostly it’s used to do image editing and store gear, not a lot of shooting. But I finally got around to using an old mannequin hand and a laptop. I was impressed to see it had been “zoomed” a stock photo site I contribute to just a day or so after uploading.

Rua Augusta Arch, Lisbon, Portugal (Michael Halberstadt)
Rua Augusta Arch, Lisbon, Portugal (Michael Halberstadt)

I guess the big news as far as stock photo sales last month was a photo that is being used for the cover of the book This Gulf of Fire. For one, it’s an image I made for fun. Many of the photos you see here that are solely intended for use as stock photos to help somebody else tell their story. Also book cover has some prestige to it as well as paying well. And like so many other photographers, I dream of traveling. And though this photo was taken on a family vacation in Lisbon, Portugal– perhaps I can justify a few photo trips abroad now …. Or at least that’s what I’m dreaming about. Lastly the photo was made using a technique I enjoy playing with, long daylight exposures. With a dark enough filter, it’s possible to make an exposure for many seconds in broad daylight. Though in this case, it was already getting dark- the neutral density filter allowed for the clouds to smear yet the arch remained sharp.

 

SiliconValleyStock Sightings: Travel & Leisure – Bubblegum Alley

 (Michael Halberstadt)
Travel and Leisure Magazine – Bubblegum Alley (Michael Halberstadt)

Though they don’t sell for much, a series of photos I took of Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo have been used over and over. Looks like Travel & Leisure used this photo.

I really should shout out a thanks to my sister Linda and her hubby Dave who took us out sightseeing and to dinner on our last trip down the coast!

Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo (Michael Halberstadt)
Bubblegum Alley in San Louis Obispo (Michael Halberstadt)

SiliconValleyStock.com Sightings: The Guardian – Silicon Valley is still the best place for your startup

 (Michael Halberstadt)

Here is a photo from SiliconValleyStock.com used in the Guardian. It’s a piece by Mikkel Svane chief executive of Zendesk pointing out Silicon Valley’s strengths in tech start ups over his native Europe.

Silicon Valley, San Jose and the South San Francisco Bay Area as seen from the East Foothills (Michael Halberstadt / SiliconValleyStock.com)

 

SiliconValleyStock.com Sighting: Oakland Magazine

My first published travel writing piece was in the most recent Oakland/Alameda Magazine. It’s a short piece (with many thanks to Oakland Magazine peeps for their editing help) about tech tourism and Silicon Valley. Hope this is the beginning of more such work! The photo they choose for the article is of Hoover Tower on the Stanford Campus.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
(Exploring the Tech Attractions of Silicon Valley/Michael Halberstadt)

 

Stanford (Palo Alto) California (Michael Halberstadt)
Stanford (Palo Alto) California (Michael Halberstadt)

SiliconValleyStock Sightings: The Telegraph-95pc of Britons Concerned About Safety of Driverless Cars

Found another photo of mine used in The Telegraph. This is one of my stock photos of Google’s driverless SUVs- in this case two passing each other in the opposite direction.

 (Michael Halberstadt)
The Telegraph-95pc of Britons Concerned About Safety of Driverless Cars

 

Google Mountain View (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Mountain View (Michael Halberstadt)

SiliconValleyStock Sightings

Finding where my photos end up being used can be tricky. I license photos directly, but also through third parties. I found this photo used in the Swiss newspaper Der Bund. It’s a photo of a street sign that leads into Google in Mountain View.

The title of the article in English reads “Half of the Jobs Disappeared”. It is an article interviewing the German journalist Christoph Keese about a book he wrote about Silicon Valley. Interestingly he was an exchange student in Silicon Valley in the 1980’s- I grew up in Silicon Valley and was an exchange student in Germany in the same time frame. Small world 😉

 

 (Michael Halberstadt)
(Michael Halberstadt)
Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California (Michael Halberstadt)