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The End of Covid .... well sorta

 Well the Covid restrictions are dying down here in the US at least. And as such I'm out and about photographing again.  Here are a few photos from my latest foray out and about in Silicon Valley:   Here's a then and now shot: the Uber self driving "garage" in SF was taken in 2016, the Google "garage" in 2021. Both photos were taken just a few feet apart from one another. My suspicion is that Google bought out the Uber location and knocked out the walls. Uber's Self Driving "Garage" in 2016 Google's San Francisco "Garage" right next door in 2021 Some other self driving car observations: Chinese company WeRide self driving vehicle spotted on the Streets of Silicon Valley Hyundai testing at Pony.ai Pony.ai testing Hyundai on the Streets of Silicon Valley Nvidia Testing a Ford Fusion on the Streets of Silicon Valley And lastly, here's a few photos of Apple's Project Titan: Apple's Self Driving Car Testing on the Streets o
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Death and Taxes

 On May 15th I had an appointment to scout out a photo location for a future shoot at San Francisco's Sutro Baths. After that recon mission I planned to head down to Colma - "City of the Dead" planning to shoot some large format shots.  I brought my little digital kit, and also filled the back with an 8x10, and 4x5 Toyo monorail kits which took up most of the room in the back of my "cheese wedge" (Gen II Prius.) Normally 15 April is tax day in the US, but due to the pandemic, this year tax day was shifted a month late to 15 May (or actually the next work day, but forget that since that kills my title of "Death and Taxes".) So that afternoon I spent a lovely day at Colma's Italian cemetery. A few things struck me on my visit. First off, how quiet and peaceful it was. I only encountered one other living soul in the couple hours I was there. The weather was perfect from my point of view- cool and overcast with the sun popping out now and again. I'

From the Archives: Above Silicon Valley

 Well, it's still Pandemic time here. So I have fewer opportunities to create more material. When I can I'm hoping to highlight some of my favorite content from the good old days before the attack of the Orange Monster and the resulting disaster that keeps us cowering inside for a year. So here are some photos of Silicon Valley from above. These photos are a combination of photos from a few highrises I was able to get access to, as well as from the hills on either side of The Valley. Enjoy! Thanks for viewing! (all images copyright M Halberstadt)

Feeling Polish

 This is another post in the Corona Era revisiting previous photos. In search of a unique way of making images, one trick I came up with was photographing using a 15' painter's pole. It's not as high as a drone. But the image quality from my good mirrorless cameras is better. And the difference of perspective doesn't hit you over the head. Also, this style of photography isn't limited by the FAA and I can walk around urban areas with my setup. So I've put together a gallery here to share of some of these. Hope you enjoy! -mike (all photos copyright M Halberstadt)

Welcome

 Hi,  My name is Michael Halberstadt. I'm a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this blog is to accompany my photo website UrbanTexture.com . This domain is meant for both my personal and more commercial work including stock photography.  Let me know if you need help finding anything or have any questions. -m