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Transamerica 2of2

by tolomea on September 12, 2010

Transamerica 2of2

And that brings us to the end of both May and that San Fran trip.

Clearly I’m seriously behind on my post processing.

Next up we have a weekend trip to Cockatoo Island and some Vivid Sydney night shots in June.

And then a lil fluff before the August San Fran trip.

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Transamerica 1of2

by tolomea on September 12, 2010

Transamerica 1of2

Closing out the May San Fran set we have a couple more shots of the Transamerica pryamid.

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San Fran Pano

by tolomea on September 11, 2010

San Fran Pano

This panorama was also taken from the Coit Tower access road, not far from the Filbert Street shot, but looking south west this time. With the iconic Transamerica pryamid visible on the left.

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San Fran Street

by tolomea on September 11, 2010

San Fran Street

The city of San Francisco is moderately famous for its steep streets.

The steepness of a street is a fairly difficult thing to capture at street level.

However on the last weekend of the trip Tim and I visited Coit tower, unfortunately we couldn’t find parking so didn’t get a chance to actually climb the tower, but I snapped this shot of Filbert Street from the road leading up to the tower.

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Random Hotel Shot

by tolomea on September 9, 2010

Random Hotel Shot

Our hotel was OK, but nothing special. That’s actually been typical of all my Silicon Valley trips. I’m not sure if it’s indicative of the general quality of hotels in the area, or just the sort of hotels corporates tend to put their drones (aka me) in. My only other work trips were a couple into Asia (Manilla and Singapore), in both instances the hotels were notably nicer than the Silicon Valley ones I’ve tried.

This particular shot caught my eye just because it seems so cliche hotel. From the lifts to the baggage trolleys, the soft warm lighting and even the carpet.

Speaking of lighting, for my next trip I would like a hotel room where there’s a bunch of big lights on the roof and a single switch to turn them on.

Typically what I end up with is a dozen lamps spread around the room. You have to turn them all on one by one to get even a reasonable approximation of decent light and they invariably have different switch setups that all have to be discovered when you first move in.

This one has a switch on the cable.

This one on the stem.

This one has a twisty knob on the stem, clockwise is on, anticlockwise is off.

This one you only twist clockwise, clockwise for on, more clockwise for off, turn it anticlockwise and the knob falls off.

And this one has a button on the base you press… twice… twice for on, twice more for off.

No I’m not making this crap up.

</rant>

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View West from Sunnyvale Office

by tolomea on September 9, 2010

View West from Sunnyvale Office

This is the view out the other side of the office.

I don’t really have anything to say about this view beyond “lowrise, blah, boring”.

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View East from Sunnyvale Office

by tolomea on September 8, 2010

View East from Sunnyvale Office

As the title says this panorama covers the view east from the Sunnyvale office.

This shot was taken from the top floor of the main building. At 6 floors that building is actually taller than is typical for the silicon valley area, hence the view.

From what I’ve seen of the valley area the view is fairly typical. The 70 odd kilometers from San Francisco to San Jose seems to be basically continuous low rise and parking lots.

Likewise the weather is fairly typical of my trips to date. Unlike San Fran which gets mad cloud and fog action the sheltered valley area seems to do this almost continuous blue sky thing. It’s nice at first, but mixed with a bit of jet lag the monotony of it starts to become slightly surreal.

I took this on a Saturday and there were markets on in the Sunnyvale town center that day. If you pop up the larger version you can see the awnings in the middle distance going right across from the left to the right.

The street full of market awnings in the middle of the shot is Murphy St, this is the main food area in Sunnyvale. Among many other fine establishments Murphy street is home to both Dish Dash (source of some of the finest food I have ever eaten) and The Firehouse (source of epic hotwings).

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Halo

by tolomea on September 6, 2010

Halo

One day it was particularly overcast and hazy around the office in Sunnyvale. I grabbed this shot while we were walking over to the town center to find some lunch.

It’s taken looking directly at the sun, I don’t quite understand the optical effect involved, 5 minutes on wiki leads me to think it’s not actually a halo as there was no ice involved.

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C. Donald Shane telescope

by tolomea on September 2, 2010

C. Donald Shane telescope

This is the C. Donald Shane 3m reflector telescope at Lick Observatory.

It was quite dark inside the dome, hence the poor image quality and noise. Frankly I’m amazed I managed to get this much out of it. And thats before I point out that this is a stitched panorama. Although I can’t remember if I used the tripod or not, I probably did, I had it with me and even off the tripod this would be a hard stitch.

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Another Lick Dome

by tolomea on August 30, 2010

Another Lick Dome

This is another one of the domes at Lick, this one is situated a short distance from the main complex on a neighboring hilltop.

I liked the view of it nestled among the trees.

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