As part of our behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz was our visit to the New Industries building just south of the water tower. I am a sucker for shooting photographs through broken panes of glass, notably through my posts at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.
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Without the use of a tripod for this tour, every shot was handheld. I have rarely shot handheld over the last 2-3. So this shoot was a crash course refresher on composition (as I was also using a prime/fixed lens) as I needed to move my feet instead of using the zoom on a lens. And also a refresher on proper shooting stance. As day turned to night, I needed to minimize my movements while shooting and occasionally lean against a wall or sit on the ground to achieve a stable yet comfortable shooting stance.
Movie note: The lower level of this building is the laundry area and is similar in appearance to the photograph here. The area was the shooting location of the final fight scene in the movie The Rock. The scene involves Nicolas Cage being exposed to the deadly VX gas and needed to inject himself with atropine to survive and deploy the green flares. (Scene here)
Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco daytrip:
- Alcatraz, Lighthouse, Chapel Windows
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Atrium, Elevator, Monochrome, Long Exposure
- SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz Hospital, Glass Vacoliter, Monochrome
- Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Sunset, Seagulls
- SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, manual focus, ISO 400, 35mm (prime lens), f/11, 1/8 sec
Alcatraz, New Industries Building, Broken Panes. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California. January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.