A throwback post and photo day as I am running out of images to post from the recent road trips. Here is an image from a visit to Alcatraz as part of a behind-the-scenes tour put together by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for 30 or so folks, of which I was lucky to be a part of. I believe we were a test group tour in what has now become the $87.50 Alcatraz Island Behind the Scenes tour. We were given a tour to areas normally off limits to the general public, such as the morgue, the prison church, the Industry Building (which I snuck into back in my college days), officers’ galleys overseeing the cell blocks, and access into the control/radio room from which this photograph was taken. While I am not sure what the buttons on this panel do, perhaps they correlate to specific cells in the prison’s A and B Block.
Shooting Notes: Alcatraz usually allows people to bring and use tripods while on the island, but we were requested not to bring tripods. The reason was that for the usually off-limits areas, we were on a time schedule that the docent was trying to adhere to and we would be in some cramped areas when setting up a tripod would just block everyone else’s movement. Now, mind you, some areas on Alcatraz are dark even during the day. A tripod would have been useful especially during a late afternoon/sunset/full moon rise/evening tour. So one of the ways I compensated (besides bumping up the ISO a bit) was to use my fast (f/1.8) 35mm prime lens. As you can see here, I might have used the lens a little bit too wide open as the depth of focus is very shallow. Shallow DOF works here, but not so in some other photos I had taken.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO250, 35mm (prime lens), f/1.8, 1/10 sec
San Francisco (CA), Control Panel, Shallow DOF, Monochrome. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, CA. January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.