2008 was a pretty big year for myself, and for my photography. Late in 2007 I found myself getting more inspired to take pictures, go to new places, and try new technigues. So in 2008 this started to come full circle. I upgraded my gear about midway through the year, and strated shooting more after the sun goes down behind the hills. The following pictures (which might not be my best work) all have a link to certian pleace, experience, or trip that I took...Thanks so much for looking, and a happy new year to all.
During the first week of January a major weather system swept through the San Francisco Bay Area. As always when the strom hits, it brings with it interesting photo oppertunities. One such oppertunity took place in downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco MUNI operates a fleet of vintage steetcars up and down Market Street, an along the City's Waterfront. When fallen trees took down the overhead wires on the route these vintage cars take to and from barn, MUNI was forced to leave them all downtown. A call from a friend in the wee hours of the morning, sent myself and my camera scrambling to record the event.
In October of 1989 the San Francisco Bay Area was hit with a 7.0 earthquake. This quake forever changed the Bay Area, and many of its neighborhoods. Some of these neighborhoods have yet to recover. One of the casualties was the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Station located in West Oakland. The Loma Prieta Earthquake damaged the station to the point where it was no longer safe to use. With the way politics are in California the money to repair the station was approximately twenty years down the road. During February a friend and I paid a visit to the place...Time had stood still for almost nineteen years.
Not much really to say here, other than life in the Bay Area is great. A 99% full moon looming over the San Francisco Bay. The World Famous Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge off in the distance.
In June the kid from California traveled to Montana, and spent almost two weeks riding a special passenger train over the Montana Rail Link. The train consisted of privately owned luxury. My time in Montana was spent photographing, and riding this one of a kind train. Much can be said about driving a car across country, but I believe that the country is best viewed out the window of a train. But thats just my opinion.
Again in July I was aboard a private car that was attached to the rear of Amtrak #14, destanation Seattle. This images was recorded outside Seattle's King Street Station. It's a great feeling to fall asleep listening to the sounds of steel wheels riding on steel rails, and then to wake up with beautiful Mount Shasta outside ones bedroom window. If you have never ridden a train, you might want to try it one of these days.
Vintage 1945 build Alco S2s still perform daily switching duties at San Francisco's Pier 90. The two remaining Alcos #23, and #25 spent a number of years stored and inactive. But now the table has turned, and the future for these two vintage work horses looks bright. On any given afternoon one or both of these machines can be found shuffling cuts of cars around San Francisco's Port. The sounds they make are music to any railfans ears.
Another long day of entertaining tourists and passerbys has come to an end. San Francisco's Painted Ladies located in Alamo Square have the evening, and the skyline all to themselves.
As much as I tried to stay away, the more I got interested. Finally I gave into the whole HDR revolution. Whether I contiue to persue it or not is up in the air, but right now I'm just having fun playing with something new.