Contrasted Confinement

This shot was taken this summer during my trip to San Francisco at one of the word’s most famous former prisons, Alcatraz. The whole island is now a state park and really large tourist attraction. It was the 75th anniversary this past year and they even had a former inmate return on the day we were there to tell some crazy tales. There was this one about dropping the soap in the shower and... Alright, bad joke :) Sadly, you are not allowed to bring in your tripod, so I had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for folks to get out of the way and then hand-hold the 9 exposures used to bring out the tonal range and detail in the shadows / highlights. Then, I added a bit of noise to give it a gritty feel that prison truly conveys and bumped up the light at the end of the hallway in order to increase the contrast and better balance the piece.


I had a really hard time selecting an image to post for my Flickrversary but decided to do something a little different than my usual vibrant pieces. In fact, I’ve got several really artistic black and whites that I’ve been waiting to release for awhile now so I may just start a series. It’s hard to believe, but just one year ago today I joined this wonderful community and have enjoyed getting to know so many talented fellow photographers from all around the world. Thank you all so much for the comments and support of my work. I’m continually humbled and inspired by the amazing photography you all share here!


To all my existing contacts, I’m really trying hard to dive into your streams and see all the great work I missed while I was away. I’ve gotten to many of you and if I haven’t, I should be comin’ ‘round the mountain soon :) For all the folks who’ve sent contact requests but haven’t heard from me yet, please know that I’m trying but have a healthy backlog and really enjoy going through each one, which takes some time. Please be patient if I don’t get back to you right away but know that if you routinely follow my stream and post some sincere comments along the way, we’ll get acquainted soon enough. Hope everyone is off to a wonderful new year!

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Taken on August 6, 2009