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' F ' Line at Dusk

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 17 July 2008 in Transportation and Portfolio.

One of San Francisco's historic Trolley 'F'-Line Cars. There are currently 44 active cars with more currently being restored or awaiting restoration. This one - Car #1074 (Toronto) - is about to make its turn off of the Embarcadero - looping around into Market Street - before proceeding west outbound to its terminus at Castro. More information:

Sen. Diane Feinstein initiated bringing these wonderful cars to San Francisco while she was Mayor here in the late seventies. The Cable Cars are $5 with no transfers. These Trolly Cars will get you to the same area for a buck-and-a-half - and you can return or continue on with a transfer for the next two hours. Quite a deal and lots of fun. Don't miss riding one of the bright orange Italian cars. So tiny. And the controls look like a beautiful brass espresso machine.

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Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot! This say "SF" straight away. Great angle that makes excellent use of the rails for foreground interest. Good work Stephen! (look out for one from Milan from me in the next few days)

17 Jul 2008 6:02am

@Ted: We have a Milan car - and I have a photograph of it. My schedule is 'crazy -busy' just now, but I'll try to find time to find and post it.

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

Beautiful light and DOF, I love that you have shot this from such a low perspective, it is a very inviting image and despite it being a street image, it leaves me with a very tranquil feeling, so well captured Stephen!

17 Jul 2008 6:08am

@Kylie Greenan: Thanks, Kylie.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A warm and interesting image. I grew up in Toronto and it has similar trolleys so I could associate with riding one of these.

17 Jul 2008 6:17am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Beautiful shot with difficult light conditions here. How long did you expose this one?

17 Jul 2008 6:17am

@Mirko Herzner: Hi, Mirko --- this was pushing the limits of my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens. I was using a monopod with the IS in mode 1. ISO 400 - f/2.8 at 1/40th sec.

Baz from Teglia, United Kingdom

I really like the atmosphere of this photo, well done!

17 Jul 2008 9:25am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Another great photo Stephen.Lovely lighting. I don't remember these when I was over there.

17 Jul 2008 9:43am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

I like that you included the lines of the rails in front of the trolley, very well done!

17 Jul 2008 9:44am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

I like this very much. Love the brilliant red.

17 Jul 2008 3:17pm

Pinxi from Washington, United States

Beautiful! Love the lighting.

17 Jul 2008 5:47pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

It is so awesome to see san francisco and the bay area represented so well in photo format -- thank you for such excellent attention to cultural detail and flawless representation Stephen! :)

17 Jul 2008 6:46pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you, DJ

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

i really like the light and composition in this photo! nice dusk time colour tones, well placed tram and excellent depth of field to isolate it from the street...

18 Jul 2008 3:15am

Tracy from Pacifica, United States

I have yet to take a good photograph of a cable car or trolley but hopefully one day... ;-)))

This really is very beautiful.

18 Jul 2008 5:07pm