...warp speed, Gripman Sulu.
This was one of those accidental strokes of luck that befall a persistent photographer. I'd been at Union Square that pre-dawn - photographing our Macy's Christmas tree ( 22 December 2008). I had no intention of shooting a cable car that morning - I was crossing the street with the thought of getting a wide view of the square.
Yet here came this cable car - on its first morning run towards Fisherman's Wharf. The camera was on the tripod. The exposure more or less set. As the old relic stopped and without much thought - I was placing the tripod and depressing the shutter release.
It was a 8 second exposure. Just after it began, the cable car pulled forward about five feet. After resting about three seconds - the signal changed and he was off and rolling. I almost deleted the exposure. It didn't seem possible I'd have anything worth saving.
Canon 5D w/ Canon 16-35mm f/ 2.8 lens at 17mm - ISO 50 - f/18 for 8 seconds. Second curtain shutter.
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