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Interstate 280 at Dawn

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 March 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Wow - look, ma - no traffic (almost)

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Good grief! It looks like you stood in the middle of the road!

20 Mar 2010 5:07am

JPS from Le Havre, France

No, it's possible ? Morning, at 5 ???

20 Mar 2010 8:39am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

tell me you're not standing on the road
cool shot anyway, like a sci-fi movie after the attack of the aliens :)

20 Mar 2010 10:43am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I images the queues of photographers following you around on the weekend for a glimpse of Kat Love. best...jerry

20 Mar 2010 1:49pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice tribute to "I am a legend" ?

20 Mar 2010 2:40pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I seriously doubt I could find and empty stretch of highway in the city at any hour. This just looks so strange to me.

20 Mar 2010 3:14pm

@Ralph Jones: That why I returned to 'the scene of the crime' to try and capture this again - it IS strange!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It really does look like a deserted we can be fooled, ey? Love the larger version.....I doubt there's any time of day around here anymore where I could get a similar scene.........

20 Mar 2010 4:10pm

@Susan: Maybe - but I would have thought the same thing about this freeway. I've tried similar shots here and at the Golden Gate Bridge on Christmas and New Year's mornings without luck. There is something about the spring forward morning that throws the traffic off. It doesn't make sense. I would think it should work the other way - in the fall- but it doesn't. Enough folks are still in the old pattern, I guess.

I'll also point out that I was here for most of an hour - and this was the only image I got the suggested this level of no traffic.

(good luck tonight)

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Lovely, befrore everybody gets on it

20 Mar 2010 5:33pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

I to at first thought it had the feel of a deserted city, wouldnt have noticed the vehicles you mention until looking at the larger version and reading the story, not sure even on a spring forward morning you would find such a deserted feel anywhere around the city here

21 Mar 2010 12:54am

David from Detroit, United States

It has a very calm mood, but disconcerting, too.

21 Mar 2010 2:07am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Stephen, love that colours of light and mood of early morning very much! Perfect POV and framing... great city shot!:-)

21 Mar 2010 2:16am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Reminds me of a scene from a SciFi movie where most of mankind has disappeared. Fascinating shot, like the view, especially great from the large image.

21 Mar 2010 2:59am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

to metropolis!! =)

21 Mar 2010 3:37pm

melodia from ffm, Germany

funny that there's no traffic. looks really good, great job!

21 Mar 2010 9:29pm

Karthik from Chennai, India

Good one!

22 Mar 2010 6:43am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

If i´m not already working at dawn then i´m sleeping it seems these days.I can see what i´m missing !!

22 Mar 2010 4:38pm