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the lights are on...

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 17 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

...but nobody's home

The Transbay Terminal in San Francisco - 11 days after its closure

The lights still burn bright in this image taken yesterday (Monday 8/16). This was the main waiting lobby on the lower deck. The surreal feeling comes from the fact that I shot this through the dirty and heavily smudged glass doors along Fremont Street. I simply looked around for the clearest three inches I could locate and wedged the lens up firmly to the glass (a tripod was used to lock the lens against the glass for the time exposure).

Canon 5DmkII w/ Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L series lens: ISO 50 - at 16mm - f/14 - 8.0 seconds

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

good image, a sad time

17 Aug 2010 5:15am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

There's a real "The Shining" feel to this! An axe-wielding Jack Nicholson could be just around the corner.

17 Aug 2010 6:02am

@Stu: Oh great, Stu - you leave me a vision of Jack Nicholson behind the door (heeere's Johnny) just as I'm turning off the light and heading for bed... grrrrr

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great and artistic shot. I like the surreal mood you got!.
Thanks also for posting the parameters, they help to read the photo.

17 Aug 2010 6:13am

@Paco Díaz: Best to you, Francisco - thanks.

Marie LC from France

Another nice composition with a good perspective and ambiance

17 Aug 2010 6:23am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very strange mood, almost worrying, specially with the puddle…

17 Aug 2010 6:33am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The perspective is really perfect here Stephen, also the lights are a great addition to this beautiful shot.
Have a nice day :)

17 Aug 2010 11:09am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful tones you got with all lights on ;)) Great compo .

17 Aug 2010 1:00pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The dirty glass has added its own character to the interior . . lots of melancholy in this.

17 Aug 2010 1:39pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Oops! Hehe. I am a "willfull boy". Ahem, I hope you made it through the night OK! "REDRUM, REDRUM!!!!"

17 Aug 2010 2:44pm

@Stu: Hey there, Stu - seeing your post this morning - I must report that in the town of Davis, California - many, many years ago; there was a hamburger stand named 'Murder Burger'. I am not sure why (probably a change of ownership) but for whatever reason about ten years ago - the name was changed to 'Redrum Burger'. The burgers weren't very good before. The burgers aren't very good now. Not even for homicide.

And so it goes...

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Stephen, what an intriguing scene especially with that water on the floor... and the blur does add to the surreal mood! It's evoking lots of imaginations (just love Stu's association).:-) Brilliant composition and use of wide angle!

17 Aug 2010 4:06pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

There's a spooky being looking up at me from the floor!

17 Aug 2010 4:35pm

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

8 seconds! I've had shorter marriages! :)

Cool image, Stephen.

17 Aug 2010 5:12pm

Peck.. from United States

Reminds me of the time some guy fled my cab one night, and ran right into the hands of the police who had their own jail down that hall.

17 Aug 2010 5:39pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great job through the looking glass sir! What's with the puddle on the floor or do I want to know? The clarity is excellent here, especially (again) when considering the glass. I like your methodology for shooting through a window, door, anything glass (?). Maybe I will try it the next time I go to Bodie - seems like a great idea. And thank you for posting these in general, Stephen...very commendable for sure :-)

17 Aug 2010 5:42pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

really like this Stephen...has a post-apocalypse I am Legend feel to it!

17 Aug 2010 9:57pm

Alisha from Bielefeld,Germany, Germany

wow that really nice :)

17 Aug 2010 10:10pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Remarkably clear and crisp to have been shot through a glass door.

18 Aug 2010 12:57am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Nice composition! Great clarity and nice tones to the image! Very interesting as well!!! Nice work!!!

18 Aug 2010 2:55am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

wow stephen! looks very desolate, nicely composed!

18 Aug 2010 4:06am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Nobody there to mop up the puddles anymore,I really feel sorry for the whole Terminal.Alone and forgotten.

18 Aug 2010 11:33am

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice job on the exposure.........i wonder what's leaking......and again, how sad that the old place is just waiting for ruin......

19 Aug 2010 1:16am

k@ from Paris, France

Impressive perspective especially with that wet monster l°°king us in the eyes on that fl°°r.
I feel as if Martians had landed - is that very true ?
Great lighting, man !

21 Aug 2010 6:23pm