Alcatraz - A Series

Several years ago I had the opportunity to tour Alcatraz with very few tourists. I took one camera with a 35mm f/1.4 lens and worked in B&W, handheld with many shots taken wide open. I was reminded of this by @Kris_Smith’s recent comments about trying to shoot and get it perfect in the camera…Anyway, here are a few shots from that experience.

Specific Feedback Requested

Any comments appreciated, this was just a fun experiment for me.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon 1DS II, EF 35mm f/1.4 B&W profile

David, this collection is sort of scary knowing the long history associated with “The Rock”. If those walls could talk I’m sure we’d see new releases of books and movies along the lines of all out shock therapy… :skull:


Really good series. You have captured the cold and starkness of The Rock. My favorites are the dock looking out toward the city and the door and window. I might add a bit of canvas to the left of the door and fill it, but not much. The comp provides a nice tension with that balance. A very enjoyable group of images across the board!

So a giant camera and a little lens? LOL Still, if these are SOOC jpegs, they’re terrific. You nailed the exposures for these - so many dynamic compositions. I love the birds in the first one. The lightbulb one is great, too. Interrogation lamp? The low-down walkway and the high up stairway make for a great diptych. Great all around.

Thanks @Paul_Breitkreuz, @Harley_Goldman, and @Kris_Smith for the nice comments. Much appreciated.

Kris, yes, this was kinda weird although the 35mm 1.4 is a rather big lens coupled with the 1 DS II. I was going for a darker look so under exposed several ones…lightbulb is a good example.

Harley, I agree that there could be a bit more room on the left of that door/window shot. I’ll play around with that.