Capturing the Lines and Curves on the SFO AirTrain

Ascent into the Underbelly, SFO - San Francisco, California

Ascent into the Underbelly, SFO – San Francisco, California

It’s amazing how many photographs I take at airports. Perhaps it’s because I’ve traveled more these days but I think there is much more to it than that. As you know, I like architecture and in the United States, airports can be a great source of modern design. I just got back from a one week trip to Northern California. These photographs from the San Francisco Airport (SFO) were taken with my Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot.

The XZ-1 is my latest camera and I decided to put it through its paces on this California trip. I usually travel with two Olympus Pens, the E-PM2 and the E-P3. For this trip, I decided to bring my E-PM2 with the 14mm and the XZ-1. With two excursions to San Francisco and one to Palo Alto, I have plenty of photographs to show you. I seem to be creating more content than I have time to share with you so I’m falling behind. At least I will have a lot to talk about for months to come.

The Last Station, SFO - San Francisco, California

The Last Station, SFO – San Francisco, California

Airtrain Up, SFO - San Francisco, California

Airtrain Up, SFO – San Francisco, California

Transparent Station, SFO - San Francisco, California

Transparent Station, SFO – San Francisco, California

Pairing the XZ-1 with my EM-2 was an interesting combination. I had my high quality camera for my urban landscapes but was able to use a point and shoot for versatility with decent image quality. The XZ-1 was small enough that I wore it though the airport and I was able to snap some nice compositions. All of the photos were taken on the 10 minute ride on the AirTrain at SFO. The simple lines and curves emphasized by the black and white. I have the tendency to shoot wide but the zoom lens gave me some flexibility.

Curves Galore, SFO - San Francisco, California

Curves Galore, SFO – San Francisco, California

Highway Curves, SFO - San Francisco, California

Highway Curves, SFO – San Francisco, California

All photographs taken with my Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot.

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6 thoughts on “Capturing the Lines and Curves on the SFO AirTrain

  1. i am so pleased that a hard working top pro photographer, can enjoy these wonderful, exciting and extremely versatile small cameras. In fact from the moment i started using one, i actually believed, the manufacturers had gone too far, with great features..
    My Month long trip to South Africa, family, only further reinforced my passion for these small cameras..i carried 4. Lots of Memory Cards.
    Your B/W shots are great.
    The eye is the most important part of doing a photo.

    1. Jason, thank you. I think you are being too generous. I consider myself a passionate hobbyist and not a pro-photographer. I do agree with what you say about the small cameras. Their capabilities are quite remarkable.

  2. great results! Really like the first one for some reason. I seem to always have a weakness for your stair pictures….If you ever go to Detroit Metro Airport (obviously not by choice…), dont miss some of the very cool features in the new (Delta) terminal. Indoor train, water fountain, and tunnel with very cool lights.

    1. Thanks Gregg. I few reflections on some but not too bad given the situation. As much as I like color, black and white can really look good to emphasize lines.

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