I immensely enjoyed capturing the architectural details on Alcatraz Island. So much so that I probably like it more than the main attraction itself, the famous prison. The variations in building types with years of salt water patina make for interesting compositional possibilities. All of the photos in this essay are from outside the main prison — the surrounding buildings and the various support systems.
The first five photos are with the compact Canon G7X Mark II. All but one of them are at the widest setting at a 24mm equivalent. The white building is at a 33mm equivalent.
At one point, before the prison, the island was used for defense, hence the cannon. You can see a vintage U.S. flag design, the likes of which I’ve never seen.
I made the next thirteen photos with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the 14-150mm lens. I used longer focal lengths to both capture the far away details and compress them, as telephoto lenses do.
I especially enjoyed the towers and the chimney, which allowed for a vertical orientation, which is less typical for urban landscapes.
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