Sunrise on Hayes—21 Crests the Grade.

Are you seeing the whole picture? Tracking the Light presents: A Glinty Electric Bus.

Exposed on Fujichrome using a Canon EOS3 with 100-400 IS Zoom lens. Forest fires east of San Francisco made for an extra rosy sunrise.
Exposed on Fujichrome using a Canon EOS3 with 100-400 IS Zoom lens. Forest fires east of San Francisco made for an extra rosy sunrise.

Did I notice this scene in my rear view mirror one morning in the 1990s? I think so. Anyway,  a memory of a image—something like this was nagging me.

On the morning September 3, 2009, I set up on Hayes Street in San Francisco with my 100-400mm lens. Just after sunrise I exposed a series of images of an electric bus (trolley bus) catching the glint of the rising sun as it crested Alamo Hill.

For me the wires make the photo interesting. Not only do the dual wires power the bus, but they visually tie the scene together.

I like the dramatic lighting and monochromatic effect of the silhouette. I’ve carefully included the pole at the far left to visually anchor the wire network to the ground. This also adds balance.

There’s a famous vista made just to the left of my location. It features a staggered row of gingerbread style Victorians with the San Francisco skyline. It is an iconic setting that appears on post cards, calendars, books and etc. You’d recognize it if you saw it. While the clichéd vista is typically exposed in the afternoon from the park, my view is from the street in the early morning.

Cropped view of the color slide.
Cropped view of the color slide.

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