Streetcar on Market Street

This is one of my favorite shots of the last couple of months. I took it on Market Street in downtown San Francisco during the morning rush. The city runs a collection of these vintage streetcars from cities all over the world. I’m not sure where this one is from but the crest design looks European.

The great thing about shooting street photography in a city like San Francisco is everyone has a camera so no one pays any attention to you when your taking their picture. I normally shoot during the morning rush and people are so focused on getting to work that you can literally just get lost in a crowd.

This shot was taken from a median strip in the middle of Market Street. I was just standing there taking in all of the action when this street car rattled down the street, these old cars are really noisy. I tracked the car with my eye in the viewfinder of my camera and waited for the right moment. When the car was almost squarely in front of me, I noticed a couple looking out the window so I focused on them. They rewarded me with a quiet but stunning gesture and just like that the streetcar rattled down Market St.and the moment was over.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/500, f/2.8, ISO 200

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