The Riders

This was taken last summer on Market Street in San Francisco. Market Street was one of my favorite places to shoot for my afternoon walk when I was working in the city. There was so much going on, so much to see and people didn’t mind if their picture was being taken. I truly enjoyed my time in the city.

I saw these two couples on a platform in the middle of Market Street waiting for a Streetcar. I wanted to capture the stillness of their poses contrasted by a blurred background of a moving city bus. But their poses take on the feeling of the movement of the bus in the background. It almost looks like they are on that bus. That ties together the foreground and background elements and why I think this image works.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/8, ISO 125


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Terry Schmidbauer: