Photographer's Note

One of the most well known prisons in American history, perhaps even the world, Alcatraz has a vibe unlike any other tourist destination in the city. The federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the chilly waters of California's San Francisco Bay housed some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963.

Among those who served time at the maximum-security facility were the notorious gangster Al "Scarface" Capone (1899-1947) and murderer Robert "Birdman of Alcatraz" Stroud (1890-1963). No inmate ever successfully escaped The Rock, as the prison was nicknamed, although more than a dozen known attempts were made over the years.

Taking a look through a camera, one of the daunting things about this facility are the light conditions…although I’d much rather deal with that, over having to actually spend time locked up in this concrete and steel box!? I’ve attempted to bring out some of the detail in the darker areas, which exposed a lot more of the digital noise. I’ve intentionally left that aspect untouched, I feel it adds to the raw and gritty nature of this location.

With yesterdays posted picture in mind, I thought I’d put together a few shots featuring perspectives…and this long row of tiers felt to have a view fitting that idea.

Thanks for taking a look.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2011-09-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-06-10 3:52
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Points: 30
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