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Interesting places in Alcatraz Island:
Alcatraz Cellhouse   Officers' Quarters (ruins)
Recreation Yard   Bachelors Quarters Building A (site)
Warden's House   Guard House / Sallyport
New Industries Building   Recreation Building (site)
Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters (site)   Residential Family Quarters Building, B & C (site)
Tour boat - Alcatraz dock   Residential Family Cottages (site)
Associate Warden & Captain of the Guard Duplex (site)   Alcatraz Island Light
Model Industries Building   Alcatraz Morgue
Reservoirs   Guard Tower
Alcatraz - Water tower  

Alcatraz Island (aka The Rock) is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States that served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, and then a federal prison for the area until 1963, when it became a national recreation area.

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Contrasted Confinement

Contrasted Confinement
Made by Surrealize
This shot was taken this summer during my trip to San Francisco at one of the word’s most famous former prisons, Alcatraz. The whole island is now a state park and really large tourist attraction. It was the 75th anniversary this past year and they even had a former inmate return on the day we were there to tell some crazy tales. There was this one about dropping the soap in the shower and... Alright, bad joke :) Sadly, you are not allowed to bring in your tripod, so I had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for folks to get out of the way and then hand-hold the 9 exposures used to bring out the tonal range and detail in the shadows / highlights. Then, I added a bit of noise to give it a gritty feel that prison truly conveys and bumped up the light at the end of the hallway in order to increase the contrast and better balance the piece. I had a really hard time selecting an image to post for my Flickrversary but decided to do something a little different than my usual vibrant pieces. In fact, I’ve got several really artistic black and whites that I’ve been waiting to release for awhile now so I may just start a series. It’s hard to believe, but just one year ago today I joined this wonderful community and have enjoyed getting to know so many talented fellow photographers from all around the world. Thank you all so much for the comments and support of my work. I’m continually humbled and inspired by the amazing photography you all share here! To all my existing contacts, I’m really trying hard to dive into your streams and see all the great work I missed while I was away. I’ve gotten to many of you and if I haven’t, I should be comin’ ‘round the mountain soon :) For all the folks who’ve sent contact requests but haven’t heard from me yet, please know that I’m trying but have a healthy backlog and really enjoy going through each one, which takes some time. Please be patient if I don’t get back to you right away but know that if you routinely follow my stream and post some sincere comments along the way, we’ll get acquainted soon enough. Hope everyone is off to a wonderful new year!

Escape From Alcatraz

Escape From Alcatraz
Made by flipkeat
Explore #486 Oct 11 Here's another look at Alcatraz..the famous United States Prison which is now a popular San Francisco tourist attraction. It is also known as The Rock. Photo taken recently in San Francisco Bay, California, USA. According to Frommer's Alcatraz is the 2nd best tourist attraction after the Golden Gate Bridge! Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al Scarface Capone, and the Birdman Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons. Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement. LARGE

Inside Alcatraz Cell Block - Textured

Inside Alcatraz Cell Block - Textured
Made by dgmiami
Enjoy the original version (1300 x 954)... login and click all sizes above the picture I have wifi on my flight from Seattle to Dallas, so I figured I would take some time to finally attempt to use the textures tutorial i got from Trey Ratcliff (stuckincustoms here on Flickr). I played the video tutorial and followed Trey step-by-step. What is really cool is that you get to learn what he is thinking throughout the time he is processing the pictures in the tutorial. He gets right to the point as to what to do and the results are pretty spectacular. In this composition, I ended up using 5 textures! As you will see when comparing my original (in my photostream), the texture really adds something special to this shot. To me, it feels like it is a picture taken many years ago, perhaps when inmates still inhabited the cells of Alcatraz. Thanks for a great product Trey, it made my day (and my flight)! Trey's web site for the tutorial is at www.stuckincustoms.com/textures-tutorial/

A Winning Night

A Winning Night
Made by mrperry
So I really wanted this angle for a different take on Coit Tower and the skyline. But I didn't quite know how to go about it. Shoot from Tiburon? nah...too far to reach with my 70-300. Angel Island? yea..if i want to camp there, so forget that. Then I thought OH how bout Alcatraz. But the night tours were sold out for the week. A few days go by, still no ideas come to mind. Then outta the blue, one ticket becomes available on Friday for the Monday cruise. Nice. And the night of the Giant's world series win! My grandfather, who was an avid Giants fan born and raised in SF is no doubt looking down happy to see his team finally win! And that wraps up my day in the Bay :) This is a 4 image pano stitched together with Hugin, then adjusted Levels, Saturation and Unsharp mask in PS 6. BIGGER! Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, CA

san francisco . alcatraz island

san francisco . alcatraz island
Made by southbites
Alcatraz Island (sometimes informally referred to as simply Alcatraz or by its pop-culture name, The Rock) is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963, when it became a national recreation area. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island

Walking Down Broadway

Walking Down Broadway
Made by JeremyHall
Taken in Alcatraz Prison. the stories told on the audio tour were fascinating. This place reeks of history. I took many photos on our recent tour of this landmark, but this was the most poignant to me. The length of the lines speaks to the seeming endless days and complete loss of a sense of time the inmates here must have felt. Each cell block corridor had a name, and this one in fact was called Broadway. It ran down the middle of the prison and met up with Times Square at the end of it. I am traveling, so apologies for not keeping up on my contact stream well the last couple of days. The mobile connection works well to upload but not browsing. I'll catch up tomorrow!

Alcatraz

Alcatraz
Made by Jim Boud
Check out my VIDEO TUTORIALS of the workflows I use to create my HDR images. For limited edition fine-art prints please email me at prints@jimboud.com Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated! Please do not post large images/banners or invitations to award groups. ****************************************************************** A 3-exposure HDR of Alcatraz from Fisherman's Wharf. Canon EOS 60D Canon 70-200mm f/4L lens 200mm f/6.3 ISO 250 Multiple Exposures

Vintage Alcatraz

Vintage Alcatraz
Made by Tony DeSantis Photography
Alcatraz...What a tour! If you ever get to San Francisco this is a tour worth visiting. Book it early like days maybe even weeks before because if you do it on the day you arrive there is a good chance it will be sold out. For more information about this photo in camera and post processing technique: PLEASE VISIT MY PHOTO BLOG Tony DeSantis Photography on Flickeflu

The Werewolf of San Francisco

The Werewolf of San Francisco
Made by Sonora Guy
Okay, one more post from the Great Alcatraz FlickrWalk. Warning -- the description below is NOT for children. In 1941, William Johnston, the werewolf of San Francisco was executed for his slashings of women with a straight razor, their bodies bloodied, ripped and mangled as if by the claws of a werewolf. According to the national archives, a William Johnston was also an inmate on Alcatraz Island. Oh, and before I forget -- Beware the moon! Especially one that big. :-)

The Rock

The Rock
Made by Geoffrey Gilson
Alcatraz Island is an island located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States.Often referred to as The Rock, the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island

Please behave, or I’ll send you to Alcatraz!

Please behave, or I’ll send you to Alcatraz!
Made by Nizam_Jusoh
“The Rock” - Alcatraz Island near San Francisco Summaries from WIKI: The United States Census Bureau defines the island as Block 1067, Block Group 1, Census Tract 179.02 of San Francisco County, California. There was no population on the island as of the 2000 census. It is home to the now-abandoned prison. Few famous inmates from this prison are Machine Gun Kelly, Al Capone, Henry Young and Robert Stroud aka Birdman of Alcatraz...

The Rock - Alcatraz Island

The Rock - Alcatraz Island
Made by Konabish
View Large So near, yet so far. View from port side .50-cal. waist gunner position aboard the WWII-era classic Witchcraft, a B-24J Liberator bomber -- the only flying B-24J remaining from the thousands produced during the war. Saturday, June 12, 2010. www.cfdn.org

View from the Rock

View from the Rock
Made by petervanallen
Day 3, Sunday 5th July 2009 - San Francisco from the Isle of Alcatraz: There is a great view of the city from Alcatraz, I nabbed this one from the viewing area during the audio tour of the prison. From a selection of photos of our trip around the world, posted chronologically (camera clocks were not altered so there maybe a discrepancy between exposure data and stated dates).

Alcatraz watchtower silhouette

Alcatraz watchtower silhouette
Made by petervanallen
Day 3, Sunday 5th July 2009 - Alcatraz, San Francisco: Today we took an early evening boat trip to the isle of Alcatraz, this is a silhouette picture of the ladder on one of the watchtowers. From a selection of photos of our trip around the world, posted chronologically (camera clocks were not altered so there maybe a discrepancy between exposure data and stated dates).

Waiting In Pairs

Waiting In Pairs
Made by inneri
This one really should be viewed large because of the layout. There is an eerie room in Alcatraz where there are shoes and clothing that they have placed where they would have been, waiting for the prisoners to wear them. They have now been there a long time, and there is this row of shoes that are just waiting, while the walls, and building become dust around it.

Not A Loose Cannon

Not A Loose Cannon
Made by Dominique Eclectique
This Cannon is not Loose ( LOL ) but still at the ready in Alcatraz Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay ~ Surprisingly Alcatraz used to be a fort for the army and used to have up to 111 cannons ( in the early 1860's ) . Thanks to Les Brumes for the texture. www.nps.gov/archive/alcatraz/mil1.html

view of the city

view of the city
Made by fuzzy jr
i was cleaning out some files from the old alcatraz folder and came across this ... guess this time i'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel ... i don't think this is on any official tour of the rock, but if you look close, Char's owl is still there in the window, and it sure has a fine view of the city... is the throwdown still going on?

ALCATRAZ / prisoner  #az85

ALCATRAZ / prisoner #az85
Made by 4PIZON
That's me in the cell. Didn't really get the feel. I guess if some one had shut the door things would have been a little different! Gotta say though, I liked it. Some thing very unusual about Alcatraz that fascinates me. I like it! #AZ85 was Al Capone's #. Exposure: 10 sec (10) Aperture: f/6.3 Focal Length: 15 mm ISO Speed: 100

the doctor will see you now...

the doctor will see you now...
Made by petervanallen
Day 3, Sunday 5th July 2009 - Alcatraz, San Francisco: Alcatraz Prison, a really spooky place and a fantastic attraction - well worth a visit. From a selection of photos of our trip around the world, posted chronologically (camera clocks were not altered so there maybe a discrepancy between exposure data and stated dates).

Room with a view

Room with a view
Made by ARebbs
Those were the last O'Week shots from me, back to actual work. Check stream as he'll be shooting for a few more days. One of my favoruite shots from my trip. Shot in Alcatraz at the most coveted cell location on the entire prison. Lighting was incredible, this is completely straight out of my camera in B&W D300 mode.

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Alcatraz Island True Stories
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Alcatraz Island - the dock
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AERIAL Alcatraz Island
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My California Trip - Alcatraz Island
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Plane Stunts between Golden Gate and Alcatraz
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Alcatraz Island Ferry - Golden Gate Bridge View
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San Francisco 2002 Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Underground Dungeon
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San Francisco Skyline (Nightime)
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Henry & Juliet: SFO '92
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Nearest places of interest:

Municipal Pier
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Alcatraz Cellhouse
Officers' Quarters (ruins)
  Guard House / Sallyport
Guard Tower
Recreation Yard
Alcatraz Morgue

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