San Diego Trolley

San Diego Trolley

When my train arrived at the San Diego station and I disembarked, this structure caught my eye almost immediately. I didn’t see the complete view at this point due to this trolley station being sandwiched between a couple of tall buildings, but the opening (seen there on the right) was big enough for me to see a portion of the roof. I walked over and through the opening and immediately began scanning the area for a good location for a shot. The design of this track and roof and how it curved was something I thought was really cool. I tried getting to the upstairs platform but unfortunately the gates were locked with a sign stating “Authorized Personnel Only”, so I came back to this spot and setup my equipment.

I don’t know too much about the MTS (Metropolitan Transit System), but I believe the San Diego Trolleys have been in operation since the early 1980’s and are obviously still going strong. I believe it hits all the major stops in San Diego but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to try it out. With such a short stay on this trip, I opted to walk towards the sea since it was so close, but I definitely want to take a ride the next time I’m down in San Diego.

  • James

    How about some details on focal length and post processing.  Looks pretty straight.  I like the shot and the way it directs your eye through the frame.

    • TheMarke

      Thank you for your comments James. I appreciate it! This was a 3 exposure HDR shot at a focal length of 11mm. f/4.5, 1/250 Sec., ISO-200. I merged all 3 exposures in Photomatix and did some minor tone mapping there. Then I brought it into Photoshop where I cleaned it up and tried to bring out the detail and sharpness. I also had to do some lens correction to straighten it out. 😉