San Francisco Day Two: Alcatraz

Perhaps a little known fact about me:  I am obsessed with the movie The Rock.  When it came out, my brother and I watched it whenever it was on television, and I’m pretty sure at some point we got it on VHS and watched it over and over again.  Ever since I saw The Rock, I have wanted to go to the REAL Alcatraz.  We actually planned this San Francisco trip around Alcatraz because I told Mike if we couldn’t get tickets, we’d plan our trip over a different weekend.  Luckily, we got tickets and we were on the first boat to the island!

I had REALLY high expectations.  So high that I was actually worried I would be disappointed right out of the gate because I just wanted it to be exactly how I imagined it.  I’m happy to say that even with my sky high expectations, our visit to Alcatraz somehow managed to EXCEED them.  I was blown away.  The audio tour was incredible and was extremely informative and interactive.  If you ever have the opportunity to go, do it.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

From a photography standpoint, I was happy with my pictures – we were on the first boat over in the morning so we had that really nice soft light.  The high contrast of the interior led to some (in my opinion) great black and white shots!

dsc_7832Coit Tower, San Francisco, 2016

dsc_7955The Rock, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_7970Island History, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_7973Two Hardened Criminals, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_7983Showers, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8004Jailbird, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8008Cells, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8017Cell Block, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8027Michigander on Michigan Avenue, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8034San Francisco Skyline, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8046Stairway to the Recreation Yard, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8053Happy Gull, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8062Guard Shack, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8085Model Industries Building, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8087Quartermaster, Alcatraz, 2016

dsc_8126Sailing San Francisco Bay, Pacific Ocean, 2016

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Happy Bench, Pier 33, 2016

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