Patti (whipartist) wrote,
Patti
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Lonely places


RailYard2
Originally uploaded by whipartist.
It's Saturday afternoon, and I'm an overpass in the industrial part of Oakland, in particular the rail yards near the port. Nobody ever walks on this overpass, and there's not much traffic through either. Every few minutes a single car or truck goes by, but it's pretty much just you and a bunch of trains.

I've just walked up to the top of the overpass and I'm scouting spots to shoot from, when a cab comes my direction. Much to my surprise, the car slows and pulls up next to me on the curb. The passenger window rolls down, and the driver calls out to me. "Hop in."

"No thanks."

"Just get in."

Uhh, right. Here I am in the middle of bloody nowhere, and some asshole cab driver is giving me a hard time. Just what I need. A quick scan of the horizon tells me that there are no other vehicles in the area. Fantastic.

"No thank you. I don't need a ride." I look in to give the cab driver a firm look. "Oh, hi Sam. Thanks, but I'm up here to take pictures. My car's just over there." He waves and heads off, and I breathe a sigh of relief.

I'm not really thrilled with any of the pictures I took, though I did find a really cool building being demolished. The paper recycling place is sort of cool, too, though I didn't do it justice.

I headed down to Middle Harbor Park to see what was down there in the way of interesting shipping sights, and instead I found a guy doing really awesome freestyle stunt kiting. I think I impressed him by wandering over and recognizing the (obscure, high-end) model of kite he was flying. We had a nice chat, and while he was flying a flock of geese flew by his kite. It's really hard to follow a fast-moving kite in tight focus, let alone get a bunch of birds in the shot too. I did OK but not great, I think.
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