| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Cable Car, San Francisco

CABLE CAR, SAN FRANCISCO:  When you think of San Francisco, the cable car quickly comes to mind as a strong symbol of the City by the Bay.  The first cable car went into service in 1873.  Andrew Hallidie is credited with the invention of the cable car after he witnessed a heavy carriage roll down a steep San Francisco street.  Cable cars have no engine.  They only move with the help of cables on a pulley system beneath the street.  The speed is a constant 9.5 mph.  To stop a car, the conductor disengages the ‘gripper’ to unlatch the car from the cable, apply a brake and bring the car to a stop.  This cable car was photographed on California Street, just uphill from the Omni Hotel– one of the nicest hotels in the city.   At many intersections, like this one, the cable cars pop into the sunlight briefly as they emerge from the shadows cast by buildings along the street.   Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AFS-S 70-300mm lens at 300mm, 1/800 sec., f22, ISO 800. 

Photo by John Ecker    |     Pantheon


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