The Lightning Storm
This is a combination of three lightning photos with the exact same settings: f/3.5, 25 seconds, and ISO 200. I set the camera on intervalometer mode and let it take photos for around 5 minutes. Out of the frames taken, three of them had lightning strikes captured. I then combined those three images and their respective lightning strikes and this is the resulting photo.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
Everything is happening at once and for some reason I decided to respond to that by scrubbing the hell out of the grout in my bathroom
Puff (at Market and Kearny)
These are not renderings, they are Muni’s next-generation of Metro light-rail trains, the Siemens S200. The SFMTA Board of Directors will vote on Tuesday to purchase between as many as 260 of the new trains to replace the existing 151 train fleet. Siemens offered pricing 20% below the nearest competitor allowing the SFMTA to consider up to 85 more than the originally planned 175.
It made a bit of noise last year when the maker of Muni’s current light-rail fleet was disqualified from bidding on the next ones. Since then the SMFTA has been evaluating the options from those which did qualify, opting for off-the-shelf models with a proven track record of reliability.
Siemens’ trains often outlast their lifespan and reduce the number of moving parts (and potential problems) in doors and stairs from 200 down to 20 and will be manufactured locally, near Sacramento.
The three trains shown here are variations on a standard model from Siemens (the cabs are different, but if you look towards the middle you’ll see they share the same doors and body) but the final interior and exterior design are yet to be determined and will involve public input.
Photos: SFMTA Evaluation Findings (PDF)
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Colorado river, Arizona