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Counterbalancing Act

 

While the crane's jib/working arm is what we normally watch,

this end, the machinery arm, with its counter weights, is just as important.

Kinda like Life being a balancing act...especially midweek!

 

Gorinchem, Netherlands.

 

Counterbalancing Act

 

While the crane's jib/working arm is what we normally watch,

this end, the machinery arm, with its counter weights, is just as important.

Kinda like Life being a balancing act...especially midweek!

 

Gorinchem, Netherlands.

 

comments (51)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Apr 2012, 01:14
It work together, or none of it works at all.

I suppose weeks need a working mid-week, too, Ginnie.

Nice post!
Ginnie Hart: Many parts make up the whole to work effectively, Ray, indeed. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Apr 2012, 06:40
You are opening our eyes to what we normally fail to appreciate Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chris. I'm one of those crazy persons who loves to see how things work. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Apr 2012, 06:44
a fine detail of the crane work - a fine geometrical photo study -and what a wonderfully blue sky!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Philine. Sometimes we're very lucky to get sun and a blue sky!!! grin
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 25 Apr 2012, 07:34
Interesting close up, and shadows. Is a arm from transformers?
Ginnie Hart: I can see a kid playing with one of these, Oscar, but you don't see many crane toys, do you?!
If there is a crane around Ginnie will capture it... i like this composition very much....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Peter. The day I realized we can't clone them all out, I started to embrace them. They do seem to have their own beauty. smile
Somehow lumps of concrete counterbalancing the whole thing is not as reassuring as you might think
Ginnie Hart: In that regard, Bill, I would definitely never stand under them! grin
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Apr 2012, 08:23
A lovely sharp pictuire for a smart bit of machinery, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Lisl. I can't explain why cranes fascinate me so much. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Apr 2012, 08:30
I call this 'een zware jongen' (a heavy boy) meaning that he is doing a tough job.
It is great to see how things work.
A great sharp, crisp colourful picture. Wonderful angle!
(Great text, BTW)
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely a tough job, MLMA. I knew a woman in my California days who was "one of the men" on these construction sites. But you don't see many women, if any, here. You know me and these cranes. I guess I need to make sure I get the pictures while they are here! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Apr 2012, 08:39
Love the colours, there a lot of weight there
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage. LOTS of counter weights. A tough job for someone to figure it all out.
Hello Ginnie,
Yes I made a request of friends on FB.
Your photo here is colorful, beautiful viewing angle, good day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Are you the one in Arts and Entertainment, Roland? When I do a FB search, there are 2 Roland Theys accounts. I want to make the right choice. Merci.
Balance has always been a difficulty to me Ginnie. Your post makes me reconsider the rest of the week smile
Ginnie Hart: You seem to do a great job when it comes to photography, Juan Carlos...but I'm guessing balance is a struggle for most of us! Thanks.
Don't get all bloody technical with us Ginnie ... Gawd I need a coffee now.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Why am I now laughing hysterically! grin
  • Frida
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2012, 09:22
I have always been fascinated by how this works. I know how but it is quite intriguing and windy up there ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Frida. I love to see how things work! Thanks.
A great photograph Ginnie, I think that I might feel rather nervous standing under those giant slabs of concrete.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chad, and me, too. No way will I stand under all that weight!
This framing of blue sky is magnificent and gives more power to the photographed subject. Excellent Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. Sometimes we get magnificent weather for our models, don't we! smile Merci.
An imposing image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Fred. I love stuff like this. smile
  • Khalil
  • Lebanon
  • 25 Apr 2012, 10:17
Magnifique rendu sur ce très beau ciel bleu. Joli cadrage en diagonale.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Khalil. Merci.
  • Sue
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2012, 10:42
Your post today reminded me of this site -- http://sruach.tumblr.com/

Several of the photographers are friends of mine.

I love how you weave a little 'wisdom' in with your image.
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Sue, and thank you. That means a lot.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2012, 10:52
Almost a fine art installation and a good thought Ginnie smile Neat Shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John.
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 25 Apr 2012, 11:22
A fabulous capture Ginnie with a wonderful POV. Just love the blue sky in the background.Beautifuly seen and captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Laurette. Sometimes we get magnificent weather for our subjects, don't we! smile
I always found those huge counter weights fascinating... they must be extremely heavy!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Doug. Very heavy, considering what they're having to balance on the front end! Thanks.
Ah, the crane; I like your composition & the colour in this image, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. I really do like them. grin
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2012, 12:44
WOW...just WOW! I look at this and marvel at the balance.
Ginnie Hart: I could sit on a nearby bench and watch this for hours, Marcie. smile Thanks.
  • Elsabe
  • South Africa
  • 25 Apr 2012, 12:47
Well spotted !!!
The blue skies with the bit of white cloud are excellent back colours - the crane pops out of the picture.
Well done !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Elsabe. Sometimes we get very nice skies for such a subject. smile
i like your analogy!
This is some machinary with tons of concrete hanging by a thread.
Ginnie Hart: These cranes are marvels to me, Wim. Bedankt.
Have you ever longed to sit in the operator's cab, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Are you kidding me, Beverly???? YES YES YES. grin
Like the yin and yang wink
Two wrongs don't make one right.
So if one wrong and one right can cancel each one out.
Then, surely two rights can make one wrong.
Can you balance this?
Ginnie Hart: No No No, LC. It's two negatives make a positive. HA! grin You're too-too funny.
  • Barbro
  • Sweden
  • 25 Apr 2012, 15:19
You are right, balance is what most people are striving for, only sometimes real life comes in and tips us over to the one side. A counter balance gene would come in handy.
Ginnie Hart: Well said, Barbro. I like that...a counterbalance gene. I wonder if we already have it? smile Thanks.
Yes it definitely makes a change to see the other end. I like the colours in this, and I also admire the people who climb right up there to work these things.
Ginnie Hart: I remember being so surprised the first time I saw this end, Brian. I just had never thought of the need for counter weights until I saw them. It sure makes sense, doesn't it! Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 25 Apr 2012, 16:08
helloooo, my husband wanted to learn how to operate one of those cranes, it's a nice picture of the 'business end' smile oh and thanks for liking my theme, i had to work sooo hard on it lol
Ginnie Hart: I actually think it would be fun to operate one of these, Elaine. I LOVE heights. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Apr 2012, 16:14
Little saturday we used to call it, back in the days when I did national service. All Wednesday afternoon was for sport.
Ginnie Hart: Little Saturday...what a nice way to refer to Wednesday, Louis, especially with the afternoon off! Astrid says till age 12, elementary schools are off on Wednesday afternoons. Nice!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2012, 16:42
Its a cool contraption. I wonder who invented it.
Ginnie Hart: I bet someone who is laughing all the way to the bank, Rags. grin
Very nicely captured with this diagonal Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
We are enjoying your industrial shots! This is light and heavy at the same time, with a wonderful sky!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, F&S. That's very kind of you. smile
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2012, 21:36
Nice balancing act.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Paule.
And it would Hurk if that lot slipped. Striking picture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Great play on words, Graeme. Thanks for the smile.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Apr 2012, 00:11
A perfectly balanced photo. I love it smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Cherry.
  • Geoff
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2012, 01:03
That's the bit of the crane I don't like walking under ;-)

Great tension and balance here Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: You wouldn't catch me dead under that end, Geoff. grin Thanks.
  • rian
  • Vestavia Hills, AL
  • 26 Apr 2012, 02:23
that sure is huge, nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: HUMONGOUS, Rian. smile Thanks.
Well yes, and I'm so happy you've shown this end- I've not paid that much attention to it before!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't it fun to see how things work, Elizabeth! smile Thanks.
Oh, I love those deep blues. What a wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes we get some good days, Michael! smile Thanks.
perfect range of colors, interesting
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabrizio. Grazie.
missed u ginnie, this is beautifil.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks for stopping by, Lady!
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Apr 2012, 10:42
Wouldn't like to be underneath them if they dropped out Ginnie even with a hard hat on.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Peter. Me neither. smile Thanks.
This is amazing! Wow!
Ginnie Hart: It's fun, Robin, isn't it. Maybe they'll still be there when you come...unless they're all done by then?
looks very cool against the beautiful sky smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2012, 15:54
oh, wow, that's a bit scary.
Ginnie Hart: As long as you're not under it, you're fine, Sherri. I promise. smile
I have a few great crane shots from post-hurricane Ike. I do love those machines. And as you've surmised, I'm feeling a bit more balanced myself!
Ginnie Hart: Once I realized cranes were a very present-day phenomenon and couldn't always be cloned out of our images, I started taking them to heart and learned to appreciate them in a new way. I'm delighted to hear the balancing act has seeped out of this image to those passing by. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 30 Apr 2012, 22:28
Photography is about the art of extraction - and this is superb!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, George. I'll remember that. smile
I like the composition.....I get the feeling of watching something that is impossible.....maybe I have to go to bed smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Thanks, Aksel. smile
on dirait que les plaques vont tomber sur nous
Ginnie Hart: I know, l'Angevine. That's why we don't stand under them. smile Merci.

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