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Construction Crazies

Have you noticed how many times you find construction cranes in the background of your big-city pics?  They must be in every big city of the world!  Either we just accept them, whether we like them or not...or clone them out!

Since I'm always on an architectural kick wherever I go, fascinated by all the possibilities of what and how we build, it makes sense to include this crane that helps make it all happen, captured through the window of our coach/bus in London while heading out on an excursion.  Stuff like this mesmerizes me!  I think I could have watched it in operation all day.  (If you squint, you can see a man in the cab.)



Construction Crazies

Have you noticed how many times you find construction cranes in the background of your big-city pics?  They must be in every big city of the world!  Either we just accept them, whether we like them or not...or clone them out!

Since I'm always on an architectural kick wherever I go, fascinated by all the possibilities of what and how we build, it makes sense to include this crane that helps make it all happen, captured through the window of our coach/bus in London while heading out on an excursion.  Stuff like this mesmerizes me!  I think I could have watched it in operation all day.  (If you squint, you can see a man in the cab.)



comments (18)

  • Ellie
  • 12 Mar 2007, 00:37
I like pictures of cranes! I've said this a few times over the last week or so. I don't know what it is, but whether they're single, double, or dozens crammed into the picture I think they make a wonderful sight. This one's no exception. smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You would have known! I guess I missed you saying it. So, this is my gift to you, Ms. Ellie. smile
I was so mesmerized by the cranes in Switzerland, really I don't know why. But I guess it's the same reason why you are drawn to it. I want to see what they build and how different it is compared to where I used to live.

something we don't see too often in a photo! Great pic!
Ginnie Hart: I do believe every major city must have these somewhere! Can't live with them; can't live without them, I guess! Thanks, Jen.
hommage to the cranes smile
good one !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Dafredo. Homage indeed. smile
Nice shot I wonder how the workers go about there business in those cranes .. I really prefer ground level ..
Ginnie Hart: I wonder, too, Shakara. It surely isn't easy to have to get from one place to another!
I wonder how many times a day they climb up and down
Or do they sit there all day long
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Magnus. And what happens when they need a potty break? smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 12 Mar 2007, 11:11
I really appreciate people who work at great heights, because I never could. Imagine the days before these cranes! All those great old photos of guys on girders. Anyway, thanks for the crane homage. I love it!
Ginnie Hart: Some people we know could never do this work, right?! Donica freaks out to even look up at them. I'm guessing it's another world entirely up there. But you're right--so different from the good ole days!
  • El Dani
  • Gulubú
  • 12 Mar 2007, 12:40
I'm also a big fan of cranes. In my first visit to European capitals I was shocked by the abundance of these 'beautiful monsters'. I think it's a beautiful metaphore of cities taking care of their heritage but also walking into the future. Beautiful pic, by the way! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dani. I guess that's one way of looking at it--the cities are walking into the future, one crane at a time. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Mar 2007, 13:38
This cloning out thing - oh no. They are part of the city scape you are doing when you check throught the viewfinder. And they make a nice addition to a pic as well. My great wonderment is always how people can stand to climb those little ladders it seems all the way to heaven.

And this crane provides nice lines against the clouded backdrop. I like this pic, please - don't clone it out.
Ginnie Hart: Okay, Louis. I promise to NOT clone this out! In fact, after reading Mal's comment below, I guess I need to pay attention to not cloning any out in the future!
I like this composition - kept in few colours - great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Sir Aksel.
  • mal
  • 12 Mar 2007, 17:04
really funny you mention construction cranes Ginnie! A friend of the family commissioned me to take some city shots overlooking Edinburgh. So I duely set off and got some quite nice evening shots from Calton hill overlooking the city however, at the edge of the frame was a crane towering over some construction site and no matter what angle I tried, I could not exclude it. Anyway, on the image that I decided to present to my friends I had managed to illiminate the tower/crane in photoshop. On presenting the image to my friends, the first thing that they remarked was that the picture must be an old one because the crane was not there!!!! You can not please everyone!. Mal
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, Mal. Now I'm gonna have to pay attention to those pics where my habit is to clone them out!!!
  • Julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 12 Mar 2007, 17:38
I know a little boy who would become ecstatic seeing this crane. smile
Very well captured.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Well then, you must show him. smile
  • Dotun
  • 12 Mar 2007, 20:06
I can almost swear, I have a shot like this. Good work here Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I bet you do, Dotun. Go find it and let's compare if London's is different from yours (wherever it was).
I have never done one of these, I'm tempted to try it out
Ginnie Hart: Are you talking about taking a pictire of one or operating one, Losola? smile
Grrr... I'm trying to to something like that for 3 month with the gries... You've done it ! Very nice Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roland, but I declare, there are enough of these for everyone to do it!
  • Martin
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • 12 Mar 2007, 21:13
It must be he globally low interest rates. It is a good idea to put these normally annoying cranes front and center for a change.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I must have known that's what you'd say, Martin. Have a great time in Japan and take lots of pics!!!
I love the composition of this photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Karen.
  • madretz
  • SF Bay Area
  • 13 Mar 2007, 07:07
Oh dear. I must confess that I cannot look at this photo for more than a brief second. I have an irrational and unexplainable phobia of cranes. It literally gives me chills to see this.
Which, I suppose would hinder my last comment in your previous photo - about how I'd like to be in this field. Ha! Everyone jokes that in a previous life I was killed in a crane accident. LOL!
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, NO. I hope not, Mad. Are you also afraid of heights or is it really just the crane thing?! I promise you that the next pic of cranes (today's as I write this) is my last. sad
  • Erik Molbach
  • Hudson, NY
  • 30 Apr 2007, 02:30
Hey, Ginnie.
I love this crane, and almost can't believe you took it through the window of a bus! I'm a fan of construction in all its forms also.
I will come back to your site often.
Thanks.
Erik
Ginnie Hart: You are a sweetheart, Erik, to backtrack and find this pic in my Archives. Thank you much for stopping by and commenting. I see that you are from NY. We just got home on Saturday after a fabulous week of vacation in NYC. Starting this week I will be posting pics of our time there! I LOVED the city!

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