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You're Kidding Me!

As we rode through Little Italy in Lower Manhattan (NYC), we saw this sign. 

Are they able to patrol it, I wonder??!!

[I'm in Atlanta today.]


You're Kidding Me!

As we rode through Little Italy in Lower Manhattan (NYC), we saw this sign. 

Are they able to patrol it, I wonder??!!

[I'm in Atlanta today.]


comments (19)

  • alex
  • 5 May 2007, 00:57
yeah, you can see those posted all over manhattan. i've wondered the same thing. it would be hard to tell who is honking if you're in a patrol car, and if you're a policeman on foot, you could tell who was honking, but how would you catch them? interesting conundrum. smile

interesting choice to put the foreground object in the frame. i like it. and i'm usually a fan of the color selection technique, too.
Ginnie Hart: We were on top of a double-decker tour bus, Alex, and I only had a second to capture this from the other side of the bus before it was gone. Thus the foreground. But we had seen the sign on foot a couple days earlier when I didn't even think to capture it. Once I saw it again, I knew it had to be taken. I have never seen anything like it before.

Thanks for your kind comment.
nice selective colouring ginnie! odd sign i have never seen one like this b4. but i can see wy they would have then in nyc, its so congested there.
Ginnie Hart: You and I are both fans of the selective coloring, aren't we, Genevieve! grin Actually, I owe much of that to you.

I 'spect the signs DO help. Some people would be afraid of getting caught and having to pay the fine. Others probably think "Stop me!"
Ginnie, HA! I would give anything to be there now and try honking a horn to see what would happen! This is great! LOL!!! I wonder if a meter maid would suddenly appear with book in hand.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can juist see it, Kay. I wonder if others think the same thing and do it just to see what happens? I also wonder if they have a cop/maid whose full-time job is to stay near that corner and try to catch whomever they can. At $350 a pop, that would surely be worth it?!
  • Ted
  • 5 May 2007, 03:03
I love what you've done with this shot. The composition and the selective color really emphasize the funny sign.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Ted. smile
La multa por tocar la bocina es impresionante !! Qué multa será por circular a mayor velocidad? !! bufff

The fine to touch the horn is impressive! What fines will be by circulating at greater speed? ! bufff
Ginnie Hart: It doesn't seem to be a corner where speed is an issue, Jose. Just honking the horn! Since it's in a congested area of Little Italy, maybe it was just getting too riduclous!
amusante cette photo!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, O-P. It was VERY amusing to me. smile
Hi Ginnie... Very graphic and colourful !! Problem is : I don't necessarily understand what "HONK" means in this context... Can you explain ? smile
Ginnie Hart: HONK means blowing your car horn, Florence. And that sounds funny to say since we don't really "blow" a car horn. Hopefully I've explained it enough for you to understand?
smile I love this sign smile
I believe this will scare of some people
Ginnie Hart: I think you're probably right, Magnus. I certainly wouldn't want to tempt it. smile
It's a good idea actually. NYC was known for it's honking cabs and it was hard on the ears when they were all doing it at once.
Ginnie Hart: I bet! So someone had a good idea, it looks like! Thanks, Mary.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 5 May 2007, 13:00
I thought this was an interesting concept, and I really thought there was less honking, at least where we were!

I like your composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. I'm not sure why I didn't capture this when I was with you, but I sure was glad when I had another chance!
love it... but that is rather crazy...
Ginnie Hart: Very crazy, Jen! smile
  • Ted
  • Washington, CT
  • 5 May 2007, 16:41
Another terrific shot. Something about this composition reminds me of my own recent Composition with Diagonals #1 & #2. It was very daring of you to have the foreground object so out of focus. Yet, it works. Of course what really works is the very controlled use of color. I have a special fondness for monochrome images with a spot of color.
Ginnie Hart: You give me way too much credit with that foreground out of foucus, Ted. I think the camera did it, not me. I have become quite the fan of selective coloring and am doing it more and more when I think the pic "deserves" it. I'm finding that not everyone is a fan, but I guess that's just different strokes for different folks. smile

BTW, you got it!! (And you know what I'm talking about!) smile Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 May 2007, 17:06
You could maybe have cropped out the railing of the bus. Still a fun picture.

Policeman: You honked
Driver: Wasn't me
Policemen: I heard you
Driver: You see those geese flying up there ...
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm sure that's exactly what I would say! grin

I did consider a tighter crop, Louis, but I kinda liked the other signs underneath, so I kept it as is.
  • Carl
  • Navarre,Florida
  • 5 May 2007, 17:35
Ginnie,sister to Ruth;
Are you a proffesional photographer?
Looks like you work for a magazine.
That sign reminds me of the signs I used to see
"quiet,hospital zone".
But this one looks like someone printed it and displayed it for their own benefit. As in not official.I wouldn't honk if I saw it though.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, NO, Carl. If anyone would be it would be Ruth. You are too kind. I do travel a lot, however, and am lucky to see things all the time that are new to me. It would be fun if someone wanted to use my pics in a professional way but that would just be dreaming, I'm afraid. grin But the thought was certainly nice while it lasted.

I always read your comments on Ruth's site, and am quite honored that you have found me here. Thanks. Ruth is my "little sister!" smile Maybe she has already told you that our dad's name was Carl, exactly as you spell yours. Nice connection. smile
But what if you need to 'honk' like I had to this afternoon when I was cut up on a roundabout? Grrrrrr...good spot Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Chris! I'm laughing at this because I NEVER honk my horn, always thinking of it too late in any situation that warrants it. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • 5 May 2007, 23:27
grin good one for a Saturday.

I suppose they can get points for trying to keep the motorists quiet. I've never quite 'got' it about car horns in some place. What's the point of sounding your horn when you're in a queue of traffic? *shrug*
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Ellie, but I DO think of certain pics as being perfect for Saturday and/or Sunday. grin

That's exactly how I feel about car harns, when you're all lined up with nowhere to go. As I told Chris, I never remember to honk my horn when it would be legitimate, so I might as well not have one!
Lol smile As I remember my trip to NYC, this is a joke surely smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Are you willing to test it, Zeb, for $350? grin
Very funny. I can't help but wonder if half the people who see the sign end up honking just to break the rules! wink
Ginnie Hart: And to see if they'll get caught! I've heard that the sign DOES help. Hmmm. Makes you wonder. smile
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 8 May 2007, 07:30
I've seen a documentary about the parking situation in NYC. The prices for parking are ridiculously high.
Your picture is just great! To me one of your best.
Ginnie Hart: I take that as a compliment, Julia. Thanks. smile

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