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Above It All

The cranes:  we might as well get used to them, right?!
(And please don't tell me I need to clone out that one tram wire!)
I'm still cleaning out pics from my Unassigned file!

[Today I'm in Amsterdm.]

Above It All

The cranes:  we might as well get used to them, right?!
(And please don't tell me I need to clone out that one tram wire!)
I'm still cleaning out pics from my Unassigned file!

[Today I'm in Amsterdm.]

comments (32)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2007, 01:12
This picture is about as crisp and clear as one could possibly get.

The towering crane [and the tramwire] just effectively counterpoint the beautiful brickwork that the sun is playing on.

Belly Lice, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Ray. smile Thanks.
Cool Capture Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, dear!
Very Sharp! Nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Etomi.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2007, 02:49
I still wonder how they get cranes on top of these tall buildings. It is quite amazing. This is an excellent picture, Ginniej. I love the variations in the architecture of the buildings!
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Kay, I think this crane stands behind these buildings somewhere, because I have seen it from different angles...and it's been there for months on end!

The architectural detail here is exactly why I love the canal houses of Amsterdam! Thanks!
Hi Ginnie! Wonderful colors and the tram wire it is almost not seen! It is good idea to warn to be kind... LOL wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Jose, there was no way I was gonna try to clone out that wire. After all, it IS part of the scenery on that street. Thanks.
I wouldn't have noticed that tram wire if you hadn't pointed it out. wink The crane is what draws my eye in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: That wire stuck out like a sore thumb to me, Karen, because I knew someone would wish I had cloned it out. No way, Jose! grin Glad you were drawn to the crane and not the wire. Thanks.
very nice shot, I like the blue against the orange.
Ginnie Hart: Good ole Dutch orange, Dotun! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 3 Sep 2007, 07:04
The towering "Liebherr"- crane is the Big Brother -ik ben een beetje bang voor hem- - of the typical gable cranes- a really fine capture! A cotrast and -at the same time- a connection of old and modern world! The tram wire belongs to the modern times. Wonderful the brickhouses with their various gables in the warm colours of the morningsun and the the bright blue sky!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine, the old and new are everywhere around us here in Amsterdam. That's what makes it such a fabulous city! Thank you for your wonderful comment, as always!
Nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris.
Nice sharp pic. The view from the control room of the crane would be lovely. smile
Ginnie Hart: And I would climb up there to take pics if someone would let me do it, Sarthak! grin Thanks for that lovely idea.
Well seen and a nice contrast.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, William.
Very well presented shot Ginnie !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks as always, Shakara.
Must admit, you would be hard pressed to find a skyline in our urban areas which is crane-free. Incredibly crips shot. Love all the different patterns in the brickwork. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I was gonna say "sad but true," but have come to see the beauty in the cranes, Roz. Now I'm trying to present them in their best light, so to speak. smile Thanks.
It really gives the feeling that the crane is coming out of the room...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Flo! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • a weekend of shooting spring pictures
  • 3 Sep 2007, 10:21
You are ducking the issue ducks. That tram wire should be clowned out. No 2 ways about it. grin

Great shot for contrasting the old and new.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Who, me?? Nah! I can't even begin to imagine the patience to do all that cloning and I'm actually very patient when it comes to fastidious efforts.

Anyway, thanks, Louis. smile
Amsterdam, not too far from me... about 1 hour.
Ginnie Hart: That means we should be able to meet up some day, Chantal, right? Do you and Hubby ever get to Amsterdam??
Hi Ginnie,
I like Amsterdam for THIS, always renovating .... houses,bridges, streets, everything is brandnew Hahaha smile Well its not funny when you want to drive by car, a BIG change that you cannot move forewards nor backwards, or I.O.W. "cannot move-stand Still!!" well at least you can make some nice shots than, as you did, hopefully not standing in a trafficjamsmile

Look forewards meeting you!!
I like this blogstyle, can I make by this blog-provider a blog also? Or must one pay for it? Just wondering have a good creative day.
JoAnn from Holland smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, JoAnn. This is typical all over the world by now, I do believe.

And YES, this would be a great place for your lovely photos. This site IS a paid site, out of the UK, but I'll talk to you more about that on Thursday, when I see you.
Cranes, cables and tram lines, looks like you got it all. You should have gotten rid of the wires though smile just kidding I won't know where to start. Oh yeah I almost forgot about that great big weather vane up there !
Ginnie Hart: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! grin HA!

I can hardly wait to meet you on Saturday, Johnny. smile
David Leavitt wrote a wonderful book: "The Lost Language of Cranes". Maybe you can learn a bit of that language.
Ginnie Hart: HA! That sounds like a winner, Wim. Thanks. smile
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 3 Sep 2007, 13:20
I always get a bit nervous when looking at cranes.
Will that big lump of concrete at the end of the crane hold or will it suddenly drop
Ginnie Hart: I certainly don't think I'd want to be UNDER a crane for very long while in operation, Magnus, for sure. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Sep 2007, 14:21
Love the clean crispness of this shot Ginnie. The brickwork is a delight, all the lovely patterns. Just imagine the view the driver gets from up theresmile now thats what I call brave you would'nt get me up there. Great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You wouldn't go UP, Tracy, but you sure are willing to go down under the water! We're just the opposite. I start hyperventilating when I snorkel but LOVE being high up in the air. smile Thanks.
I like cranes shot, especially when they include other buildings and objects smile

The colours look great - the only thing that I would have experimented with here is different places to let the crane pop up...this could be the best spot, it's just that I would have tried other placement as well smile
Ginnie Hart: You should see the group of pics I took of this one silly crane in this spot, Aksel. HA! Let's just say you're lucky I settled on this one. smile But I know what you mean. Thanks.
Hi Ginnie,

I am not sure, but does the decreaseng order of the building height and difference in architecture shows that these buildings are from different period of time (as we see in UK).

But anyway, Good work.
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Sanchita, but I have no clue! Thanks for your comment.
where was this taken because it looks a lot like a place in londond?
Ginnie Hart: This was taken not far from our apartment here in Amsterdam, Sam! Definitely not in London! smile But thanks anyway.
oh, and its a nice putting together of different elements smile...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart. Thanks. smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2007, 18:52
As always a beautiful Amsterdam picture Ginnie. You should find an Amsterdam publisher to sell them...smile
Ginnie Hart: That's why I'm getting a new camera, Petra! My SLR will supposedly take the quality of pics a travel stock photographer will want. That's what I'm hoping to do! I'll let you know if it works. smile Thanks for your vote of confidence!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 3 Sep 2007, 19:00
I was struck by the mirror shape and purpose of the cranes and those hoist gable thingies.
Ginnie Hart: The hoist cable thingies are cranes in their own right, aren't they, Ruth. HA! I like that. smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 3 Sep 2007, 19:30
Another stunning insight into Amsterdam life Ginnie. I'm wondering when this was taken because I haven't seen a sky like that in a very very long time smile. We should go for a coffee some day Ginnie so you can tell me about Amsterdam LOL.
Ginnie Hart: I get patches of blue skies like this almost every day, Scarlet, but with everything else in between as well, of course. This particular pic was taken on May 25th.

YES! Let's do coffee some day. But I see you're off to Ireland. When will you return? I'll be here till Sept. 14th, will go back to Atlanta, and then will return on Oct. 9th.
Very vivid capture. Love the blue of the crane in this shot. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave. No way was I gonna convert this to mono/sepia. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 3 Sep 2007, 21:42
I want pictures this sharp! Actually, I want pictures this well balanced, exposed, captured, presented ...

Foul play by the admin bods though. What happened to the shooting data in this new format? It's nowhere to be seen, or is it just me?

I often use it to remind myself who's using what and to see how they've achieved such sharpness and perfect exposures as this.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Colin. Thank you.

I'm not sure what's going on with your EXIF data because I get mine and everyone else's just fine. Hmmm. Maybe you'll have to check with the Shutter gods?
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 4 Sep 2007, 21:00
I'll be back at work the 13th Ginnie so let's try for when you're back in October. Well I'm off to kiss the Blarney Stone smile
Ginnie Hart: OK, Scarlet. Sounds good. Believe it or not, my sister, Ruth, was kissing the Blarney Stone in July when she was in Ireland with a group of students from Michigan State University. She's their English adviser there. Have fun.
Nice eyes to notice that - Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: HA! You know me and cranes, Zeb. My eyes never miss them. smile

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