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Another holiday picture - this time from San Francisco.

These four motors and 'sheaves' drive the city's cable car system. The cables run at a constant 9.5 mph for about 19 hours a day. The drivers on the cable cars vary the amount of friction their grips exert to vary the speed of the car - all done by brute force.

Although formerly a major means of transport around the city, the four remaining lines are now mainly for tourists. The queues at either end stretch for some distance at the busiest times.

Anyway, this was taken at the widest end of the lens, and then cropped slightly top and bottom. Converted to B&W in Photoshop Elements. 1 second exposure, with the camera balanced on the rail that stops tourist from falling into the workshop below.

As ever, all coments, critique and mods welcome.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Sigma 10-20 EX
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wheels
Username:Sabreur Sabreur
Uploaded:20 Aug 2007 - 11:41 PM
Tags:Black & white, Cable car, Landscape / travel, San francisco, Transport
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spikemoz
spikemoz e2 Member 7spikemoz vcard
20 Aug 2007 - 11:49 PM

Wonderful place and great photograph.

I was lucky enough to see it with the old winding gear. However, they didn't have the observation window where you could see the cable going out under the street.

Spike.

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imagio
imagio e2 Member 8imagio vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2007 - 12:06 AM

Love the movement on this

Bernie

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dougv
dougv Site Moderator 108378 forum postsdougv vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2007 - 12:31 AM

I think you made the right decision to upload as a monochrome image.
It just works so well.
Great detail and movement in the winding gear.
Doug Smile

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
21 Aug 2007 - 10:23 AM

Cracking detail.........and something that you don't see everyday! Great work......

Al

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2007 - 1:21 PM

Wonderful image, great sense of power and movement - a feast of mono!
Bill

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 9100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2007 - 8:05 PM

Fascinating image.
Jon

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FoolsAndKings
FoolsAndKings e2 Member 7FoolsAndKings vcard
19 Nov 2007 - 7:28 PM

Great image. Why only on 12 clicks is beyond me !!

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