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Wheels

By Sabreur
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.

Tags: Transport Black and white San francisco Cable car Landscape and travel

Voters: spikemoz, imagio, dougv and 11 more


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Comments


spikemoz 9 2
20 Aug 2007 11:49PM
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 10 12 1 England
21 Aug 2007 12:06AM
Love the movement on this

Bernie
dougv 12 8.4k 3 England
21 Aug 2007 12:31AM
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
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 10:23AM
Cracking detail.........and something that you don't see everyday! Great work......

Al
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 1:21PM
Wonderful image, great sense of power and movement - a feast of mono!
Bill
redstag 11 100 15 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 8:05PM
Fascinating image.
Jon
19 Nov 2007 7:28PM
Great image. Why only on 12 clicks is beyond me !!

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