Friday, February 03, 2006

How to stop a cable car

Recently I've found myself more drawn to black and white images. I think it's the combination of a more simple format and a more polished end result.
The subject in this photo is the hand brake for a cable car on the Powell-Hyde line in San Francisco. The brake is turned to initiate the friction need to slow the car on steep downhills in the city (which explains why the end is so shiny from repeated use).
I felt the brightness of the handle along with the texture of the cobblestones in the background created an interesting image. Also the strong line of shadows seemed to split the frame very well in order to create a sense of balance.

Canon 20D, 24-85mm 3.5-4.5, AV f 10.0
[click photo to enlarge]

7 Comments:

Blogger broccoflower said...

amazing how you've made something so ordinary look so beautiful

8:29 AM  
Anonymous scott s. said...

excellent pictures.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.

Looking for beauty in ordinary things makes finding photography subjects much easier.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Yes, you seem to go back to the essence of things. Very minimalist & stylish.
I would have cropped a little bit more on the right just to have only the hand brake.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comment Sidney.
I can see what you mean about the cropping. Although I left it this way so the handle didn't 'float' in the frame.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Caryn said...

Like the black and white, Ahamed. Have you seen the B&W photo challenge? You may enjoy it. They just started, and have only done a few so far, but the site is rapidly gaining in popularity judging by the increasing number of entries. http://namastebysc.free.fr/challenge/html/

9:30 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks Caryn,

I actually did know about the B+W challenge. I've got links to all the online photo contests I know of at the bottom of the page. It's a nice way to see a lot of different styles.

10:18 AM  

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