Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine (39/365)
"Big Red Machine"
Olympus E-3 with Zuiko Digital 9-18mm
1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 100, 9mm

Nothing quite brings the little boy out of the grown man like a big red crane. There's been a fair amount of construction around the 408 lately ("infrastructure"), and there're additional roads being built in other parts of Orange County. The 408 construction is extensive enough that it keeps the speed limit down to 55 through most of the eastern leg of the 408.

Even with my UWA set to 9mm, it was hard trying to convey the massive size and mechanical complexity of the crane. In the end, after walking around a bit and trying various angles, I decided this was the better angle. And I definitely saturated the bejeebers out of this photo; I wanted it big and red, and I wanted the sky as blue as possible to contrast with the red and enhance the redness even further.

New Road Construction, 417/408
"New Road Construction, 417/408"
Olympus E-3 with Zuiko Digital 50-200mm
1/320s, f/5, ISO 100, 69mm

The second photo is of the second crane working on the same section of roadway, and provides a much better idea of scale. Both cranes are just big. They've been driving reinforced concrete pilings into the soft Florida sand, all the better to help build a new section of overpass and bridging.

This is illustrative of our interesting delima; choose to build and grow so that most may advance, if even a little bit, at the expense of more and more land consumed and covered with development.

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