Saturday, March 3, 2012

Out of the Jurisdiction: Coit Tower

This is the third and final photo in my short series about electricity.

Photo editing software lets us remove wires from our photos, but I don't do it.  They are part of the urban environment.  This October photo of Lombard Street in San Francisco, leading to Coit Tower, shows a cobweb of wires.

23 comments:

Lowell said...

Plus these things give the birds a place to roost and rest. But they sure are ugly (the wires not the birds)...

And it ain't always easy to remove the wires in Photoshop!

Re Mr. Kuhn and his run for sherrif...it's the Hatch Act. One cannot run for a partisan office while responsible to an agency that receives federal funds. You might think he would have known that!

Lowell said...

Oops, I forgot your question re the photo of the golf tourney: Didn't do nuttin! That's from the Teevee and when I got it on the computer that's pretty much what it looked like! I liked it so left it.

Kate said...

I have friends from outside the US who shake their heads at our penchant for having our wires above ground. Seems pretty normal to me.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I agree Jack, they are a pain but they're part of what keeps things running and we can't hide the facts. We have a lot of new suburbs here now that have underground power, but it costs a fortune to do and, as Lowell says 'where are the birds going to perch!'
btw I would love to see you strolling along Cottesloe Beach with your camera and your new hat on snapping the sculptures, next year hey Jack!!

Cezar and Léia said...

The web of wires makes me think of my hometown... Lots of it!
God bless you!
Cezar

JM said...

I try to avoid them when I can, but that's it. Great perspective of this street.

joo said...

I love this street Jack, and I love the houses with bay windows on the right.
Have a great weekend:)

Sharon said...

I was tempted to use a couple of photos I have from Buenos Aires Argentina. I was taken by the oddly placed and strung electrical wires I saw there. They literally went from one building to the window of another building and back and forth in wild zig-zag patterns.

Birdman said...

Knew it was SF right off. That tower is pretty iconic there.

cieldequimper said...

I don't have that problem as most of the lines here are buried but I agree with you that they are part of the urban environment and shouldn't be photothingied away. Up and down can only be San Francisco!

David Thomas said...

We have wires in the air around our neighborhood and they are fine until the hurricanes arrive and tear them down. Then it's time to adjust to having no electricity for a week or a month or two. But that is not all bad either.

This photo requires the wires. And the cars too. The many windows and dwellings. It all goes together. Man and his support system.

Sylvia K said...

Like them or not, they are an essential part of our lives! Love your shot of SF and the Coit Tower! Hope you have a great day, Jack, and lovely weekend -- camera in hand, of course!

Sylvia

Luis Gomez said...

Love this one Jack!

Mo said...

I like to see what is really there so don't remove things either

Halcyon said...

I didn't know you could photoshop wires out. With the streetcars in toronto, you can end up with a lot of wires In your shot. I like them here though. They add something.

Regina K said...

In older neighborhoods they are everywhere, funny how I don't miss them.

Regina K said...

In older neighborhoods they are everywhere, funny how I don't miss them.

Bob Crowe said...

Way out of the jurisdiction. You have a nice view of the play of the hills. And it wouldn't be SFO without the wires.

Virginia said...

BRAVO. Those that have the time to remove such need a real job! :) I say that but I"m too right brained to learn PS so that's my excuse.
V

Randy said...

I do love San Francisco.

SRQ said...

Burying power lines is all the rage here. Don't think it's going to happen there.

Tash said...

Cool shot!
We stayed at a Hilton(?) with a roof-top pool at the gateway to Chinatown, with a view of Coit Tower about 8 years ago for a long weekend. The memorable part of that trip was taking the cable car, the BRAT, the electric street train, a boat (under Golden Gate bridge), and a bus (back to the hotel) -- all within a few hours. I think my son (then about 8) had a lot of fun but when we came back home he said that the vacation was kind of suckey. Go figure. I'll ask him what he remembers of it now.

CaT said...

i have never been to san francisco. i do want to, however...