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Monday, 25 June 2018


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About those gloves, that funky cyan color is similar to what I got on blown-out highlights with an IR conversion Nikon D100.

"I like looking at pictures next to each other, seeing how they play off their neighbors, and to me that's worth the modest inconvenience of separating the texts from the pictures."

How about a thumb next to the comments, best of both worlds?

PS David Stock's picture wins for me too.

Man if I had remembered I'd have sent a duck picture.


It's even from the same city as the picture you featured. 😀

”Photographs often show us details we would not have thought to invent.”

And therein lies perhaps the most fundamental difference between photography and other media. Nobody could paint or draw that manhole cover and later say they didn’t realize that the Ghost of Yesterday’s Stripe was visible. That, to me, is a principal part of the magic of candid photography.

The people who replaced the manhole cover suffer from a lack of OCD.

Sorry, Mike. I hate to disagree with you but that photo wins.

I had to think about the manhole cover. Obviously if a worker replaced it, he would have lined it up better than that. So it has to result from motorists applying the brakes, and each time it rotates just a bit. If we new how much it moved, we would have a primitive traffic counter.

Thanks for the HM. I enjoyed your take on the subject matter of Yellow.

That's not a manhole cover with a grating. IMHO, it's a solid piece of iron or steel. I've seen grates in streets, but not on manhole covers. I say this because I have some experience with them (don't ask.) In fact, there are a wide variety of designs on manhole covers, some including the town's name, some designed by well-known artists. In the city of Chicago, thousands of manhole covers, some of which can weigh more than a hundred pounds, have gone missing in recent years, due to the demand for scrap iron and steel, mostly in China. So the yellow stripe is completely on solid steel. (Grates, by the way, are usually square or rectangular.)

Re the Manhole cover: They are in fact solid covers with a ribbing pattern cast into them, they are not drains, they usually cover a vertical shaft which has a ladder for maintenance access . In New York some are tunnels for live steam which still heats some buildings, others are more mundane electrical tunnels , some with access to storm drains.
I've never seen a manhole cover that was also a drain, --but that doesn't mean that none exist somewhere.
The ribbon usually gets driven into the recesses by traffic. However not all yellow lines are thermoplastic, some are still sprayed on which would also paint the crevasses .

And yes this is too geeky for what is otherwise my favorite of the bunch.

I don't understand Matthew O'Brien's comment. The whole manhole cover is cast iron, it's not a grate. On the "ghost stripe", the paint has worn off the raised metal surfaces and remains only in the grooves.

A nice article about New York's manholes: https://hyperallergic.com/306273/the-well-trodden-art-of-the-manhole-cover-in-new-york-city/

Re. the manhole, it is unlikely to be a grate, more likely to be indentations to provide a bit of grip for tyres, rather than flat metal which is very slippery when wet. The yellow paint is (as you say) a resin which arrives in blocks and is melted, poured into a "box" on wheels with a slot on the underside through which the resin flows.(I was a highways civ eng tech).

Longer lines are normally nowadays done with a vehicle which does all the above in one operation.

That's also why the original paint still shows in the indentations.

P.S. the dark parts of the manhole are metal (look at the dark surround) and the paler radial bits are the indentations full of dust.

Thanks, Mike and Another Phil, for the votes of confidence. The yellow line was just that way. It had been very recently painted, which is what made it catch my eye. I have some later pictures of the same spot in later years, but they aren't as graphic.

I agree that the resin "tape" could be thick enough to not flow through the space between the grates, but these yellow resins are very thick so that anything under the yellow, which by itself is "a light color" in nature, would not show through, like when the yellow is covering a dark asphalt patch next to a light concrete slab, there would be not change in the yellow as nothing is showing through. But here in this picture, the white of the grates are showing........

Another comment about comments. I did not realise until today that in Safari on iPad (iOS 11) that in landscape mode one is offered the choice of opening a link in split view, including a link to the page one is on. This is a neat solution to viewing the photographers comments alongside the sequence of pictures. If the iPad is rotated back and forth it switches between single page and split view.
Probably all the world but me knows this already :-(.

Timing is everything - at work I saw a bright yellow '64 Ford Ranchero in the parking lot. Having just perused your fine image collection, it stood out even more than usual! No decent camera and too far away for a useful cell photo, but memorable.

I don't know how you do it Mike. The sequence of 13 yellow images seems just perfect.... but the idea of 13 rubber duck photos makes me chuckle every time I think about it. I can see why it took three days for you to get the idea out of your system.

The people who replaced the manhole cover should receive the "is not my job award".

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