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Phew !!! That was a long day....

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 25 September 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

This is one of the three crawler cranes which "crawled" upto Foreshore Estate Beach , Chennai to help see off Lord Ganesha.

After the last idol had been seen off, and the crowd had dispersed, the beach had a very deserted and desolate look.

One of the crane operators was seen taking a much needed break.
"Exhausting, both physically and mentally.." he says , stretching his legs.
A tourist seeing him so exhausted, wistfully wondered why wouldnt this festival occur on 29 Feb..ONCE IN 4 YEARS !!!

No such luck, he has 50 weeks to bounce back....and I am sure he will....

Kimhe from Singapore, Singapore

Nice combination and wow it sure looks like tough work!

25 Sep 2010 5:51am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

wow........ yes hughe!!! great images:)

25 Sep 2010 5:52am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So, dumb question!. Once Lord Ganesha has been put in the sea, what happens next? He's left there? He just has a quick dip, and gets pulled out? He's left there till the crowds have gone, and then sneaked back onto dry land? Just being curious!

25 Sep 2010 6:31am

@CElliottUK: Lord Ganesha is left immersed permenantly....But these practices can cause environmental and ecological hazards. It was OK in earlier times..when idols were made of clay , with NO colouring,which gradually dissolved., Also, idols then were of much smaller size. Recent years have seen great increases in sizes and idols made of plaster of paris and the more worrying aspect is the colourful paints which can be toxic and hazardous to the flora and fauna of the sea. Hence, these are regulated, specail areas ear marked for immersion and cranes and boats used to ensure that the idols are carried far out into the sea and immersed.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Completed the task given ... people and the large crane was also descanasa. There is tension in the picture of the machine. The other two images are restful ... A good story in pictures Sunder... Thanks!
Best regards, Adela

25 Sep 2010 6:45am

Antoine from France

Superb photos with a excellent framing. Have a great day Sunder.

25 Sep 2010 6:55am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

They are really huge these machines, superb compo and framing. Good day.

25 Sep 2010 7:53am

tataray from france, France

Impressionnant cet engin ... ))
Belle texture .

25 Sep 2010 8:13am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

good story telling and nice combination of images to back up the words, those machines are huge...

25 Sep 2010 8:20am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A beautiful collage with great shots! Excellent work

25 Sep 2010 8:32am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great work, excellent collage

25 Sep 2010 8:56am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! Impressive... these are toys for boys ! Nice collage Sunder, have a great weekend :)

25 Sep 2010 9:58am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

L'homme est bien petit devant la grosse machine !

25 Sep 2010 10:46am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good composition, excellent show of the works in process :)

25 Sep 2010 10:54am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A massive amount of work goes into this celebration.

25 Sep 2010 11:38am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A great montage. I like the way you show the full scene in long shot then reveal for us the massive scale of the crane tracks compared to the exhausted operator.

25 Sep 2010 1:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i especially like the shot in the lower right

25 Sep 2010 1:53pm

Florence from Paris, France

Brilliant presentation for these street/documentary photographs.

25 Sep 2010 2:14pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting shot :)

25 Sep 2010 2:27pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like how you've shown this massive equipment in a long, establishing shot, followed by a couple of close ups.
Well done.

25 Sep 2010 2:46pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

lovely info,nice POV! have a nice day:)

25 Sep 2010 4:37pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great presentation in photos, well done

25 Sep 2010 4:56pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What an impressive engine !

25 Sep 2010 5:25pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Interesting show of works

25 Sep 2010 5:49pm

melocoton from Spain

buen reportaje

25 Sep 2010 6:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb collage! A nice bit of the detail it takes to make the festival work.

25 Sep 2010 6:35pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This has been amazing to watch. I've appreciated learning so much! Wonderful shots here, too!

25 Sep 2010 6:36pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Excellent documentary on this annual event

25 Sep 2010 7:01pm

Pierre from Belgium

Une belle bête si on peut dire.

25 Sep 2010 7:02pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente presentación!!

25 Sep 2010 7:59pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Wow, it's huge. Amazing to see.

25 Sep 2010 8:21pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Men at work -great pictorial!!

25 Sep 2010 8:44pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great documentary work !

25 Sep 2010 9:54pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Hard work done here. For sure.

26 Sep 2010 12:06am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A very industrial shot.. good detail.. the story behind it being there of course is wonderful and to see the man after at rest.. a brilliant end!

26 Sep 2010 3:24am

Becky from los angeles, United States

this DOES look like a long day! Great shot.

26 Sep 2010 4:18am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

One day...!!! ; ))

26 Sep 2010 1:26pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

très beau montage.

26 Sep 2010 1:44pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So well presented, must have been a log day for this guy

27 Sep 2010 5:49pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great presentation

27 Sep 2010 6:06pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Great shots

28 Sep 2010 9:54am