A Dual Photo Ying-and-Yang-ish “What am I?” Quiz
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desktop background image of industrial piping  --  Things are Looking Up What am I?  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Things are Looking Up
What am I?
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What, Exactly, am I ? Intimately related to the image above  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
What, Exactly, am I ?
Intimately related to the image above

I don't normally have two photos on one of my “What am I?” quizzes, but then, I don't normally have two quizzes going at once. This one is even more obvious than the currently-outstanding “An Oh-So-Obvious “What am I?” Quiz” from a few days ago, at least if, like that one, you look at the image metadata, but these two snaps are perhaps good for a few moments of perplexity.

I also don't normally put industrial grunge for a desktop background, but I'm giving it a try with that top image, for a different vibe.

Anyway, what are these images of? As always, I'll keep comments hidden until I reveal the answer in a subsequent post.


All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

An espresso machine and the handle of a coffee cup?

— comment by David Keaveny on June 10th, 2012 at 12:14am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Can’t guess exactly what it is, but looking at the design, I’d say what it does deals with high air or liquid pressure.

— comment by Bob Barlow on June 10th, 2012 at 5:33am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hmmm, looks like the first one are the innards of a coffee machine, and the second a cup o’coffee with lots of milk…

Henk from Winnipeg

— comment by Henk on June 10th, 2012 at 5:40am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’m guessing something similar to an industrial espresso machine but with a much more industrial look to it than those copper ones in Italy and France.

— comment by Robert on June 11th, 2012 at 12:38am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the industrial grunge – one of my favorite types of photo. The first image looks like a vessel with either a valve or sample port for checking a liquid being processed. The second photo looks like beer, so is this a brewery?

— comment by Tom in SF on June 11th, 2012 at 11:20am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

My guess is that the first image is for some sort of brewing of alcohol, likely wine, and the latter is a wine glass. If I’m wrong, I still like both the pictures, and i enjoy the macro with a tiny depth of field the glass sublimates into a soft goo. It reminds me of this photo I took in my grandfather’s basement.

Can you guess what it is?

Well, it looks like a needle and thick thread… needlepoint? —Jeffrey

— comment by Dan Lynch on June 12th, 2012 at 9:04pm JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve posted the answer here.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on June 15th, 2012 at 11:46am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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