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By definition (just to review some physics):

Horsepower: A workhorse can lift 550 pounds 1 foot in the air in 1 second; that is 1 horsepower.
Engines are measured in horsepower. A 10-horsepower engine can do the work of ten horses.

Manpower: An average man lifts 55 pounds 1 foot high in 1 second.

In other words, a manpower is a tenth of a horsepower...

It is fascinating how we, human beings are able to abstract from reality and create a concept which is not tangible but at the same time is so real and useful:

- Power and how to measure it.

Beyond these basic physic concepts I see a most valuable meaning for this concept of manpower.

It is the strenght of man to exceed its own limitations, its own barriers, concepts, procedures, schemes and prejudices with the sole purpose of achieving a new reality, a new goal.

I have seen this too many times, when everything is against, and the probabilities are really reduced, manpower had made the difference between monumental failure and success.

K.
Ps.: I saw the legs of this cyclist and they looked so powerful and athletic at the same time.

I blurred, add noise several times, cropped to emphasize the legs and the idea of power and then finally tilted to add kinetics to the photo (in reality I tilted before cropping...).

I forgot to mention, I desaturated it also.

Hope you like it or critique it mercilessly!!!

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Additional Photos by Cesar Kike Velazquez (kikvel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 687 W: 60 N: 1161] (4784)
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