looming by Lenny La Rue, IPA

Song on my mind: “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull

In the shuffling madness
of the locomotive breath,
runs the all-time loser,
headlong to his death.
“Oh” He feels the piston scraping -
steam breaking on his brow -

old Charlie stole the handle and
the train “it” won’t stop going —
no way to slow down. “OhooOh”

He sees his children “jumping” off
at the stations - one by one.
His woman and his best friend -

in bed and having fun.
“Oh” He’s crawling down the corridor
on his hands and knees -
old Charlie stole the handle and
the train “it” won’t stop going -

no way to slow down. “Heaheya”

He hears the silence howling -
catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
has got him by the balls.
“Oh” He picks up Gideon’s Bible -

open at page one -
I “THINK” God “he” stole the handle and
the train “it” won’t stop going -

no way to slow down.
“no way to slow down
no way to slow down
no way to slow down
no way to slow down”

“Looming” is another massive edit and my first attempt at faking an HDR image. :-D I stayed with it for two days of long hours, managing to create six adjustment layers in CS4 but no masking. Areas I wanted highlighted, darkened, recoloured, or sharpened were isolated pixel by pixel at 300 dpi using CS4. Then a digital spotlight was placed over the top centre of the engine and the sky looked too distracting, being as dark as the train.

Again, pixel by pixel I isolated the sky in the five places you now see (along with five more I cropped out) and let the computer pick a hue/colour. LOL! That sucked when the clouds were allowed to control the luminosity with their own. No amount of natural flow worked so I messed with them manually using both the burn and dodge tools before smearing/smudging.

Thanks need to be noted: Jim and Ben from “4.2 Photographer’s Group”, Eileen, and Ian Anderson

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Lenny.

  • Thank you very much, Don. :-) I was laying on the tracks sideways with the 18-105 MM Nikkor lens about 12 inches from the lowest part of the foreground. I was more than surprised I could get anywhere near the top of the engine being that close but it helped with the looming perspective. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...about 5 years ago

    Thats an evil looking train Lenny! I LOVE JT! Great image, hon! xoxox

  • Evil enough to be in a Stephen King book? Do I need to make a quick call to Maine? LOL!

    Thanks for liking it, Marg!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 5 years ago

    Kahlan said she thought it was a robot. LOL What do you expect, she’s totally unfamiliar with even the idea of a locomotive other than Thomas the Train kids cartoon. And trust me—Thomas looks nothing like this. LOL I explained to her what it was and such. I think she believed me, but she didn’t say one way or another.

    I’m confused, you let the computer choose pink for the sky? It makes for quite a dramatic contrast, gotta admit. :)

    Enough being silly. I do like the point of view and appreciate all the work you did which resulted in quite an interesting piece. (Interesting in a good way!)

  • LOL! If Thomas the Train looked this scary, kids wouldn’t be so bad in general. "Honey? Wanna go for a train ride??? “No mommy, no mommy, nooooo! I’ll be good! I promise!!” Hehehe!

    I know: that sounded horrible but I have a semi-OK reason to think of it. I tossed the cremated ashes of my mom out of a plane at just about the time the “Throw Mama From The Train” movie was happening. See? A perfect tie-in! :-)

    Yes, the computer can do random colours if you ask it to. With the clouds that colour changed a bit with the depth of their original colour and I didn’t quite like the way it looked. So a bit of the Smearing Tool smudged them around until the new colour looked better. I’m not a fan of pink tho; this doesn’t look very pink to me. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62about 5 years ago

    Oooo…it does look like a Robot! scarey looking at that! Wen x

  • I have to agree now that the notion has been introduced into my mind. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 5 years ago

    AMAZING shot Lenny

    instant fav

    I hope you weren’t on the wrong side of the tracks ?

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Is there a “right side” of the tracks? I guess it all depends upon who’s asking. LOL! In my old neighbourhood, the other side of the tracks wasn’t a great place to visit, in my opinion. ;-)

    Glad you liked the piece, bro. It’s now one of my favourites (from my own hand, mind you!) :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrabout 5 years ago

    Great capture – great song Lenny. Some of us are old enough to have seen this song performed live :-)

  • Thank you much, Gary. I didn’t hear Tull do it but I played it a couple times, completely faking it with other musicians on stage. Once it sorta sounded like the song. LMAO! And being a HUGE fan of progressive music since the early 70’s, I’m afraid I fall into that “old enough” category as well. ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • MischaC
    MischaCabout 5 years ago

    You might laugh, but I never understood the words to this song, but I have always liked it. Thanks for the great photo and these words.

  • Glory no! I didn’t even know what the words were until I looked at them when I made this post. LMAO! I read a commentary on their meaning after reading about Scarbourgh Faire’s lyrics. I didn’t understand the commentary, either. :-D Glad you like the image tho!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 5 years ago

    You’ll have to trust me, then, Lenny. The sky is pink (Oh dear, now the phrase ‘marmalade sky’ is floating in my head! lol) And would you ask CLiPiCS just exactly what is wrong with those of us living on the wrong side of the tracks! ;) LOL!

    Little did Kahlan know that her simple comment would direct so many thoughts toward robots! LOL As for an evil looking robot train being used to make children behave, you’ve not heard of “La Llorana”— The wailing woman whose spirit is looking for her children she drowned. The threat is that if you are crying and whining La Llorna will think you’re her children and take you away. I don’t know that that legend made much of a behavior change any more than the boogyman. LOL

  • OMG! Most of these legends are based in some sort of truth so I hope the La Llorana story leaves out that the kids got away and CPS arrested mom. ;-)

    Oh well, a pink sky. Isn’t that supposed to be something cheerful in some sort of way? Another legend, if I recall.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • jnisbet
    jnisbetabout 5 years ago

    Lenny I am glad you pointed this out to me. You did a good job at processing.

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.about 5 years ago


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