looming

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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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

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