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Tales from the West by darkdex52 Tales from the West by darkdex52
Location: Cinevilla, Latvia

Taken during MB trip 2010.

The photo is quite a lot grainy. I don't have a too good camera so I have to do with what I have.

edit: Fixed some problems that were wrong with the image.
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Truly magnificent and masterfully skilled works of art, as this, come along all too rarely. I came to this artist’s gallery to give thanks for a favorite and was instantly drawn in and mesmerized by this astounding work of art. At first I thought this was a drawing or a painting. I was amazed to find it was a photo. Normally, it would be a flaw for the graininess, intentional or not, but in this case it is the graininess that defines this photo. It pleasingly renders, with longing, a feeling of history past and bestows an almost antique appearance to the photo. The composition and lines in this photo are perfection. The intensity of this scene is overwhelming. The train may be a little too dark and hard to define, but out of respect to this, I believe this provides the train with a more powerful prominence in the shot, considering its in competition with the sky for dominance. The colors in the shot blend and compliment each other in harmony. The sky is amazing with the bright light trying to force its way through the dark clouds. There is a feeling of an impending storm, but also the hope it will pass quickly coming from the sky above. This is a truly masterful and skillful work of art. I have absolutely nothing but praise for this photo.
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Critique by HeavennLeahh Mar 23, 2012, 2:24:57 PM
The picture shows a story behind it's focus rather than just "oh look some people and trains" xD I love the lighting and the mystery it makes me imagine when I see it and the distance to the subject rather than being zoomed in makes your eye travel through the image all the way to the trees silhouetted by the sky in the background all in all a fantastic piece of skilled work :D now I have nothing more to say, I am surprised I could think of so much as I am practically speechless from the beauty of this image :D
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AndySanderson Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015

think there's nothing wrong with the picture.
The grainity and the way you worked with the colors supports the character of it.
c-fredrick Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Love the style! I think in this case a little bit of graininess actually enhanced the quality of this photo. Keep up the amazing work!
Nordiciss Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well honestly the grainy part is not a bad thing actually the opposite it gives the image a really amazing effect, especially when you read the name of the image, tales from the west. So I like it :)
lolomgcatlover Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  New member
My father and brother and grandfather go train crazy lol train shirts train shows train models, engines, and I could go on and on about it all day lol
evaithegreen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice. My son and I love trains.
Auracle25 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the graininess adds to the feel of the picture. :)
LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
solstiziodinverno Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student General Artist
It's wonderful!!!
Tlauranoko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture i actualy love the graininess i see in the picture 8) it fits the scene i feel 8) 
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Awesome :D
Marquise Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
I love it never the less.  Whatever the camera's quality... That way however it leaves so much to imagination :)
AldebaranJewel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Actually, I thought that the graininess of it was on purpose.  If anything, it adds to the ambiance of the image. :)
Natalyyyja Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
very beautiful :)
TheJay289 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
looks pretty cool. nostalgic and amazing!
2826912animelover Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Truly beautiful, that's all I can say
LunaKatana Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This photo is amazing. The grainy look goes nice with this setting actually. To me it looks like an older photo that may have been taken years ago with a better camera from back in the day. Beautiful coloring, beautiful composition. I live how the train tracks leads you to the most epic area of the photo, as do the power lines on the left side. It leads you in and makes you focus on the train and the buildings in the background. I am in love with this photo. Amazing capture and you made the graininess work perfectly. That's my opinion.
Prime55 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
NICE JOB! So realistic. :D
Nanaki-Yamabushi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You should edit ya post and delete the grain thingy. I find that grain in your picture makes it whole complete for how you make it feel old.

I would critique it, but allas I have no premium account yet.

If you want to know if the picture is okay for what you ment it and find it is to grainy or not. Ask me. I got a keen eye for it.
EuforiaDezastrului Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MitsukiChan313 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love it!! :iconhappygrinneplz: As a train lover, I really do enjoy this picture!
DNASoul23 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
nice shoot. I love the photo, it gives a special atmosphere and reminds me  the series "The Walking Dead". =D
EldonHossam Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WoooW ♥
Helkathon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

Love the atmosphere.

And it reminds me 29 Neibolt Street, from "It" :D
Eliceswhan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great photo, it contains several elements that provide contrasts of light and shadow on it. It creates a certain melancholy is a graphic poem captured the different structures of the place as time passes also the sky is majestic. All elements work with each other creating a balance from textures, shapes and colors photographed place, if a job editing this well-crafted without excess thereof is performed. Most interesting photographs are those that you create memories. Even if you have not lived yet, sometimes it is a wonderful chance to be in the right place with a camera in hand.
sfaber95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It look great just as it is, I love the gloomy colors that are present:) 
sethzerr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a photo that would make Sheldon Cooper very happy. :)

Very good work, my friend! :)
Locklyn-Kennamer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xXpajaritoXx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The overcast perfectly captures how gloomy the weather often is in Europe
Labatryth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Writer
metamage Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the low contrast color - how it aids in the ethos of the image - it propels me back in time. Everything works here - especially the strange cast of the tipsy-looking buildings - their fragility - next to the behemoth engine. Wonderful contrast of textures and tones.
DeScripted-LOVE Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the details, I've yet to come across editing like this! Except for some of my own. Very unique. 
BorgoPass Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!
ArteyPasion Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see the grains u talk about  with the 2 the pic. it shows the moment u capture beautifuly. What did you use to twik it? an hdr program, photoshop or what?
EmiliaRobyn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Nice vintage feel. Great pic!
TheKussh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Damn... dat effect... I totally love this pic!!!
Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Like the locomotive.
BrandonTheKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This kind of reminds me of Flowers of Evil for some reason :/
BlynMavis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I actually like the slight "graininess" of the photo. It makes it look more authentic and not like you just cut it out of a magazine.
Heh, and if you're like me, you like those creepy old abandoned train yards... Yeah I'm weird.
HannaHeS Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice. Awesome :)
VonKarlebraum Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I do like that.
ordinarygirl1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
it's really good regardless of the camera :)
kartoonfanatic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Heh, I had to do a report in high school about railroad development, so this picture caught my eye.

I love the charcoaly look of the clouds and the grass here, very appropriate for a locomotive that's probably once hauled coal. X)

I like the touch of the people in this picture, too. It brings it from an abandoned still-life photo to a real capture of a moment in time. Very good work, and I just love the subject matter of this whole thing. =D
domi1516 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I like it :)
ChrisP1980 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice photo.  I actually really like the grainy texture and dark colors.  Something else about it- the electrical lines on the left are still using the glass insulators and the right of way signs are an old style.  These are really seldom seen things these days.  You've really captured a piece of the past here. 
darazumayra Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
this is so cool!
ngocehnajis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sword-art-katana Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
this looks awesome.

Newsiefan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like a false-colored print. I like the graininess; adds to the surreality of the the image. Very nice!
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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Shutter Speed
1/403 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 26, 2010, 9:34:38 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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