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Blur by KrisVlad Blur by KrisVlad
Train, 35mm B&W ILFORD film

I noticed lots of hair-thin speckles in the black tones, so I meticulously edited this photograph to get rid of the tiny imperfections. What do you guys think? I appreciate your constructive critiques.
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Parasit3 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The extreme angle of perspective is so intriguing. I love how it establishes such a long distance in such a small amount of space. You feel alone looking at this scene. Like you're the only one here in this night, on this road, in this city.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!

You should have seen how busy it was. On the left (behind the train) there was a ton of traffic waiting to go and on the right, there was a big McDonalds parking lot that was packed. That street was untouched though.
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Pixturesque Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Photographer
I love this, great composition and well-executed blur. :)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! It was actually wide screen, but I tightened the crop. You can't even tell right? I think black and white photos always look better squared for some reason. Very cliche.
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Pixturesque Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Photographer
Nope, couldn't tell at all. I agree that black and white (or any photo actually) can look better squared. :) even if it may be a bit cliche, it definitely works well.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Photographer
Definitely agree with that... It is what it is though - that's what the community likes.
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very, nice - I always like the blur type photos, and this one is quite uncluttered either by people or cars which makes a nice change. The choice of black and white I think works well for this pic. I am not normally a fan of really stark contrasts, but this works. Possibly play with the exposure a little as you're losing some of the details in the really bright sections.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! I appreciate the kind words. I doubt editing the exposure would help... that's a thin layer of snow on the ground.
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh right, cool didn't realize it was snow :) No worries dude
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
It's all good. Plus it was a cheap film camera. I used nice ILFORD film, but the camera itself wasn't too good with resolution.
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm afraid I haven't had much experience with film cameras myself - so i'll put my hand up and say I'm getting swamped with terms, hehehe.

I imagine getting a photo like that takes more time than with digital and there's less room for trial and error? I went and had a look around your page; do you do a lot with film rather than digital?
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, you have to be REALLY deliberate when shooting. You can't even see what the photo looks like until AFTER you develop it in a lab.

I usually have my DSLR with me and copy the settings on that camera.
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh right - I guess you have a kind of preview with the DSLR then. What made you choose the film format over just using a DLSR?
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Photographer
I took an elective course in Darkroom Craftsmanship at Miami U during my senior year in college.

Getting used to the old school camera was tough, but it was still fun.
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MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link] ;)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Photographer
It's an honor! Thank you very much. +Faved.
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TriinErg Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I even like the brightness in this although I don't fancy the graininess. The contrast I like, same thing with the composition. :)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! That grain is coming from the 35mm film. I may try some noise removal in Photoshop though.
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TriinErg Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw that, yeah. :) I guess you can't get rid of it completely with that. :D
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StrandyBliss Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this. The angle and perspective really is wonderful! :love:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! The solid black tone is my fav part.
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rattakiti Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
love the contrast of movement and stillness, the lines, and how the train disappears into darkness
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! I think I like this one due to the solid blacks and ultra bright whites too. So much contrast!
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MainstremRebellion Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The simplicity of this piece is beautiful; I love how soft the white and black look alongside each other, and how even though this image isn't perfectly focused, there is movement, and meaning.

It's an interesting photograph, considering it is such a simple subject, and I think it's really well executed.

My final point is that I love how solid the black is; it's flawless, with very few blemished. I love it!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! I just edited some of the speckles, because I also noticed lots of tiny imperfections in the blacks. Thank you for the kind words, once again!
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helice93 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this photo - its geometric lines add dynamism and the light reflections on the blurred train make for a nice effect. It's a really great capture with a unique atmosphere, and black and white was a good choice.

I feel there's a bit too much light area at the bottom, I'd crop off about a third of it, but it's just my personal preference. :)

(On behalf of #ProjectComment)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the comment. You guys and gals at ProjectComment always give great feedback. The area at the bottom is light, because it there was a thin layer of snow on the streets. It was taken late at night (around 11PM) and there were no cars on the road.
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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This is a lovely piece! I like your choice of black and white colors for this piece, as colors may have been a bit distracting to the eye. I've always thought B&W colors make the viewer really study the photo and notice all of details, especially in this case. :meow:

I also like the composition, and how the lines throughout the photo lead the viewer's eye in. The direction is great, as well as the sense of motion throughout the photo. The blur adds a neat effect and adds more..story? and atmosphere to the photo. :nod:

I'm not a huge fan of how the street lights are overexposed. They're pretty much just blobs of white that are a little distracting overall. I think it's great how the colors contrast in this photo, though.

Excellent work! :heart:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the comment! You could have written a critique haha. I really appreciate it. Do you think the photograph would look better if I edited the light bulbs out? The clone tool could help in that area.
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome! :heart:

Hmm, that would be up to you, it might help. :shrug:
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Shondrea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hve a thing for urban ruins and modern abandonment, and this sets that off for me. Seeing how stark and unwelcoming it looks, yet having the lights and movement really sets off how bare the scene is. Much liked.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! Night photography is my all-time favorite - especially if it features blur-motion. I'm glad you dig it!
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Swordexpert-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Photographer
I adore this piece. I have always been a fan of action shot photography. Especially in black and white. Gives it a haunting feel. The blur of this image and grain in it makes this piece what it is. If it was an HDR shot, I don't believe it would have had such an impact. I am a fan of film photography as well.

I just got given an entire darkroom setup and some old film cameras. I need to research film photography now so I can start doing this for a living, because honest to god, I am not getting where I want to be with my digital camera. It seems to me that a lot of people are transferring back to the basics when it comes to photography, I think this is much better anyways.

Beautiful deviation.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the kind words! I actually prefer D-SLR cameras, because they are more advanced and immediate. I hate not knowing what the photo looks like after taking it!

I see you're using a power-shot though. You'll need something better if you want to make it a living. Don't let people tell you that "the camera doesn't matter." Technique and composition are crucial too, but if you have a high-end camera even the most boring macro shots will look more alive.

Good luck on your pursuits!
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Swordexpert-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Yes I know I need something better. I just have no money to put into it right now because of my kid and another on the way lol. I just got back to work full time though and am hoping to have some money to put into a DSLR before this summer. I need something more for sure. Thx =)
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JOHNMS Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
A very powerful image indeed. The converging parallel lines draw the eye to the bright lights. Good use of natural lighting and congratulations in being able to visualise the image before reproducing it in camera. The totally black sky reinforces the viewers eye onto the main focus. I particularly enjoy the fact that the picture starts the mind wondering about where that train is going? What is it carrying? Why is it not stopping at this station? A technically challenging and thought-provoking image.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much for the kind words! I greatly appreciate it. I also like the solid black and vivid whites. I wish you could see it on true B&W photo paper. Looks super niiice.
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OMG I love this :clap:

I can't even really find anything to critique about it :eager:. I mean, I love the stark contrast and the tones and the slight graininess. It just all fits! Great work <3
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! I like how it turned out too. Thanks again for the love!
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
no problem! :hug:
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SkillZombie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice use of contrast saturation in the piece, it really brings out a lot of your personality as a photographer.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you thank you! I'm still trying to figure what my personality/niche is like...
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SkillZombie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm sure you'll find it soon enough. :)
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JimBillSverige Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Wow! It looks like a wall of light, travelling by. Amazing! :]
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much Jim.
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
w e l l . d o n e
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
Thanks!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
m y . p l e a s u r e . =)
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
wow!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Photographer
I hope that's a good WOW!
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