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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Tracks to Nowhere by Chris Gin
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Tracks to Nowhere

February 26th, 2009

I know this won't appeal to the masses - it's not your typical wallpaper. But someone did comment in one of my previous submissions that I should also take photos of 'less pretty' things. How about some ugly railway tracks?

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Posted By: Quixomatic
about 5 years, 5 months ago
looks like an old loading ramp for boats actually
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Posted By: Hermit of Pipe
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Wonderful...beauty is in little things...in the solitude of that trails...in the thought that someone unknown used them or is still using them to go fishing
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Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Wow. Very cool. Never seen anything like it. Good job!
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Posted By: cren_06
about 5 years, 5 months ago
In fact, I really like the view of a railway without a train. Good shot!!!
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Posted By: EastTN
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Nice Shot. I believe Quixomatic is right about it being a boat loading/unloading ramp. We have alot of lakes around here and a few of the bigger houses have these ramps/tracks that run into a storage shed for their boats.
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Posted By: MattGranz
about 5 years, 5 months ago
I'm digging the teal tones in the rocks. They really set off the colors from the sun against the distant horizon. Fantastic image!
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Posted By: golf007sd
about 5 years, 5 months ago
A very moving and thought provoking photo Chris. I'm touch by the many symbolisms it offers me. So much to say that one needs a nice 52 gage Churchill cigar and a nice bottle of red wine to talk about it. My favorite photo of yours to date. Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted By: Joel Antunes
about 5 years, 5 months ago
is this a 2 same location with different exposures? Merged together cos the lower part seems much lighter than the actual sky, doesn't make much sense editing wish but for some people may look nicer as you showing detail (bright) in the lower part of the image, but a real sunset wont look like that (am talking about a single shot image) don't know if you are using filters on top of that, but if you are i don't understand why u merging them like that. filters are there to balance exposure and need a certain aperture for the f number. what is the info of this photos, can u e mail me with exposure and f numbers? regards
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Posted By: bishopja
about 5 years, 5 months ago
If you could please stop making ugly things look pretty, that would be great... ;-)
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Posted By: Darvos
about 5 years, 5 months ago
sometimes it bugs me that there is such great stuff being submitted here, i hardly get to appreciate my old desktop before i want to replace it with something else. such an amazing photo, there is so much to take in, yet its also so peaceful and serene, great job on this one
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Posted By: stubulman
about 5 years, 5 months ago
This is what photography is all about. Putting the viewer into the picture and tickling the mind. Golf said it better than I.
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Posted By: nicko
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Chris Gin - "I know this won't appeal to the masses - it's not your typical wallpaper."

Too bad Chris. You failed. Judging from the comments on here, you can't help but appeal to the masses.

Good job!
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Posted By: xrays
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Wow, it's a really great shot!
Posted By: trout
about 5 years, 5 months ago
What they said. :) My new wallpaper.
Posted By: AggieMan
about 5 years, 5 months ago
I really like this one. I've always enjoyed a shot of something not so common that can be seen as art. Keep up the good work Chris!!!
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 5 years, 5 months ago
@joel, this is one exposure (+1 EV) using a 4-stop GND filter. However, I did bump up the contrast and saturation quite a bit during post. The EXIF should still be in the image.
Posted By: Barton
about 5 years, 5 months ago
hey that's great.
Posted By: Joe Siegler
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Where is this taken? Your nick implies it's Tennesee, but this looks like some train tracks not far from where I am in Garland, Texas.
Posted By: Joe Siegler
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Whoops, I was looking at the wrong nickname when I made the Tenessee remark, but I would still like to know where this is from.
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 5 years, 5 months ago
@Joe, this is Onehunga Wharf in Auckland, New Zealand. As a few people have pointed out these are loading ramps for boats, but I always call them railway tracks!
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Posted By: Pale
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Look at that landscape in the background. Obviously, there is no such thing as 'ugly' in New Zealand. There could be rotting rats lying on those tracks with maggots gnawing at them. Who cares? You are in paradise. Lift your head and look to the horizon - there sure is something worth looking at, no matter where you stand.
Chris, I wanna walk in your shoes... Thanks for giving us all the impressions of your country.
Posted By: brizkit
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Bah to the fact-checkers and gear heads! :-) It may be a boat ramp, and the exposure may be whacky, but most of us are simply taking in the final image. This one's a gem.
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Posted By: King_Belleauh
about 5 years, 5 months ago
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Chris, you've got the best shots on IL, in my opinion. I'm a big fan of all your work. I use them for weeks at a time as my desktop, until you upload a newer one :)
Posted By: Bojan Marsetich
about 5 years, 5 months ago
This is what I like. Natural - simple - characteristic.
Posted By: Joel Antunes
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Chris Gin: don't take my comment offensive, from what i can see in the sun reflection looks like was a blend, anyways, i don't think you would need a 4-stop in that seen, a 2 Stop Grad Hard ND Filter would be enough to keep a very good balance, rather than a bright image and the histogram you recorded all high lights well but there is no recording of shadow, i leave this here, everyone have their ways and please take this as a constructive tough.
Joel Antunes
Posted By: rambo
about 5 years, 5 months ago
You have made the boring look amazing!
great stuff
Posted By: Jp Cyr
about 5 years, 5 months ago
As always, a great creative picture awesome balence and colors. I love how your pictures all sort of have the same feel to them, at least thats how they make me feel.
Posted By: Mateo1041
about 5 years, 5 months ago
I like it. But I'll probably crop the upper right corner and use that portion for my wallpaper instead.
Posted By: Ghostsong
about 5 years, 5 months ago
This is really cool. I love the 'ugly' shots, as you put it. Nice work
Posted By: Jaxson
about 5 years, 5 months ago
The angles of the tracks match up perfectly with the Leopard 3D dock. Well done, beautiful picture!
Posted By: tintdgray
about 5 years, 5 months ago
now who says this is bad. beauty comes in all forms. Nice work btw. Standard is there as usual.

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Posted By: bdwilcox
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Onehunga Wharf? What are the odds? That was my nickname in college!
Posted By: Blondie
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Beautiful work, as always! Your pics always make me want to pack up and move to NZ.

Please keep sharing! You're one of my favourite artists on IFL.
Posted By: AdamP
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Sorry Chris, I guess I'm part of your "masses", but this just doesn't appeal to me. You certainly have a great talent for capturing sunsets, and Lord knows if I were in NZ, I'd be all over the same gorgeous landscapes you are. It's not that I don't appreciate the "ugly" things either, as many of my photos are of the derelict. This one just isn't that cohesive to me. Seems to me if you want to take a picture of decay, you accentuate the decay, and if you want to take a picture of a gorgeous landscape or sunset, you accentuate those elements. I certainly appreciate the skill involved with this shot, it just seems to me like you're trying to meld two styles that are diametrically opposed to each other. Again, I think you have great skill and appreciate your work, but I think this particular photo needs more thought about the mood/direction you're trying to take the viewer. Perhaps the same photo on a cloudy, rainy day would provide a better avenue for accentuating the "less pretty". Keep shooting, I look forward to your next submission.
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Posted By: Andy Wilde
about 5 years, 5 months ago
hey chris, my names andrew. i was wondering if you could give me pointers on resizing images without sacrificing the integrity of them. particularly downsizing. greatly appreciate it. thanks. ohh, and what program do you using to alter photos?
Posted By: Troyb
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Love railroad track shots. Thanks. Great Job.
Posted By: rupomk
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Dude this is really nice. I was just wondering if you can tell me the location of the place you took this picture.
Posted By: rupomk
about 5 years, 5 months ago
This is a really awesome picture. One of top favorite, could you please tell me the location of the picture. Thanks.
Posted By: Adam Dell
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Very Creative Work Man. Keep it up I enjoy your shots.
Posted By: ifrogg
about 5 years, 5 months ago
creative title, creative work. i love your submissions and ive kept every one of them.
Posted By: Shashank Agarwal
about 5 years, 5 months ago
I loved this wallpaper. I'm using Ubuntu with Docky theme of Gnome-do. It is shiny, sits right between the rusted tracks on the bottom, giving a beautiful effect. Thanks. :)
Posted By: Genocide
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Chris, take some shots of South Auckland, then we'll see if you can make ugly things pretty :P
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 5 years, 5 months ago
@Genocide, been there done that. See my Ambury Park pics (Mangere) :)
Posted By: FuckinYes
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Wow! Greatly portraying our future as a nation.. Still on the old broken track, and just moments from sinking.. beautiful!
about 5 years, 5 months ago
Grunge appeal.. I like it.
Posted By: vettecoupe
about 5 years, 4 months ago
Hi Chris,

This is just a wonderful photograph. Thank you for sharing it. It is a combination of a number of things for me and I am just mesmerized by it. First of all, slate with a strong bluish tint is my all time favorite color. Second, because I am a professional engineer I keep on focusing on the details. The exposed granite (bedrock) looks like it was leveled by fire and water, hence the potholes. The corrosion spots on the rails are quite unique because they have a yellow perimeter. It seems as if a corrosive lichen or bacteria is eating the steel. The weathered wooden ties are superb. There is also a bit of cast concrete below the tracks but I am not sure why. There are also some cast concrete shapes to the right which may be never installed concrete ties.

Thank you again for sharing this with us. I have it as wallpaper on three of my computers, each at 1920 x 1200.
Posted By: cravspuma
about 5 years, 4 months ago
it's one of the best works I've ever seen, especially from the thematical point of view! BRAVO
Posted By: Woofa
about 5 years, 4 months ago
Another of your excellent images Chris.
Posted By: anon6116
about 5 years, 4 months ago
Amazing composition. Colors are lovely. I guess 'ugly' to me is interesting and beautiful.
I love this photo. Thanks so much for sharing!
Posted By: DarkSuit
about 5 years, 3 months ago
It reminds one that all things are temporary...
Posted By: mitchellkillman
about 5 years, 3 months ago
i quite like this photo...it doesn't have to be beautiful or even have a point...just has to make you look, and this one does
Posted By: walnut186
about 4 years, 10 months ago
This is a great shot! One of my [other] favorite wallpapers is a portion of an old door on a street in Corfino, Italy. Images like these create thought and nourish the creative process. You are great at what you do. Thanks.
Posted By: marciedarcie
about 4 years, 3 months ago
I really like to view of the railroad tracks without the train. It's such a beautiful shot. Looks like it was done in the early morning. I am huge fan of your work.
Posted By: Stu
about 4 years, 3 months ago
Cliche, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder! This shot is one of my favorites. You're a great photographer, Chris!
Posted By: misterchandelier
about 2 years, 5 months ago
Goodness gracious, I might want you around to take pictures of my ugly scenery and make it pretty (:

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