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Light at the end of the tunnel / Creative exposure (3)

May 26, 2010

My third – and last! – contribution to Scott Thomas‘ Assignment 7 is something different from the other 2 posts (Cherry flowers and “Black” Tulips). A symbolic title, yes :

First of all: Thank you, Scott Thomas, for your exellent work and initiative making the assignments! It’s a great inspiration!

The assignments bring me started discovering and stepping into new roads in the country of photography, learning new aspects and techniques, and giving me more fun in taking pictures 🙂

The scene here is a tunnel near the lovely part of Århus, Trøjborg, where to my oldest daughter moved ealier this year. One day we walked to the nice old beechforest, Risskov, starting at the end of the tunnel – just a coupple of minutes from her flat.

I like the symbols of the dark tunnel and the light shining at the end of it, but I like the warm-coloured brown beech-leaves from last fall in contrast to the squared concrete of the tunnel. And maybe the graffiti has not been removed because it after all is more nice looking than this squared concrete?

The subject for this post’s creative exposure is: Light

The settings in all 3 pictures are: F 2.8, ISO 400, focus 36 mm – and again – no tripod (and no other tools to replace it!)

Time for the first picture is 1/20.

Time here is now 1/4 sec. (!) BUT I think the picture is nice anyway – because the light and the blurr creates an atmosphere of motion, mystery, suspense and tension…….. and the electric light from the lamps gives a nice warm emotion.

While my daugter walked further – I stopped and changed the time to 1/100. Which changed the picture drastically! The tension and mystery is gone. The dark tunnel now is rather threatening and murky – and horrifying.

My favorite is definitely the blurry, shaken, “unsuccessful” second picture! Which therefore for me is not unsuccessful!

And we had a really nice walk!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 7:50 pm

    That second photo is awesome!!!!


    • May 27, 2010 9:48 pm

      I am glad you also like that most. And I am glad, that it is not always perfect technique that results in the best photos 🙂


  2. May 27, 2010 11:03 pm

    You are correct that photo number two brings on a spirit of mystery! It reminds me of a suspenseful movie and I wonder what will happen next! 😉

    I also find it interesting that graffiti can take similar shapes a continent away!


  3. May 28, 2010 10:47 am

    I love all 3 shots, very creative exposure. The second one has a wow factor, made me want to look into that light.


  4. May 29, 2010 8:11 pm

    Karme and Nye, I am glad you agree with me about the second photo. Fortunately it is not a suspect person attacking me in the tunnel – but my lovely daughter walking with me.


  5. June 2, 2010 12:25 am

    I like all three, too. This study in shutter speed shows what a small change can do to change the aspect of a scene. I think you should add a tripod to your gear and really get the results you are looking for.


    • June 2, 2010 10:13 am

      Yes, I am sure that a tripod has become a must for me now. Until that it can be a challenge and great fun to “find” tripods around where I take my pictures 😉


  6. June 2, 2010 1:53 pm

    These are really great! Very creative! I like all three, but the last one is my favorite.


  7. June 2, 2010 2:03 pm

    Such great examples of how the photographer truly creates the photograph. Same scene, different settings, completely different results. Well done!


  8. June 3, 2010 10:45 am

    Thank you, Michaela and Tracy, for your comments. And for your blogs – from where I get much inspiration and new ideas about photography….



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