tunnel vision 2

Sydney May 2014 (2 photos)

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” …Aaron Rose (film director)

In its simplest form, photography is about finding and capturing the light. I think that the mere act of carrying a camera makes me look for light. I didn’t have many good shots that morning so after an almond croissant I was hoping my luck would change. And so I was walking through this tunnel when I realised that I was in the middle of a wonderful photographic set, with a great light source. I was the only one in the tunnel at the time, so I did what I had to do…

I stopped, turned around and walked back out of the tunnel.

Back outside I waited for someone to come along. I got a few stares from the security guard in the meantime.

A few people came by but I wanted a single pedestrian. Then along came a guy and his dog. I gave him a 10 second head-start and then I went in after him. He wasn’t walking in the middle of the tunnel as I would have liked, but candid photography is like a box of chocolates. When he was near the exit and silhouetted by the light, I took my shot.

Life always seems better after an almond croissant.

“Light is creation. Darkness is the space necessary to create.” …Erica Jasmin Cartaya (author)

tunnel vision 1

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” …Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)

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The light at the end of the tunnel


89 thoughts on “The light at the end of the tunnel

  1. KG says:

    “Life always seems better after an almond croissant.” – Very true. Now I am hungry and would love to get my hands on one of those. I really need it to make my life a little bit better πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful. You sure know good time timing – it’s like you make it happen. Or maybe you’re just very patient. Security guard? I am sure you weren’t fazed one bit. Croissants are oily…but almond croissant…yummmm πŸ˜‰

  3. Super contrast between the light at the end of the tunnel and the wall of it.Great idea of photo simple and not at the same time because the dynamic plage is big.
    It represent the opposite of the life and it is lead us to our future .
    Have a nice week Draco πŸ™‚

    • The strong light makes a great focal point, and the eye is naturally lead towards it. Then you see the detail is slowly revealed in the darkness, kind of like a movie scene.
      Thank you very much Sophie. Have a wonderful week too. πŸ™‚

  4. πŸ˜€ you had a tasty snack and suddenly the world seemed better πŸ˜‰ A photographer should never stop hoping for a perfect capture. You did it as so many times before πŸ™‚

  5. I actually like that the pedestrian is not walking in the middle of the tunnel. It would have been too symmetric. And me, I like a bit of asymmetry to create interest.
    Just out of interest, what time do you usually go out to shoot pictures? Do you have a routine or is it as & when?

    • Thanks. Others have indicated that as well, and I’m glad it turned out like it did.

      Your question is easily answered. Parking in the city is expensive, but if I get to the parking station before 9:30am I get the discounted early bird parking rate. So I go early and shoot in the morning, have lunch, then do any shopping until the designated exit time. πŸ™‚

  6. Such an outstanding shot, Lignum…

    Great perspective effect blended with black and white shades…

    Thank you very much for sharing, best wishes, Aquileana πŸ˜€

  7. Ah, I’ve walked through this tunnel many times as it’s near where I live and I always have to stop myself from loitering (with camera)… Great work as always!

    • I made the mistake of walking through it once as a class of primary school children was also going through it. The teachers tried to control them, but my ears rang for a few minutes afterwards. πŸ™‚

      Thanks. It’s a good place for candids.

  8. earthstills says:

    Brilliant post, in all of its detail… here’s to life, light and almond croissants, and of course a friendly Dragon to watch over things!!

  9. the sentence I enjoyed most in today’s story is that you wanted the pedestrian in the middle πŸ˜€ I just luuuuve your vision πŸ™‚ you know how to make the most out of what you get…

  10. Did the guards give you a 10 sec headstart too? Lol… Love the quotes esp the end one. Life is good esp with almond croissant, also my fav non local breakfast item πŸ™‚ Nice shot!

  11. That’s a very good example of light and dark and how light is everything in photography! Glad to hear you got away with it without being questioned by that security guard! πŸ˜‰ I remember reading about the importance of light in photography in magazines and books when I was very into it all in my early 20’s. Shadows and light, right or wrong can really make or break a photograph. It’s often the same for art too, not always, depends on the kind of art, but anything depicting real life really does need that light and shadow to be believable. Of course the trouble with art, is you have to have the skill to get the light into the right place. At least that’s a problem you don’t have with photography. I guess it’s more about timing, standing in the right place, and perfect framing. πŸ™‚

    • Several photographic articles I have read often state that the great painters, such as Rembrandt knew and understood the importance of light and recommended studying their techniques. It’s learning to understand the light that is key.
      Thanks Suzy.

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