I played around with shooting the light at the end of the tunnel, last week. I had in mind that I'd get shots along the lines of a past tunnel shot. The photograph below is one I used on my blog back in 2006 and the idea I had was that I'd take an even better one now that I'm more familiar with the camera.Photographers won't have trouble understanding how the recent shots I took can be so different from the one directly above, but I'm still having trouble understanding it. All of the shots in this post except for that one were taken at the same time. Same tunnel, but the 2006 one had such dramatically different natural light that it could be a completely different pace from the recent ones. I tried all different kinds of settings both while I was shooting and after I got the digital photographs on my computer.
I did finally manage to get one which showed at least a suggestion of the trees at the end of the tunnel.
I also got one which is more representative of what the inside of the tunnel actually looks like. If I was an artist, I have an image of how I would paint the light at the end of the tunnel. I don't even think being a better photographer would be enough. Knowing the time of year and lighting conditions to capture a certain image would help but I'm not sure the image I have in mind would ever be there. My problem is I tend to see what isn't there as well as what is. The images I see are often created as much in my head as they are in nature. If I was a poet I might try to write about it. I could play around with graphics programs but doubtful I would ever achieve the results I want.
I wish I was a visual artist. I think oils would be a good medium for what I have in mind. Ah well, at least I have the images in my head. Those are pleasant to think about. There's also a lot in the natural world that I enjoy. I'm rather fortunate in spite of not being a visual artist or poet. I'm certainly past the point where I spend too much time on the what ifs. I will try to keep photographing the tunnel and see what I come up with at various times. I might get closer to what I have in mind.