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Tunnel to the Sea

By timeslip1974
After not checking tide times on my trip out this morning, had to improvise a bit!

Tags: Beach Black and white

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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1810 England
28 Feb 2016 2:29PM
I like this...

It puts me in mind of a poem:

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allen Poe

One could argue a little for varying contrast, slight changes in composition (floor/wall line through the corners) and maybe a colour version, but I'd be very content with this precisely as it is.
28 Feb 2016 2:33PM
Thanks Dudler, did take plenty of varients of it (including one with a fish eye), Was fine in colour, but prefered the mood of the B/W
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2016 2:48PM
That's a beautiful poemSad.

This image has a lot of atmosphere, Shaun. I like the way the light recedes so that we are slightly in the dark part of the tunnel. The way the light plays on the brickwork is very effective.
We can't do anything but head towards the handrail and steps down to the sea.

The base of the wall has its line sitting neatly into the bottom right frame corner.
You have nicely offset the opening.
At first I felt the sun was a bit too central in the opening, but then realised that it is sitting beautifully on a thirds intersection in the overall image, a line of power.

This could be darker and even moodier, but I like it as it is.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2016 4:09PM
Hi again, I was wondering what you were up to this month!

I like this. The strong point for me is the tension between the angles of the hand rail and the diagonal heading into the bottom right corner. It has the same sort of effect for me as a spring squeezed into a box and pushing against the sides.

Pamela makes an interesting comment:

Quote:This could be darker and even moodier, but I like it as it is.

It's about mood, being there. I think what is lacking for me, so far as atmosphere is concerned, is a real contrast between inside the tunnel and outside. You have processed this very carefully, t extract detail out of lighter and darker areas, I would prefer not to go so far. But that's personal.

I shall however try a quick modification, simply for comparison.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
28 Feb 2016 4:19PM
For me, it seems theres nothing in the arch thats sharp, even the steps are very soft.; Its soft and a bit muddy in appearance. This may be by design, or may be due to where you focused. To maximize depth you dont focus on the horizon, but on a point about 1/3 into the image, assuming a small aperture, and this seems ok at f/8.

I did go for the predictable darker appearance, with sharpening, as much as possible without causing halos. For me it looks better.


28 Feb 2016 4:28PM
Hi everyone, both mods improve on the original with the darker tunnel giving more atmosphere to the shot.

Also uploaded an alt from same tunnel shot on a 9mm fisheye and in colour
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2016 6:15PM
Entirely with Willie. There is a nice image in there but there are technical issues which detract.
there is also a light line between brickwork and sky.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.8k 750 England
28 Feb 2016 7:43PM
Composition-wise and the mono treatment are fine though I do like the darker mood of the mods.

Looking at the exif it's your shutter speed that's let you down, it's borderline for handholding at that focal length. Image quality would still be good at ISO 400 which would have given a speed of 1/100. in fact without a tripod I'd go higher still just to get the shot, a bit of noise is preferable to a soft image.

I know the light won't be exactly the same a second time but it's definitely worth another visit.
29 Feb 2016 7:14AM
it was handheld which has let it down, the guy who I was out shooting with was in the same tunnel on a tripod similar comp has blown this shot away - im gonna get him to post it up today..

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