LIGHT SURROUNDING THE TUNNEL II
Twice before I had posted photos of this unusual scene as Light at the End of the Tunnel and again as Light Surrounding the Tunnel I. In the earlier shots I had with me a pocket camera, a Nikon Coolpix s600. In this photo I used the more elaborate Nikon D200 and a tripod. I rather doubt that there is substantial improvement in the photos, although the moods might be different because of the changing colors in the lights.
In the first of those earlier images the 60 meter (200 foot) long tunnel connecting the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, was presented with the walls of the tunnel in subdued light, and the end of the tunnel in brilliant sunlight. There the narrow parallel slats created an effective demonstration of one-point perspective. That photo is well worth seeing as a counterpoint to the present photo. The light show designed by Leo Villareal, an artist from New York, was unveiled, completely inverting the light conditions depicted in that earlier image the light areas becoming dark, and the dark becoming light. In Villareals work, "MULTIVERSE," the passageway glitters with 41,000 light-emitting diodes (LED), inserted into the channels between its aluminum slats, creating a mesmerizing light show. The ever-changing pattern of lights are meant to mimic the universe (or still better multi-universes). The lights turn on and off in a choreographed manner, and create a swirling waves across the surface, and a suggestion of twinkling stars, rushing water and bouncing polka dots. What becomes clear in watching the patterns, however, is the random order in the patterns. A row of lights among the myriad present appear to have malfunctioned in the upper right. (I may have inadvertently captured the instant when the row of lights were off, in the ever-changing pattern.) In any event, I am posting a ws showing the 'malfunction' corrected in Photoshop.
I believe a tasteful way to frame a photo is a black-core, white acid-free mat, and a simple black metal frame, a scheme that I tried to replicate in this image. If this had been a real frame, I would make the white two or three times wider.
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npecanhuk (78929) 2010-10-22 8:43
I love those tunnels that turn out to be special places for the decorations with shapes and lights!
Your picture is very attractive with a very well chosen pov and an effective composition!
Sharpness, exposure, pp, contrasts and colors are pretty good features here too!
TFS - congrats,
yquem46 (38752) 2010-10-22 8:45
Quite an amazing tunnel !
Very graphic shot. Difficult light well managed
Have a nice WE
loves_summer (1310) 2010-10-22 8:49
Thanks for posting this shot--it's amazing what a difference the camera makes! The colours and tones are completely changed, yet both photos are still very good. I love the perspective and the depth of this shot. I also like the lines and curves of both the tunnel and lights, but also the moving walkway.
Thanks for sharing!
m (0) 2010-10-22 8:55
A very eye-catching shot. You've chosen an excellent angle to show this beauty of modern design at its best. My compliments.
KLB (23723) 2010-10-22 9:06
I clearly remember your first proposal of this tunnel.
Not so different but also successful.
I can use the same words :
You've done such a great work to bring the lines out for a graphical and strong result.
The way you've framed is perfect to propel us into the heart of this futuristic tunnel.
Incredible shot. I think it's one of my favourites since several weeks !.
It's still true !
bema (26425) 2010-10-22 9:40
a great graphical impression in this splendid composed capture, like it a lot!
have a nice weekend, see you, Bernd
siudzi (34141) 2010-10-22 10:46
Love the post of modern design!
This one is really creative and attractive. The depth makes your composition outstanding. Great work. Many thanks for sharing.
nels (2623) 2010-10-22 12:05
hello bulent using the trypod has given you great results, love the effect of the lighting ansd the dof is brilliant
baclama (18896) 2010-10-22 12:09
quel effet!!! c'est spectaculaire et tres bien fait!
BWJ (3094) 2010-10-22 20:33
All three shots are excellent, but this shot is the most spectacular of the three and my favorite. A better camera and a tripod made a big difference. Also, your POV in this shot seems slightly different allowing the rotation of the changing colors and brightness of the lights to give a more dramatic effect and more clearly defined patterns than in your shot Light Surrounding the Tunnel I. I like the white mat and the black frame. Your work is superb!
abmdsudi (58336) 2010-10-22 22:39
this image creates special illusion, gyrating my view from focal point radially outwards and back repeatedly! Very creative image with vision, I admire you. Fantastic depth and long perspective. Lovely color mixtures which blend harmoniously. Superb clarity and sharpness. Very innovative shot, and well written notes. Congrats, TFS
samson (2150) 2010-10-22 23:10
This is very interesting
Gives one a feeling of entering into a spaceship or into another time.
Royaldevon (43985) 2010-10-23 1:41
Good Morning Bulent,
I just love this shot!
It appears like a wonderful, illuminated, peacock tail!
Your pov is excellent to secure maximum effect from the shot. The light is so well managed.
I was sad that there was no exif data as, I use this camera and this lens and, in such situations, frequently get irritating noise in the photograph.
A great shot which I have really enjoyed viewing.
Have a lovely w/e,
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-10-23 1:51
Fantástico este túnel com estas lâmpadas , criam um belo efeito visual , boa profundidade de foto , ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jonathan_hart (21276) 2010-10-23 2:11
LIGHT SURROUNDING THE TUNNEL II is the better version IMHO
the vanishing point is off centred more than this
but without comparison this shot is very fine, the subject is a great eye catcher
ymrk (15085) 2010-10-23 3:37
Tek kelime ile mükemmel!Özellikle evrende kaybolmuşluk hissini vermesi,ve derinliği süper!
Selamlar hocam,Ankara'dan :)
pally3100 (3413) 2010-10-23 5:39
bonjour cher ami
une image excellente au graphisme intéressant d'une très grande profondeur et d"une grande netteté du beau travail j'aime beaucoup amitié Henri
bebbetto (40) 2010-10-23 11:02
this picture makes my head spin.
Great idea and execution
PixelTerror (0) 2010-10-23 14:20
I like this one a lot, for the perspective of course, the good indoors quality as well, but especially for the way the light carpet rolls around the perspective and aspires the eye to the far end
Have a nice day JY
Charo (51212) 2010-10-23 15:44
The composition is very unique and wonderful.
This communication tunnel is indeed very peculiar with its original iliminación.
Excellent depth and detail. Good job!
francio64 (39888) 2010-10-23 15:47
eccellente grafismo e grande DOF.
Complimenti per questa realizzazione!
worldcitizen (9476) 2010-10-23 18:47
This tunnel is great, and so is your presentation. I love the way the lights envelop almost three quarters of the frame. The DOF is wonderful, and all of the lines created by the tunnel are mesmerizing. I can imagine that someone could spend a long time trying out different POV's and compositions in this spot.
CLODO (35956) 2010-10-24 0:50
A very dynamic picture, well framed ,with a zooming effect with this long perspective. The small persons add life to your XXX century picture.
jhm (161079) 2010-10-24 3:15
You shows us an artwork picture this is really art.
Notwithstanding this is your picture pleasant for look at, also a lot depth and good perspective.
Very well composition, splendid colors, nice presentation too. TFS.
Have a Nice sunday,
sabermonajati (11435) 2010-10-24 10:53
astonishing form and excellent pespective you captured.
bostankorkulugu (42498) 2010-10-24 11:44
bakmaya doyamıyorum bülent bey...
gunbud (34066) 2010-10-24 15:39
Very striking scene with these brilliant white lights standing out beautifully against the grey backdrop that creates lovely lines that contrast brilliantly with the reddish escalator.
Wonderful depth and sharpness to this dizzing view.
hispic (9652) 2010-10-24 20:30
Superb work! it is very expertly composed putting the vanishing point at the middle of the image. Splendid indeed!
Best wishes, Hisashi
pablominto (53746) 2010-10-25 0:40
A very pleasing composition, skillfully done with an interesting subject!
Strong graphical effect as the number of small lights create an awesome effect...
I think the framing is well planned and accurately carried out, resulting in this noteworthy piece of work!
Greg1949 (9011) 2010-10-25 2:28
Bulant, interesting shot, this and the earlier one. I find it odd how the reflection from something can adsorb the slight and for a shadow of sorts, or were the lights pulsing, or is that the changing of color? Fine work as always.
umutlu101 (13629) 2010-10-25 11:40
mükemmel bir grafizme var,
bu deli mimarlari sevmemek mümkün degil,çünkü fotografçilarin ne$e kaynagi oluyorlar.
jusninasirun (17527) 2010-10-25 23:35
Hi Bulent. You have seen and captured the light pattern beautifully. The thumbnail is eye-catching and details are well defined in full size. The exposure is well metered and the framing is just so pleasing. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day shooting. Regards - Jusni
tober (8797) 2010-10-26 3:30
Muhteşem bir grafiksellik sunmuşsunuz Sayın Hocam. Derinlik etkisi o kadar güçlü ki, tünel bakan kişiyi sanki içine doğru çekiyor. Ellerinize sağlık. Saygılar. Tolga
Ricx (13495) 2010-10-26 22:20
Hello Bulent my friend- what an amazing set of lights- very cleverly crafted and designed and now photographed- a great POV, I can see there have been many good things said about them so congrats. Rich
JCG (35129) 2010-10-27 0:06
I remember perfectly your preceding ones and excellent photographs on this place with the futuristic atmosphere. Always as much of quality here with an effect of perspective even more seizing I find. All these lights, it would be said that this tunnel is without end. Good glance and especially good management of the luminosity which is not obvious in this kind of place. Well done Bülent, cheer.
With all my friendships and with soon,
Leconte (5795) 2010-10-27 2:26
hello dear Bulent,
surprising corridor enveloping with its thousands of small LEDs that form a perfect geometry beautiful pespective,
congratulations to the photographer who made you this beautiful picture that is on your profile!
Tezic (17867) 2010-10-27 5:04
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Teknik olarak super bir kare... kadraj ve özellikle derinlik perspektifi de muhteşem... çok beğendim... tebrikler...
rodgerg (55767) 2010-10-27 10:13
An original, cretaive and especially very graphioc shot. The coloured elements arise very well in the balck of the BG. Very great prospecte effect nad dep^ht too.
resat1972 (7586) 2010-10-27 13:50
merhaba Bülent Bey,
muthiş bir etki,
sanki oraya doğru gidilmiyorda buraya geliniyor.
ilk bakışta gizemli bir fon..harika görmüşsünüz.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2010-10-27 18:32
Thank you for this photo of this very unusual room. It is a spectacular illusion, a beautiful interior setting. You have managed the lighting very confidently. The people located near the vanishing point give a hint as to the scale of the image, but do not dominate or distract from the main focus of the tubular surrounds. I would love to visit the broad Boston-Washington-NYC area someday and soak up the wonderful sights and culture. A very important part of the world!
Urs (14082) 2010-10-27 22:13
In my view I like all of your tunnel shots, they have something mystical, in a way fitting to Halloween, which I as an European and Swiss never celebrated. I guess it's more an American thing. I like the effect of these countless lights and the tunnel feeling. Very good photo job. Thanks for your critique of my crowded traffic shot from Hat Yai.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-10-28 2:17
Hello Bulent! Amazing moden architecture. Very good POV, superb long perspective, good capture and exposure, superb lightness and colours. Sophisticated effect. Good luck!
romanaa (8022) 2010-10-28 3:23
it is a nice coincident that you posted a smile for me while this picture of yours was hanging on my Firefox screen overnight and waiting for the time TE wold have a regular response - the site has been working really badly lately.
The view of the long corridor is really impressive thanks to thousands of the lights that create a great perspective and depth. It must be nice and rather dazzling when the lights change. I like the white version more than the blue one. The exposure and light management are just perfect.
macjake (73063) 2010-10-28 3:45
hmmm...i was wondering when you would post another one of these beauties!
each one a little different, and of their own personal spice.
love the 1/4 contrast, as the botton right quarter is starkly different than the rest of the entire scene.
the graphical component is obvious, but stunning nonetheless.
great work with perspective
yedirenk (11244) 2010-10-28 12:40
merhaba Bülent hocam,
müthiş bir etki..bakış açınızla derinlik ve ışıkların yarattığı büyü olağanüstü..çok fotografik bir mekanmış doğrusu..gözalıcı bir tasarım bu..elinize sağlık.selamlar.
Didi (60590) 2010-10-28 17:33
Hi my friend
Great details and good sharp composition.
If I fix the pictures it's making strange moving effect in my eyes
shevchenko (20548) 2010-10-29 0:57
Good perspective effect, just like travelling the space and time through the tunnel, fantastic lighting effect too, nice modern architecture in unique design, distinct indoor photo, good shoot.
saigon (6443) 2010-10-29 4:58
magnifique cette composition!
exellent POV de ce tunnel !
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-10-29 13:17
I like a lot the graphical effect of this superb image, you composed the scene in a perfect way, giving us a superlative image. Congratulations, TFS.
best regards, have a great WE.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-10-29 23:29
C'est le même tunnel mais une photo bien différente avec la voûte en perspective qui occupe les 3/4 de l'espace. J'aime le contraste entre cette partie et celle réservée aux piétons.
bukitgolfb301 (45419) 2010-10-30 0:55
Hello my dear Bulent
What an impressive and mysterious shot indeed!
Perfect framework and very much considered matured composition as usual. Above all usage of the macro focus is so proficient and marvelous. Congratulation on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good Saturday!
PS: Your gril is 7 years old, that means she has right to participate in 753 ceremony. Kimono should be used for that ceremony, I think.
zeynepe (0) 2010-10-30 1:24
inanilmaz bir derinlik mükemmel bir kadraj gozalici isiltili harika bir kare Bulent Bey.
archimatica (20648) 2010-10-30 1:58
Fantastic composition, a very eye-catching shot.
svefay (810) 2010-10-30 6:27
futuristik etki yapan bir fotoğraf olmuş, elinize sağlık...
anokutan (15097) 2010-10-30 7:26
Bülent bey merhaba,
Olağanüstü güzel.Muhteşem.Grafik etki süper.Derinlik öyle.Tebrikler.
delpeoples (59896) 2010-10-31 1:39
Hi Bulent, wow what a wonderful and graphical photo. I feel dizzy just looking at it and you've exposed the shot so well. You've seen this well and composed it perfectly. TFS and I wish you a good Sunday, Lisa
paololg (31448) 2010-11-01 3:06
Ciao dear friend,
I was thinking that if you were born at the time of Leonardo, surely you'd be a good painter, certainly a good artist, because if it is true that photography is the daughter of painting, photos like this can only be realized by who have a great artistic sense. The camera, in this case, it is just a tool, like the brush. Beautiful!
Ciao, have a nice week!
ALIRIZA (16423) 2010-11-01 13:06
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Gerçekten perspektifteki çizgilerin buluştuğu firar noktasıyla muhteşem bir kompozisyon. Ellerinize sağlık...
NOT: Uzun süredir yazacaktım ama bu bir bahane oldu, bu yaz keyifle okuduğum kitapların başında kitabınız "Matematik ve Mona Lisa/ Leonardo da Vinci'nin Sanatı ve Bilimi" geldi. Yüreğinize sağlık...
Selam ve saygılarımla...
Silvio1953 (154291) 2010-11-02 7:30
Ciao Bulent, fantastic perspective, wonderful light and splendid graphioc, great composition, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
didemay (2945) 2010-11-03 0:59
Bulent Bey Merhaba,
Kadrajin 3/4'unu kaplayan isiklar...
Tek kelime ile buyuleyici.
Colombiana (2957) 2010-11-03 20:05
This is a very attractive and futuristic looking photo. It is unblievable how much difference a tripod and a camera can make.
Graal (103038) 2010-11-04 0:38
amazing place and presentation. Great effect. Well done photo. I like it a lot.
Have a nice day.
patdeph (35748) 2010-11-04 9:32
what an impressive graphisme,enhanced by a great perspective and a splendid use of the light!This is superb!
ManuMay (36299) 2010-11-05 16:39
Amazing place and great photogtaphic work...wonderful graphic sense and effect, difficult to capture this lights but really well done!!
Have a nice day...
photoray (13981) 2010-11-06 7:52
Like everyone else a mesmerizing vision of repetitive lights funneling into the distance.
Well done, cheers,
danyy (0) 2010-11-07 23:08
ca ne manque vraiment pas de graphisme ni de perspective, j'aime beaucoup aussi le jeu des couleurs chaudes d'un côté, absentes de l'autre.
Une photo bien contruite dans son cadrage et POV faisant ressortir l'aspect "tunnel".
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-11-14 9:42
Wonderful graphical effect of the lights
I like a lot how you framed it and high DOF
Very well done
Thanks and have a nice week
Angshu (56760) 2010-11-18 6:27
Dear Professor 'A"
If I look at your WS 2, I don't see much difference from this main post, maybe this being a bit crisper & more colour rich! The small camera indeed took quite a good shot! Superb perspective sucking our eyes straight into the centre of the picture...a great example of converging perspective!
Look fwd for your loom picture from Agra!
With Warmest Regards
Nard (6972) 2010-11-22 3:40
Incredible picture. Without your note I think it is impossible to know what that it means. We can fell the deph, it is very good graphical composition.
s_lush (16602) 2010-11-26 12:43
Interior of this nice tunnel connecting the buildings of the National Gallery of Art itself looks like a real artwork in your picture. The lines, lights, shadows and colors are simply beautiful here. Absolutely aesthetic job!
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2010-11-28 3:39
Its great to be back in your gallery Professor :) This is simply superb. Just mesmerising.
windosil (1158) 2010-12-04 3:50
An intriguing picture, Bulent, and an intriguing title for a mysterious thumbnail.
Comparing this with the pocket camera version, there is no doubt in my view that your better camera and use of tripod make for a much sharper rendering of the lights and slats, an altogether more interesting image. In either case the areas where the lights are close together make good test patterns for adjusting varifocal spectacles!
Best wishes on a not quite so cold morning,
jemaflor (103749) 2010-12-13 10:52
Impressive view with a good choice for the frame, original architecture and great depth effect, well taken.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-12-17 9:45
really a great photographic subject. The tunnel with the surrounding lights are incredible. Like the way you composed this shot. Perfect light and fine colours with sharp details. Excellent work. Tfs.
PaulVDV (32799) 2010-12-19 13:34
Very beautiful shot with those long rows of lights at three-quarters of the picture so there's a maximum graphical effect and a great perspective and depth.
Best regards, Paul
lestans (17208) 2010-12-20 7:20
This one is beautiful, stange! A strange shape of lights! Compliments for such a good result of colors and depth of field.
Thank you for your comment to my Morocco shot! I looked into your gallery thinking to find Morocco, but no one!!
I saw only Fes , ad one day in Marrakesh. I Had a tour in the East of the country, and I discovered breathtaking landscapes. I have to go there agai, to see sokme more town, but also some more mountains. It is a beautiful land not far from us!
specialist (1181) 2010-12-20 10:51
Merhaba Bülent Hocam,
ışık ve gölge ikilisini her zaman olduğu gibi ustaca bir araya getirmişsiniz. İnsan figürleri de ayrı bir canlılık vermiş kompozisyona. Işığın perspektiften kaynaklanan etkisiyle oluşan tünel imgesi de cabası. Sayfama uğrayıp not yazma nezaketi gösterdiğinz için ayrıca teşekkür ederim. Selamlar,
chewy_candy674 (471) 2011-01-23 7:08
this is an amazing shot with great perspective and lighting! perfect managed on a quarter part on the right side also.perfect angle. Perfect photo!
haydn (276) 2011-02-07 7:54
merhaba Bülent Bey,
mükemmel..aslında söze hacet yok ...
insanı çağıran,içine alan bir duygu yaşatıyor...
Vanessa132 (94) 2011-02-13 11:28
impressive tunnel ..beautiful graphical shot...
very well seen and taken!
meltemakcan (48) 2011-02-18 8:39
it is very nice photo and wonderful... I hope, I will take a photo that is just like this
mayjayne (7016) 2011-02-19 4:32
This is one of those pictures that can be used to create different (graphical) illusions to the mind, depending on which point one focuses one. I am fascinated by this piece of work !
sayantan20023 (199) 2011-04-01 10:58
There are two things about this photograph
1. It is disorienting to look through the tunnel.
2. It is beautifully shot.
To achieve both with a single shot, is quiet an achievement, the framing, exposure etc.
kiks (12759) 2011-05-20 13:43
Great graffic effect. I love the lins and reflections creating a very spacy look. Great quality for the difficult light conditions
sacavem (18620) 2011-06-01 7:03
The warmer colors are possible with the tripod, is what I see in this picture, because there is a longer exposure.
Very good POV and nice colours. Superb image.
vmukherjee (612) 2011-12-12 23:57
Nice shot.. creates a mesmerizing picture. Thanks for sharing.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-02-02 17:22
The architectural design is stunning. A very balanced and symmetrical shot. Well composed! I wished I have seen this when I was there! TFS!
luckys (124) 2012-07-11 10:47
Good evening Bulent,
you have morning.Nice to meet yuo.Join to comments, good work, there are no words! it reminds me of a peacock's tail. Regards.Ilmira.
Curious_Eye (1320) 2012-08-08 7:10
I very much like the graphism of this image. Your POV is deliberate and extremely well chosen - the 3:1 division makes for an intriguing effect. The lights create an illusion of movement; by contrast, the moving silhouettes look static. A fine, clever shot.
With best wishes,
Thank you for your recent comment. I would like to find out how to make the links appear "live"; I thought this would happen automatically. I look forward to hearing from you.
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-08-19 0:27
How are you? Hope that you are well..
This is superb! I really love it.(I'm not good at critique, I'll try if I can see the point:-D)
It is very imageinative. The lines are beautiful especially the colour contrast of white&black and the warm colour on the right of the image&left. The title +image inspire the viewer's imagination of the relationship of the life on the earth and and the whole universe. We can only see the beginning of the tunnel, but we never know what is the end of it. Everything is a journey, as life&tunnel lights , but it is a beautiful journey... Have a nice day Bulent.
ikeharel (79317) 2016-09-17 4:58
A most fascinating lights effect in the tunnel,
The photojob is immaculate, the outcome has good depth, clarity and an attractive juxtaposition array of light-bulbs.
My cong.s for this one.
Have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (40523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-06
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Archimatica favorites: the top100 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 8:37
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