Sven October 26th, 2012
Yes indeed, we have been here recently, and even then it was to reflect on the number of times I’ve shot this particular spot. It probably does bear thinking further about what we do when we revisit a location, though.
I find that a reshoot generally revolves around altering a single aspect of an image. Lighting is the obvious one, being so fundamental to places like this, and it’s probably the hardest aspect to deal with. So, at least for me, revisiting is often a case of re-lighting. This time, though, I intended to set up lights and alter my perspective and composition from that which I’d usually take. With lighting in the driver’s seat, other aspects tend not to get a lot of time, and I wanted to specifically rectify that.
It’s remarkable how a slight change in perspective can alter the character of an image entirely, particularly when we’re talking about tunnels. It’s all lines and curves and light and shadow, and their relative positions are all that really makes up the image. So, shifting around a little makes all the difference, and a slight adjustment can be the difference between really nailing it and having it look nice-but-not-quite-there.
I don’t really expect to better the composition of the last shot I took here, really, but it’s fun to try. That division between the tunnels is an interesting feature in itself, and I worked with it to see what I could do, but really, the straight-on perspective from a few steps back is hard to beat.
So, this was just playing around for the sake of it, and I was in two minds whether to post these up, or leave them in the pile of maybe-one-day-I’ll-look-at-these shots that grows eternally bigger and more neglected. It occurred to me, though, that this is pretty relevant to what I do, and maybe I’ll read this back when I’m in my eighties and only shooting drains once or twice a week, and get a kick out of the nostalgia.