Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

Portal by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

June 2022 - Portal

About the Image(s)

Here is "Portal". It is actually an abandoned railway tunnel that we detected on a camera club outing a couple of weeks ago. There was still melting ice and a pool of water on the floor. Water was dripping from the roof and made the ice glisten eerily in the light that came in from the other end. There is some kind of construction in the opening that made it feel like stepping in an alien sci-fi adventure. Fuji XT-4, Samyang fish-eye 8 mm, f/1, 1/30 s, ISO 6400.Topaz Denoise AI, Capture One 22. I made a million variations with various crops and colorings, but I like this BW panorama-like version best. What do you think?

13 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi I am sorry - this is the original. Here is the BW version.   Posted: 06/11/2022 01:24:35
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Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I am sorry. the blunder was mine-unassisted. There is a lot of going on in this picture. The receding lines should carry the viewer into something of real interest. I would love to see some of the other shots you made. The composition challenge is the light at the end of the tunnel that I feel dominates the whole scene and almost blnds me from appreciating the details you describe that interested you. I recently had a similar problem photographing an ice cave in Iceland. I could not resolve the problem, except by photographing the details and excluding the entrance. Even HDR processing did not solve the problem.
The ice is really nice. Try cropping a side to exclude the entrance or replacing the entrance with a wall. The walls look so rough and if they are wetll shooting a detail and bringing out the roughness and glistening water.

Another approach might be to work with the original composition. lighten the walls and brighten the ice. There is much here to work with.   Posted: 06/12/2022 16:18:19
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Al, Ill try both approaches - I think that it it devilishly difficult to show the magic quality of the light!   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:36:12

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I like the B&W version. I can feel the coldness of the place. I can also feel a little claustrophobia! Is it possible to bring out more of the ice in the foreground? I think if you toned down the light at the end of the tunnel you might improve the photo even more.

Did you shoot a lot of photos that day? It seems like the kind of place you could get lost in the photography.   Posted: 06/12/2022 17:00:20
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Robert! Thank you - I'll keep working on the image. - Here is another frame from a different angle that I have been playing with. The strong light at the end of the tunnel is the same, but this one shows the structures of the walls better? I think that I have put this through Nik HDR Efex Deep blue filter - couldn't keep track on the modifications...   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:45:07
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Forgot to attach the image.   Posted: 06/13/2022 03:46:26
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Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I like this version a lot, mainly how the foreground takes you into the photo. And maybe the bright light helps keep one guessing as to just what is at the end of the tunnel, literally and metaphysically! Looks like you had a good shoot that day.   Posted: 06/14/2022 10:55:26

Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
I think the wide perspective works well for this shot but agree with Al's comment about the light at the entrance dominating the image. I tried some quick & dirty clone-stamping to reduce the appearance of the opening and lessen the impact of the brightness. That might do the trick but would take a little work. Once the entrance light was less intense, those amazing cave walls and the ice looked even more dramatic.   Posted: 06/12/2022 18:53:22

Gagandeep Singh
Adding to what has already been said, i feel increasing the whites on the cave walls and dropping the blacks would bring out the amazing textures even more   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:32:19
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi, thanks! I will work on it!   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:37:17
Gagandeep Singh
Most welcome   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:59:25

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Kristi,

I liked the color version. I like your second monochrome image more than any of the others. I have no problem with the bright light at the end of the tunnel - it tells me a story of something better - light at the end of the dark passage. The second version with the walls lighter and the internal ice more obvious adds to the feeling I expressed leading my eye to the light. Normally I would have burned that area to darken it, but in this image it plays very well for me as I study the detail in the walls. The tint also gives me a sense of the cold the ice represents. It reminds me of something from the cover of a Fantasy book - something of the passage through a dark and cold time to something much better.

Great catch Kristi - thanks so much for sharing it with us.   Posted: 06/13/2022 14:45:40
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Ed! My first feeling when entering the came was exactly that, and I am so glad if the image can carry the idea!   Posted: 06/13/2022 15:59:52


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