Tunnel Vision

This weekend, Patrice and I were able to conduct our second project called, "Tunnel Vision". Of course, the project took place in a local tunnel. For those that have never shot in a tunnel, here are some tips.

  1. Determine which direction the wind is blowing.
    1. Tunnels serve as an excellent location for there to be a constant natural breeze that can allow the model's hair and attire to flow. You want the wind to blow to where the hair and attire will blow away from the model's face. 
    2. Mount your lighting gear accordingly. The force of a mild gust of wind brought across an particular area will be multiplied when it's in the direct path of a tunnel.  Make sure you bring a lighting assisting, or use sandbags to help support your stands...
  2.  Determine which direction the main light source is entering the tunnel.  
    1. As a courtesy, this will allow the model to have quick access to the warm sunlight during set changes. Also, it'll give you more range of light, in terms of light falling off. I used the walls of the tunnel to show a gradient of light. The gradient of light shows the direction of light, and gives the image movement. 
  3. Beware of the end of the tunnel.
    1. The first time I shot this location, I shot the model straight on. I was determined to use the "leading lines" of the tunnel, however, the leading lines led to a distracting background. This probably would've been a great concept if the tunnel had ran for at least 30-50  meters, or longer. By changing the perspective, I shot at 30-45 degree angle with respect to the tunnel entrance/exit line. This eliminated the distracting background, and also gave a new perspective to the look. I feel as if this gave the model more focus.
      1. Another option to avoid  distracting backgrounds when shooting short length tunnels is by shooting later in the day. This will reduce the contrast between the light in the tunnel and the abient light outside.

What are your thoughts? 

Model: Patrice Jennings - Charleston, South Carolina

Photographer: Geno Porter, LLC

Production: AiReal Photography, LLC

Location: Summerville, South Carolina