Tunnel of trees

Bill Vriesema's avatar Bill Vriesema

There are some scenes that cannot be represented at 1/125th of a second in a camera. A static moment in time does no justice to the feelings evoked at a certain place you have been or traveled through. Along with the width and depth of a scene, motion can be used to translate those feelings to a 2 dimensional space. Such a scene is the Tunnel of trees. This stretch of highway M119 starts Cross village and winds its way along Lake Michigan until it reaches Harbor Springs. This narrow roadway twists and winds along a bluff above Lake Michigan, ducking in and out of woods causing dappled sunlight to dot the road along the way. As I drove along I held my camera just up out of the moon roof snapping photos of the car in front of me. Since the car in front of me was moving the same speed, I was able to shoot at slow shutter speeds between 2 and 3 seconds, effectively blurring the trees nearest to me the most. The resulting photo helps the viewer experience the scene as I remember it.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 5
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 4