Originally Posted by Crane's
Nope, the bright background metered at f8 at 1/320 ISO 100 while in the tunnel the exposure was 1/5 second or so f8. A shot at 1/320 left the tunnel pitch black. At 1/5 the tunnel was well lit while D and the background looked like an H bomb went off. I compromised both the blacks and whites while getting good midtone exposure. I told the camera it liked f8 at 1/60. I crushed the dark tones and blew out the light tones and set the shot in a very high contrast environment. The result is a nice silhouette shot which is exactly what I wanted. Understanding light and how to use your camera controls to achieve what your mind perceives and not what your eyes see is something that takes a lot of years to get right. Once you get the hang of it though it's really a simple thing to do. Total setup time to get the silhouette series of shots was 2 meter readings, 3 test shots and took less than a minute to complete. Then we had fun with the concept and went on to the next thing.
I understand your reasoning for the first shot in which you can still see part of the tunnel, but the second shot only has the silhouette: wouldn't my method have worked there?
On a completely different topic, I just found dad's old analog Pentax ME with 28/2,8 and 50/1,8 lenses.
I'll probably take it out for a walk one of these days.