In this photograph, I got the opposite of my desired effect. I wanted the foreground (the bamboo) to be lighter and the background to be a little darker. Unfortunately, our eyes see a scene differently from how a camera sees it. The background looked much darker than it came out on film. Similarly for the bamboo, it looked much lighter than it actually was really.
The point is, our eyes see a scene at different apertures because our pupils dilate and contract constantly depending on the object on which our eyes focus. A camera, however, has no choice but to use the aperture that you, as the photographer, has chosen. So things that seem light are actually dark, and things that seem dark are actually light.
Fortunately, I’m actually kind of happy of how this photograph turned out. I hope you too as well.
Taken with Canon EOS 650.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
Kodak T-MAX 100.