The Only Way Out... by Paul Davis

Don’t be too surprised when I tell you this is nearly unaltered. A few colours taken out (lowered saturation) and blacks added – this is pretty close to all that was done.

The shot was taken in the “Tunnel of Love” located at Paronella Park, Far North Queensland.

Although half of it is closed, if you’re able to brave the oozing mud, the fluttering bats and the gigantic huntsmans, you can venture half way down the tunnel.

I wished they’d open the other end so I can do the same shot with a bit more distance in it. Though I am pleased with this one the way it is.

Standing in the middle of the tunnel with a colony of bats nesting above my head. Taken at 4:50pm armed only with a Dolphin Torch to light the walls, a tripod and the trusty Olympus E30 with a 14-54mm lens.

This photo is not representative of Paronella Park in any way what-so-ever, but it’s a great place to experiment with tunnel photos :)

The surprise features – JPG Cast Offs, Abstract Realism and Olympus Four Thirds (all within 22 hours yay).


  • Matthew Jones
    Matthew Jonesover 5 years ago

    great shot mate! love the lighting!

  • Thanks mate :) – ye good ole Dolphin – who needs fancy lighting equipment aye? haha… Glad ya like it!

    – Paul Davis

  • Janine  Hewlett
    Janine Hewlettover 5 years ago

    nice one Paul!!!

  • Hey thanks Janine :) – thinking maybe you should spend your anniversary there – it’s so beautiful at Paronella :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Lindsay Woolnough (Oram)
    Lindsay Woolno...over 5 years ago

    Nice shot hunni

  • Well thank you missy :) glad you likey like!!!

    – Paul Davis

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 5 years ago

  • Thank you Bradley :) I’ve been hanging out for a JPG Cast-Offs feature and here it is :) you’ve made my day!

    – Paul Davis

    CORA D. MITCHELLover 5 years ago

    yep, this is awesome….and of course, I believe you. sometimes the most haunting images (dark) are the more natural ones such as this one! way awesome.. I haven’t done any tunnel images but looking at this one, I totally want to start finding some- LOL. excellent work!

  • I’ve always wanted to do this as well – and I totally forgot about the Tunnel of Love – until Friday last week that is :) We have lots of underpass bridges, but they’re just not the same. Hopefully they fix this tunnel up even more so we can get right to the other end to photograph – but even as it is now, I still love it :) Thank you so much for your kind words – very appreciated!

    – Paul Davis

  • Andrea Searle
    Andrea Searleover 5 years ago

    Absolutely creepy Paul. Lol but great shot. I wouldnt have hung around in there long enough to get a shot!

  • Nah, it’s really nice in there – they wouldn’t call it the Tunnel of Love otherwise would they? Thanks for the compliment too :)

    – Paul Davis

  • J Anderson
    J Andersonover 5 years ago

    Love this image!

  • Thank you very much – pleased you liked.

    – Paul Davis

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 5 years ago

    great work,congradulations on your feature

  • Thank you very much Gabbie :) appreciate that :)

    – Paul Davis

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusover 4 years ago

    WOnderous textures and mood in this Paul

  • Thanks :)

    – Paul Davis

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