I am a newbie amateur photographer. I enjoy walking at night in a wood and take pictures.
It is not hard with a modern digital camera (I have a Nikon d3100) to show whatever is needed by taking sufficiently long exposure, even when in context of extreme darkness.
What I struggle with is capture the scenes in a way similar to what I experience (and would like to show).
In particular, I would like to portray that sort of "fogginess" that low light situation causes, where many details are visible and slowly recede in the darkness. It seems that my photo either come out as underexposed (way too dark) or overexposed (losing this fogginess I experience with my eyes).
What is the particular characteristic of the human eyes that allows me to see so much in the dark... and yet so little? And how to replicate it or what are some suggestions for nocturnal, extreme low light photographs? Any suggestion is welcome: equipment, techniques, editing.