Photograph 4, was an instance where the app called ‘Tides Near Me – Free’, I found on the Google Play Store by Meech, R. (2013), proved invaluable. Not only does the app tell the user what time the tide is at its lowest, it also usefully tells the user how low a tide that particular low tide will be in metres. I realised that a particularly low tide would be present on the day I captured Photograph 4. I was quite relieved when I managed to capture Photograph 4. This was because I badly wanted to find a stretch of the Thames’ foreshore around the Big Ben/London Eye area, where the foreshore appeared to take up less space than other stretches of the river. It seemed this stretch of the river was only revealed when the tide was very low; like this particular day. To capture a photograph containing both the London Eye and Big Ben was valuable to me because as mentioned, I felt that stretch of the river’s foreshore was relatively small and therefore hard to photograph. Also, there wasn’t much of the foreshore obvious but eventually I found some remains of the foreshore, which conveniently served to double-up as a powerful (in my opinion) diagonal lead-in line towards the landmarks of the London Eye and Big Ben present in the distance.
Compositionally, I was able to use the diagonal lead-in line of the foreshore, along with the continuing theme of smooth water with a misty effect at the edge of the foreshore (from another long exposure) to help push the viewer’s eye up towards the two landmarks. In my opinion they were placed ideally in the frame, quite close together but not so much as to be ‘crowded’ in the frame. The London Eye was also apparently spinning fast because of the long exposure. I was not sure at the time whether this was desirable because it could look unrealistic but I found it just served to attract the viewer’s eye up to it; though not taking away from the diagonal lead-in line of the foreshore too much.
Again, since Photograph 4 was taken in daylight, I decided to use a 10 stop neutral density filter to obtain a long exposure. I felt the long exposure worked really well; especially the misty effect at the water’s edge. The sky featured moving clouds, which I felt complemented the landmarks in particular, because the viewer’s eye looked towards the London Eye first (in the direction the clouds were moving) and then under the clouds to Big Ben.
Technical information for Photograph 4 was:
f11, 61s, ISO 100, focal length 11mm