Here, I tried to convey the sense of movement again, in what I deemed an important period of the journey. This ‘train-moving’ shot, was aimed to be a symbol of where the main bulk of the travelling was done.
For me, this shot would have been quite clichéd a portrayal of journey within a photograph, had I shot the photograph how I originally intended – a shot out of the window of the fast-moving train, with the train window acting as a framing tool. However, I devised a way to incorporate another compositional element in the image, which made this kind of photograph less standard as well as offering the viewer further insight into the type of destination of the journey. This compositional element was in the form of a map, which just so happened to map the final destination of the journey. I laid the map out full-spread on one of the train tables so that it covered the table and made sure it filled a sufficient part of the frame to make it immediately noticeable to the viewer. The sea is of course a big feature of Brighton and I made sure it showed up quite visibly from the map to the camera.
This was one of the most challenging shots for me technically because of the train bumping laterally slightly over the rails, whilst on course and also a relatively confined space to work in. These factors meant a tripod wasn’t feasible to me and because I wanted a slow shutter speed to convey the sense of movement again, I had to rely on a steady hand and some luck to find a time when the train wasn’t bumping quite so much. In part, I felt this shot was successful technically. There was definitely a sense of high speed motion, due to the scenery outside the window passing by from the slow shutter, which had been my main aim. However, there was quite a lot of camera shake at higher magnification levels and so the map (which I felt was a strong component of the image) wasn’t quite as sharp as I would have liked. The image held up reasonably well at screen size in my opinion though.
Camera settings for Photograph 4 were:
f/10, 0.4 seconds, ISO 400, focal length 11mm and a 5 stop neutral density filter, handheld.