Photograph 5 was a representation of the ‘other side’ of the main bulk of the travelling; at the destination train station: Brighton. I was ‘allowed’ to express my creativity much more vividly I felt with this shot, in comparison to Photograph 3, partly because of the grandeur of Brighton train station and also because I managed to use a tripod on this occasion. Using a tripod enabled me to once more to produce a long exposure with minimal camera shake and so convey movement in the form of two trains at the station pulling in or moving away. The figures in the bottom-middle of the frame were like ghosts too; as a direct consequence of the long exposure and this also suggested movement out of the train station was taking place. This movement out of the station was a mass movement and something I felt was typical of the trip from out of the station to the beach.
The grandeur of Brighton station made it possible for me to choose my composition much more freely. I decided to include a lot of the impressive, in my opinion, arches and columns that made up the roof of the station and because of the way the whole roof curved, it allowed me to use the roof as a kind of lead-in line. This lead-in line led the viewer’s eye from where I was positioned near the ghostly figures and moving trains towards the station exit.
To get the two moving trains as well as the figures in the middle-foreground, I had to combine three exposures, two of the exposures for each of the moving trains (with exposures of 8 seconds and 20 seconds) and the final one for the figures in the foreground (8 seconds). I tried to keep the overall luminosity for each of these exposures as consistent as possible so it was easier for me to merge them afterwards. I felt Photograph 5 worked well in this regard; there was a lot of movement going on in the foreground, while the columns and arches of the station remained impassive.
Camera settings for Photograph 5 were:
Exposure 1 (1st moving train on the right): f/8, 8 seconds, ISO 500, focal length 11mm and a 10 stop neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.
Exposure 2 (moving figures in the foreground): f/8, 8 seconds, ISO 500, focal length 11mm and a 10 stop neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.
Exposure 3 (moving train on the left): f/8, 20 seconds, ISO 200, focal length 11mm and a 10 stop neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.