The journey down from Brighton station to the sea was one I was very familiar with and so I was aware of the mass of people who always make this journey too. The multitude of people is quite numerous, especially during the summer and so I wanted to get across the amount of people walking down; while retaining a sense of place – the sea was obvious at the top of the frame.
Compositionally getting the shot was quite hard. My thinking on finding the ‘best’ composition for this particular shot was the following: there is usually one or two best views/angles of composition for any given subject or group of subjects. This then is followed by ‘subordinate’ views as the composition becomes less appealing. Practically, in my eyes, there exists usually at least one ‘desirable’ view within any given area and it is the landscape photographer’s job to find these views and exploit them to their full potential, or in the words of Carleton Watkins: “would give the best view”’ – (Watkins, (1858) In. Encyclopedia Britannica, (2013).
I was also aware this road was downhill from Brighton station to the sea so I used this to my advantage, by making sure the sea was visible in the distance and finding a vantage point where a lot of the people were apparent moving down the road. I thought the people moving were more apparent because I’d learnt if shooting from a high perspective looking down, it can show patterns of movement better than from level ground or low down.
Camera settings for Photograph 6 were:
f/8, 6 seconds, ISO 200, focal length 85mm and a 10 stop neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.
Watkins, C. (1858) In. Encyclopedia Britannica. (2013). Carleton E. Watkins | American photographer. [online] Available at: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Carleton-E-Watkins [Accessed 24 Jun. 2015].