Once again showing the influx of people to Covent Garden, this photograph also portrays two rickshaw drivers; waiting optimistically for prospective customers. Despite the large number of moving figures, these rickshaw drivers remain motionless and waiting. The location is a good one to wait at, with Covent Garden tube station has: ‘the yearly flow of 16.9 million users.’ – (Coventgarden.uk.com, n.d.).
This photograph was again shot at James Street, Covent Garden but looking the other way; this time from Covent Garden tube station towards Covent Garden market. Behind the rickshaw drivers is the Nag’s Head, built in 1673.
In so far as the photograph was concerned technically, I was very satisfied with the number of ghostly figures (as tourists) passing by, apparently on either side of the rickshaw drivers; as it rendered Covent Garden justifiably in a vibrant light. However, this also meant I had to create intricate layer masks in order to keep the rickshaw drivers free of tourists crossing their path. This was because the layers where I had taken the ghostly figures from, filled the whole of the frame, because the rickshaw drivers had left their positions shortly after I captured their initial shorter exposure. Lastly, I was quite pleased that this photograph featured two rickshaw drivers as the stationary figures; just because it added extra interest for the viewer and kept variety.
Camera settings for Photograph 7 were:
Because I took multiple exposures and combined them (one for the rickshaw drivers and a handful for the long exposures of the tourists passing by), I have written down the settings separately for firstly the photograph to ‘freeze’ the rickshaw drivers and then a setting representative for one of the long exposures.
Rickshaw drivers exposure:
f/5.6, 1/30s, ISO 400, focal length 35mm and no neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.
f/11, 13 seconds, ISO 80, focal length 35mm and a 5 stop neutral density filter. A tripod and cable release were used.
Coventgarden.uk.com. (n.d.). Covent Garden Station. [online] Available at: http://www.coventgarden.uk.com/streets/covent-garden-station [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].