Exercise 2: Busy Traffic

For this exercise I endeavoured to find, if not an interior space, an exterior space where movement was loosely controlled or guided by human nature. For this I choose to photograph Winchester Market and the Millennium Bridge in London, both gave me busy traffic, movement, and along paths or areas that are controlled.

The first image showing Winchester High Street on a market day shows a constant stream of busy traffic in both directions, not only in the foreground but also further up the street, where you have the cars and the people. This gives us many lines to follow throughout the image, taking us around the composition. I used the Buttercross Monument on the High Street as a platform for this photograph. It gave me a higher view, which coupled with the gradient of the High Street gave an interesting and attractive composition, leading the eyes into the picture, to the West Gate. I took this image to show the faces of the people, from the view I had it was an interesting mix and blurring the movement would have lost that interest in this occasion.

This second image, the first of Millennium Bridge in London again shows the business of the area without blurring, what it does do, is gives the viewer an insight to each person, what they may have been looking at, which when in London is non stop, for example the lady in the puffa coat in the foreground is looking up at the Tate Modern, while the couple on the left of the frame are looking up river towards Blackfriars Bridge, this is in contrast to what perhaps could be the London resident, looking at there feet as they walk from A to B. I like the overall colour and tone of this image, I think it works well as a photograph of the bridge with busy traffic, while using St Paul’s Cathedral as an added focal point and element.

This final image taken further along the Millennium Bridge and was taken at half a second exposure to slightly blur the movement on the busy traffic is was amongst, what I really like about this image is not only the blurred movement and the effect it has on the busyness of the image but that the two ladies taking a “selfie” are relatively sharp within the frame, I think this adds to the interest and effectiveness of the frame, that although this is a busy and bustling area, people still stop and take in there surroundings and get a photo.

Overall I enjoyed this exercise, taking in and understanding the movement of people in certain areas and situations is an interesting and useful tool for a photographer, I felt by watching and gaining the experience of these situations I have been able to adjust my positioning and composition to get a better image.

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