Exercise: Busy traffic

For this exercise, I decided it would be best to photograph a touristic place, where lots of people are taking photographs and it's not so obvious or offensive to be aiming my lens at people. The entrance of the Sacre Coeur in Paris seemed to be a perfects spot for that. I have tried a few ways to show the busyness and discovered that especially the focal length makes a big difference in the kind feel that is brought across.

This image was taken with a 105 mm focal length, bringing a significant compression in the image and therefor making the people seem standing closer to each other than they actually were. In order to focus on the people in the image, I made sure that only a little bit of the building itself was in the frame, so that you could mostly see the stairs and the people on it.

This photograph was taken with a much wider focal length and therefor spacing out the people on the stairs. Even though there is a lot more empty space in the image, I do find that it still looks busy, also because the people in the front are forming a front line and caging in the others sitting on the stairs. Because I'm looking up at the people on the stairs the angle has changed compared to the photo above, bringing a bit more flow in the image itself.

In this image you don't really get the idea that it's very busy, but I wanted to show it anyway. First of all, this perspective reminded me of a photograph of Henry Cartier Bresson, 'Sur les bords de la Marne', where people are sitting on the river bed, relaxing and looking at a boat. From this angle it feels like the viewer is sneaking up on the unaware subjects and giving a very intimate insight in the scene and there moments of relaxation. 

This photograph was taken on an extremely busy market place in Rufisque, a town in Senegal. Even though the main focus is on the women negotiating, because the people behind them form a sort of diagonal line, the eye is led to all the other people and showing the crowdedness of the market.