Project 1 – The distorting lens – Focal length and viewpoint

Exercise 2.2

Select your longest focal length and compose a portrait shot fairly tightly within the frame in front of a background with depth. Take one photograph. Then walk towards your subject while zooming out to your shortest focal length. Take care to frame the subject in precisely the same way in the viewfinder and take a second shot. Compare the two images and make notes in your learning log.

This time the subject is Sir John Betjeman at the St Pancras station (London).

John Betjeman


Picture 1 of 2

Cropped very tightly at 200mm equiv. At 1/25s and f5.6 The background is nicely blurred out and limited. Only 2 windows make it in to the view. The point of interest is clearly the statue.

My second attempt is the bust of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the Gordon Square Garden (London).

Rabindranath Tagore


Picture 1 of 2

At a focal length of 195mm equiv the background is evenly blurred out and the bust is dominant. 1/250s f6.3

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