Additional: Focal lengths and different viewpoints
April 26, 2011
I wanted to capture my thoughts following the last exercise.
Since I completed this exercise I?ve found myself more conscious of the depth within an image and have opted to use my wide-angle lens to inject a sense of distance or scale which wouldn?t be achieved with a telephoto lens. It?s allowed me to think about, and play, with perspective. Some examples of images where I?ve opted for the wide-angle for this purpose are below.
In this image I got very close to the alarm clock, using the wide-angle to create a perspective which makes the small clock appear larger than it is – when compared with the much larger computer in the background. I used a small aperture (f/11) to avoid a narrow depth-of-field, so as to enhance the sense of the different elements of the image being on the same scale. Overall the effect worked quite well, though a slight adjustment in the alarm clock?s position may have made it eappear more like it was directly beneath the computer.
In this image the wide-angle served the purpose of allowing me to get inside the washing machine, and capture most of the drum. For the sake of detail I used a small aperture (f/11), but on reflection a wider aperture may have worked to give more of a sense of depth. While the image does give the feeling of being inside the machine, it still feels fairly confined. That?s something to experiment with, as it may be the case that the wide-angle simply isn?t wide enough for a subject that is very confined – so depth-of-field may not be sufficient to create the feeling of a larger space.
I used the wide-angle hear to create a sense of distance – with the path and fence stretching out towards the Fort. I also cropped the image tightly around the Fort and fence to further enhance the feeling of distance.