Exercise 2.3

“Choose a subject in front of a background with depth. Select your shortest focal length and take a close low viewpoint, below your subject. Find a natural point of focus and take the shot.
You’ll see that a very wide lens together with a close viewpoint creates extreme perspective distortion. Gently receding lines become extreme diagonals and rounded forms bulge towards the camera. Space appears to expand. The low viewpoint adds a sense of monumentality, making the subject seem larger than it is, and tilting the camera adds to the effect as vertical lines dramatically converge. Not the ideal combination for a portrait shot!”

Again, I was frustrated by the fairly narrow angle of the widest end of my zoom, especially combined with my cropped sensor camera. The composition here is poor, as is the straightness (I didn’t straighten as I didn’t want to lose the distortion around the edges of the frame). You can however see the verticals and arches going all over the place in the background, and the wall seeming to tilt inwards on the left hand side.

update – this remains one of my least favourite images, not least because of the very poor composition. It does do the job though so I am reluctantly leaving it in.

ex2.3 wide angle portrait-4577

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