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Exercise 2.1 – Zoom


Find a scene that has depth.  From a fixed position, take a sequence of five or six shots at different focal lengths without changing your viewpoint.

Exercise 2.1

To find a suitable location to take the photographs for this exercise I turned to the National Trust Website.  Instead of taking photographs of a tree line or arches, I wanted to do something a little different.

I decided to go to the Rothschilds Archive building at Waddesdon Manor, which has recently been built.  The building is very contemporary and uses strong lines.  At the front there are wooden pillars outside the building set alongside a rectangle pool, with a statue of a gorilla in the middle of the water.


The first time I went, I focused on the wooden panels behind the gorilla, but these didn’t come out very well. I returned a few weeks later and retook the photographs focusing on the gorilla, which has created a stronger sense of moving towards the statue when you view them in sequence. I took a photograph at each focal length marked on my lens.

1/640 Sec, f 5.6, 24mm, ISO 64

1/800 sec, f 5.6, 29mm, ISO 64

1/800 sec, f 5.6, 36mm, ISO 64

1/640, f 5.6, 50mm, ISO 64

1/640, f 5.6, 70mm, ISO 64


When viewing the images the Gorilla moves from the right side of the frame to the left, without the degree of the angles changing, as seen in Blade Runner when Harrison Ford zooms into sections of the photograph on the Esper, the object moves from one side of the frame across to the other.  Also when you zoom into the final pictures you will notice that the finer detail has a lower resolution on the wide angled zoom compared to the full zoom.  This is only noticeable when you zoom into a section of the image, as highlighted in the film ‘Blow Up’.  The printed images of the section that are blown up are of a lower resolution and therefore the finer detail is lost as shown below.

70mm and 24mm