This was a simple exercise in understanding potential impacts of using different lenses to view the same scene but change the perspective by moving myself. In the pair of photos below of Brill Windmill in Buckinghamshire, the first was shot on at a 70mm focal length using a zoom lens, the second at 16mm on a wide angle lens.
Whilst I tried to frame the shots so they contained the same image, the perspective has changed quite noticeably. In the wide angle shot the bench is noticeably bigger although the windmill looks pretty close to the same size, the zoom lens has made the scene look similar but actually compressed it. The result is the wide angle shot does feel like you’re closer to the bench but not the windmill. Also its noticeable that in the wide angle shot the bench and windmill are either side of the frame but in the zoom shot, despite the windmill appearing the same size, there is space to make it more central as the bench is so much smaller.
This was an interesting lesson for me in using the zoom lens to effectively increase the content in frame. Equally, its a reminder that the wide angle lens allows you to simplify a scene if you get in close.