Focal length

This exercise asks for the same framing of an image but taken with different focal lengths. This time I decided to take self-portraits, so that I could also feel what it's like to be in front of the camera, be aware of how different poses feel and practice self portraiture as a whole.

it was a bit difficult because I don't have a shutter release, so I had to take all the images with the timer and wasn't able to focus properly. I had put something on my chair, would then focus in automode and then leave it in manual, so the lens wouldn't change. I can't say it was a big succes, all images are out of focus!

An other difficulty was that it's hard to know where exactly to sit when the image is taken. It took me quite a few shoots to get in the right position in order to keep the framing as consistent as possible. In post processing I have cropped the images to keep the framing almost the same. Here are the results.

The focal lengths used from left to right are 300 mm, 135 mm, 70 mm and 38 mm. It's important to keep in mind that the first two images were taken on a smaller frame camera and the last on a full frame camera.

The first thing I notice doesn't have to do with how I look, but more how different each background is! Each image was taken with an aperture of 5.6, but there's much more blur in the background the longer the focal length gets. There's obvious a relation between that that I hadn't been very aware of before. 

The next striking changes in the the images is that my face is rounder in the first images and the shorter the focal length, the longer and skinnier my face looks. In a way it is also visible that the camera was standing much closer to me with the 38 mm focal length, it looks as I'm almost bending forward in the lens, while with the image on the left there's a more distant feel. This might also be a result of the background being less prominent and more distant.