Focal Lengths: Filling the Frame
These first four shots (1-4) taken from a static location (i.e the camera didnt move!) show the affect of broad vistas and narrow detail.
The second set of four, using different focal lengths required moving position to fill the frame with the subject. The images clearly show the visual distortion of the surroundings, and of the main subject. The wide angle (5) appears to push the background away, adding a greater sense of depth, whilst the telephoto (8) appears to bring the surroundings much closer.
For the subject matter, the wider angle lens is most pleasing for me. The telephoto seems to add an element of tension, it brings the background trees to prominence and it feels as if they intrude on the viewers interaction with the subject. The 16mm is too distortive of the subject, therefore, the 35mm wins the test today.