“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. (You might like to use the specific focal lengths indicated on the lens barrel.)”
This contact sheet shows pictures of ‘Manufactura’ in Lodz, Poland – a one time textile factory converted into a shopping centre and leisure complex.
Lens – Leica DC vario-summilux 1:1.7-2.8/10.9-34. EFL and exposure readings shown on contact sheet.
Two main technical observations as the lens is zoomed in from 24mm to 75mm: a) width of foreground is significantly reduced, with edges gradually cropped out, and b) sense of perspective is reduced as diagonals become less pronounced. The shorter focal lengths create a more intimate atmosphere, pulling the viewer into the image, and the longer lengths give a colder, removed view point.