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These two shots were taken from an almost identical location one year apart during return visits to my home town of Belfast in Northern Ireland. I like the similarities – lone man crossing bridge shot from below – but I’m also struck by how different they are and how small changes can change the look of a picture.

Here, the second shot is taken from a few feet to the right of the first which changes the angle of view, as does the use of a different focal length. The first was shot with a 69mm equivalent focal length, the second I no longer know since it was shot on film and I appear to have misplaced the notebook with that information, but I think it may have been 24mm. That’s another difference right there – one on digital and one on film. The final and most significant difference is in the light, partly a result of the time of day, partly of the weather. I like them both. On my next trip, whenever that may be I’ll be back in – more or less – the same spot.

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