Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week, says WordPress, we should post photos that play around with the idea of “scale“.

Well, okay. I’ll see what I can do. But scale can be tricky in photographs, where you don’t have the kind of built-in clues to size that the real, physical world gives us automatically.

For example, let’s think about the waterfall above. What size is it? Is it a trickle as high as the length of your hand? Maybe it’s a torrent racing down half a mountainside. How could you tell? There’s nothing in the photo to give you a sense of scale; rocks, yes, and a few plants, but good luck identifying them. When I look at the plants in the picture, I’m not sure what they are – and I was there to take the photo.

No, we need something for reference. Something that comes in a range of sizes that everyone is familiar with; something – well, someone – that actually was right next to that waterfall. (Yes, the picture above is pretty tightly cropped.)

Let’s show a little more of the original image. And now – if we look at the lower right corner – we can judge the scale.



6 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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  2. Adding the humans back into the photo really does make a difference, doesn’t it? It’s draws the eyes down, then up, then down again. Good choice!

    • Well, including them does provide another focal point to keep your eyes moving around the picture – though I have to admit that I was just adding back in enough of the image to show the two people closest to the water! Actually, the original picture includes at least a dozen hikers climbing the slope to the right of the falls.

      Glad you like it!

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