Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tech Talk Tuesday - Showing Scale

Have you ever tried to take a photo of a vast landscape or a really tall mountain, and are disappointed because your picture is not nearly as impressive as how the scene looked in person?  Size is often hard to capture in photographs.  One way to help your viewers see how BIG something is, is to put a person in the composition to add scale.  Here my grandson Owen is helping me show the size of this huge arch.  Below is my favorite shot of this grand scene.


24 comments:

Sandra said...

that is one big arch. great way to show the scale, teeny tiny little boy puts it in perspective. i like your favorite foto. beautiful

Cher' Shots said...

Fantastic photos! Good point about placing a person or object in the pic for scale. I do that myself. But now days there are so many manipulated pictures on the net it's hard to tell whats real or fake. Some people are really creative with it.
'hugs from afar'

Scott said...

Your very handsome grandson does help show scale. Of course in this case so do the trees, but I know many of the arches that I have photographed don't have trees or bushes so the people are about your only option if you can get some in there. Your black and white in the bottom with the tweaked contrast is very dramatic.

Joop Zand said...

Again a great photo.....
good work Karen.

Greetings, Joop

Char said...

great job

Robin said...

Karen, two wonderful shots. The B&W is quite dramatic! Mind you so is the colour! Adding a little scale to the first shot really does make a difference!

Don said...

Looks big to me...beautiful shot(s).

Olavs Blogg said...

Fantastic pictures. L like yor blog veru much. Many interesting thing to learn in your "Tech Talk".
Have a nice evening and a nice week.

tusen said...

What a landscape!
This time i liked the colored even better!

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

Spectacular shots! Yes, I also do that sometimes to show the size of my subjects.

SouthernSass said...

Absolutely breathtaking!! Sorry I have not had time to visit lately, but I am trying to catch up. This is gorgeous - where was it taken? This reminds me of Ansel Adams.

Ginny said...

This is huge!! Is it natural or man made? We live beside Natural Bridge, and I would say if this is natural, it is more awesome than Natural Bridge, certainly more stunning.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

WOW! Karen, those are beautiful photos!

WhatKarenSees said...

SouthernSass, this was on a short hike in Moab Utah, just outside Arches National Park.

Ginny, this arch, along with thousands of others in southern Utah, are all natural.

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh wow - teeny boy - perfect example!! Love it!

Liss said...

Hi Karen the photo of your grandson is excellent can you tell me the focal length of the lens when you took this.

Barb said...

Hello Kaaren, What wonderful shots and photography tips here on your Blog. I'm enjoying scrolling through your posts. I also thank you for the meaningful personal comment on my Sadness post. It was much appreciated this day.

janc@mac.com said...

I love the one with little Owen under the arch.

Avery said...

I saw this, and my jaw dropped! That's all I can say!

Janie2 said...

Owen makes a GREAT marker! WOW, I love this photo. The colors are so vivid.

diane b said...

Great shots. I discovered that by accident when I was photographing huge pictures in an Art Gallery.

joey said...

Wow! Now that is awesome, Karen, and great tip. Thank you again.

Andrea said...

Wow!
The black and White one is really stunning!

Book said...

Thanks for the beautiful photos !!!