Showing Scale in Photography: Think Small

This is my contribution to Scott’s Assignment 14: Showing Scale in Photography. When I think of scale I think of something big in comparison to myself, but for this assignment I decided to think small, just like this stink bug landing on my dad’s pear.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 168mm, evaluative metering

I bought the Asian Bananas yesterday at the Asian Market to make Fried Banana for Lee.  It’s a lot smaller than an average banana and the texture is firmer.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/5sec, ISO 400, focal length 104mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

As I was going through my vacation photos taken on July 6th, I thought this might fit the criteria.  I’m still thinking that we are so small in comparison to the great ocean.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

Man versus ocean.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

This is a fun assignment and hope that you will join in the fun.  You have to show something to scale by using a reference within your photograph.  It can be something big, small or in between as long as you can tell its size. The Assignment is due on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, July 20, 2011.


  1. Love the sunset/people ocean shot…of course, because I’m a water addict… love the other guy in the water too…and I always WONDERED what those short little bananas were, now I know!! 🙂

    • Thanks Dawn, it’s actually a sunrise and I had to get up extra early that morning to wait for the light. The shot was from the 5th floor of our hotel room’s balcony.

      I don’t buy the short banana as often, they are quiet good. You should give it a try. 🙂

  2. You did well here Nye.
    The people on the beach really scale the ocean. Under other circumstances the last photo wouldnt do, because he’s too far away. But knowing the assignment the photo is really good.

    • Thanks Carsten, it would be nice to get a closer shot of the last photo and I didn’t realize that I had my camera quality setting at Medium quality of 8M instead of my normal 18M and too much digital noise to crop the image. This is not an easy assignment and a good learning experience for me. 🙂

  3. Due to that I’ve been busy and then on holiday I have not been aware of Scott’s last assignment before I saw your post here. Four super photos! – which made ​​me want to search some of my holiday photos – and perhaps manage to partcipate ? Thanks for the inspiration!
    And those Asian bananas – I love them – they are SO much better than the bananas we can buy here in Denmark!

    • Thanks truels, I’m sure you’ll have many photos to show. This is the time of the year that people are vacationing here in the US also, but most of us only have 1 or 2 weeks of vacation time unlike people in Europe that have a month at a time. I would love that, you could really go places with that many weeks off from work. 🙂

  4. I like the beach photo of the people compare to the ocean. Makes you wonder a bit about the grand scheme of things. 😉

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