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  • A Sense of Scale

    Take a picture that gives a sense of scale, whether true or false. How about a huge building with small figures standing at the bottom of it? Or tiny toy figures swarming over your dinner plate? Here is my example, a life-size statue on the coastal path at A Coruña in northern Spain contrasted with the huge port control building seen in the distance for a distorted sense of scale:

    Sculpture and Building

    Camera: Nikon D40 (70-300mm lens)
    Exposure: 1/400s
    Aperture: f/6.3
    Focal Length: 70 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

    Here are the rules:

    A review of the rules might be helpful:

    1. The image you submit should be taken between June 25 (when it was announced) and July 9 (up until one of the moderators closes the the mini-contest). Don't leave it until Wednesday afternoon if you want to be sure of beating the deadline!

    2. EXIF data needs to be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message. See my example above.

    3. Your post must include "Assignment: A Sense of Scale" as the title or clearly in the text to show your permission to count it for the contest.

    4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only one marked with the text above).

    For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).

    If you finish early, then you can start thinking about and shooting for next week's assignment, "Sunny Days". If you are going to rely on the weather then start carrying your camera with you... or use your imagination if you expect it to rain for the next two weeks!

    Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
    Gear: Nikon D40, Nikon AFS 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 macro, Raynox DCR-250, Lensbaby 2.0k, SB600

  • #2
    Assignment: A Sense of Scale

    I was just too late posting this to the "feet" assignment - but figured that it would work for this one as well!
    So I just waited for Wulf to publish the next one.

    Just a quick shot of my feet - taken with a wide angle lens, which makes them look enormous.

    Miss Bigfoot

    Basic EXIF:
    Camera: Canon EOS 400D
    Lens: Tamron 11-18mm
    Taken: June 29th
    Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
    Aperture: f/4.5
    Focal Length: 11 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
    Flash: Flash fired

    More EXIF on Flickr

    (I am a sucker for pictures of miniature models, so I might reject my ugly feet on behalf of something more interesting later this week...)
    Hebe @ flickr | Hebe @ home
    Shooting with a Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) and an assortment of cheap lenses.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Hebe View Post
      I was just too late posting this to the "feet" assignment - but figured that it would work for this one as well!
      So I just waited for Wulf to publish the next one.
      Yes - no problem with that. It is a good example and, as you note, you can always post a different one later in the week if you change your mind (as long as you come back and edit "Assignment: A Sense of Scale" out of this one). I'm looking forward to seeing some more early-bird entries to get us rolling.

      Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
      Gear: Nikon D40, Nikon AFS 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 macro, Raynox DCR-250, Lensbaby 2.0k, SB600


      • #4
        Assignment: A Sense of Scale

        This seems to be everyone's favorite place to have their picture taken when they visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

        I had a photo of my wife standing in front of it. But it looked like a typical tourist shot. So I went up to the second floor patio. Fortunately, some other visitors were getting their picture taken, so you get a sense of scale.


        CameraSony DSLR-A100
        Exposure0.006 sec (1/160)
        Focal Length35mm
        ISO Speed100
        Exposure Bias  0/10 EV

        Full exif on Flickr

        Sony Alpha 100, Maxxum AF Power Zoom 35-80mm, Maxxum AF Zoom xi 80-200mm


        • #5
          Assignment: A Sense of Scale

          A Room with a View

          I shot several the other morning on top of Point Loma in San Diego - my husband likes this one best.... In the foreground is Ft. Rosecrans, then San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge in the far distance and a helicopter too! EXIF on flickr - check out some of the others to see if you like them more... thanks. Happy 4th!
          Last edited by Miss Mae; 07-02-2008, 10:20 PM.
          Nikon D90


          • #6
            A Sense of Scale

            seems appropriate for the holiday..

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            POINT 'n' SHOOT - Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-150 - Nikon Coolpix P7000 - Canon PowerShot S90
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            • #7
              "Toy Box Anarchy"
              Day 187 threesixtyfive "Toy Box Anarchy" (by saralonde)
              My Gear
              OK to re-edit and repost my shots on dps


              • #8
                LOVE IT Sara...very clever.
                Digital Rebel XTi ● EF S 18-55mm ● EF 50mm 1.8 ● EF 75-300mm , Sigma 18-200 OS, Battery Grip, Close up Filters
                My Photo Blog


                • #9
                  Eiffel Tower

                  Favorite shot from France vacation

                  Eiffel Tower

                  Camera: Nikon D80
                  Lens: Nikor AF-S DX VR 18-200
                  Shutter: 1/500
                  Aperture: f/11
                  ISO: 100
                  Focal length: 46mm
                  Exposure bias: -0.67


                  • #10
                    Assignment: A sense of scale

                    Hi, I have been keeping an eye al lof the fantastic pics that have come in for the assignments! What a standard to aspire to!
                    Here is my submission for this assignment. I have chosen a rather dark topic but it fits in rather well to the notion of a sense of scale. Around this area there is far too much roadkill. This week the grey kangaroos have suffered but wombats often suffer the same fate. The point I am trying to get across is that scale of these unnecessary killings is not sustainable and we will lose these treasures from this area. I hope that the POV accentuates the beauty of the creature and tugs at the heart strings.

                    It may be that this image is too much for this family oriented website. If so delete the image. I'll keep an eye on the thread and submit something else if so.

                    Last edited by wulf; 07-03-2008, 08:12 AM. Reason: Fixed image


                    • #11
                      This is an old photo but matches the assignment perfectly. I will post one from my new camera once I take a nice one.

                      From the bank of the Colorado River, just outside Moab, UT. A friend of mine actually walked into the frame accidentally and I thought the picture came out amazing.

                      Mar 12, 2006
                      1600×1200 pixels – 273KB
                      Filename: DSC00013BnW.jpg
                      Camera: SONY
                      Model: DSC-P72
                      ISO: 100
                      Exposure: 1/250 sec
                      Aperture: f/5.6
                      Focal Length: 6mm
                      Flash Used: No
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                      • #12
                        Assignment: Sense of scale

                        Watching sunsets always make me feel small in this great big world of ours.

                        Last edited by Digidave; 07-05-2008, 02:27 PM.
                        MY GEAR


                        I turned out to be the only hell my Momma ever raised.


                        • #13
                          assignment: a sense of scale

                          Just happened to take one last weekend that matches the assignment.

                          Any comments you may have, please leave them in this thread or directly at the photo page on Flickr.

                          Gloves have come off


                          • #14
                            Assignment :Sense of scale.

                            Beachy Head

                            Beachy Head lighthouse. These are the highest chalk cliffs in England at 530 ft . The lighthouse is 139ft tall. The whole of this cost line is quite beautiful only marred by the fact that it is an infamous suicide spot.

                            ASA 100
                            Date 1-7-08
                            Used a tripod.
                            Last edited by kairos; 07-08-2008, 06:15 PM. Reason: Dust spots removed.
                            Sites: flickr
                            Gear: Canon 400D, Canon EFS 18-55 Kit lens, 55-200 Tamron LD Di II zoom.


                            • #15
                              Assignment:Sense of Scale

                              Its a small bubbles bottle on the bookcase!

                              Sense of Scale

                              Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
                              Aperture: f/5.6
                              Focal Length: 135 mm

                              NikonD80 - Nikkor 18-135mm, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G, Sigma Macro150mm