Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #151: From Large to Small

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.


This week, we’re thinking about size–from large to small. For this challenge, pick a color and select several photos that feature that color.  Start with a photo of a big subject in that color (for example, a wall) and move all the way down to a small subject in that same color (for example, an earring).

As you look through your photos, you’ll notice that the size of the subject is clear to the viewer depending on how familiar we are with the subject and what’s surrounding it. For example, a close-up shot of a penny can make it look as big as a window. But most people know how big a penny is, so there’s no mystery about its size. (The experts call that “size constancy.” A penny is always a penny no matter how large it looks in the photo.) But sometimes you and I photograph something less familiar and it’s not clear in the photo how large it is.  A trick that expert photographers use is to shoot the subject near other easily recognizable objects.

Here’s an example with my first color–aqua. In the first image, you get a sense of the size of the beautiful aqua-colored water relative to the beach, the hill, and the people. (Fun Fact: Once I chose this photo, I noticed more aqua in the towels and clothing!)

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

In the next photo, you can get a sense of the size of the door in relationship to the signs on either side and the small plant growing near the opening in the wall.

In the image above, we can judge the size of the bowl in comparison to the cherries.

In the last image, the earrings look tiny because we can see them in relationship to the hand. (My husband’s!)

Here’s my “red” collection from large to small. I’ll start with the large subject–a wall. Once again, the other elements in the image–the window, the dog, and the tables–give the viewer a sense of its size.

Vivid Red Wall, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Next, I’ll move on to the medium red subject. A man in a red shirt is standing next to a painting in the Art Institute in Chicago.

At the Art Institute of Chicago.

The last image of a mushroom is a common object. We all know that mushrooms are generally small. (Size constancy.) We also see the leaves and twigs surrounding it.

The Little Red Mushroom, Grand Rapids, Michigan

We invite you to join the fun by participating in our From Large to Small challenge this week. Be sure to link to this post and include the “Lens-Artists” tag.

Special thanks go to Dianne Millard for hosting the Let’s Get Wild challenge last week. I’m sure you’ll agree that her love of nature has been her passion in life–both in terms of her career with the National Parks Service, as well as her photography. I was transported to another world with all of your “wild” and wonderful photos.

We hope you’ll join us next week when it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to host LAPC #152. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.

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    • It does take some thinking, Jude, but I thought it helped me think more about the relative size of my subject. Hope you join us! Glad you like the “aquas.” Those earrings are one of my favorites!

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  1. Well this is different Patti! I first went to the rose garden to shoot some pink roses of different sizes, but found more of what you’re asking for in my archives. Thanks for changing things up. And, your images are great.

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    • Hi, Anne. I love your spirit of adventure! This was a fun challenge for me, too. It got me thinking more about the relative size of the subject. Thanks for your thoughts on the images, too. 😊

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  2. This theme and your interpretation is quite fun Patti. Now I am thinking how can I take this one as well…I love how the colors correlates to the size and it´s dominance in the overall picture.
    Overall—I give it a yes!

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    • Hi, Amy. Thank you!! I’m delighted you like the challenge and the photos. The aqua earrings are my favorites!! I love that color, too. I hope you have a good week.


    • Hi, Tina. It did take some thought, but it was fun, too. Your post is a gorgeous response! Isn’t that aqua door great? That was a favorite find on one of our walks in San Jose del Cabo, as well as the dog by the red wall. I’m delighted you enjoyed them!! Enjoy the week.

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  3. Hi Patti

    Great challenge this week. You put a lot of thought into it. I really really like that cerulean door! And your bowl of cherries bowl matches my own dishes. The painting in the Art Institute is gorgeous and seeing the visitor in the red shirt really sets it off and makes me feel present there.

    Here’s my offering even though I failed to do your suggested approach to drilling down, I hope its ok:

    We Now Interrupt our Regularly Scheduled Great Blue Heron Programming

    Best, Babsje

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    • Hi, Babsje. Great! Thank you! I’m glad you took the challenge and individualized it. Your images of the cygnets are wonderful! So, we both love aqua dishes!!


  4. I really like this theme Patti and look forward to joking in
    I lie the teal and the red variations with the size
    And out of all the photos – the man in red at the gallery is my favorite today –
    That photo says so much and has a wonderful time change feel and essence

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    • Hi, Yvette. Thanks! I thought it would be a fun challenge and a bit different, too. Glad you’re joining us. Yes, the man is interesting, isn’t he? I loved his red shirt and how he contrasted to the painting. The Art Institute of Chicago a marvelous museum. Looking forward to your post!

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    • Hi, Andy. I enjoyed your post, too! That dog was a happy find as we took a walk through San Jose del Cabo. It’s such an artistic and lovely town.😀


  5. This was harder than it looked, Patti. It reminds me a a new game we played with our neighbors, Timeline. If I’d left out several pictures, it would have been a lot easier, but no, I don’t want to do something the easy way. Of course, I had to use the same beautiful turquoise that you started with. How could I not -right? Thanks so much for the fun challenge! Have a great week. 🙂 https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/06/05/lapc-151-large-to-small/

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  6. A very entertaining exercise and I really like your selection.
    In the photograph of the door, I was struck by the sign with the name of my city, Zaragoza, I was happy to see it.

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    • Hi, Ana. Ohh!! Zaragoza! Wonderful! I enjoyed your collection, too. The Sunday rice (which I called paella) looks delicious and that orange rose….so beautiful. I hope you have a good week.

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      • It can be called paella, although in Valencia, where the dish comes from, they are a bit picky about what is considered paella. It’s the same as we call it, it’s delicious.

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    • Hi, John. Great! I’m delighted you’re having fun with this one. This one really opened my eyes to the idea of size constancy. Makes a lot of sense. I think I’ll be more conscious of it when I shoot.

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    • Hi, Sarah. Your collection was fun for me, too! I really enjoyed it. I’m delighted that you got into the spirit of fun. Take care and have a good week, too.


  7. I love that shot from Acadia (so different from my experience). Also, that wonderful light on the cherries. Reminded me of a claim that the natural taste of cherries is so intimately tied up in our experience of its texture that it is hard to reproduce in food. I loved that wall, a second look was needed to distinguish the painted parts from the rest. And what a lovely reminded from the Art Institute that fashions change.

    It is a wonderful theme: finding a particular unity between the micro and the macro. My attempt here:


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    • Hi, IJ. Maine has distinct typography, doesn’t it? The coast is so rocky and wonderfully green! I loved all the different types of conifers–some of which were new to me. Cherries are one of my favorite types of fruit. Yes, it would be very hard to reproduce that texture and taste. It’s disappointing when people use canned cherries for pies. It never tastes the same as fresh! Glad you shared your insights on color in your post this week!

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    • I had so much fun looking at your post, Cee. I love the idea of focusing on red barns! You really embraced the fun part of the challenge. Wonderful!!


  8. I like how you’ve framed all of these.
    Most of this stuff is rather simple, everyday-type stuff. There’s nothing grandiose, but all receive a great deal of care and attention. The eyes move to where they need to move, though some of the images have space for wandering.

    Just pleasing overall, I think.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Melbourne CBD During Sunset

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    • Hi, SH. Thanks, as always, for your thoughts on the images. I’m glad you mentioned “care and attention.” It’s true–that photography really helps me (and all of us) pay more attention to the world around us. I loved your skyline images, too!

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  9. I am still thinking…and I think I will have my own twist to this one, Patti. A theme with many possibilities. Gorgeous examples, and I love that dog image. Your aqua is mezmerising – I do see why those earrings are your favourites! Stunning images all over as usual.

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    • Hi, Siobhan. That dog was a happy find. I happen to see him when we were walking through the streets in San Jose del Cabo. I’m delighted you like it, too. I’m glad you joined us!

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  10. Another fun challenge, Patti! I like that you chose two colors, made for an interesting contrast. As John commented, the red really pops but I love the aqua too. The aqua in the clothes and towels in the first photo really pop 🙂

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    • Hi, Marie. I’m so glad you joined us, too! You found pink in surprising places. Your post was a lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed the two colors. Aqua is fun, isn’t it? I thought it was funny how I didn’t see the aqua towels and clothes until afterwards!! Take care and I hope your husband’s surgery is successful.

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  11. “Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
    In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
    Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams
    The islands and bays are for sportsmen
    And farther below Lake Ontario
    Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
    And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
    With the gales of November remembered“ —Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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  12. Thank you for the artist’s name, Luanne! I had meant to look it up in the museum’s catalog, but ran out of time. Thanks so much! I hope all’s well with you. Wonderful to hear from you.


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