From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.Aeschylus
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.