Scale and Proportions
In landscape photography, we cover massive mountains, vast plains, empty deserts and all the elements.
In some areas, you have visual cues as to the various elements' sizes as your brain knows mentally that a plant is smaller than a mountain or a house is smaller than a hill.
But sometime, you come across a frame that has all the elements, but to enhance it and to make it a stronger (stock) image, adding a figure of a human being can do wonders to the image.
I don't plan my shooting, my style is merely capturing my daily events and doing, so I am trying to always be aware to these moments where a person cross my frame and I can take advantage of his/her silhouette in the image.
Since model release is a big issue in DT (rightfully), distant figures are a welcome addition.
And sometime, even shots from the back of a person,can do the trick for an extra element that makes landscape stock photography a lot more interesting.
In a recent trip to Kefalonia, a Greek island west of mainland Greece, the objects I used, were adding to the sense of vacation and tourism.
So for me, I gained twice as I enhanced the image photographically and added value to the image for prospect buyers.
I think that looking for objects for scale and proportion in your landscape photography is fun, challenging and adding interest both for you the photographer and for the viewers of your images whether on DT or in your personal projects.
Photo credits: Amitai.
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