Photography: Showing scale in images.

This is a short post about an interesting subject.  Steve, over at  blog, or see my blogroll at the right, posted an interesting article about showing scale in your landscape and scenic photos.  He is so right in describing how necessary it is. 

Here is one of my photos of Santa Elena Canyon, in Big Bend National Park.  The canyon walls rise 1,500 feet and I wanted to show the scale in the photo.  I was on a narrow trail on the north wall, about 100 feet above the Rio Grande River.  I was trying to show a total view of the walls in the photo, so I needed to do a vertical shot.  I needed that something to show scale, as Steve mentions.  I noticed a hiker plodding along the shore below me.  I waited until he walked into the frame, before snapping the photo.  Here is the result, and you will see the tiny hiker down in the bottom left corner.  Click on the image to enlargement.

Hiker in Santa Elena Canyon

It always amuses me, when I have this photo on display at art shows.  People will notice the canyon walls first, then when they finally notice the hiker, it is like,  WOW!, it blows their mind.  But without the hiker, those grasses wouldnt look as large as they actually are.

Big Bend Series, Part III Pinto Canyon

When we took our recent trip to the Big Bend Country, our first stop was Marfa, Texas.  Here are some of the photos from that area.

High Plains near Marf, Texas

Horses and Blue Mountain near Fort Davis, Texas

An exciting side trip from Marfa is an old county road that starts from just west of Marfa and ends up at Ruidosa, Texas, down near the Rio Grande River.  The first 20 miles or so is paved, but from there on it is about another 30 miles down through Pinto Canyon.  Rough going, but we made it one time in our mini-van.  We saw only three vehicles the whole trip and they were all Border Patrol trucks.  The road eventually climbs up near Chinati Peak.

Road to Pinto Canyon

Lonely Old Truck in Pinto Canyon

After finally reaching Highway 170, you can turn left, toward the east.  That will take you on one of most spectacular drives in the country, leading you to Lajitas.  We will cover that on another post.