The master copy of the image below is made from multiple frames that I stitched together into a panorama. It ended up being ~196 megapixels. I used a 70mm lens, so the equivalent focal length is about 35mm. Looking at it another way, the tree line along the horizon is probably a couple of miles in length.
Especially at this time of year, if you can zoom in to almost any image like this you’ll see dragonflies moving around or perched on leaves. Look closely at this crop from near the center of the first image and you can just make out two of them resting on reeds.
The next photo is a single frame I made a few minutes earlier with another camera / lens at ~1400mm eq. focal length.
So in terms of lens magnification, it’s about a 40x zoom. In terms of distance shown, it’s a few inches vs. a couple of miles or ~20,000 times smaller. Either way, quite a change in scale and two unique ways to show the environment and inhabitants.
By the way, the header image at the top of the post is this same one rendered in B&W. It’s a little more abstract, but I like that version too. If you’d like to see the un-cropped frame, I posted it on flickr at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrosack/50499722736/in/photostream/.
Exploring an environment at a variety of scales can reveal interesting scenes and details. Especially if a dragonfly tilts its wings just right in the light.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Please stay safe and take care of each other. And if you can, make some photos – at different scales.
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2 thoughts on “A Difference in Scale”
A great post on perspective, Ed!
Learning photography is a wonderful way to expand our view of the world around us. And by “expand” I mean learning to examine everything from the very small to the infinite. Attempting to capture what we see in order to share our vision is a never-ending challenge!
Outstanding photographs to underscore your points!
Thanks Wally – appreciate your comments!