Just how big are those cliffs? If you’ve not been there, you wouldn’t know. Without some object we can relate to in the photo, demonstrating the size of a subject can be a challenge. Typically, I have a dime in the photo when I need to show scale but as you might imagine, a dime wouldn’t even show up in the photo,
What happens when you put a 60′ boat in the photo? You really don’t know how big that boat is in real life but when you see it as a micro dot in the bottom of the frame in the lower photo, you get a sense that these are one big ass set of cliffs! And by waiting to click for when your scale, the boat is partially obscured by a wave, you can manipulate the scale to make it look even bigger.
Here’s something to chew on. These days with CS5′s Content Aware file, you can include scale all you want and remove it when you don’t want it in post. This makes it pretty simple to make those scale shots that when you need that extra drama, can really come in handy.
Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film