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July 19, 2011

Showing Scale

Scott’s assignment is due tomorrow – did you finish yours yet?  Here’s my contribution.

We have been picking raspberries in my backyard for the past couple of weeks.  My younger daughter Sarah has been going out and picking them faithfully, despite the fact that she doesn’t like them herself ( I know! Weird, huh?).  One morning she brought in a huge berry, and it happened to be the day after Scott announced this assignment.  I wondered if it would make a good showing scale photo.  I compared it to a “normal” sized berry figuring most folks could probably make that connection:

(This shot was harder to get than I orginally thought!  I ended up placing my camera on my deck railing, setting the self-timer, and using live view tried to arrange my hands in front of the lens.  Even though I was out in bright sunshine, I needed a fill-flash so that the berries’ color looked right and so that my hands did not look like gray zombie hands!)

I wasn’t content with just this shot however.  A new-to-me flower this year is bee balm.  I’m doing my best to make my little hummingbird happy this year, so I planted this perennial this spring.  I’ve been fascinated taking its photo as it blooms.  I showed you its early stages in this post a couple weeks ago.  Yesterday, I took this shot:


If you aren’t familiar with this flower, you really have no idea how big it is from this shot.  I thought I could show some scale with this bloom:

Here it is with a dime in the center of the bloom.  While I was setting up this shot, another idea occurred to me for a way to show scale:


And it gave me an excuse to show my handsome boy Teddy too!

Thanks, Scott, for another good assignment!


  1. Love the shot of the blossom and dime! It reall does show the scale. 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 19, 2011 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  2. What??? It’s due TOMORROW???!!! Shoot. Doesn’t look like I’ll have anything – again! 😦 Sorry, Scott.
    I like the flower/dime photo.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 19, 2011 @ 11:45 am | Reply

    • Scott’s assignments have a way of creeping up on you, don’t they?
      Thanks Michaela.

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 9:01 am | Reply

      • Yes, those assignments DO creep up on you (just like your photo hunts! 😉 ) but thanks to you, I was able to come up with something and schedule it for tomorrow.

        Comment by thedailyclick — July 20, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

      • You’ve got lots of time, and I bet lots of photos for the hunt this time around, so no excuses, okay? 😉

        Comment by Karma — July 21, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  3. That sure is one giant berry… Either that, or you have one teeny tiny house !!!…. What !?!… We’re not supposed to be comparing it to your house ??…. 😉

    Btw, the dime really doesn’t help… lol… but I love the shots, especially Teddy looking as though he’s just about to eat your pointy flowery wotsits…

    Comment by FS Photography — July 19, 2011 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

    • I wondered if anyone would comment on the unusual looking scale with my house and the berries – makes it look as though I have giant monster hands! Hmm.. where have a seen a shot like that recently? 😉
      Okay – I’ve seen Euro’s before so I’m not completely convinced my dime doesn’t help; think of it as the smallest Euro coin! 🙂
      Thank you Brian.

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 9:03 am | Reply

      • Ummmm… We don’t use Euro’s… lol… We still work in real money…

        Comment by FS Photography — July 20, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

      • Ok, fine… what’s the smallest English coin? Go by that, LOL! Am I supposed to believe you’ve never seen a Euro though? 😉

        Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

      • Actually it’s been a loooong time since I hit Europe… lol… so I guess I’ll need to go with a 5p piece instead… I DO know how big giraffe’s are though, so you could always take a pic of your pointy thing next to one of those, just to be sure.. 😀

        Comment by FS Photography — July 20, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  4. I say you can’t beat a photo of bee balm with Teddy. The only problem is . . . how do we know he isn’t really a Sheltie?

    Comment by Gerry — July 19, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gerry! I think folks who come here regularly enough would know what a big galumph Teddy is – at the very least his long pointy nose should give him away as collie rather than sheltie! 😉
      (Have you seen Dawn’s cute little Katie? Not so pointy of a nose there 🙂 )

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 9:07 am | Reply

      • well, her pointy nose is just smaller than Teddy’s!

        Comment by Dawn — July 24, 2011 @ 8:12 am

  5. I think that Teddy really puts the bee balm in perspective! He looks quite handsome in those surroundings as well.

    Comment by Barbara — July 19, 2011 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Barbara – Teddy is a handsome boy. He gets a lot of compliments when we go for walks. I think collies are not as common as they used to be, so people seem pleased to see him.

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  6. I think the bee balm look like a character from the Muppets.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 19, 2011 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

    • It is funny looking isn’t it? My hummingbird had a sample the other night, so I’m glad I planted it.

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  7. Scale seems to be giving me problems, and I only have till tomorrow?! I saw a picture that I took yesterday when I was looking at them this morning that I thought might work. Now I need to go find it again. Darn, should’ve made a note!

    Comment by Carol — July 20, 2011 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

    • I think you are a bit behind Carol! I posted this on the 19th, and Scott’s due date was the 20th – but Scott’s a pretty lenient guy! You could probably still drop him a link if you find your photo!

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2011 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  8. Well done! I especially like the way you showed scale with Teddy in the picture. 😀

    Comment by Robin — July 20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin – Teddy has a way with brightening up a picture. He’s quite photogenic, isn’t he? 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2011 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  9. And did you EAT the giant raspberry as soon as that shot was taken? I would have! Love seeing Teddy…I thought about doing a shot of Katie next to these big plants that I’d never seen before…but ended up using something else. Loved your ‘scale’ photos…

    Comment by Dawn — July 24, 2011 @ 8:14 am | Reply

    • Oh yes! The giant raspberry disappeared quickly after the shot was taken! Thanks Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2011 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  10. […] I really look forward to Karma’s submissions but she went over the top by showing me a huge raspberry.  I even had my wife buy raspberries this week so I could eat some.  I know there are other photos…go see them in her Showing Scale post. […]

    Pingback by Assignment 14 Recap | Views Infinitum — July 27, 2011 @ 6:32 am | Reply

  11. That is one big berry. Your dog is a good model, probably thinking I’m bigger than the flower. 😀

    Comment by Nye — July 28, 2011 @ 12:33 am | Reply

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