Scale the Heights #52Assignments No. 21

This week we scale the heights with our photographs. I even managed to find a cat photo for this weeks tough challenge.

Shoot someone against a backdrop or object. Your “for scale’ person should be far enough into shot you can see them all.

Adam Juniper, 52 Assignments Instagram

The first shot I have chosen for the scaling the heights challenge gives you the sweep of a coastline and shows people on the left to indicate the height of the cliffs. It’s an interesting shot, because while the cliffs are not very high, you set a sweep of coastline and water and a tint of rose to show that sunset is coming. Frustratingly, there is no assignment for sunsets!

Beach view with figures on the right © 20TwentyPhotos
  • The sample in the book is of a place called the Midway Ice Castle by Kirsten Alana on Instagram. The Ice Castle feed is well worth a look for its amazing colours too. Many of these images definitely scale the heights of the challenge.

Scaling the Heights Tips

The photo for this assignment is not meant to be about the person it’s about the place. You are meant to be capturing the scale and drama of a landscape, or a particular area or thing. Because of this, it’s helpful if the person is far enough away not to be identifiable. I did not fulfil this requirement in my photos but include other photos that capture the idea more clearly.

The photo of myself by the Golden Gate Bridge is almost a selfie but I hope you get some idea of the scale of the bridge as I was not stood too far away. This was also my fourth attempt to see the Bridge, thanks to my blogging friend Savvy’s mom. To comply with the challenge I would have taken the photo myself and focused on the people behind me.

Me by the Golden Gate Bridge – Samsung Compact Camera © DashKitten

How Do I Make My Figure More Abstract?

In the photo challenge there is emphasis on the figure being far enough away not to be identified. How would you do this?

  1. Your figure can be walking away.
  2. The person can have their back to the camera admiring the subject.
  3. Capture them in silhouette.
Girl taking a photo by the shore
Girl taking a photo by the shore – © Garloon

This shot shows a girl poses on a rocky shoreline taking her own photos, you could say it fits no. 2 of the list. You can see the expanse of the ocean and a hint of the crashing waves foaming at her feet. The landscape is large and there is a lot of interesting texture, as well as some sublte and chilly colours and, if you look, there is a shadowy ship on the horizon.

OK, Where’s the Cat Scaling the Heights?

I knew you would ask, so I went looking through my archives.

It took some doing as cats in sweeping landscapes isn’t much of a ‘thing’ for me. But, I managed to find something heroic, brave and a bit distant from the camera. There is even a dash of anonymity for you.

For your cat to scale the heights it cat might be up on a high fence or walking along a shelf in a catio. If you are inside, think a bit differently. You might lie flat on the floor and take a snapshot looking upwards or facing forwards along a passage. Your cat will look far away, and maybe you will get a totally different perspective on the cat’s point of view even if you do get a bit dusty chasing the shot.

Natasha the cat in a Tree
iPhone 6S – © Dash Kitten

Thoughts on the Scaling The Heights Challenge

This challenge was quite specific, portraying nature and the sense of scale when people are in a shot but not the focus of it. As this is not something I have never done it has given me a new project to try out, especially when we travel to the South Island and Christchurch later this year.

The challenge made me realise how much I try to keep people out of my holiday photographs of scenery? Do you do this too?

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4 thoughts on “Scale the Heights #52Assignments No. 21”

  1. I tend to avoid people in my photos unless the photos are about the actual people! I don’t like being caught in photos so this may be me projecting my feelings onto others…LOL


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