One of the fun things about blogging is never knowing where a post will lead. We call it the “box-of-chocolates effect.”
On the Ostia Antica mosaic post from earlier this week, many people commented that the photo with the coin included for scale helped them better understand the amount of work involved in creating mosaics.
Later, I received an email from Lawrence Payne in the UK, who organizes and teaches workshops for the construction of Roman mosaics. He was interested in, and asked permission to use the mosaic/coin photo on his blog. In his words, the photo “shows just how deep some of these tesserae were,” and it gave him an idea for a whole new area for research. Needless to say, I’m totally chuffed that one of my posts could be so useful.
This got me to thinking about the photographic scale technique, and I remembered another photo I’d taken: a big, honkin’ Canadian bug. A few years ago, Terri and I were tent camping in the northeastern US, and slipped across the border into Ontario. We were on the north shore of Lake Erie, and were swarmed by millions – and I mean millions, of these unknown bugs.
I could never ID these aerial annoyances, so recently, I contacted our blogging buddies and go-to peeps for all things Canadian: Sue and Dave over at the excellent Travel Tales of Life. They put the question out on the Canuck telegraph, and their Aunt identified it as a mayfly. We not only got our answer, but in the process, Sue’s Aunt accidentally became a follower of our blog. We scored on that one all around.
And then there was the travel zoom camera post, which is one of our top 5 most popular. The house key, like the camera, is something that fits in one’s pocket.
Scale gives the person looking at your photograph a frame of reference. A coin, key, car, person, or any other well known object will work. Now go forth and take some great photographs with scale – because size matters.
P.S. If you’re interested in mosaics and their construction, check out Lawrence’s website. There’s some pretty cool stuff here.
1. Jpatokal via Wikimedia Commons