Illustrating Scale

A wide-angle lens is perfect for illustrating scale.

This photograph from Waimanalo Bay on the island of Oahu perfectly demonstrates this concept.

I saw the man from the road casting his line into the surf. As I pulled over to take the shot, I realized that I was too far away to make the picture that I wanted.

Even as I closed in the perspective was the same.

The sea was large and the sky was endless. The man was a mere speck.

It slowly dawned on me that my default “portrait perspective” wasn’t the way to record this scene.

I stopped, kept my distance and got my shot.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.