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May 1st, 2013

Size Matters

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Steve Shuey below Falls Creek Falls, Washington State

Steve Shuey below Falls Creek Falls, Washington State

I’m pretty old school; when I am out in nature, I am typically working hard to exclude any sign of humans from my landscape pictures. So when my friend Steve Shuey and I were photographing this spectacular waterfall in the Cascade mountains, I took care to crop out cut logs and any sign of the trail. We were just about ready to leave, in fact, when Steve asked me if I wanted him in a shot for scale. I almost turned him down, but then thought better of it. Steve, you see, carries a red jacket – perfect for a scene like this.

The rain that had been falling all morning finally gave way to clear skies, too bright for a picture, so we had to wait a while until a cloud passed over and we could get the picture. It was only later, when I looked at the image on my laptop that I realized how much having Steve there added, showing the size and power of the waterfall in a way that a conventional, “pure” shot would not have. (Take a look back to Ian Plant’s post from last week about putting people in pictures.)

The truth is, this was Steve’s idea,and his jacket, even if I clicked the shutter. It is as much his picture as it is mine. Thanks, Steve.

Meanwhile, I should also say that this image is almost straight out of the camera, without any real post-processing. Sometimes it’s nice to know what’s real – and what’s not.

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  1. Christopher Robinson Says:

    Great photo Kevin! In addition to Ian’s excellent blog post, Kerrick James just did an article that appeared in the May issue of OP on the topic of incorporating people to add scale. Here’s a link to that article online: http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/add-scale-to-your-grand-scapes.html
    -Christopher Robinson, Editor

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