When someone takes a photograph, we most often haven’t a clue of how big or small an object really is unless it is quite familiar to us. To add more impact to the size and scale of a photograph, a photographer has to include something that is familiar to the audience in scale.
I once saw a photograph of a fallen tree with a hole cut through it. In that hole was an SUV driving through. Using what I know about vehicles and their sizes, I gathered that the tree was massive. The tree had fallen over onto the road and the only solution found was to cut a hole through because it was probably not feasible for heavy machinery to make its way into the wooded area.
At any rate, that was simply an example of how a photographer depicts the scale of an object in his or her photograph. In my case, I present to you Nugget Falls found near the Mendenhall Glacier about a twenty minute drive from downtown Juneau, Alaska. Now, this photograph would not seem large by any means, but if you will look at the ground at the foot of the falls; there were tourists included in the photograph. That gives the sense of scale for this photograph.
Also, I took this photograph because there was a man trying to take a photograph of the very sense of scale that I have been trying to describe. I thought it would be a nice surprise to see a person standing closer to where I took the photograph.
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 75-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM III at 90mm.
Shutter Speed: 1/160s.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.