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Re^2: The best object to provide scale on a photo showing a small object is:

by Argel (Prior)
on Mar 01, 2011 at 23:11 UTC ( #890859=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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in thread The best object to provide scale on a photo showing a small object is:

I don't know if it's the worst poll ever, but given the options, the coin, being the most versatile, should be the obvious winner. The poll seems stacked heavily in it's favor.

Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks


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Re^3: The best object to provide scale on a photo showing a small object is:
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Mar 01, 2011 at 23:46 UTC
    the coin, being the most versatile, is should be the obvious winner.

    Which coin would you use?


    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
      If I had to pick one coin without knowing what the small object is I would probably lean towards a US dime or more likely the nickel (or a similar coin from another currency). The silver-like color works with more things than copper (penny) or "gold" (US $1 coin). And the nickel is thicker, which would help it stand out more in lower angle camera shots than the dime. Quarters can be a bit too big (ditto for the US $1 coin). An ancient coin would likely draw too much attention to itself (focus is supposed to be on the small object) and people would be less familiar with it, so it would be less useful to indicate size.

      Problems with the others:

      • Pen(cil) and Keyboard: Less flexibility than the coin. Implies certain settings (office, on a desk).
      • Ruler: Little artistic value. Will likely draw attention from the small object. Looks out of place outside.
      • Credit card: Everyone will be looking at the number.... ;-)
      • CD and Floppy: Less flexible and may date the photo -- e.g. maybe use a DVD or BD today instead?
      • Door key: One of the better choices, but still less flexible than the coin (key in grass or sand?)
      • Thimble: One of the better choices, but may draw attention away from the small object and looks a bit out of place outdoors.
      • Drinking glass: Too big.
      • Human hand or finger: varies in size too much.

      Anyway, the short version is that coins offer the most flexibility for generating a photo that is both functional and artistic.

      Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks

        The problem with coins is that they vary widely in size within any currency, and are very country/trading area specific/limited.

        The beauty of a CD--for which I would include DVDs & Blue-rays, is they are universal as much as anything is; have a very standardized size, and more than one point of accurate reference--the outer diameter, the inner diameter, the writing around the centre; the thickness.

        From an artistic point of view, the reflective rear surface opens up any number of possibilities.

        Hm. This is a silly poll, and yet, we're taking it seriously. It's that coders instinct to want to solve the problem I guess :)


        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

      It would be fun to try the "coins" used on Yap. Some are twelve feet in diameter.

      Regards,

      John Davies

      Sestercius.
      Easy: ha'penny (haypenny).
      not "which", "whos" - and the answer to that is "yours"

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