17 Clever Tricks Of Scale

For this week's Shooting Challenge, we asked you to abuse the principles of perspective to confound our sense of scale. The results are as charming as the y are clever...or someone took out a second mortgage on that giant Aibo.

Second Runner Up

Taken with my Sony a350 Sony DT18-70 lens @ 20mm; f/9; 1/160sec; ISO100. Picture of Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, California. Took the picture w/ my friend Rafael Ortega he held the cup as I pretended to dunk the donut. Rafael bought coffee from Randy's ,but the cup was too blank so after a couple of takes he decided to draw "Coffee" on it.

- Luis Marroquin

First Runner Up

I was aware of this optical phenomenon, but never really thought of it in relation to photography. Without an assistant to call for, I had to trust my remote once more. So here's me (duck) peeking out of a cup, and a towering 70-200mmL (f/4 non-IS) lens with another duck on top.

Gear used: Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM, Manfrotto 190XproB tripod RC-1 IR remote. f/22 (max), 1/10s, ISO 200.

- Staff Anthomen


Meet my dog Arti(ficial). He likes humans (bones), pissing on big trees and having sex with trucks. He reads Gizmodo all day and tried to escape from me two times to become Rosa´s new pet. Too bad his battery drains and needs his own nuclear plant...

Canon Eos 500D / Canon 18-55mm lens @ 28. 1/50 sec. / F 25 / Iso 1600 / Monochrome.

Lightroom for brightness adjustment / Photoshop for crop.

- Bobo the Teddy

Thanks for all of the entries. And as usual, here's the full gallery of participants:

I used a Verizon LG camera phone to capture these two love ducks on Valentines Day.

Equipment used: D90, Nikkor 18-105mm lens, Bumble the abominable snow monster (8 inches tall), and my fiancée (66 inches tall). Settings: Hand-held at 1/60 sec., f/36 for maximum depth of field, ISO 1600 (getting dark), +.67 exposure compensation, "cloudy" white balance. Technique: Set Bumble on a post, 5 feet from camera, while my fiancée was ~30-40 feet from the camera in the background.

For this picture I used my canon xsi settings on AV mode , shutter at 1/50, f/20 with exposure compensation at -2/3, focal length of 34mm on the efs 18-55mm zoom, and ISO at 100. My boyfriend and I have a roof top deck with a view of the Sears Tower in which we used to accomplish the photo.

I tried to kill 2 birds with one stone this week: This week's challenge for the Strobist Sundays Group on Flickr was "Book" and Gizmodo's weekly challenge was forced perspective - I thought the astronomy book was somewhat relevant for Gizmodo, and although that book is fairly large, it's not THAT large. The setup was pretty straight forward. The book is on one chair with an SB600 bouncing light off the inside of the book, and I'm sitting on a chair about 10' back with an SB800 shooting right in my face. Camera: Nikon D300 Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/22.0 Focal Length: 65 mm ISO Speed: 1250 Exposure Bias: 0 EV

Title: King David Camera: GF1 ISO: 100 Technique: small model (appr. 5 inches) next to full scale statue (17 ft)

Picture taken with iPhone 2G, Just playing with the dog one day, came out pretty good :)

Equipment: Nikon D80 Sigma 15mm-30mm F3.5-4.5 EX ultra-wide lens Zeikos ZE-NBG90 Multi-Power Battery Pack Quantaray Titan II-550 Aluminum tripod On-body Flash (unfortunately I don't own a Speedlight yet - so this explains the huge lens shadow)

Settings: ISO 200; F/3.5; 1/3 s; 15mm; custom white balance

Description: Friday Feb. 5/Saturday Feb. 6: Baltimore, MD gets 30 inches of snow. Businesses close, people generally freak out. These people are those who don't like snow. Snow-lovers rejoice.

Tuesday Feb. 9/Wednesday Feb. 10: Baltimore, MD gets 24 more inches of snow. Non-snow people continue their freaking out, snow-lovers continue their rejoicing.

This shot was taken on Federal Hill, a former Union Army-occupied Civil War era fort - the cannons still remain - located on the southern bank of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. This jump was built over the weekend by local snowboarders/skiers and has seen heavy usage since. The goal: go fast, jump high, stomp on the city skyline beyond. The pictured skier is my brother, Evan, pulling a ferocious Daffy over the former Legg Mason Building, T. Rowe Price Building and the World Trade Center (L-to-R, the three tallest buildings pictured). The jump is a modest 4.5 feet high with the landing padded by 3 feet of the softest powder this city has seen in years. Who needs to fly to Utah to get pow, when you can walk to it a few blocks away?

Giant Heron /dwarf heron? SONY Alpha A700 + Minolta 400/4.5

Attached photo is my (old, not working, with horrible UI) regular sized mp4 player with a custom made really huge match. So it looks like a micro video player (or is it?). Nothing specific about camera, just point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix, no flash.

Took this in Pisa with my Nikon Coolpix.

So this was in my fraternity house using a simple point and shoot for a sorority scavenger hunt.

I used a Nikon D3 - shutter speed 1/60 - iso 6400 - and aperture f22

at the perfect moment two forces of nature aligned and I caught this potato head wondering thru my living room.

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