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xonenine

There is nothing like a good scale in a photo, and they can also be a problem. Sometimes they'll blow out a photo with reflections, or cause unwanted focus issues.

I've seen a lot of different types of rulers and scales on the Forum, many of them are great. Easy to read, easy on the eyes, easy on the camera. Brushed metal seems to work well, also wooden rulers. Measuring fossils and making scales with Photo Editing Software is also a very nice clean way to go...and of course there are coins. :)

Here are a couple I have used, as well as a "Photo Scale Cube". The GSA and Society for Sedimentary Geology are both great to use, the GSA is a lot less reflective...

so, let's see some of your favorite scales and rulers :)

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lissa318

Great post. I love the cube!!! That's the first I've seen one of those! :)

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xonenine

thanks Lissa :) The scale cubes are pretty cool, though sometimes I feel pricey, I think nice ones are running about 25 to 30 dollars.

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fossilcrazy

My favorite ruler for scale.

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Wrangellian

That cube is nice.. wait, $20 or 30?? I think I'll make my own. What do the W and T mean - width, thickness?

A while back I just cut a 1cm square piece of paper and marked it with "1cm" and used that. Then I started finding that even that small piece of white threw the light balance out so I colored it grey and that helped noticeably!

For larger items I have a wooden ruler similar to John's.

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Missourian

I use a US penny because it displays the same diameter at any angle.

Someday, I'll make proper scales. I'll have one for specimens and another for outcrops.

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xonenine

the markings on Scale Cubes are for orientation: Top, Bottom, North, South, East, West...I am sure as they have become more popular, there will be better bargains also. Here is an example of various other markings from a random vendor, pretty nice selection of cubes and styles though :)

http://scaleobjects.com/photographycubes/photography.html

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xonenine

My favorite ruler for scale.

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that is a nice no nonsense rule, the kind I feel more inclined to use with small stuff, as it doesn't detract a lot from the fossil :)

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mikecable

I've got a few of the centimeter cubes. They are favored by meteorite collectors. I've got a couple of the GSA scales as well, but they want to blow away in our West Texas breezes.

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Two of my favorites are a six inch stainless steel ruler (for the field) and a dollar bill (for focusing a scope more than as a scale). The steel ruler doesn't blow away.

I'm notorious for forgetting to include a scale. But I've used car keys, BIC lighters, cell phones, cigarette packs, coins, my hand, my foot, my hammer, and Gary. I met a UT Austin geologist who always used a small plastic army man--the cheap green ones we had as kids.

Any scale is better than none.

I want to find a good reticulated eyepiece for my scope.

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mikecable

I use Gary as a scale unit, and he is about two inches longer than a "Smoot".

Smoot

I don't carry a Smoot in my pocket. But Gary is often available.

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xonenine

I thought of you in the same breath as field scale Mike :) I have to pack the GSA scale in a padded envelope so it doesn't bend or scratch, not too practical, maybe I will bring a small ruler like you...

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squali

Thanks for talking to the Elephant.

There are some great scales available

on TFF for print. Now I have to practice what

I preach And sub out my orange USFS scale

For photo sake.

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Auspex

Handy field tip:

1 Smoot = 3.7222...(round as desired accuracy dictates) cubits.

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xonenine

Thanks for talking to the Elephant.

There are some great scales available

on TFF for print. Now I have to practice what

I preach And sub out my orange USFS scale

For photo sake.

I may have 50 metal, wood and plastic rulers lying around here, but I think 2/3 of them are Pica/Point/Inch... time marches on I guess :)

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squali

That is correct my forearm measures approximately 18"

:D

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Fossildude19

I'm all over the place - using whatever is handy - printed cm scale, tape measure, ruler, gsa scale (Thanks, Carmine!), and of course,..

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Coins.

Once in a while I'll even use a battery. :blush:

Oh well,

I am an eclectic soul.

Regards,

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xonenine

thanks for that Tim, the coin photos can be very attractive with the micros :) I'm not so good at them yet...

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squali

My Dad was a machinist craftsman back in the day and I have seen

some cool rulers from his trade.

I may have 50 metal, wood and plastic rulers lying around here, but I think 2/3 of them are Pica/Point/Inch... time marches on I guess :)

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xonenine

That cube is nice.. wait, $20 or 30?? I think I'll make my own.

here is an NWA meteorite cube, I thought it would be nice to make some also... :)

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Missourian

Other 'improper scales'....

My hand:

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My shoe:

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My shadow:

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My rock hammer:

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My back pack:

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Missourian

I'm not finished.... :)

My sunglasses:

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My lens cap:

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My mom:

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(Well, she is proper. :) )

My car:

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I wish I had fossils big enough to compare with my car....

(Edit: I hate page breaks when you have to do a multiple-post post. :angry: )

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Wrangellian

(Edit: I hate page breaks when you have to do a multiple-post post. :angry: )

Me too..

Good examples, though! Nothing wrong with these when you only need a rough estimate of scale.

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xonenine

I'm not finished.... :)

My sunglasses:

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My lens cap:

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My mom:

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(Well, she is proper. :) )

My car:

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I wish I had fossils big enough to compare with my car....

(Edit: I hate page breaks when you have to do a multiple-post post. :angry: )

those are awesome for larger scale Mitch, and I can't stop smiling at the variety, too much fun, thanks! :)

I use the hammer a lot as a last minute attempt when I have no real scale.

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Wrangellian

here is an NWA meteorite cube, I thought it would be nice to make some also... :)

Hmmm.. Was that intentionally made for scale?

I keep forgetting to add something for scale too, so I'm not likely to carry around multiple objects for different levels of scale either, but if I had one object that was more versatile in that regard I might get more into the habit! I was thinking a 10cm ruler would be ideal for most things... A 30cm ruler is often too long to fit in the tight spaces or keep propped up against something in the field to stay stable. And a cube is too small for field photos. If I can find a spare/junk ruler of neutral reflectivity I might even consider cutting off a 10cm length of it, if I can't find something ready-made. Something that can be seen and understood as 10cm from a distance, but also contains mm scale for closer-up small things.

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xonenine

the NWA cube turned into a worry stone, after I beveled all the edges, and the family laughs at me looking for it and my piece of Dronino every day before I leave in the AM...but fossils would break in my pockets :)

there are 6 inch/Cm scales with a handy shirt pocket clip, but most are metallic that I see, I have been on the lookout for a duller one, or failing that, steel wool can be used to brush them down duller, and clean them.

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