This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, hosted by Amy focuses on negative space in photography. My understanding is that negative space is the area that, by definition, you aren’t necessarily supposed to focus on. Negative space is the lack of clutter surrounding the main subject that allows us to focus on the main subject.
The photo below was taken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
In the photo below taken at Marche Jean Talon in Montreal there is very little negative space but what little there is enhances the bulbs of garlic.
I’ve found that for me negative space not only draws the eye to the subject but the space itself can often be pleasing as in the photos below.
But what did I know? I just took pictures and saw negative space when I pulled them up on the computer. The photos below were taken in Downtown San Francisco.
Look at that effect I thought. Looks kinda cool.
After that I tried shooting my photos with the intent of creating negative space. The photos below were taken in my yard.
Sometimes the negative image is just right there in front of you as in this photo taken at the Montreal Botanical Garden.
Sometimes you see possibilities in an image and you turn to a little editing to enhance the effect. The photo below was taken at a fruit stand in Montreal. The shelves originally showed up very dimly and so I helped them along and eliminated them.
And sometimes you turn to a lot of little editing as in the photo below. The building below has fascinated me for years and it took until this year to finally stop and take photos. The Sentinel Building, completed in 1907, is a style called a flatiron.
I didn’t even realize that the effect was actually a thing. Well, of course it’s a thing. I just didn’t know that the thing has a name. You learn something every week. So thank you Amy.
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Negative space. Cool stuff.