Monday, August 8, 2011

and the next theme is....NEGATIVE SPACE

Let's declutter our photography and try filling our viewfinders with negative space instead.
But what is negative space? Negative space, by definition, is the empty space around the subject or focus of a photograph. I had a difficult time getting my head around it too. So did Miles, by the look of things!

Here's another way of thinking about it for those who use Photoshop. If you can use one click of the magic-wand tool (which selects regions of a similar colour) to select most of the image, then you've got negative space going on!

You can use negative space to accentuate the beauty of a still life:

"the reflection"
the reflection by susan k. case

Or make a landscape look more magnificent:

my skyline - 313/365
my skyline - 313/365 by carmnsandiego

Or maybe just to keep that glorious summer mood going:

last dip
last dip by mimo khair

Join us tomorrow as we start our musing with our new muses — Cara, Christina, Gilly, Holly and Lindsey — on the theme of Two. On the 19th of August, the last day of the theme, we'll be hosting a linky party where you can add your own links and show us all how you have chosen to interpret "two". We'll be doing these link-ups every other Friday for each theme this year — we hope you'll come out and play!

kirstin of fleeting moments


urban muser said...

beautiful negative space in all of these photos! i am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this theme.

Bonnie said...

The space around and between is just as important as the subject. It's so easy to forget - thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I'm really excited about this one!!

Eskimo Kiss

Anonymous said...

I'm a definite fan of negative space! So glad you liked my photo Kirstin! {smiles and hugs}

modchik said...

I'm up for this theme - negative space is so freeing, I am a big fan.

Cinthia said...


Dr. Moxie Awesome said...

I adore negative space. When I first attempted a few pictures focusing on the use of this technique I found that it was a bit more difficult then I thought. It takes time, and thought, and consideration instead of just just clicking the shutter. I'm thrilled about the new theme.

The Shades of Pink said...

The first shot is perfect! Love it!

Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride said...

Love the challenge of using more negative space. Beautiful pictures, too. :)

Christina said...

i am looking forward to this one!!
love these photos!

Elena said...

Great post. I'm learning something new every day! Great photos! I love negative space!

Kat Sloma said...

Such a fun theme Kirstin! Great photos. I can't wait for the link up!

Gayle L. said...

Someone once said to me "god is the space in-between." I think I've just found visual proof.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great theme, great challenge. I love the examples you have shown. The leaf is especially gorgeous.

Angela Bowden said...

Beautiful composition. Love reading your posts!

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