Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #114 – Negative Space

[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever]

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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Amy. Says she:

Negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. This space is empty or unoccupied. Spencer Cox at Photography Life explains,”Photos with high amounts of negative space are: empty, subdued, peaceful, calm, and isolated”.”

Many examples I found in my archives were photography mistakes from incorrect settings, now perhaps considered artful. It reminded me of words of wisdom from the (tongue-in-cheek, keep-your-sense-of-humor) despair.com:

The pictures below are my interpretation of Negative Space. Nothing says N.S. like mist.

This whole series is from a coastal cruise from Anchorage, Alaska to Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Chunks of glacier float in a bay:

The last picture asks that you think of the blockbuster American movie JAWS and the DUH-duh DUH-duh background music as the monster shark approaches. These are orcas, however, only slightly more benign than Great Whites:

I conclude with another of my many mantras of life from despair.com:

Stay safe, be well. Be kind to one another. 😷 👏 👍 Stay positive in your Negative Space!

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

General Weekly Challenge info, subject to change:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

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Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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45 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #114 – Negative Space

  1. Amy says:

    Great selections, John! The mist image is perfect for negative space. The chunks of glacier images are beautifully captured. The last one is really cool! 🙂

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  2. A wonderful selection John and I especially love your image of the boat in the mist 🙂

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  3. ralietravels says:

    I was interested to read the Cox quote about the impact of negative space.
    Also, when learning to draw or paint realistically, one learns that is is often easiest to draw negative spaces; the brain wants to assign a “symbol” to an object such as an eye, but if one draws the negative shapes, the eye looks as it really is, not like a symbol of an eye.

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  4. Hi John, I love that image of the tugboat in the fog.

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  5. Anne Sandler says:

    Great post. Sense of humor and wonderful negative space examples!

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  6. cindy knoke says:

    I have always loved the demotivators at despair.com and I love your gorgeous photos!

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  7. Rupali says:

    Wonderful selection for the theme John.

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  8. Your photos are stunning John!!

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  9. by.lily says:

    Love the mist; very nice!

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  10. Tina Schell says:

    Well John, I must admit I laughed out loud at both of your posters – which is truly saying something these days! Also enjoyed your images which match the challenge quite well. Your opening boat image is wonderful

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  11. anne leueen says:

    I positively loved these negative spaces!

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  12. GREAT selections for the challenge this week. They’re all fantastic. Well done …
    Have a wonderful week … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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  13. Beautiful photos. The coastal cruise from Anchorage, Alaska is amazing.

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  14. Tish Farrell says:

    Splendid examples all, John. Especially love that first misty shot.

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  15. Sylvia Bacon says:

    John, I enjoyed your post; needless to say, you had me smiling as I read the first and last image. Great pictures!

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  16. excellent selections John.

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  17. lolaWi says:

    beautiful images, John! the first one is a stunning shot! 🙂

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  18. Sue says:

    You are right about mist, John!

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  19. Prior... says:

    John – your photos are wonderful! And each one had similarities yet different Vibes
    But the too takeaway was the mantra – cheers to enjoying what we do !

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  20. Olga says:

    Love how one can still make out some glistening blue in the glacier ice, even in the grey, negative space. Must have been a wonderful cruise. 🙂

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  21. The mist really sets the mood right in these photos. I enjoyed this use of negative space. Very creative.

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