Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the ‘real’ subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.
Thus, your negative space is the area around your focal point. Negative space can bring a sense of balance to your image, it can strengthen composition, it can help draw the eye to the subject and give it more power and it can add a lot of interest to your shot.
This is the first of 4 themed segments of the Best of Nikonians 2014 Contest. This segment will be open to entries from April 1 – May 15. The winner will be announced at the end of May. The winner will be recognized in our weekly newsletter and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.
In addition to our overall winner, the top ten images will be advanced to compete as finalists in the annual Best of Nikonians 2014 Contest. All ten images will automatically be uploaded to the Best of Nikonians 2014 Gallery. All images must be 1200 pixels on the long side.
This contest, along with the monthly forum contest, are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.
Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work.
We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
Here is the winning image from the October 2009 Online Assignment:
D700, Tamron 90mm macro, f/40, ISO 200, 6 sec. Well..I was shooting, using this really cool piece of art pottery from 1980s East Germany I found at Goodwill..realized the vase created it's own negative space..
I get the impression that around Nikonians, 'artsy' is sometimes one of those words that the site filter shows up as a bunch of *******s LOL Thanks for showing appreciation..think of it as ..looking outside the frame...not artsy..
This wild weed was in a dry creek bed, and I thought it looked interesting with its spiky points. D700 with 300 mm f/4 EDIF AFS lens and Nikon 2.0 EII TC on Gitzotripod with Markins M20L ball head. f/8, 1/160, ISO 200.Processed in Capture NX2 and Nik Filter (Low Key) added in the process steps. copyright signature and prep for web done in CS4 Extended.
I discovered the image of these acrobats when I was going through my old slides. I have no idea as to where or when I took this image, but I decided it would be fun to play with it a little. First I scanned the image with my Epson Perfection V700 and Silverfast Archive Studio 8. I then processed the image in a normal fashion in Capture NX2.3.1 64 bit. I then moved the file to Photoshop CS5 Extended where I removed the lower portion of the background, and created a frame around the background I did not remove to give the 3D illusion of the man hanging out of the frame and create negative space. No data of any sort is available on the image because it's origin and date shot is unknown, except that I used Ektachrome slide film and one of my Nikon film cameras.
D300, 400mm 3.5mf, TC16A, ISO 640, f8, 1/1600s I really like the negative space between the branches, to the other branches and to the bird. The blue sky gives good contrast to the darker branches. The little bits of yellow are also a nice warming touch against the cool expanse of sky.
D300, 400mm f3.5 mf with TC16A, ISO 640, f6.5, 1/500s I like the contrast between the loose bark and background. The negative space is not only between the tree and what is around it, but the spaces around the loose bark against the trunk is also interesting to me. The mahogany color pops out. It is what caught my eye as I was walking past the tree.
Posted this before and removed. Not completely happy with this, would like some added real estate to the left, but not able with current pp limits. Primavera is the name of this horse, which means springtime. And here she stands, in the middle of a snowstorm. Wishing I would put the darn camera away and open the gate already. D300s, 85mm 1.8D,iso 200, 1/400s, f/6.3, +0.7ev
I mounted the D700/24-120 f/4 combination on the tripod and placed a taper in front of the lens. It was interesting to note that the two leftmost flame images are inverted and getting larger. This is probably a reflection from the mirror that is making its way back through the lens.
D90IR (720nm conversion), Nikkor 105mm VR f/2.8, f/11, 1/100 sec, -2.67EV, ISO 320. Converted to BW with Silver Effects Pro 2.
Having fun playing with a Halloween mask and studio lighting.
Nikon D700; Nikon 85mm 1.4; f/14; 4s I bounced a small softbox's modeling light at a low setting off a white ceiling. I used a strobe with a 10 degree grid aimed up from the floor in front - also on nearly the lowest setting. These strobes were not triggered by my camera... I was merely using the modeling lights for illumination.
A cicada from Brood II makes its appearance during May, 2013 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
This was shot with a Nikon D50 and a Nikon 55-200mm kit lens. That was what I started out with when I got into photography in April, 2013. This was around 9AM and the sun was coming up behind the cicada giving it nice back lighting. I shot at 200mm, f/5.6, 1/640 and ISO 200.
Rules said I needed a title so I went with what this image conjured in my mind. I had a long, boring day today so I took out the camera and lighting etc and took some pictures. As I was editing and uploading this picture a good friend of mine texted me to tell me he got stood up on his date tonight. I had to laugh a little as I looked at the single wine glass in the picture.
Nikon D200, Nikon 18-200 VRII Single Youngnuo 565EX with a Rogue Honeycomb system on it set to the right of the camera and a few feet above the glass. 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100
The Team will be evaluating the entries. We will choose 10 images to advance to the Best of Nikonians 2014. Of those 10 one will be named overall winner. Results will be posted by the end of the month.
The next segment will be posted on June 1st. The theme will be Leading Lines.