52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 20: Negative Space

By on May 17th, 2020 in Photography

I love watching clouds. Sometimes I think I photograph landscapes because of the clouds. It seems all challenge participants decided to look to the sky this week. I like Amy's interpretation of this week's theme. TheOnlyD800inthehameau looked to the skies for drama finding a moody cloud formation.

I vaguely understood the term "negative space", thinking it was the "blank areas" of an image, Wikipedia informed me further.

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image.

Ok. Wait. What? "Negative space" can be the "real" subject of an image? I hadn't captured anything like this. I had three pictures from the week, which I thought represented my interpretation of "negative space". But which to choose for the challenge. The boring one of a water bottle or the more interesting one of my wife? Maybe I'm cheating a little, but I am submitting both. I think the image of the botted water is closer to the description from Wikipedia. Still, I think the portrait of my wife, giving me her best "do I have to do this" look is more interesting.

15 May 2020 | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2

I captured my choices for the weekly challenge using the native iOS camera app. The app has a portrait mode which is sometimes doesn't get it right. It uses multiple back cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro including the 6mm f/2 (which Apple calls the Telephoto lens due to its 51mm full-frame field of view) and the 4.25mm ƒ/1.8 (26mm FF). Together with software algorithms, a "bokeh" effect is achieved. I used Kevin Mullin's "Base Film" and "Newspaper" black and white preset.

What do you think?

Submitted for the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

3 thoughts on “52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 20: Negative Space”

  1. I like the photo of your wife for the challenge because I think that if she was removed from the photo it would leave her outline, kind of like those silhouette paper portraits that were just black and white, and that to me is an example of negative space. I'm leaving a link as an attempt to clarify what I am getting at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silhouette
    The second photo, I like the way you processed that one.
    Cheers, Amy

    1. Thank you, Amy. I preferred the photograph of my wife as well but doubt entered my head, and I waffled. The example of the silhouette clears things up for me. Now to start thinking about "Serenity".

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