Negative Space


A few weeks ago Bhavna and I down the Jersey shore to Avalon Baech, a beautiful beach on Seven Mile Island in Avalon, a borough in Cape May. At the last moment, our daughter Kiran, a sophomore at Oberlin College in Ohio, decided that she wanted to attend the fall semester remotely. Kiran's explanation was that she did not want to risk infecting us. We had already taken the day off and committed ourselves to fourteen days of self-quarantine but now we had a scheduled day off and perhaps Bhavna and I just needed to relieve some anxiety. That morning, I packed beach chairs, umbrellas, and my newly acquired 35mm film kit, a Minolta Minolta X-700 and MD Rokkor-X 50mm f1/.7 lens.

I shot a 36 exposure roll of Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 35mm Color Transparency Film, then shot a 36 exposure roll of Kodak Professional Portra 160 35mm Color Negative Film, but I also used a Kodak Portra 160 Film Simulation recipe on my Fuji X-T2 digital camera. This is one frame from that roll of Kodak Professional Portra 160. I think it’s a good use of negative space.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 20: Negative Space

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 my 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.