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The original of Simply Yachts uploaded Thursday as a mono.

Topic of conversation... Negative space. I love it and try to add it into my images to give solitude and a sense of our "smallness" in this world.

I know a lot of you look on it as wasted space or boring, but that's the nature of my vision, we all live under this huge, sometimes plain, sometimes threatening, sometimes just astounding sky, but it's always there!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2013 - 7:38 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:20sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Simply Yachts (Colour)
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:7 Sep 2013 - 10:49 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Long exposure, Portchester Sailing Club, Sunset
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User_Removed
7 Sep 2013 - 10:51 AM

What a beautiful and peaceful scene

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 438 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:00 AM

Nothing negative about 'negative space' Mark Grin A v. good example
Alun

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achieverswales
7 Sep 2013 - 11:24 AM

The first and foremost thing about your photography is you do it to please yourself Mark and if that happens then job done, but if you do not want comments then disable the function other wise people will keep leaving comments, and I still think too much sky but that is only my opinion! As previous it still gets a vote from me.

Regards

Trev.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:29 AM

Good subject for debate!
At one time Camera Club judges frowned on 'empty space' - now the term 'negative space'has elevated
this type of image to something desirable. I'll need to test it out when we resume at club this week.
Personally I've come round to loving this type of image and today's is perfect.
You're forcing this old girl to consider getting out of bed at 5.00am!
Keep up the great work!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 11:37 AM

Hi Trev, no I welcome the debate, hence my comment topic of conversation... I welcome debate and hearing others points of view... Keep commenting!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Sep 2013 - 12:02 PM

I just love your boring wasted space images Mark !! I also appreciate your philosophy of life !! Great stuff this Smile

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 12:18 PM

Fantastic.........
I love the empty space........ but its not empty, its blue and peaceful, and it graduates into those lovely sunset colours that reflect in the water, that graduates again into darkness.
Works perfect for me.
Diane

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 12:46 PM

There's nothing new about "negative space," it's a basic design concept that's been used by painters and sculptors ( also writers and musicians ) for a very long time, and by Japanese garden designers ( who refer to it as "ma" ) for even longer. Obviously the form it takes will change depending on the medium, but the principle doesn't. It's simply the empty ( or almost empty ) spaces around and between subjects which is used to focus attention on those subjects. It can also become the subject, and a big empty sky is a good example. It may seem new to some "photographers" because, after all, in the history of the visual arts photography has come only lately to the table. But I don't see why anyone with a genuine understanding of visual images should have any problem with it.

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Skeet1Away
7 Sep 2013 - 12:53 PM

Mark, empty space, I don't see it. I see sky, I see water, I see boats........so you have been creative here. I say that's artistic licence. I would bet a pound that you would find a shot like this in some posh flat in any city.

Mate this is a stunning image in full colour that blue and red boat make it live.....well done.


Paul.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 12:57 PM

Fabulous, Mark SmileSmileSmile Carol

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 12:58 PM

I agree with Paul above...I see sky...water and boats....a superb capture....I loved yesterdays landscape version as well
I love using empty/negative space, I use it in my wildlife and flower images. Don't change your style i love it....a beautiful capture

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:00 PM

As Alan says the negative space focuses us on the beautiful line of boats .............i love it , tried tae use a few times with limited success but this is wonderful SmileSmile

Rod

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1223 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 3:47 PM

Simply beautiful

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 4:00 PM

Like this Mark as I said before Simplicity at it's best, super imageSmile

Cliff

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 5:35 PM

Most often, though, negative space is used as a neutral or contrasting background to draw attention to the main subject which is then referred to as the positive space.

In this image the main subject is the small group of boats and the sky space does help to concentrate attention. The negative space would be even stronger with fewer boats. On your previous image there were more boats which were more spread out and also land on the right which pulled the viewer's focus across the image. The area of sky on that one did not help to draw attention and therefore was not a particularly strong negative space.

Dave

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 8:51 PM

I agree with Paul,I cant see empty space,as it has sea and sky that are a beautiful blue colourSmile
BeautifulSmile
NettaSmile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 10:21 PM

Beautiful light, stillness and colour - that red boat is a really strong focus and really draws the eye well into the distance SmileSmile
Helen

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
8 Sep 2013 - 1:57 AM

This is a wonderful picture. It is so balanced, clean and elegant. It is blue with a seam off center, so delicate it doesn't damage the continuum.
M

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 9:05 PM

A very interesting comp., Mark -- with the blue water almost the same color as the sky, interrupted only by that thin line of boats and horizon. This is very creative.
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