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Into The Light

By jellylegs  
Interested in comments to see if you all think there's too much negative space here.

Thanks for looking.


As usual, all comments welcome.

Tags: Flash and lighting

Voters: jarendell, MikeJ63, CP_01 and 179 more

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A_Harrison 16 261 Canada
25 Oct 2005 12:34AM
No not at all it works great.I might have flipped it though to see hoe it works that way
Nic_WA 15 179 2 Australia
25 Oct 2005 12:37AM
Works for me too...although I'm a big fan of lots of black space anyway so I would say that! Great title too.
paulppp 15 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 12:54AM
I love it. Great pic. Anyone who says there is too much black space doesn't get it as far as I am concerned!
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
25 Oct 2005 12:57AM
I like the space - its weight doesn't distract and actually heightens the focus on the boy with teddy.
gemm 16 800 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 12:58AM
Fantastic! To me, the lighting on the teddy and its shadow really makes this shot.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
25 Oct 2005 1:00AM
I'm gob-smacked! My first EC! Thanks Pete.

Thanks to everyone else for the comments.

ThomasGorman 16 87 Scotland
25 Oct 2005 1:03AM
Congratulations on the award. This shot is nice but is also slightly freeky. What lurks through the gap!
StevenHanna 17 296 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 1:04AM
Brilliant capture...

mshepherd 16 667 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 1:16AM
Great shot, I have just looked back at your other "into the light shot" and the addition of the blank space to the right improves an already excellent shot - great vision
ading 16 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 1:23AM
I like this very much! Lovely fairy tale...reminds me of Peter Pan?

I think it's perfect, the blank space gives special mood to this image. Congratulations on your first EC! Regards, Abdul
covey 15 1.7k Ireland
25 Oct 2005 1:39AM

Nic_WA 15 179 2 Australia
25 Oct 2005 1:39AM
Congratulations on your EC - well deserved Smile
Daisy_intheMill 16 145 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 1:55AM
Beautiful!! - Love it.
Deez 15 7
25 Oct 2005 2:03AM
Oh i really like this, all comes together so very well. Nicely done.
Westers 15 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
25 Oct 2005 2:52AM
Oh yes, one of the best pictures I've seen in ages. It's the position of the teddy bear that does it for me - it looks almost alive as well.
25 Oct 2005 2:52AM
Very good, kida supernatural.
leedsgh 16 496 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 2:55AM
Amazing composition and detail.

Love it. Worthy.

pacman 16 29 Ireland
25 Oct 2005 2:57AM
excellent, well done on the EC
denka 15 7 Finland
25 Oct 2005 3:38AM
Fantastic image and congrats on the E.C-award. Maybe its a littel to much negative space in it but thats just my opinion.

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Oct 2005 3:39AM
Excellent. It reminds me of A.I.

yellowmunky 16 127 1 Wales
25 Oct 2005 4:03AM
superb. I think you've got the balance just right. I think the immense darkness is necessary for such a strong impact on the actual subject.

Very worthy of the EC by a long shot.


User_Removed 16 524 England
25 Oct 2005 4:21AM
That's me inspired for the weekends shooting. Now where did her teddybear get to....

starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 4:22AM
Brilliant composition. The wide angle works really well, as does the lighting. The position of the teddy really sets the scene! It could be interpretted either as an endearing scene or as an ominous one! Big thumbs up from me either way.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
25 Oct 2005 4:26AM
Have an RC as well, it deserves it!

andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 4:42AM
Superb,and congratulations.

mellyleth 16 212 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 4:48AM
Excellent work - very strong image and congrats on your EC Smile
paulstefan 16 509 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 4:56AM
Very, very good. I like the negative space
Congrats on the EC
TeresaH 15 1.1k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 5:04AM
Spot on.
QBooSH 15
25 Oct 2005 5:04AM
Great atmosphere, wonderful use of light. Congratulations
Just Jas Plus
18 26.3k 1 England
25 Oct 2005 5:13AM
This picture succeeds for me. Good low key picture.

mtbrider 16 3
25 Oct 2005 5:37AM
Very cool shot... works well. *click*
beaniebabe 15 2.3k England
25 Oct 2005 6:12AM
great picture, great atmosphere,

thanks x
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
25 Oct 2005 6:53AM
Thanks for all the comments and clicks for the RC. Very much appreciated.

Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 7:15AM
Well worth the EC and RC!! Fantastic shot, I loved the first one too

Mari Smile
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Oct 2005 7:33AM
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 8:37AM
Definitely not too much negative space IMO - I think it adds to the feeling of ... aloneness? (But of course, when you've got a teddy, you're never alone!)

Wonderfully evocative image.
Yogendra 16 22 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 9:36AM
Excellent shot, Congratulations on a EC Award, Superb.

25 Oct 2005 10:27AM
Superb, deserves all it's got!

martinproe 15 293 5 England
25 Oct 2005 10:39AM
Outstanding picture, wish I'd taken it, fantastic use of available light. Incredible!
My money's on P.O.T.W
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
25 Oct 2005 12:47PM
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to leave a comment.

MarkT 15 119 2 England
25 Oct 2005 12:55PM
Superb & congratulations with the EC.

tigs 16 145 3 Netherlands
25 Oct 2005 2:01PM
This is excellent!! A really strong atmospheric image, I love the teddy bear! Smile

edit: also, many congratulations on your first EC!!
Rob_Taylor 16 661 5 Wales
25 Oct 2005 2:06PM
Excellent shot! Well worthy

KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2005 10:45PM
love it!
User_Removed 15 132
26 Oct 2005 4:18AM
wow, what a fantastic image. very strong. well done on EC
turtle1 16 41 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2005 5:06AM
Brilliant image - the negative space makes this

26 Oct 2005 2:24PM
armamatt1 16 79
26 Oct 2005 6:59PM
I dont comment alot on this site but i just couldn't go past commenting on is just brilliant and id have to say it is my favorite photo i have ever seen! How can i get a print please oh please!


i live in oz
email address is
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2005 12:30AM
Totally excellent!
rogerbryan 16 397 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2005 5:29AM
Negative space - Not at all.
Excellent image, reduce the black on the right and the composition does not work so well, as the little boy becomes too dominant in the image. Keeping the child as a small part of the shot conveys a feeling of vunrability which is what this image is all about.

Super work

synaesthesia 16 389 England
27 Oct 2005 8:33AM
Just want to add something on this. When I first saw it, it made me think of christmas time. The child opening the door to find father christmas putting the present on the tree.

Then I felt cold. Like it was a scene from a horror film.

I can honestly say a photo has never gotten me like this before so it's a bloody winner.

This will get lots of attention and lots of awards.

Spread it around.
dalowsons 16 89 Australia
27 Oct 2005 11:10AM
This is just brilliant, congratulations on a well deserved EC !
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
27 Oct 2005 11:57PM
Thanks for your comments. I'm delighted that this has had such an effect on you. Some people look at it and smile, some cringe. Photography should be able to stir the emotions & I was lucky enough (for once) to be able to create a photo that did just that. I know for me, that it depends on what mood I'm in on the day I look at this as to whether I feel a smile coming or a shiver up my spine.

Thank you all again for your comments.

frogsrcool 16 9 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2005 11:05AM
Excellent capture - very powerful image. I like it a lot
liparig 16 233 United States
28 Oct 2005 10:47PM
fantastic shot and use of light
noseprints 17 576
29 Oct 2005 1:40PM
amazing what the space on the right does to the picture. fabulous shot to begin with. i'm betting potw, too. shh....
hayleyk 15 56 England
30 Oct 2005 3:52AM
Brilliant shot,well done on your EC.
As you say,it definitely stirs the emotions,a very powerful image
Steelpins 15 78 England
30 Oct 2005 4:06AM
Terrific composition. Great use of light. The original was great but the extra blackness really helps to emphasise the theme. Could be a still from a film. Steve
shotis 16
30 Oct 2005 4:10AM
Stunning shot - one of those I wish I'd taken!!
covey 15 1.7k Ireland
30 Oct 2005 1:49PM
congrats on the POTW, most deserved.

heidilee 16 901
30 Oct 2005 3:58PM
I like the comp so definitly not too much negative space.

Congratulations on POTW!
iansamuel 16 271 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2005 9:55PM

jpenguin 15 66
30 Oct 2005 11:37PM
great use of space.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
30 Oct 2005 11:51PM
POTW! Wow. Thanks Pete. Thanks to everyone for their comments.

Kris_Dutson 18 8.2k 1 England
31 Oct 2005 12:17AM
That black puts the emphasis firmly on the boy - cracker.

And well done on the awards.

u08mcb 16 5.8k
31 Oct 2005 1:51AM
Maybe a bit too much black but boy is this a change.
funkeldink 16 1.6k 1 Australia
31 Oct 2005 2:50AM
shaun 17 368 England
31 Oct 2005 3:30AM
Excellent work Trevor, well done. Sort of reminds me of the Poltergeist films - "They're here!"

monstersnowman 15 1.7k 1 England
31 Oct 2005 4:52AM
Wonderful shot - and the black empty space is absolutely perfect. Well deserving of RC & EC ... Regards, Paul.
tinemazgon 16 1
31 Oct 2005 5:56AM
Superb image!
noseprints 17 576
31 Oct 2005 6:53AM
did i call it or what!! congratulations!
GingerBadger 15 97 Wales
31 Oct 2005 8:24AM
What a superb - and evocative - image. Love the trail of the teddy's shadow :o)

ewanrayment 16 718 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2005 10:52AM

Absolutely rocking - not often that a photo comes along that really is different and so effective.

Well done - congratulations.

IanFlindt 16 740 21 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2005 11:10AM
A remarkable and inspiring image, Trevor. The negative space, and its mass, are essential elements in emphasizing the narrative in this extraordinary work. Soul-stirring, spirit-moving stuff. Many congratulations on an EC richly-deserved.
Joartlover 15 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2005 1:12PM
Stunning. I agree with everything thats been said, WOW & more !!!

Aistov 15 Russian Federation
31 Oct 2005 2:43PM
No comments..
User_Removed 16 3.3k Russian Federation
1 Nov 2005 6:55AM
It's all been said already...
Top stuff.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
1 Nov 2005 2:31PM
Terrific shot.

SuziBlue 17 16.2k 10 Scotland
1 Nov 2005 10:35PM
I love it
I love it
I love it.

This is excellent use of negative space - it works brilliantly.
fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2005 2:55AM
Congratulations. A very well deserved photo of the week.

Personally I can't get past the lonely and unsettling feeling given by this - probably because of all the darkness - but, which ever way you read it, it is brilliant.
jonnie 16 5
2 Nov 2005 7:58AM
I love this but I also find it disturbing, it's a bit like one of those NSCCP adverts

Regards Jon
2 Nov 2005 2:34PM
A superb shot with great emotive power, I think it has enormous publishing potential via image libraries.

jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
2 Nov 2005 11:35PM
Thanks again for all the comments.

3 Nov 2005 11:09AM
warb 16 839
4 Nov 2005 5:09AM
yup this is stunning, well deserved pic of the week.
mark_elford 16 61 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2005 10:51PM
This is awsome, and well worth the EC Photo of the week.
5 Nov 2005 6:06AM
Brilliant use of light. Congratulations on your EC and POTW!
phogrot 14 43
5 Nov 2005 2:53PM
Very impressed with the composition and lighting. Was it originally colour?
Nice use of black, bet you thought about cropping it and expect you have but I think you've got it about right here. Nice one.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
6 Nov 2005 10:18AM
Yes phogrot....was originally colour. I also flipped it around. The extra black on the right is just a black fill.

Thanks for the comments.

flossie 17 1.6k
6 Nov 2005 12:57PM
Has to be one of my favourites from this site Trevor (and I've been here a long time) This is georgous, well done, and a well deserved picture of the week.
rosie42 16 7 Australia
6 Nov 2005 9:03PM
Congratulations on an outstanding image, Trevor ... fabulous work.

Susie :o)
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
6 Nov 2005 11:29PM
Thanks very much Anne....kind words.
Thanks Susie.

lmhr9 15
8 Nov 2005 11:37AM
tells a story and hold my attension, love it, all credit is deserved here. congrats oli
Ndraw 15 21 Ireland
12 Nov 2005 7:27AM
Brilliant. In high contrast lighting situations I am always torn between trying to achieve a tonal range that we might achieve with the human eye or going for the dramatic contrasty lighting that the camera records unmanipulated. The fact that most of the photo is pitch black but an effective part of the composition really rubishes some people's obsession with shadow detail. Inspiring stuff. Nice one.
jellylegs 16 59 Ireland
13 Nov 2005 11:02PM
Thanks Brian (Ndraw). Lovely to hear things like this.

11 Dec 2005 10:05AM
No negative space here. The black area is as effective as the main part of the image and it puts fear into the composition.
It has a sinister mood to it but is also beautiful. It conjures up all sorts of eerieness and uncomfortable feelings.
h_sid 14
23 Dec 2005 6:17PM
What more could I add, well, this ones a personal favourite...of the many that I've seen in this site...although such images are quite common, one still gotta take them, and you have done well here, needs no reminding ofcourse....this picture perhaps invokes in me the feelings of my own childhood, that of fear of the dark...and embracing the bright light...
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
29 Dec 2005 1:57PM
intriguing!!!this image is AWESOME
Big_T 14 58 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 11:58AM
Fantastic shot
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
6 Apr 2006 7:11AM
It's never too late to vote for a great shot like this!
CP_01 15 1
7 Apr 2006 7:37AM
AWESOME!!!!! Great work.
SoupyD 14
27 Apr 2006 6:02AM
Superb ...not looked, but I am sure people are agreeing...there is not too much negative space Smile A wonderful shot, telling so may stories...well done!!!
lynsfiona 16 5
31 Jul 2006 4:45PM
I love this!!!! The rest has already been said!! Lyns x
SamGillespie 14 94 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2007 10:00AM
This is so good! I love it!
Might we see a cropped portrait version?
May be just as effective!
Leightonhs 13 155 1
3 Dec 2007 8:12PM
Really thought provoking image, lovely...

3 Aug 2008 4:10AM
this is ridiclously good!
11 Aug 2009 6:41PM
fine image
peely 13 13 England
12 Feb 2010 9:52PM
As above more but 10+

pronabk 10 India
27 Nov 2010 11:22AM
Well captured

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