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Simply Yachts (Colour)

By marktc  
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!

Tags: Sunset Long exposure Landscape and travel Portchester Sailing Club

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User_Removed 11 17 5 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:51AM
What a beautiful and peaceful scene

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7 Sep 2013 11:00AM
Nothing negative about 'negative space' Mark Grin A v. good example
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
7 Sep 2013 11:24AM
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.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 11:29AM
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!
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 11:37AM
Hi Trev, no I welcome the debate, hence my comment topic of conversation... I welcome debate and hearing others points of view... Keep commenting!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
7 Sep 2013 12:02PM
I just love your boring wasted space images Mark !! I also appreciate your philosophy of life !! Great stuff this Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 12:18PM
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.
7 Sep 2013 12:46PM
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.
7 Sep 2013 12:53PM
Mark, empty space, I don't see it. I see sky, I see water, I see 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.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Sep 2013 12:57PM
Fabulous, Mark SmileSmileSmile Carol
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
7 Sep 2013 12:58PM
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
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 2:00PM
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

User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 3:47PM
Simply beautiful
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 4:00PM
Like this Mark as I said before Simplicity at it's best, super imageSmile

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 Sep 2013 5:35PM
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.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
7 Sep 2013 8:51PM
I agree with Paul,I cant see empty space,as it has sea and sky that are a beautiful blue colourSmile
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:21PM
Beautiful light, stillness and colour - that red boat is a really strong focus and really draws the eye well into the distance SmileSmile
Potra 5 Venezuela
8 Sep 2013 1:57AM
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.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
10 Sep 2013 9:05PM
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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