Negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. This space is empty or unoccupied. 

Spencer Cox at Photography Life explains,”Photos with high amounts of negative space are: empty, subdued, peaceful, calm, and isolated”.

Lens Artist Photo Challenge #114

I often like to use negative space when I’m taking pictures with my macro lens. Using this technique allows whatever species I want to show, in the way I want it to appear, by giving it its own space.

I reckon it’s like giving a small, shy (and perhaps easily overlooked) member of a large choir the chance to shine and sing a glorious solo.

Two images I’ve taken this week demonstrate this.

Yesterday I photographed this flower in the garden:

Negative Space: Flower ©HelenBushe

Fuji XT-3 with Fuji XF 80mm Macro Lens.

f2.8 1/1400sec ISO800

Post-processed using LUMINAR 4

A couple of days ago on a walk along the towpath of our local stretch of the canal, I spotted a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly enjoying the sunshine:

Negative Space: Dragonfly ©HelenBushe

Fuji XT-3 with Fuji XF 80mm Macro Lens.

f10 1/640sec ISO 800

Post-processed using LUMINAR4

This post was inspired by Lens Artist Photo Challenge #114.

Thank you Amy.


Amy · 19 September 2020 at 15:03

So very beautiful. Thank you, Helen for share your exquisite images. 🙂

    Helen Bushe · 19 September 2020 at 16:32

    Thank you Amy. And thank you for running the challenge.

JohnRH · 19 September 2020 at 14:52

Outstanding. I love the way the background colors compliment the subjects.

susurrus · 19 September 2020 at 12:36

You’ve got a lovely background blur.

    Helen Bushe · 19 September 2020 at 13:29

    Thanks Susan. I often try this and am always so pleased when it works!

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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