The rule of space!

I found Brenda’s post a photo study:rule of space very interesting. Posts related to various key concepts in photography are helping me understand  the theory of photography.

In her post Brenda talks about placing negative spaces in different situations to create sense of motion, activity or conclusion. Here is my contribution with photo deatils.

1.1/250 sec. f/8 18mm, ISO 100


2.1/160 sec. f/6.3 55mm, ISO 100


3.1/125 sec. f/5.6 55mm, ISO 280


4.1/125 sec. f/4 18mm, ISO 220


Have I managed to give a story in each of these images and create proper negative spaces? Is there something which is either unnecessary or lacking? Help me improving my knowledge.

Thank you.

20 thoughts on “The rule of space!

  1. Thank you for joining in this photo study and for inviting me to visit. Negative space is a new concept for me so please accept my limitations. In the boat image, the lake seems to be the negative space which separates the boat from the shoreline…invites a story of separation, waiting, of quiet before moving. In the snow image, the sidewalk leads me to the figure and I find myself wondering, “how did she get there?”. “is she looking for something…waiting for someone…or is this a moment in her journey through the snow?” I love images that invite a story or two. I like the perspective in the first image…a quiet moment with the sky and street serving as negative space. I need a bit of help in seeing negative space in the last image. I once heard Ted Forbes describe negative space as the white that shapes and defines the font on a page. Interesting perspective.

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    1. Thank you for commenting Brenda.
      I was also not sure about the fourth one and that is the reason to include it. White space can be directly related to negative space in a photo but what about if there the subject is surrounded by supporting elements. Like in the 4th image.
      May be I should look for more details on negative and positive space.

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      1. Very interesting discussion. I just replied your comment on my blog; you brought up a lot of good points. Maybe there are: subject, secondary subject (or supporting element) and negative space? And maybe not every photo has a negative space?
        You can “create” a negative space in the 4th photo by darken or blur the background, but that may not be the photo you want. So it is photographers’ choice to include a negative space or not. And sometime, it makes sense without.
        When I first got a chance to study western paintings, I had a problem: Asian brush painting has a lot of negative space, but a lot of western painting don’t (I think western paintings have more negative space now). It took me a while to appreciate the ones that don’t have any negative space 😉 I think what I am trying to say is: maybe having negative space is optional.
        Have a great day.

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      1. I found an article that noted some images are created with limited negative space and a lot of positive space which seems to describe your fourth photo…images of many people together is an example. Next week I plan to “focus” more on positive and negative space.

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  2. Fantastic images! I have been recently been introduced to the concept of negative space and your photos exemplify it beautifully. Except if you will allow me to add, to my limited understanding the last photo perhaps doesnt have as much negative space. Am I right? Thanks for an educative post 🙂


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