Negative space and chat

Challenge #12 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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Negative space : Subjects that are nicely composed against negative space backgrounds. Negative space is defined as the area of an image not occupied by shapes or forms. Not only the subject, but also the negative space should be interesting. See this google search: http://tinyurl.com/8xqn5em This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture. Then make comments about the compositions and arrangements and pp of the other photo's in this challenge. Eventually you can take and enter the second picture of your rearrangement of the same objects, by withdrawing the dummy photo.
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Balisong
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The Balisong (Butterfly Knife to Westerners) is a double-edged close-quarters fighting (stabbing/slashing) knife that originated in Batangas province, Philippines. In expert hands, it can be drawn from the pocket, unlocked, flicked open one-handed in a fraction of a second, using a fast swinging motion that relies on centrifugal force to release the blade without the user cutting his own hand. This is my personal copy, made of stainless steel.
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Submitted: Sunday, 26th February, 2012 06:31 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 20th January, 2012
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
Aperture: F1.8
ISO: 100
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