>>> Challenge 35: Negative Space - official thread

Started Feb 11, 2005 | Discussions thread
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>>> Challenge 35: Negative Space - official thread

I'd like to thank everyone who participated and voted in Challenge 34:Look Up. I uh...didn't even vote. Buried with work and forgot all about this challenge this week. Anyways, enough rambling.

Theme: Negative Space

The term "Negative Space" refers to a large area of a photograph that is devoid of detail. Too MUCH negative space will cause the viewer to become lost in the void of emptiness, too little and the subject will show up cramped in the image. So came the term, "less is more" and the negative space turned to become a very positive part of the image where your subject will stand out much, much more.

T H E _ G A L L E R I E S

The challenge galleries will be located at


There are two galleries/categories you can enter submissions into: Eligible and Exhibition.

  • Eligible: Entries must be taken with a Canon Digital SLR camera during the Challenge period, please see the timetable below. A maximum of 3 images per person may be submitted to this gallery.

  • Exhibition: Entries can be taken with any camera at any time. A maximum of 3 images per person may be submitted to this gallery.


  • Challenge Begins: Friday, 11 Febraury 2005 00:00:00 UTC


  • Challenge Ends: Tuesday, 22 February 2005 23:59:59 UTC


  • The voting booth will open automatically at the end of the challenge and stay open for voting for 48 hours. I will post a link to a new voting thread in this thread (or its successor, if we hit the 150 post limit) as soon as possible after the voting has begun. You do not need to wait for the voting thread in order to vote. The voting booth is here: http://www.liteserv.com/cslrvotebooth/index.php

P R E P A R I N G _ Y O U R _ I M A G E ( S ) _ F O R _ U P L O A D

  • There are no limits on image post-processing. Edit to your tastes and the voters will decide if it’s too much.

  • To have your image(s) come across the way you’ve intended - on multiple monitors, browsers and operating systems - make sure it is in the sRGB color-space and please embed the color profile when saving.

  • There is no limit on pixel dimensions, but viewers are more likely to appreciate your work at its original size without the use of scroll bars. So - unless your photograph has a very untraditional aspect ratio - keeping the longest side of the image at 800 pixels or less is strongly recommended.

  • Please size your images to 150kb or less. The size of the file once it is uploaded to PBase is the size that counts. PBase reports the size in the rightmost column on the ”edit this gallery”-page. 150kb = 150x1024 bytes = 153600 bytes. To save you the trouble of recompressing, I have found that aiming at around 140kb in Photoshop, usually will keep the file size under the allowed 153600 bytes once it is uploaded to PBase.

  • To preserve the EXIF-information, it is recommended to use the ”Save As”-command instead of ”Save for Web”. When updating an image in-place, PBase will retain the original EXIF and therefore using ”Save for Web” can be used in that circumstance.

U P L O A D I N G _ T O _ T H E _ G A L L E R I E S

  • The login and password are unchanged from the last challenge. New contributors should email the moderators at pass(at)imageattic.net for these credentials. Please allow a few hours to receive a response. Note: (at) = @.

  • Please ensure each image includes your name and a unique title. For eligible entries, the date on which it was taken and the camera model must also be shown. Exif-information is not a must, but always appreciated. Also, feel free to share your shot set-up, post-processing details, and the like with your fellow photographers.

  • Those who prefer more plainspoken and critical comments on their images should mark their title(s) with an asterisk ( ).

B E I N G _ A _ G O O D _ C I T I Z E N

  • Please respect one another’s work. Do not delete, move, or otherwise edit other entries. Please respect the first-come, first-serve sequence of the gallery. You may update your images in-place, provided that the subject matter and general treatment have not materially changed (PBase supports this function on the “Edit Image” page).

  • Image by image, please share your comments with your fellow photographers. Challenges reach their full potential when the dialogue becomes as important as the images themselves. You have to be logged in, in order to leave and read comments.

  • By clicking on ”profile” at a gallery page and then on ”View Your Forum” (you have to be logged in for this to show) at the Profile page that appears, you will get to the PBase-forum for Canon DSLR-challenge. This is a great way to follow new comments on any and all images in the galleries.

  • If you are the first to comment on an image, I kindly ask you to type (or copy paste) the title of the photograph into the subject-field of the commenting page. This will default the subject field of all subsequent comments to the title of the photograph and will make the PBase-forum so much more informative and legible.


  • Please post any questions, comments, and concerns in this thread. As host, I will do my best to respond promptly, but others may reply before me. If you prefer private correspondence, you can send me an e-mail. The address is in my profile.

Good luck, and thank you for participating!

  • Michael Soo

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