***** Challenge # 63: Negative Space *****

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***** Challenge # 63: Negative Space *****

Thank you Renato for hosting the last challenge, and for passing onto me the honour of being allowed to host and judge the next challenge:

Challenge # 63: Negative Space
Deadline: Monday, November 10th, 9 PM (Pacific Standard Time)

I will be gone from Friday Nov. 8 to Monday afternoon, so that's why I had to add on a second weekend.

Wow. What a task, to find a theme for an interesting challenge!! Interesting, but also something that everyone can participate in. Something that I personally can relate to and last but not least, SOMETHING I'VE GOT SOME SAMPLES FOR!! (And thanks for the pressure, guys... geez, I almost went crazy in the last 24 hours trying to come up with something "worthy"... apparently I can't just do Pet Pictures or - god forbid - Flowers!!)

It's been my belief that the photographic skill that matters most is the eye for composition. One thing that always fascinated me was a subject that was surrounded by emptyness, or a picture that displayed a large amount of vastness, yet only tonight, when browsing through websites and photographic contest sites I realized that there was a word for it: "Negative Space":

"Negative space is the space around your subjects in your photographs. The space of nothingness in your photographs is just as important as the space that is taken up with your subject. Negative space provides balance in a photograph and also provides a place for your eyes to rest. Studying and including the negative space in your composition can help strengthen the composition and add more emphasis to your main subject."

Here is a good article I found, just in case you're still wondering what I am talking about:

Some examples for good measure (I hope they fit):

And here are the


The host gives you a topic of interest and you get going. You post ONE image (if you post more than one image, the first will be your entry in the challenge). The host chooses a winner after closing. The decision of the judge (the Host) is final. The judge is not eligible. If the winner runs next challenge; if s/he fails to post a new challenge within 72 hours of being declared the winner then the runner-up should post the new challenge within a further 24 hours, and so on.

Any picture you’ve taken is eligible regardless of time taken and camera it was taken with.

You can do all the post processing you want. However, it is most helpful if you list your camera, lens and exposure info along with your photo. Feel free to comment on other contestant’s images. If you want someone to leave you a piece of constructive criticism, put (CC) next to the title of your image [e.g. Sunset with Canada Geese (CC)].

VERY IMPORTANT!!! - Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY and please make sure you reply to the original thread when submitting your image. Otherwise it's getting confusing!!


Please embed your image in the thread. Try to resize your photos prior to posting so they’re sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll ( 800 to 1000 pixels on the longest side works best.)

Instructions for embedding a photo:

Basically putting http: your-hosting-site/ your-photo.jpg will show your photo here. This means you can:

1. While your photo on Pbase (or any other web site) is open, copy the URL address from the address box on your tool bar, then paste it into your reply thread. Add a .jpg extension to get the photo to show up. Click on preview to make sure it’s what you want.

2. Right click on the image in Pbase (or where ever you’ve hosted it), click on “Properties”... highlight the link with the .jpg extension on it and paste it into your message text.

Good luck, guys & gals. Go out there, shoot some negative space and HAVE FUN!!!!

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