One small tree.

Challenge: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge
Topic: #114: Negative space

This week Amy poses us the challenge of ‘Negative space‘.

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

So we went for a walk up on the ridgeway the other week, as always I snapped away like there was no tomorrow. I have never really thought about my use of negative and positive spaces in photos, I am not really sure how my photographic knowledge employs itself when I look through the lens to be honest. I am fairly sure the rules do apply themselves, somewhere in the back of my mind, but at the moment of pressing that shutter it is more of a gut feeling of if I like what I see.

But a quick glance at the archive told me I do make use of both, with close up and distant shots mainly made up of those that make use of negative spaces, whilst mid range shots falling to those that employ positive spaces. So I was surprised to find this almost mid range shot that was employing negative spaces.

When I came to process this photo for this challenge, I did wonder about those clouds, along with the tree, are they perhaps a band of positive space running across the middle third of this image. And I did indeed remove them to see if the image benefited, did the tree become isolated. Of course the gut feeling immediately started complaining, it was as if I had given the Mona Lisa a clowns smile, not that this image is on a par with a masterpiece, but it was the only simile I can think of on a Sunday morning.

So here is the resultant shot, one small tree alone in the landscape.

‘One small tree’




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