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08/17/2003 12:46:27 PM · #1
The following shot was inspired by the previous negative space challenge. I was looking at it again today and want to get some opinions. Would this meet the negative space challenge? Did I leave too much negative space around the boats?
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08/17/2003 12:51:37 PM · #2
I dont think there is too much, but if you are planning to enter this you should not talk about it in the forums before the challenge. It is meant to be anonymous.
08/17/2003 12:57:14 PM · #3
This was taken one week after the last "Negative Space" challenge, so I cannot enter it here. I saw a couple of debates about negative space, so I figured this was a safe way to get some input without showing a challenge shot. Hope it's ok here instead of in the digital photography discussion....
08/17/2003 02:00:41 PM · #4
Hi Nusbaum, we are neighbors of sorts. I'm from New Ulm and get down your way every once and a great while. Now I know why I like your photos....lol, your in my backyard....(:
08/17/2003 02:25:06 PM · #5
Great shot for negative space. I would give this a 5 or 6. I don't much care for the subjects and the horizon to be right in the middle of the shot.
08/17/2003 03:22:03 PM · #6
Nice shot. Not too much negative Space, but too centered in my opinion. Try placing the boats, centered, but lower in the frame.
08/17/2003 04:09:26 PM · #7
Thanks for the input. I struggled with where to place both the horizon and boats in this shot. I debated is sky or water was most important, but on foggy morning like this it can be hard to tell the difference. You end up just suspended with no solid points or reference... From what I have read, I would have been better off just committing one way or the other.
08/17/2003 07:05:24 PM · #8
Hope you don't mind, but I thought since boats are more about water, I thought this crop would be kinda cool. It crops a lot of the busier elements on the edges (though they weren't that busy).

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08/17/2003 07:12:05 PM · #9
That's a very good crop, I would say. Follows the rule of thirds nicely, and you're absolutely right about focusing the negative space on the water.
08/17/2003 07:18:39 PM · #10
I like that crop and you are right about the water being more important.. or at least more interesting. The reflections stand out nice now and I hardly noticed them before.
08/17/2003 08:21:23 PM · #11
This is what I meant. I have no problem with the boats in the middle, but I like the horizon down a bit. I like the boats in the middle to highlight the fact they are static, ie. peaceful day. I also did a quick burn of the sky to darken it up; did a lousy job around the edges. lol.

Just a different take.

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08/17/2003 08:23:38 PM · #12
I like Jacko's. I don't mind centered compositions - I think it's silly of us as photographers to take a 'rule' that is used to help beginners learn some semblance of composition and apply it strictly to every single shot out there.

M
08/17/2003 08:55:00 PM · #13
Just trying something different...I enjoy breaking the rules too. The original is very unique and pleasing.
08/17/2003 09:23:46 PM · #14
I like Jacko's interpretation best, but only slightly over the original posted.
I think in Jimmy's case, it just goes to show that rules are sometimes meant to be broken, as I don't find the "rule of thirds" applied to this photo to be very pleasing at all. In my opinion, the composition of the original is far more pleasing to the eye
08/17/2003 09:27:18 PM · #15
Originally posted by mavrik:

I like Jacko's. I don't mind centered compositions - I think it's silly of us as photographers to take a 'rule' that is used to help beginners learn some semblance of composition and apply it strictly to every single shot out there.

M


You have to admit that Jacko's does look way better. Looks more interesting!
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