I find negative space very appealing in a photo. It’s actually harder to find than you’d think, though. We live around so much “stuff” that shooting with a minimalist feel becomes a real search for the right place.
I decided this week to create my own negative space, in my own little studio downstairs. I set up my studio light as a backlight behind a table, set a sunflower on the table in front of the light, and used my 90mm macro lens and a stool to shoot for just the right angle.
I adjusted the rotation of the frame in post-production, making sure the flower petals were off center and rotated just a bit to the corner, I then added a yellow-orange gradient to give just a sense of sunlight; a feel for sunlight; something that the flower was reaching toward. I didn’t want a real sky, or even a realistic sky, as I only wanted a big space that is only …. well … space. Nothing else. A space intended to have the viewer scroll down to the bottom to see what’s there. Below is my submission for “negative space”.
I shot something similar about two years ago with an artificial flower, one that was perfectly centered on the bottom part of the frame. I remember thinking I wanted to try it again some day with a real sunflower, at a more interesting angle, and here it is!
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