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Was this the appropriate use of negative space and does the fog count as negative space.
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This was a rare day of winter fog in Western Massachusetts which led to a myriad of photo opportunities.
Nikon 800E, 24-240 Nikon lens @ 98mm, ISO 100, f11, 1/13th second
Does the image accurately interpret aesthetic sense of fog shrouded day and does the use of fog fit the description of negative space?
In response to your question, the fog certainly counts as negative space to me. I do like the bare hint of the structure of the background trees showing through the fog. You might play with some sliders to see if you can bring that out just a hair more. I liked having to look for it, but if just the most prominent part were a bit more obvious, it might pull the viewer into that area more promptly and get them looking for more.
Thanks. The fog was so thick that day, that the image is an accurate representation of the scene, but I will play with the sliders. I don’t want to bring out the background to much or it will remove the sense of dead space
Paul, the mystery of the fog sets a mood for the scene that asks me to linger a moment and see what is there. I wonder how it would be to crop out the smaller group of ducks at the right of the frame. They don’t seem to quite belong to the composition. Just a thought. This is certainly a creative use of negative space. Thanks for sharing it.
Hi Paul - I agree with the other comments that this is definitely an effective use of negative space. I like how you’ve placed the subjects near the bottom of the frame. I also like how you included the clump of vegetation near the lower left corner. For me, it helps provide some context and sense of scale. I really like the type of weather you captured here, and I enjoyed your image a lot.