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09/27/2002 08:55:58 AM · #1
Originally posted by zadore:
I agree with CJ's comment above. That was the whole idea behind my photo 'Bring a pen and paper'. The idea was to emphasize the beauty of a fresh piece of paper and the start of a drawing (a great feeling if any of you like to draw) I played a bit on the theme by 'focusing' on the paper (NS) and letting the pen be slightly out of focus. I personally like it that way as it gives a softness and tenderness to the whole idea of drawing a picture from scratch.

By what other people wrote in their comments, I had to try the pen in focus...the result was shown in this thread...I still like the original.


As I said, the design purpose of negative space is to play a supporting role to the positive space. And it's hard to play a supporting role when the photographer makes you the focal center while her or she leaves the positive space somewhat unfocused.

CJ
09/27/2002 08:42:43 AM · #2
I agree with CJ's comment above. That was the whole idea behind my photo 'Bring a pen and paper'. The idea was to emphasize the beauty of a fresh piece of paper and the start of a drawing (a great feeling if any of you like to draw) I played a bit on the theme by 'focusing' on the paper (NS) and letting the pen be slightly out of focus. I personally like it that way as it gives a softness and tenderness to the whole idea of drawing a picture from scratch.

By what other people wrote in their comments, I had to try the pen in focus...the result was shown in this thread...I still like the original.
09/27/2002 06:59:27 AM · #3
Originally posted by Frank Beckman:
....Also how you think the negative space is a "WOW".

I might point out that negative space isn't suppose to be a "WOW." In the design of an image, the purpose of negative space is to lay down quietly, and in so doing, by constrast, better emphasize the positive space, drawing more of the view's attention towards that, and in a supporting role, making the positive space more of a "WOW".

The winner of that particular challenge is an excellent case in point.

CJ
09/23/2002 09:30:50 PM · #4
Thanks to everyone who gave insight into their photos, it amazing how your comments helped me understand your pictures.

You do realize that I am a “meathead” (ex-college football player) so it is a real challenge for me to be artistic and creative. As Swash says I just like purdy pictures.
09/23/2002 08:29:26 PM · #5
Originally posted by pnicholls:
Originally posted by Frank Beckman:
[i]I would like to see every one (after the challenge is over of course) comment on their entry and tell what you were trying to show and how it depicts "negative space". Also how you think the negative space is a "WOW".


That is my interpretation and I'm sticking to it!!


What he said!

09/23/2002 07:57:32 PM · #6
Placing nearly last, I have updated the comments on my photo. Bummer!
09/23/2002 07:35:31 PM · #7
I have added comments to "Natures Head Dress" number 70:

As I reported earlier last week I didn't completely understand the whole "Negative Space" concept. I went to work one morning and we had a wonderful orange sunrise, how I wished I could take advantage of it but the old work place had to take precedence. I continued on towards work looking for something natural to work against the beautiful sky and I spotted the palm trees. I took time to stop to look and they were pure black against the orange sky. I don't take my equipment to work with me as I work in a state prison and cameras are very taboo on the grounds. I waited until the next day hoping that the orange sky would return, and I figured I would leave the camera in the car one-day and get by the security. There was no beautiful sky the next day but I thought I would work with the contrast of palm fronds and clear sky anyway. I liked the way the fronds could be removed from the picture and their feathery look would still be represented in the remaining space. I interpreted this as negative and went for it. The early morning light didn't help me get a nicely exposed picture (one of the many things I have trouble with) and it came out a bit grainy and that is why I turned it into a grayscale picture. I sure wish it could have been taken the first day, WOW.

Thanks to all of you that left me great comments and helped to keep me in the top 100 one more time.

Keep Shootn'

Autool
09/23/2002 06:33:47 PM · #8
Look hereto see the original picture, what I had intended to submit and two further modification not yet allowed.

We really must find a way for every one to ensure that we have correct callibrations. :(
09/23/2002 04:53:01 PM · #9
Same here - comment updated on my NegSpc entry.

Linda
09/23/2002 04:46:56 PM · #10
My comments are updated.
09/23/2002 04:08:16 PM · #11
My idea with this photograph was to make as much of the glass disappear as possible... I setup this glass on black posterboard with black posterboard as a bakcdrop as well. I filled the glass with water and added one drop of red food coloring. I made about 75 shots with the light at different positions, and this is the result that I liked best.

The theme on the "Blood Sport" photo is one of the gambles/risks involved with drinking. The dice are symbolic of the gamble and the blood red liquid is symbolic of the alcohol and tragedies that are sometimes caused by it.

This photo scored ok but it didn't stir up many comments...

09/23/2002 03:36:16 PM · #12
I updated mine... I kind of like this idea, as it made me revisit my intention after hearing others impressions... I think I might just go back through the rest of the challenges and add "last thoughts" to them...

Thanks for suggesting this Frank!
09/23/2002 02:51:16 PM · #13
Originally posted by Gene L.:
Originally posted by dimitrii:
[i]I would like some more comments on my image, to help me understand how others perceive it.

The image 149, is my photograph.

During voting I’ve gotten a lot of comments saying, the image is too dark.

The reasoning behind the choice of tonal structure was to make the sky representing freedom look not completely worry-less. The choice of clear sky in the middle and clouds encroaching on it from the sides was to depict that our understanding of freedom is not necessarily what is of those who are watching us (tone plays a role here too). And the choice of making the camera somewhat obscure was to illustrate the fact that we don’t know when our ‘big brothers’ are watching us or our enemies, and for what purpose.

Any thoughts ?

Thanks.
Dimitrii
Freedom ...


I think the connection gets lost with the blue sky. You can make it darker, but it's still a blue sky. I think that this plot would be more effective with a sinister sky (couldn't order a pending storm huh?). A colored filter might have gotten the effect you were after, but maybe not as those clouds don't look all that foreboding to me. I think this left people looking at it more on technical merit in that the security camera and sky are a bit underexposed. I really like the concept of this photo and appreciate the thought that went into it.

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Thanks for the comments, very interesting point of view.
It is an interesting question, to what degree a concept should be understated to still be understood.

By the way very beautiful (Dali'ish) image.

Thanks.
Dimitrii
09/23/2002 02:24:16 PM · #14
Originally posted by dimitrii:
I would like some more comments on my image, to help me understand how others perceive it.

The image 149, is my photograph.

During voting I’ve gotten a lot of comments saying, the image is too dark.

The reasoning behind the choice of tonal structure was to make the sky representing freedom look not completely worry-less. The choice of clear sky in the middle and clouds encroaching on it from the sides was to depict that our understanding of freedom is not necessarily what is of those who are watching us (tone plays a role here too). And the choice of making the camera somewhat obscure was to illustrate the fact that we don’t know when our ‘big brothers’ are watching us or our enemies, and for what purpose.

Any thoughts ?

Thanks.
Dimitrii
Freedom ...


I think the connection gets lost with the blue sky. You can make it darker, but it's still a blue sky. I think that this plot would be more effective with a sinister sky (couldn't order a pending storm huh?). A colored filter might have gotten the effect you were after, but maybe not as those clouds don't look all that foreboding to me. I think this left people looking at it more on technical merit in that the security camera and sky are a bit underexposed. I really like the concept of this photo and appreciate the thought that went into it.

09/23/2002 01:39:49 PM · #15
I would like some more comments on my image, to help me understand how others perceive it.

The image 149, is my photograph.

During voting I’ve gotten a lot of comments saying, the image is too dark.

The reasoning behind the choice of tonal structure was to make the sky representing freedom look not completely worry-less. The choice of clear sky in the middle and clouds encroaching on it from the sides was to depict that our understanding of freedom is not necessarily what is of those who are watching us (tone plays a role here too). And the choice of making the camera somewhat obscure was to illustrate the fact that we don’t know when our ‘big brothers’ are watching us or our enemies, and for what purpose.

Any thoughts ?

Thanks.
Dimitrii
Freedom ...
09/23/2002 01:34:00 PM · #16
Originally posted by Frank Beckman:
I would like to see every one (after the challenge is over of course) comment on their entry and tell what you were trying to show...

My Negative Space entry "Running Out" was my first attempt to really convey a message and utilize some graphic concepts that I've learned. The title is the viewer’s clue to reading the image. Someone commented "Running out of water, or of time?" The answer is Yes, to both. The concept for this image results from reading an article in the National Geographic about our planet's shortage of clean water.

The negative space in the image creates two distinct subjects. We are running out of clean water and running out of time to do something about it. When viewing the image, one's attention tends to bounce back and forth between the two subjects. This is intentional to create visual motion, which also mimics the passage of time, tick, tick, tick...

The full goblet will soon run over, which represents excess consumption of the world’s resources by wealthy nations. The watch obviously represents time. If one looks closely it can be seen that the hands are set to just before midnight, which represents the shortness of time remaining.

I enjoyed reading the comments on this one and thank you everyone who commented.

09/23/2002 11:53:04 AM · #17
I just noticed that I didn't get any 1 votes!!! - I can't believe it - didn't think it was even possible...LOL
09/23/2002 11:35:29 AM · #18
I left my comments. If you can't find my picture, keep going DOWN. If you still can't find it, keep going DOWN. It's there somewhere.
09/23/2002 11:24:01 AM · #19
Me three - I'm updated....yes rubbery lightbulb thingy
09/23/2002 11:02:02 AM · #20
Updated mine as well. Responded to some people who've updated theirs. I think it's easier to respond in each person's actual photo as Stephan suggested; keeps this thread from getting unwieldy. :-)

Dawn
09/23/2002 09:30:54 AM · #21
Me too :-) Of course I appreciate comments to my comment.
I think it would be a good idea to make it a habit to explain the photo a bit more and reply to some of the comments you got after the challenge every week,
09/23/2002 09:00:38 AM · #22
Originally posted by pnicholls:
I added comments to mine ...


I added some to mine too
09/23/2002 08:51:25 AM · #23
I added comments to mine ...
09/23/2002 07:33:10 AM · #24
I added a comment to mine as well.
09/23/2002 03:37:09 AM · #25
OK -- I've added a further comment to my entry...
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