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    Default Standing Still in Darkness

    Hi guys.. I'm new in photography..

    Standing Still in Darkness

    ISO-speed: 400
    F-stop: f/6.7
    Exposure time: 1/180 sec
    Focal length: 28mm
    Camera: Pentax K200D

    Any C&C is appreciated.. especially..
    (1) position of the object
    (2) color of the object
    (3) the exposure.. is this ok? or too bright.
    (4) way to improve this type of shot?

    Thanks in advance.

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    The colors are nice. But there is too much of black background in my opinion.

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    Pasir Ris

    Default Re: Standing Still in Darkness

    the negative space works for me. exposure seems just right to me.
    however, i feel that you could have used iso200 or even 100.
    picture isnt noisy but i always use a lower iso unless i have to go higher.

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    Thanks guys for the inputs..
    I guess the negative space is kinda subjective??
    Personally.. I think it is the one that gives the "empty" feeling.

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    I wouldn't exactly call that negative space. Take it from these links what they define it as, #1, #2, #3, #4. Think my English isn't good enough to convey what I'm trying to express, but negative space adds to the main subject on top off being in it... Here, would I miss the dark background were it replaced by something else? Well no, I wouldn't miss it at all. In fact I rather it be replaced, for I don't get the comparison/contrast between the two variables.

    Now the idea of "empty feeling", is the image composed with it in mind or was it derived only after shooting and looking at the image. What is it you are trying to say by composing a flower against an dark background, what is empty about it? Why should an empty feeling exist here? Is it empty based on comparing solid vs darkness, should it have any other deeper meaning besides the physical dimension? Is there an emotional 'thingy' people should be aware of? Could you have used another object to signify what you're trying to say? Could negative space be comprised of something else?

    Technical-wise, I'd prefer a softer light instead of the harsh direct currently. This flower (forgot the name) is notoriously hard to capture, thus it usually looks 2D in photographs. Make better use of lighting which wraps and create depth & volume, and also to give it a feminine/delicate appearance which may be better suited for your 'empty feeling' search.

    It really looks more like a snapshot at the moment but I've given benefit of doubt since negative space has been brought up. Hopefully a stronger composition involving negative space can be presented in the future. Cheers.

    Ps. Hmm ok since the darkness is not the main subject then truly it is negative space, for the flower being positive space. However whether you can call it a usage of negative space I have my reservations. Just to make things clearer. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks.
    Last edited by foxtwo; 16th December 2008 at 11:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Standing Still in Darkness

    It's an African Tulip.

    I agree with foxtwo that the lighting on the flower is too harsh and doesn't bring out the subject such that it will look 3d. I don't really get the empty space too..

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    a pretty sharp and colorful (at least it looks like to me) picture.
    try changing the background color in photoshop for a different feel.
    overall a good picture to me.


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