2020 Photo Challenge #27

July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space

If you want to see what this month’s assignments are in advance then please click here. All the assignments are available from the menu on the left under the 2020 Photo Challenge / Assignments.

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.

    • If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
    • The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
    • Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
    • Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This week's assignment - Create a sense of depth by using space in the background and a shallow depth of field (where the background is blurred).

This image of an Agapanthus has been photographed against a background of other flowers with the sun behind me, giving a washed-out background. The photo has been digitally altered by using a soft textured filter which I think creates a painterly effect.

And, given the square proportions I am linking this to the July Squares | Perspective challenge.

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in August.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

61 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #27”

  1. I like it jude. The enhancement has certainly given it an artistic look. In fact it would look great framed. Love the soft blue colours. I’m afraid June just got away with me, sorry I didn’t make any contributions. But I enjoy following along. So far July calendar not so full and frenetic

  2. It is interesting that old photos when rehashed come out quite lovely. A flower that just keeps on giving in real life and via a photo.

    1. This is quite a new photo – the agapanthus are just beginning to flower down here – but as usual it was a windy day when i took it so the flower wasn’t as sharp as I like, but the space around it was perfect. Always good to play with a photo you like rather than bin it. 😊

    1. They are just beginning to open Jo. I got several photos yesterday in Hayle, though it was very windy! Again! And I even have some in my garden about to burst open. They will be small flowers though because they are young plants.

        1. I have pale blue, deep blue and white, but only one colour has flower spikes. I will repot them next month as some are sharing 😄

    1. Thanks Susan. I am quite happy with the results. I tried a canvas background but prefer this sandstone look. Good to play around with photos sometimes 😊

  3. We couldn’t help noticing in New Zealand that agapanthus is one of the most common flowers there. Not native, of course, but found alongside seemingly every state highway.

    1. Yes, it is considered to be a weed there! A very pretty weed. It is grown everywhere here in Cornwall too.

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