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. Well the original wasn’t as sharp as I like so I figured a little enhancement wouldn’t go amiss 😁

      1. I like your enhancements, I just wish I knew how to do the same with some of my photos. However the chromebook is proving less than helpful when it comes to photo processing packages!

        1. I got fed up of windows updates, so have a chrome book the size of a large laptop. Fabulous mostly but just occasionally……

  1. A challenging topic, Jude. Of all the “rules” for a good photo, I think space is one of the more controversial. Some people love negative space, others hate it. I’m quite a fan, but it depends on whether it adds to the story that I want mu image to tell.

    1. It’s something which I don’t often think consciously about Debbie – there will be some different versions over the course of the month – but I’m hoping focusing on these topics will make me a more considered photographer in the long run!

  2. I tend to like space too. It’s the ‘shallow depth of field’ which is worrying me …. And I love your agapanthus.

    1. Well this challenge is pretty much the same as the shallow depth of field one so I am sure you will manage 😂

    2. oh don’t worry Margaret. Maybe we should try and convince Jude to join us for a future Saturday chat and she can talk us both through space

      1. *sigh* that would be helpful. And she can even put her face on ‘mute’ if she wants. I think I will until Haircut Day!

  3. Well this is just lovely, and so glad you have linked up . . . . I must look ahead at the future space weeks and see what squares might work well 🙂

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