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Archive for October, 2011

Making Use Of Negative Space

Effectively using negative space

After my last post i felt i needed to re-assert myself as an amateur Photographer who is progressing and gaining new knowledge and skills with every shot.(here’s hoping!)

So, This is my attempt at an artistic shot that has depth and….. emotion….. i guess….
I read an article on hongkiat – – that stated ‘negative space often adds interest as it can place a stronger emphasis on the subject and it can evoke emotions effectively’

Ive been wanting to photograph my boots, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try.

I’ve had these boots for a while now, but sadly there time is coming to an end…
They were a gift to me from my father nearly 4 years ago, and since then they have been with me through alot of journeys.
I had them when i walked along the GWOC, while i was working on Mt. Taranaki in NZ, and during my time running a hostel in Sydney,
They were strapped to the side off my backpack in India (too hot to wear boots!), and more recently, they’ve been with me while i was training to be a mechanic in Japan.

They are now, however, falling apart, and i made the decision to leave them behind for my next trip. (Hence this photo, to commemorate them)

Its strange how attached you get to things, inanimate objects that you don’t think twice about until they can’t be used anymore. Now i have to make do with my AirWalk trainers ….. which probably won’t last very long.

So! create negative space and keep the subject the focus of the shot?? …. nifty 50!

I wasn’t sure where would be best to focus on to be honest. My favourite after a few shots is the one at the beginning of the post – i like the tread being in focus and the bokeh on the far boot. But, i also took one focusing on the far boot.
Using Negative Space
Let me know what you think, and how i did to ‘place a stronger emphasis on the subject and evoke emotions effectively’.

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: 50mm F/1.8
Shutter: 0.05 sec (1/20)
ISO: 100

Photoshop Cs5 to convert to B&W and Sharpen with ‘unsharp mask’



Ok… I have a confession to make….. sometimes….. i might…. maybe…. kind of…. definitely…. use the Auto function to get the exif data of a shot i want to take, and then go back to manual for the final shot, making the shutter speed abit quicker to compensate for the overexposing that ‘auto’ tends to do

What can i say….. its a learning curve….

So! I’m curious, Does anybody else have any quick hints and tips for getting the shot they’re looking for?

Camera: D5100
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
ISO Speed: 400


Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture:     f/10.0
Focal Length:     55 mm
ISO Speed:     800

Best I’ve Seen

Osaka Fireworks Display

Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture:     f/4.2
Focal Length:     28 mm
ISO Speed:     800

Window to my Soul

Eye Macro

Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture:     f/5.6
Focal Length:     52 mm
ISO Speed:     200


Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture:     f/5.6
Focal Length:     55 mm
ISO Speed:     400


Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.02 sec (1/50)
ISO Speed:     400

Port City

Kobe Harbour

Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.8
Aperture:     f/4.0
Focal Length:     18 mm
ISO Speed:     200

Osaka Castle by Night

Blue Hour Shot of Osaka Castle

Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture:     f/4.5
Focal Length:     18 mm
ISO Speed:     200

Sakura at Osaka Castle

Camera:     Nikon D40
Exposure:     0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture:     f/8.0
Focal Length:     26 mm
ISO Speed:     200