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Negative Space II

By Argolith
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That's the second picture of my Negative Space series, once again featuring my girlfriend Doris. What do you think about the composition, the exposure, and the split tone technique I used? Constructive criticism is always welcome. By the way, you can find the first shot of this series here:




Canon EOS 1000D
EF-S 18 - 55 mm IS lens
Giotto's VT 802 tripod

Technical details:

Aperture: F/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/13 s
ISO setting: 800
Image size
542x808px 98.88 KB
© 2009 - 2021 Argolith
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:star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

I think that your composition is very lovely, eye catching, and well suited to the subject as well as to the model's body. She is well positioned, with great choice of where the edge of the picture should be, or, in other words, where to cut her body at for the piece. A great many people do not realize that there are very specific places that will provide better work in choosing where to crop a model, but you seem to have an excellent handle in this piece. Which is in fact what first drew me to this piece!

The use of negative space is wonderful, allowing me to truly appreciate the subtleties and nuances, and to focus on the image as a whole, rather than being blinded by an overwhelming amount of details. I think it is the best of the three in your series, not only for posing, but also for application of your theme. You have also followed an important rule of aesthetics by making the image bottom heavy, both in content and pallet, without creating a rift of color, well done!

While I appreciate Black & White photography a great deal, I love the hint of warmth you have left in, not stripping it entirely of color as with the first piece. It is pleasant and softly inviting, lending a touch of sensuality and extra depth, without being sexual despite the wardrobe. While the first piece feels nearly clinical in color (or lack thereof) this one feels practically touchable in its friendly demeanor.

Despite all of this, I do have issue with the pixelation that is present. The image feels excessively grainy, and somewhat out of focus. The sharp depth of the black accents this strongly. Was your camera a little out of focus, or perhaps the editing filters have lent this to it (I have this issue with mine sometimes), or maybe it was intentional to attempt to achieve a 'vintage photography' effect? As it is not mentioned in your Artist's Description, I do not know and can not give any specific critique around it, but it does cause me to prefer to view it on the small view, rather than full, where the image appears sharper and more focused.

With all that said, I DO love this piece, its concept and theme, and the obvious respect and appreciation shown to your model with this beautiful capture. It is most certainly being added to my <img src="…" width="15" height="16" alt=":+fav:" title="+fav" />'s

Argolith's avatar
Thanks a lot for taking the time to not only write a critique but also compare this picture to the rest of the series.

The pixelation is a result of shooting in dim light at ISO 800. The "out of focus feeling" you mentioned is probably a side effect of the Gaussian blur I applied in order reduce the graininess.

Thank you for writing this and for the :+fav:!
Lady-Silver-Hand's avatar
Makes sense. You are quite welcome. It is a fine stand alone piece, but a series deserves to be looked at as a whole, especially when a theme is present. :)
RedSky-atNight's avatar
Composition is superb, beautiful piece.
Argolith's avatar
I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Stone100's avatar
This is an interesting photo, I think this one is more successful than your first . I like the composition, and how there is a fair amount of skin on both sides of the frame before it's cut off. As oppose to cropping it right through the black garments . Does that makes sense? I'm not sure if it doesss hahaaa :dummy:
But good image, I think the negative space works well (:
Argolith's avatar
Thank you. I also like this one better than the first picture of the series.
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