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Apr 09, 2017 08:45 |  #1

One of my favorite images has a lot of dead space. Would printing images like this, with a lot of dead space, at 24x30, be a faux pas?

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Apr 09, 2017 08:53 |  #2

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One of my favorite images has a lot of dead space. Would printing images like this, with a lot of dead space, at 24x30, be a faux pas?

Not in the least! I don't think of it as "dead" space. Rather, I think of it as "negative space". It is the proper amount of negative space to give a setting for the subject, and provides the required context. I think it's pretty much perfect, compositionally.

However, before printing I would clone out the two streaks below the bottom water droplet.

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Apr 09, 2017 09:09 |  #3

However, before printing I would clone out the two streaks below the bottom water droplet.

Dah...never noticed them.


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Apr 09, 2017 09:12 |  #4

There is a big difference between negative space and dead space. There are photographers that have used negative space as a visual element and making photographs that are about that and make that the subject in some of their work. Ralph Gibson comes to mind.




  
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Apr 09, 2017 10:34 |  #5

Also do not overlook art as part of a larger space.

How well in image like that works can greatly depend on the space and the other colours found in it. How well is it going to work in the room as a whole? Can you use that as an 'anchor piece' to tie a space together, or use as a focal point in a larger decorating scheme?


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Apr 09, 2017 11:08 |  #6

To me most of the good pictures I consider to be good ones have space which gives value for the objects.

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Space is the part of the good image, which for me comes with minimalism.

Don't know why OP calls it "dead". I could see the flower in the background. It is part of the good picture. Without it, the picture is dead technicality, IMO.

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Apr 09, 2017 11:13 |  #7

First, in my opinion, it's not dead space. I love shooting shallow DOF it just makes the subject pop.
Second, my opinion shouldn't matter that much. If YOU like it, print it!




  
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