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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 24 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another experiment in colour and mood. I've played with the colours and used the blur tool in photoshop to get this look.

I doubt that this is something I'll be trying again, nevertheless I wanted to share it with you as, love it or loathe it, it's always interesting to try new ideas.

The one part of the photo that I am truly happy with is the composition - it's the empty space in the sky to the right of the boat that I love.

I hesitated about whether to put this into words or leave it unsaid but I see it as a photo about emptiness and solitude despite having such a large boat in the frame. The rope should lead your eye across the frame and up into the boat and then on into the empty sky with those ambiguous colours and suggestion of cloud.

Many of you will know all this but it's a technique called 'negative space' that is used a lot in Japanese painting - unlike us they even have a dedicated word for it - 間 pronounced "Ma".

For those who are interested in reading more about negative space - here's a Wiki link on the subject:

NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

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Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very good image here Ian, realy good perspective and everything in focus

24 May 2008 6:17am

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

beautiful .. great experience and a very pleasing shot.

24 May 2008 6:38am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Nice post processing, like it !!

24 May 2008 6:51am

Saeed from Tehran, Iran


24 May 2008 7:34am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Out of time, out of space, belongs to one...I love this on many levels

24 May 2008 10:20am

Anthony Lambert from Germany

I just like it !!

24 May 2008 10:55am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

Your composition is dramatic rather than forlorn. superb.

24 May 2008 11:52am

Cheryl from Texas, United States

your ps work is successful in this image. I love that you explained the negative space technique, I love your composition, colors, everything about it

24 May 2008 12:22pm

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

The result is excellent, a strong feeling of isolation. It's a super image.

24 May 2008 2:06pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Of course it is a good shot! is not one of your B&Ws!!! Those are such powerful statements and so much your signature, that when you use colour....I get rather confused!

24 May 2008 3:07pm

pierre from athis mons, France

Excellent compo. I love the tones, and the fact that the sky is not blue ! It's so usual in this king of photo. Nice work.

24 May 2008 4:05pm

alex centrella from California, United States

well done, i like the comp, and the treatment adds alot to the image...

24 May 2008 4:35pm

lissa from New York, United States

great processing, the softness works really well here and it does have the empty feeling

24 May 2008 4:54pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice and perfect perspective.

24 May 2008 6:27pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful photo, I also love the composition, tones and the desolation mood!

24 May 2008 9:42pm

lasiate from Philippines

un cadrage au mm et un traitement vraiment réussi

24 May 2008 10:28pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

The composition is good, the hull of the boat is drawing nearly a main diagonale. I don't like too much the color treatment here with that yellow-green overcast. Not really a holga effect that you could experiment (not on this picture as the subject is too off center). An other way using those colors would be to add some textures...

24 May 2008 10:45pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A very interesting subject and its beautful execution! I really like this, also these delicate clouds!

24 May 2008 11:20pm

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Cool...nice composition.

24 May 2008 11:45pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

pow pow pow,
excellent, tonal and composition

25 May 2008 12:27am

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

You've really gotten the mood in this one, Ian. The composition alone achieved that. The sky to me is still a bit washed out... perhaps a gradient layer? Still and all an excellent image, Ian! And I'm ALL about the negative space.

25 May 2008 1:33am

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Beautiful, simply awesome results for mere experimentation. I do hope you try it again. Excellent work, as usual.

25 May 2008 2:41am

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I love the low point of view. It gives the boat a majestic look.

25 May 2008 4:15am

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

It is a very well handled processing, Ian and it looks great! Sharp, contrasty. But... if I may... as for me it misses life... With all the warm tones in it it feels cold... I love your latest work... And this image does look like an experiment. But I guess it was your intent with this photo.

25 May 2008 4:38am

m a r t a from Spain

I do like your experiment. I like the colors and the treatment, it's different. It gives the picture a special mood.

25 May 2008 8:55am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian, love the tonal effect with the washed out colours and whether its the negative space or the powerful diagonals at work, the angles of the bow & rope, I am not sure...but put that all together and ...brilliant!

25 May 2008 9:43pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Exceptional use of color. Bravo.

4 Jun 2008 6:49pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Your work is remarkable. This one is excellent.

14 Jun 2008 3:18am

1/250 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)