Beauty in Negative Spaces
There’s something about this image that intrigues me. I find beauty in the negative space of this image. It paints the overall tonality and adds mystique to the photograph. It’s not always about what you can see, but rather what you can’t see that makes an photograph compelling.
It Starts with a Vision
It’s funny how images come together sometimes. You know you’re a photographer when your girlfriend is making you a martini and you decide to photograph it first. There was something about the way the ambient light in the room was hitting this blue painted vodka that caught my attention. I decided to set up a a simple stock photography shot. This image started with a vision; and in that vision the words”Dramatic” came to mind. I knew in my mind that I wanted to use one source of light to achieve that effect.
The Set Up
Would you believe this image was shot on top of a black kitchen stove? I loved the reflective surface it produced and knew that I wanted to include it in the shot. This particular image was composed of 3 elements. A black kitchen stove top (the reflective surface in the foreground), a white piece of foam core (to reflect light) and a small LED flashlight. That’s right, a single LED flashlight produced the beautiful light in this photograph. Not only is the lighting dramatic, but the subject can be viewed that way as well.
Of course this image needed some tweaking to bring it all together. After some retouching and post production, the image was complete. Take a look at the before and after Simply click on the thumbnail to view the gallery.