Beauty in Negative Spaces

Blue Martini

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.


Brian Rodgers Jr.

Brian Rodgers Jr. is a commercial advertising photographer based in South Bend Indiana. Brian has a wealth of commercial photography experience photographing everything from commercial portraits, RVs, large commercial vehicles, product and food photography, to multi-million dollar mansions. Furthermore, he has created brand images for national companies and his work has been published in various national and international publications including Photoshop User Magazine, Dentaltown Magazine, Incisal Edge Magazine, and the popular web based show "Photography Tips & Tricks" produced by Kelby Media Group to name a few. Brian’s overall body of work demonstrates a real cultivation of skills behind the lens as well as a wide array of cutting edge post production techniques. He provides his clients with exceptional images and ensures customer satisfaction through his relentless work ethic. Brian is not just a photographer, he is an artist. Retouching his own work allows him to deliver a product that reflects his vision as an artist. And his clients are never disappointed in his abilities to produce consistent, compelling images. Fun Fact: He shot his own portrait