Spring is slowly starting to bloom here in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex as evidenced by the wildflowers that have started to cover the hillsides. This past weekend I took advantage of such a patch of henbit for Ollie's portrait session when he was photobombed by quite a large bug (yes, everything really is bigger in Texas!). It caught Ollie's attention and he turned to watch it fly past and I was able to capture a frame with both Ollie and the little photo bomber in it.
This brings me to the theme for week 11 of the Pet Photography 52 Week Project, negative space. Negative space in an image is area which surrounds the main subject in a photo (the main subject is known as the "positive space"). PhotographyMad.com states "Negative space defines and emphasizes the main subject of a photo, drawing your eye to it. It provides "breathing room", giving your eyes somewhere to rest and preventing your image from appearing too cluttered with "stuff". All of this adds up to a more engaging composition" and I couldn't agree more. I am naturally drawn to creating images with a fair amount of negative space in them.
In the case of our photo bomber image, the negative space to the left of Ollie draws the viewer to explore that direction of Ollie's gaze so they too can discover our little photo bomber. The image benefits from that space to show the movement of the bug through the air and on his eventual way out of the frame.
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both on-location and studio photography providing pet, equine, family, couples & engagement and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography services in her studio located in historic downtown Carrollton as well as on location in Coppell, Grapevine, Southlake, Flower Mound and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.