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autofantasia

Posted on 06/01/2014


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The Sunday Challenge ... Negative Space

The Sunday Challenge ... Negative Space
So this week's challenge was Negative Space: with the emphasis on the color blue, but not sky.

I must admit I struggled with it for a while, if only because I found so few settings that included blue (but not sky) without resorting to other perhaps equally obvious choices such as denim or blue doors.

In the end I decided to create a scene where the background could be inverted so as to create negative space using a negative image. In this case that background is a gravel border that goes around our front lawn. I simply sat Mr Smiley in place, took the photo and then did some processing. That involved creating a duplicate layer which I then turned into a negative image and sat this over the original image before erasing the 'negative' Mr Smiley to reveal his more positive alter-ego.

Some subtle tweaking of levels followed before I finished it off with a foggy dark border.

So, job done, here you have Mr Smiley remaining positive in negative surroundings!

Stan Askew, Indycaver (Norm), Monica Meeneghan, Jon Smith and 12 other people have particularly liked this photo


55 comments - The latest ones
*starless*
*starless*
Nope, just too happy for me. Should have been more miserable, like me! ;-)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to *starless*
How can you look at his little face and not smile! ;)
3 years ago.
Sami Serola
Sami Serola
Ha ha! =D Smile! =) Very good!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Sami Serola
Thanks Sami! :)
3 years ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
:)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Amazingstoker
Thanks! :)
3 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
where did you get that smily?? I have a pained rock just like this in my purse... (yep I have a rock in my purse).. it goes everywhere with me, and when I find it it makes me think of special people in my life and I smile too!

this is fantastic!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Shuttering Yukon
Thanks Wendi for that lovely comment. As for Mr Smiley he's actually a plug-in night light ... sorry can't remember where we got him now! :(
3 years ago.
Clickity Click has replied to Shuttering Yukon
:)
3 years ago.
HaarFager
HaarFager
Smiley looks very happy to be in this scene! Could it be because he's in the steam room, relieving the day's cares and woes with a good steam bath?
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to HaarFager
Nothing so relaxing ... he's sitting amongst a gravel border, which has then been inverted!
3 years ago.
Yvette Chew
Yvette Chew
Great shot, this instantly made me smile.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Yvette Chew
Good to hear Yvette! :)
3 years ago.
fragglerocks
fragglerocks
Loving the smiley and cool work with the background!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to fragglerocks
Thanks for the kind comment ... glad you like it! :)
3 years ago.
Goffy
Goffy
Lovely modern art feel to this image and one can't help but smile with that vibrant smiley! :-)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Goffy
Mission accomplished then ... at least for Mr Smiley! ;)
3 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
The is a great image Paul and Mr. Smiley accomplished his mission in life ... to make others smile!!
3 years ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Thanks Chris ... your lovely comment has made me smile even more now! :)
3 years ago.
charlie b
charlie b
Well worthy of a smile. Nice composition.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to charlie b
Thanks on both counts Charlie! :)
3 years ago.
H C
H C
Very nice composition and it made me smile too.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to H C
Good to hear ... thanks for that! :)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Mags:-) off for a wh…
Thanks Mags! :)
3 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
You really got creative with this and I just love how you put your little smiley "positive" inside a negative. SO clever Paul.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Thanks for that lovely comment ... much appreciated! :)
3 years ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
very funny
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Wierd Folkersma
Thanks! :)
3 years ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
Love the thought of being positive in negative surroundings. Creative idea!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Gillian Everett
Creativity often comes from desperation Gillian ... what a challenge! ;)
3 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Very clever! Great shot!

Congrats on Explore!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Valfal
Thanks Valerie for the kind words and for letting me know I'd made Explore! :)
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Very witty! It fits the challenge perfectly.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Esther
Much appreciated Esther! :)
3 years ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
Made me smile....very contagious :)))))
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to s@ssyl@ssy
Good, hope it lasts for a long time! :)
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I looove your Mister Smiley, I would have needed one when I realised the challenge of this weeks will be so hard for me !! Your image reminds me hollidays at the seaside ! A very positive energy picture !!!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Nylonbleu
Yes, it was a hard challenge, but I think the group has excelled once again. Glad you like my photo and that it brought back some nice memories! :)
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu has replied to autofantasia
Yes it does, absolutely !!!
3 years ago.
Ganymede
Ganymede
Fine work!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Ganymede
Thanks Claude ... kind of you to say so! :)
3 years ago.
Jon Smith
Jon Smith
excellent work here and the smiley face is brill!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Jon Smith
Thanks Jon for the comment and the fave! :)
3 years ago.
Jon Smith
Jon Smith
congrats on EXPLORE
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Jon Smith
I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answer! ;)
3 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
Congratulations on Explore!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Clickity Click
Thanks Chris ... the power of TSC strikes again! ;)
3 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
TSC really works well together!
3 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Seen on Time For Experiments. Superb.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Monica Meeneghan
Thanks for the kind comment Monica! :)
3 years ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Cool idea and photo Paul!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Indycaver (Norm)
Thanks Norm for the comment and the fave ... much appreciated! :)
3 years ago.
Stan Askew
Stan Askew
this is fantastic!
2 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Stan Askew
Many thanks Stan for the kind comment and the fave ... much appreciated as ever! :)
2 years ago.