I’ve been thinking about negative space since its importance was discussed the other day in a class I attended on macro photography. I like negative space in a photo and I use it often. When I took this shot of a sprig of lavender late Saturday afternoon, I purposely isolated the one stem and blurred out the background but somehow the shot that resulted was not too exciting—just a bit of purple lavender against a streaky obscured green background. The only think I liked about the shot was the sun shining on one side of the stem. I started fiddling with the photo in Lightroom, first turning it black and white, then adding a split tone and a white vignette. This, I like. And there is lots of negative space so the lavender pops.
This is not a macro shot. I used my 70-200mm lens zoomed to 200mm and set to ISO 100, f/6.3 and 1/100 shutter speed.