Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame #4

This is the fourth day I’m taking up Patti’s pilotfish challenge: Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #66: Filling the Frame. In today’s post I’m showing how “negative” space can indeed be negative in the sense that there is no image in it, but sometimes a larger negative space can show off the subject more effectively than a “larger object/smaller negative space” would.  And sometimes the two choices show off the subject equally well, but the two versions of the photo end up looking like two entirely different photographs. The differences in how much of the grey background is included shows two different ways to “Fill the Frame.”

Here are my two examples. The flower subject is not only the same in both examples, but they are, in fact, the same photo. I used my Nikon DSLR with a 105mm macro lens.

The first photo is closely cropped.

Version 2

The second photo is actually the original one – no vertical cropping was done.

Coleus Flower                                                                                                                   Hannah Keene 2019

I happen to like both versions, but I would chose a different one depending on what I was planning to do with the photo. If I was wanting to use the flowers as a pattern for a border, I would obviously go with the top version. I would also chose the cropped version if I was wanting a long, narrow photo to hang on the wall.

But the original photo before cropping – the bottom one – has it’s own charms and tends to be my favorite. By allowing more of the soft grey background to show, this larger version has an element of serenity to it that I love.

So for me, the answer of how much negative space to include on this particular photograph depends on where and how I would be planning to hang the picture.

But I would very much like to know your opinions. So leave some comments. The more, the merrier!



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame #1

Hannah Keene 2019

Sometimes filling the frame is just that – a macro that occupies 90%+ of the available space.

Posted for Patti’s Lens-Artist Challenge #66: Filling the Frame and for Sunshine’s Macro Monday.


Macro Monday


Images: Hannah Keene 2019

How can such a small creature gather so much pollen? About six years ago, researchers discovered something new about flowers and bees. Would you believe electric charges????? It turns out as a bee flies through the air, the friction of the bee’s body parts against the air causes the bee to have a slight positive charge. The flowers that attract bees have a slight negative charge. So when a bee lands on the flower, the bee’s body attracts the pollen to it and the pollen sticks! On February 22, 2013, NPR ran the spot “Honey It’s Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers.”  Who knew?

Another fact: a bee can collect about 15 mg of pollen on a singe foraging trip. This is about half its body weight, and a bee has to collect pollen from about 1 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. 

Bees are truly AMAZING creatures……….. and I’m glad I’m not a bee. It makes me tired just to think about it!

Posted for Sunshine’s Macro Monday – 11.