Chasing the light

12th Century Knowlton Church in Neolithic Earthwork, Dorset

Where artists create images, photographers capture images and there can be a lot of fun in chasing just the right shot in the right light. I was driving through a real down-pour, windscreen wipers on double speed and after about 10 minutes I came into the most glorious sunshine. I knew those light conditions would produce marvellous rainbows – and I also knew that I had just driven past an old ruined church, and that if I could get there before the weather changed completely, then I might get a nice shot. So after a bit of nifty driving, swift parking and a dash up the embankment, there was still some of the rainbow arch to be seen.

I took a few shots, selecting this one as the best because of the rainbow seeming to touch the edge of the church. I thought about cropping the photo so that the rainbow and the church would appear larger and fill the frame but I decided that I would use the negative space of the sky as an important part of the composition. Just as artists can use negative space in their artwork – the space around objects, so photographers can do the same. The focus of this picture is clearly the rainbow and the church – the positive object, but by keeping the space of the sky large – using that negative space – the composition is uncluttered and directs our eye, juxtaposing the vast natural sky and its changing conditions, with the human made construction of church.

Happy snapping!

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