A Spooky Photo Of The Week And A Flying Fish – Here’s What You May Have Missed On The Forums


We got a lot of action this week in both the latest Mobile Monday Challenge and the Weekend Photography Challenge, we also got 115 new light stalking members that are willing to share their images and knowledge with us at the forums and our beloved shark tank!

We all have stories to share, even when some have little to do with photography too but are useful too.

So here is what you missed this week on Light Stalking

Photo Of The Week – October 29, 2018

Photo by David Chesterfield

The POTW for this week goes to David Chesterfield, who has been mastering light painting for quite some time now. This image was posted in the most recent Weekend Photography Challenge depicting spookiness (the first image there is really disturbing).

What I find really important about David's work is the careful use of light painting that doesn't feel like an improvisation at all. The light trails are were they need to be, and the color decision is fundamental for the story he wants to tell.

This is an important message for all the people out there starting in photography that feel drawn towards light painting. It has to have a meaning and a reason, otherwise is just a random assembly of light.

We hope to continue to see more spooky photographs during this last days of October, and thanks David for sharing such a high quality image with us!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Here are some great shots from the participants at the 405th-weekend photography challenge, Light and Shadows:

Photo by Dave W.

The colors in this image are extremely beautiful and everything in this photograph is well balanced, the shadows are so subtle that they even enhance the point of view and support the color scheme. This is almost beyond a photograph and very nearly a graphic design. An extremely strong image from Dave.

Photo by Pamela Winter

This is a lovely image made with a very simple, but super effective trick of light and shadow. The symbolism here is superb and this image makes us want to wish the couple the best of luck!

Photo by Erik Fransman


This image wouldn't be as great if it weren't for the long shadows projected by all the subjects in the frame. It has a sense of dynamism that draws our attention into the subject. The decision of leaving the sun in the frame feels pretty honest too.

Photo by Karenhy

This is quite a find, and the soft shadows give the image a very warm quality, even though it is an empty and stark environment.

Photo by Deborah

Simple and effective, a simple shadow can create some really interesting designs.

Photo by Kishore Jothady

The way light is captured in this image is splendid and elegant. The leading lines all supporting the idea of climbing up. Great photo!

Photo by Obsidian Urbex Photography

Nature is perfect and has always been an inspiration for architects. This staircase is an obvious Nautilus. The beautiful shadows are offset by the amazing yellow light in the center of the spiral. Strong composition also supports this beautiful, almost surreal, image.

Photo by Clive Eariss

The way the huge shadows hug the subject in this frame makes it a really interesting piece of storytelling. The glaringly modern scene is offset by the woman, who is simply going about her daily shopping. Great juxtaposition

Photo by Rob Eyers

Some could call it abstract, but the truth is that these long shadows have great character. Brilliant whites, strong shadows, leading lines…this is a stunning capture by Rob.

Please feel free to join to our friendly photography community if you haven't done already, and if you are a member, please check out the latest Weekend Photography Challenge for this week, but be careful, the first image is going to give me nightmares for sure

Discussions You Shouldn't Miss From The Community

Lenny is up to something, don't really know what, but he is. I can pinpoint two different and extremely interesting things he is doing. The first one is a photobook (because he has been asking about mixing color and black and white photography in a book), and besides that, he is also gathering photographers near his place, which is always a great thing for photographers.

Have you ever seen a fish flying? Well, Paul captured a beautiful flying fish flying low (it can't get much higher after all is a fish). I wonder how many frames he shot to capture this splendid wild-life moment.

Photo by bucweet

Did you know that you can make your photographic workflow way easier with specialized controllers? This week Taisya raised a pretty good question about these controllers, and I remembered one that is in my wishlist for making Lightroom even better. We hope to hear more from that controller because other members commented as well, and it does look interesting.

We learn more and more with questions like this one. This week Dahlia had a thing tickling her mind, and asked about how crop factors affect the effectiveness of aperture values. In simpler words, how cropped sensors (1.5 or 1.6 APS-C) affect aperture value on lenses. A lot of valuable information can be found at this thread after her question, and we are sure that it will be helpful for many people out there because is something camera companies rarely talk about. And, did you know that cinema lenses don't have f value but a t value? That and more can be found there at that post.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Help these photographers become even better and more passionate about photography. Share your experience, feedback, comments, and critique over at the Tank

This forum is separate from the General Photo Chit Chat because we believe that constructive criticism is one of the best ways any photographer can have in order to progress in less time. Extended comments are way more nurturing and healthy than mere likes!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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