Here’s What You Missed This Week On The Light Stalking Forums

Last week left us with a lot of spookiness and several great photographs on the Mobile Monday Challenge and the Weekend Photography Challenge as well. We also want to mention that our family got a little bit larger. To all new and not-so-new Light Stalkers, please feel free to share your images, questions, and knowledge with us at the forums and our beloved shark tank!

We also need to apologize for the slow experiences we've been having with the site last week, but it should be alright by now.

Photo Of The Week – November 5, 2018

Photo by Tobie

An amazing photo of the week by Tobie and here is what Kent had to say about it:

The POTW goes to Tobie for his stunning shot of a Grey Heron in flight. There were a number of excellent shots uploaded this past week. However, there were two that really got my attention. The first was our winner, and the second is a remarkable low key shot created by ElinL. Both images resonate on an extremely high level of professionalism. Tobie's shot would require just about every skill a photographer could muster up including a perfected sense of timing and anticipation. ElinL's shot shows creativity and an advanced level of understanding in exposure, lighting, tone control, and post-processing. 

Congratulations to Tobie for his win and this remarkable shot!

Indeed, congratulations to Tobie for such a wonderful shot and here is a link to ElinL's runner-up in case you missed it.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Here are some great shots from the participants at the 406th weekend photography challenge, Spooky! And what Federico had to say about them!

Photo by Mike57

This picture is insane, like really, not sane at all. It is the most terrifying photograph from the thread challenge by far.

Photo by Graham Hart

Graveyards could be scary to some people or soothing for others. This photograph with a heavy light leak has an odd atmosphere making it pretty eerie to view.

Photo by LeanneC

This is a very well achieved silhouette of a hairy spider. Nice capture Leanne

Photo by Click

I'm not sure what those white artifacts on the web are, but they look particularly sticky and spooky *shudder*. This is an awesome photograph of a spider.

Photo by Erik Fransman

This is some really creepy shot, I hope everything was just a setup.

Photo by Erik Fransman

Spooky or hilarious? I'm are not sure, but I love this photograph from Erik.

Photo by David Chesterfield

This is a great example of low-key photography with a great use of the rule of thirds.

Photo by Tersha

Witches over the sky, this is an excellent example of well done digital manipulation (I hope).

Photo by Enoma Izevbigie

Great composition of this collection. This is extremely disturbing and documentative at the same time

Discussions You May Have Missed from the Light Stalking Community

Sometimes you just need a long lens says Paul, and he is right indeed. Here he shares with us the huge difference of how a scene looks after being shot with at 18mm and 400mm. Both images were taken with a 1.6 crop factor sensor so the relative lens sizes are 28mm and 640mm.

Scott shared with us a very interesting short-project of his called Happy Bird Day depicting one of his favorite yearly festivals in the Cowichan Valley, but specifically his visit to the Pacific Northwest Raptor Centre. This place is home to the Raptor Rescue Society, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and care of injured and orphaned birds.

If you want to shoot the stars and achieve the look you are longing for, then you should definitely need to read this post shared by our highly active member Robert Apple. Here he explains in detail how star trails can easily appear in your photographs and how to avoid it if you want crisp shots of the sky.

Chris wishes to start a project on churches from New Zealand. He wants to portray churches in all the small communities in Northland, New Zealand. These are often small missionary churches from the early 1800s in an area where the earliest missionaries to New Zealand were placed to “convert the savages” the local Maori population. We will stay tuned for this.

Chris Pook shared with us a new experience with Fujifilm's GFX medium format digital camera system with a 110mm lens. He also shared some test shots with us in order to see how flexible these files are in post.

Marko shared with us a pretty soothing photography of a morning dew, quite a relaxing picture indeed.

Photo by Marco

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

The Shark Tank is the space we've created for critique development. It is a friendly place so don't worry about the name, it is just a marketing tool. Posting an image at the Tank requires you to explain a bit about the meaning or reason behind the photograph.

After that, you'll receive valuable feedback about your work. Giving opinions on other members images is also a great way for growing as a photographer. Please help out these photographers:

We are convinced that constructive criticism is one of the best ways any photographer can have in order to progress in less time. That's the main reason why we built a separate place beside the General Photo Chit Chat. Giving well-analyzed comments is way more constructive than vanity metrics and bland “what camera are you using?” questions.

Please feel free to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done already, and if you are a member, please check out the latest Weekend Photography Challenge, Low-Key / High-Key.


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About the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is a documentary photographer and photography educator based in El Salvador. This year his work was featured in Black & White Magazine Issue #125. Check out his photography portfolio.

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