Here’s The Wrap – The Latest Light Stalking Community Update For Your Enjoyment

Every week is different, but they all come with great images and meeting new people!

As usual, we keep getting larger and larger at a mind-blowing pace, and we want to give a special shout to all the new Light Stalkers that joined us last week, we are more than sure they'll find some really valuable information to improve their photographs.

Today we are bringing you the finest highlights from last week! Here you'll find the most striking images from a highly poetic selection of photos, and some pretty interesting discussions from our photography forum. As usual, we are also sharing a diverse selection of images from the Tank, and they do deserve some special attention!

Photo Of The Week – February 25, 2019

Tobacco Farmer In Cuba – Photo by Richard Barnard

This week's photo is an amazing capture from Richard Barnard. It is a fantastic image that is evocative, to say the least. Here is what Kent had to say about this week's Photo of The Week

I will spare all of you my verbose feelings about photography this week and simply say, “This is a damn fine photograph!” I can't remember the last time a black and white image won the POTW? It's been a while. I believe. Anyway…I encourage you to visit the original post here. There you can soak up the opinions of many Lightstalkers as to why this image rocks.

Do take a look at the original post as Kent recommends – it shows you the great and constructive feedback that fellow Light Stalkers gave Richard in the Tank

Kent also had two honorable mentions in the Photo of The Week

I want to mention Maureen's image “Cuba #10”. I loved it. I also want to mention Chris Pook's “Al Maedan”. I think Chris has missed his calling. War photographer should be added to his title.

Here are the wonderful images for your enjoyment and as always thank you to the amazingly talented photographers who post such amazing work week in and week out.

Cuba #10 – Maureen Photography

Al Maedan – Chris Pook

 

Amazing Images From The 422nd Weekend Photography Challenge

The 422nd Challenge was a doozy – Doors, Gates and Fences! We got last week's photo of the week from this challenge because Light Stalkers posted some really fantastic work. Here's what Federico had to say about some of the amazing images from the challenge.

The Great Escape – Photo by Click

This is an amazing find, really odd and interesting. Lovely composition with this as well. Congratulations 

Photo by LeanneC

This is like a tiny entrance to a whole different world within ours. It takes a great ability for being surprised by this sort of details that surround us everywhere in the world!

Photo by Andre P

What a moody finding, sub-framing is a technique that requires precise visual skills, and this one is a good example of it! Thanks for sharing it with us mate.

Photo by Bobbie

Ha! This is quite a shot, we don't need a vast amount of details to read a good (and even humorous) story in a photograph.

Photo by Dave Whatkins

Could you imagine how moody could this photo be during the night with a long exposure and even some light painting? It is highly moody itself at bright midday!

Photo by Pat Garrett

It would have been impossible not to spot such a gorgeous brick wall. This is quite a shot, Pat.

Photo by Tersha

I don't remember the song, but this is a quite fantastic scene, very moody and interesting. All the colors here are getting along just perfectly.

Photo by Marcia J

Wow! Now, this is some amazing sub-framing everything in this shot is great with the majority of white and the touch of red making the composition pop, thanks for sharing it with us Marcia!

Discussions You May Have Missed On The Forum

Graham has been experimenting a bit with filters, and here he shared something that I would love to have in a T-Shirt. You need to read this outside the box of “photography” because it lands more in the field of illustration or something like that. It really looks nice if you detach from the “traditional” photography mindset.

Dave shared a beautiful shot of a Red-breasted Sapsucker (I'm trusting you entirely with this one mate because I'm not an ornithologist or whatsoever). The bird is super cute, but I'm sure it has a fierce and of course noisy attitude. That poor Maple tree has seen quite some damage in its life indeed.

Rob Eyers traveled to Costa Rica and shared with us a single shot of a Roadside Hawk (again, I'm trusting you guys with these birds, I have no expertise on them). The hawk has quite a fierce look, and the composition is gorgeous as well. He also shared a photo of a “caracara“, which in my country are known simply by “toucan”, so thanks Rob for enlightening me about birds!

Roger Wehage shared a couple of nice threads, the first one is titled “How many great shots have you missed because…?” and the second “How can one make a sow's ear a bit less of a sow's ear?“, and although he shared them on the Shark Tank, they could definitely have been in the General Forum. Indeed, they are useful, so take a look at these valuable posts.

Last but not least, apparently, there was a thorny situation cooking under our noses last week with a previously banned member trying to reenter the forum disguised as a young girl. What a shame… Thankfully Rob spotted the situation quickly enough, he can't be wrong after a decade of experience. The Shark Tank is one of our most precious assets, and it shouldn't be spoiled by people with negative intentions. I love photography and I'm totally on board with protecting photography from this sort of situations. You can get a broad perspective here in this post created by Bucweet. Are you a journalist mate? This was genius!

Oh, and Jim shared with us a simple yet highly useful trick for Windows 10.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

It is pretty likely that if you are reading our blog, it is because you want to become a better photographer. Of course, you can do it, but it is hard and requires loads of practice. However, constructive criticism is one of the best possible ways for actually becoming a better photographer in a reasonable amount of time.

Critique goes on both ways, a photographer can become better by receiving well-intended feedback, but can also enhance their skill by giving thoughtful comments to others' photography as well. Great feedback happens only after a very deep and analytical reading of a photograph of course.

That's why we created a specific place beside our main forum which is exclusively intended to embrace critique, and it is called The Shark Tank. But please, don't let the name scare you, nobody will bite you there. Here are some of the most interesting shot shared during last week on the Tank:

Please read the instructions (which were updated after the aforementioned incident) in order the get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers, so don't be afraid of sharing.

We and many other members will be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Don't forget to participate in the newest challenge published by Tersha on another popular dichotomy, wet and dry. Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done already.

Today We Will Leave You With – A Golden Orb

Our Mobile Monday Challenge always pops up some amazing work…all on mobile. Today we will leave you with work from the talented David Chesterfield.


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About the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is a one of our staff writers and has 10 years of experience in making documentary photography, he is currently working in long-term photo essays and you can see more of his work here. He is also a professor at a design-focused University, and is currently pursuing his PhD (and of course, his thesis is around Photography). His work has been featured in museums, newspapers and magazines. He is currently based in El Salvador.

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