Time To Make A Cup Of Tea And Catch Up On What’s Being Discussed On Light Stalking This Week

As photography reaches more and more people across the globe, we get larger and larger! Our main goal at Light Stalking is to share what we know and sum it all in a wonderful place for different level photographers to nurture themselves.

Today we bring you the curated best of our community’s discussion, learnings, and sharings from last week. Here you'll find some of the most interesting shots from Tersha's last challenge on Monotone and Duotone as well as some interesting discussions from our photography forum.

Also you'll find a selection of images from the Tank! And last but not least, a great initiative proposed by Robert Apple.

Photo Of The Week – March 11, 2019

The Birds – Erik Fransman

This week our Guest Judge was Maureen Photograph @maureenphoto. Here is what she had to say about Erik's photo

“Every once in a great while, I come across an image that hits my Big Three: 1. Immediate visual/emotional impact; 2. Perfect technical execution; and 3. Meaningful subject matter. Erik Fransman's “The Birds” hits this trifecta in spades.

The composition is bold and clear. Deceptively simple, it draws you in with its clean perspective lines. Every element serves a purpose. Even the five faint towers in the distance contribute to the whole. As for the technique, it speaks for itself. It works.

The subject — birds and wind towers — is compelling, leading to debates on matters such as the place of nature vs. human-built structures, even those regarded as earth-friendly/”green.” Plenty to chew on.

Congratulations Erik, well done!

Maureen also gave us two runners-up

Balboa Park – Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker's infrared image of Balboa Park in San Diego is an amazing phantasmagorical rendition of this lovely place. Reminds me of the Emerald City in black-and-white. Gorgeous and bold — I love it!

Railroad Yard – Ashfaque Ahmed


Kudos also for Ashfaque Ahmed's image of a railroad yard. Maybe I've been reading too many WWII books lately, but I feel an uneasy atmosphere of foreboding. Scary and well-captured.”

What A Challenge – Monotone/Duotone

This was a fantastic weekend photography challenge – as always, a very big thanks to Tersha for such an inspiring theme. This challenge had some amazing photographs (including the two runners up from this week's photo of the week) so please go and have a slow peruse from the talented community.

These are just some of the shots from our 424th Challenge.

Photo by Michael

This can fit within the definition of an environmental portrait since it gives you plenty information about the subject without needing to know more about his story. Nevertheless, it is an invitation to know more about him as well.

Photo by Click

The great thing about monochrome is the generosity tones have, from the brightest to the darkest, they all look richer in black and white. Here each plank seems to be a life (color) of it's own.

Photo by Beth

The tonal range in this shot is insane. If you ever need to illustrate the word “moody”, this shot could help you a lot!

Photo by Roger Wehage

This is… odd, yet interesting! Wow

Photo by Beth D

HDR looks nice when it isn't applied in a harsh way, and this is a great example of pushing it to the limits while still keeping a very pleasing result.

Photo by Kent DuFault

How could you go wrong with these two beautiful cats?

Photo by Brian M

This is a very happy photograph. What a wonderful capture, so full of joy and music

Photo by Marina Crawford

The leading lines in this image make it work and the tones are very well balanced. Congratulations of a great capture

Photo by Angelina Reese

Scale is one of those features that can enhance composition in photography, if you ever have some work struggling with the meaning of “scale” in photography, then this is a very good example that will definitely help you out.

Photo by Teresa


I just can't resist to a good composition depicting a nice doggo in it!

Photo by Rjmccor

I simply don't have words to describe this magnificent photograph…I can taste the dust…just brilliant

Discussions You May Have Missed

This shot shared by Erik Fransman got a little bit controversial and some even made very deep analysis to it. What do you think about it? Personally speaking, for me, fake or not, it is a very intriguing (and possible) shot. It helps us understand, as humans, that we intervene in natural habitats in many ways, and we should be responsible for our actions.

So, as I stated above, Robert Apple made a very interesting proposal and is all about curating. Here in this thread that he has called “Members Pick's” we'll be posting the best of the best of Light Stalking, or as he says “what you might consider a five star photo”. As a meta-study, it seems quite right for me, and I'm all in with this initiative. I hope to see Light Stalkers sharing images that encompass the “five star” categorization Robert stated in his original propose. Feel free to start both browsing and sharing beautiful photos!

I'm not familiar with Lightroom CC since I still use 5.7, but Bucweet asked a valid question this week about lens correction on Lightroom CC. It has received many great answers and might work as a resource for anyone with this very same doubt.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Improving in photography sounds easy but is perhaps the hardest thing to ever accomplish, it only happens gradually and in a very slow pace.  One of the most effective ways to improve in photography, is via criticism,. And when we say criticism we refer to the well intended one, not the negative and poisonous bullying you can find in a lot of places. For us, positive feedback is the best possible way to become a better photographer.

For this, we have a special place we like to call the Shark Tank, and despite the intimidating name, it is a friendly place to hang around. Here you'll be able to share images and opinions on others' work, but please, keep them beyond gear related questions. Here are some of the most interesting shot shared during last week on the Tank:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, so please read the instructions 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 RED!!! Please remember to join to our friendly photography community if you haven't done already.

Today We Leave You With…Annapurna South & Hiunchuli

From our very own Dahlia Ambrose is this stunning capture – this image feels almost like a dream. So please ponder while you finish your tea.

Annapurna South & Hiunchuli – Dahlia Ambrose


About the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is 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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