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As we keep sharing what we know about photography with the world, we can see how our beloved photography community grows as time goes by. Adding value to the photography world in our small way here at Light Stalking is extremely rewarding and as always we hope you find it worthy as well.
Today we bring you the highlights from our community from last week. Here you'll find some of the most interesting shots from Tersha's last challenge on Portraits as well as some fascinating discussions from our photography forum. Also, you'll find a nice selection of images from the Tank!
So let's get to it!
Photo Of The Week – March 25, 2019
An amazing capture from @billyspad is this week's photo of the week. With @kent still on leave, @federicoalegria chose this stunning portrait and here is what he had to say about it
This week's POTW is a shot by @billyspad. He shared this one at the Weekend Challenge (426th) it is, at first sight, it is a very strong portrait with a huge environmental feeling in it.
The image captures a fleeting moment of the fisherman's everyday nature. The lighting and the way the image has been post-processed enhances the dramatic feeling of the ordinary moment.
In Barthes' words, I personally think that this image's punctum is not only the cigarette but the thick cloud of smoke that fills the fishermen's mouth.
Being able to capture such a fast moment is the best evidence we have about the importance of being always prepared to use our cameras.
Thanks, Billy for sharing this great photograph with us.
What Are Our Members Up To?
These are some of the wonderful shots from our 426th Challenge – Portraits!!! There is so much talent on display in this challenge that it is definitely worth your time to take a look through the entire thread.
Portraits aren't exclusively for humans, and this beautiful shot is a great example of that. Everything depicting someone is a valid portrait, and lovely doggos are of course part of the family and photo-worthy.
This could be considered to be a Light Stalking's iconic portrait! Lighting enhances the drama and gives us a very accurate clue of John's personality.
It is just hard to not notice this striking portrait, you can feel that he'll start moving or just keep laughing. Sharpness in this shot is superb, and the expression on Rob's friend is priceless. What a brilliant capture
Powerful and almost surreal. This is a really great portrait. It captures youthful fun in one shot
Hi there Cider! Dogs have distinctive facial features, just like us, and I immediately recognized Cider while browsing all these amazing photographs.
Intimate portraits are always great storytellers. This shot has a great deal of environmental portrait as well. You get the impression that this is where you'll usually find this gentleman
It is amazing how a single photograph can capture so much of someone's nature. This is a great capture by Chris Pook
Shots like this are the ones that tend to fit between and within several photographic genres. The action captured by Dave here is quite something, and it helps to tell the story in a better way.
Capturing someone's expression is one of the main goals of portraiture, and here we have a great example of how it is done!
This portrait is extremely cinematographic and had to be included in this list. There is fantastic storytelling here, and the lighting is just gorgeous!
Discussions You May Have Missed From The Light Stalking Community
Bucweet shared with us some nice highlights from the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards in this post. These awards have been growing larger and larger as the years go by, and apparently, this year isn't an exception to the rule. Sony has made some really nice contributions to photography in the last decade, so it really makes sense to have an award directed by them. Also, thanks to a Marie Kondo's episode at his place, we now can enjoy some magnificent photographs of the Canadian air force. Sit back and relax with these amazing images!
Who could have imagined that Chris Pook was also into studio photographs! Here he shared with us some nice photos of some really powerful looking motorbikes! Check them out, they are completely different from the usual journalistic imagery shared by our mate.
David, the great light-painting master, has been getting highly sophisticated with Arduino for making his water-drop photography more efficient and easy to control. Check out this amazing shot he shared with us earlier this week! Also, he shared a series of liquid light photos.
We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts
We have great news for you, you can get better in photography in a sort of fast way. Of course, we are talking about constructive criticism, and this one goes in two ways. You can critique other people's work, or you can receive critique on yours. The first one enables you to have a better photographic understanding simply by reading images at a slow pace. The other one is more obvious, you get valuable feedback and you improve on the things that you consider to be valuable to apply. Of course you need to be open to receiving critique in order for this to work, otherwise, you'll just be stuck within your own ego.
In order to take advantage of this enhancing nature criticism has, we have built a dedicated place called 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:
- City Street
- Cuba #13 – Blur
- The messy swamp
- Meditation room
- B&W Heron
- Cuba #19 – Running Boy
- Tumwater Park
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.