Here’s What You May Have Missed From The Light Staking Community This Week

Being able to share with the world the little things that we know about photography makes us extremely joyful. I personally believe that we live in an amazing moment in time in which we can access knowledge with an immediacy and ubiquity, unlike any human being before us.

As our passion for photography grows every day our community keeps growing too. We feel that with all these efforts we are adding value to this passion that is photography and that feeling is just priceless.

Today we are bringing you some highlights from our community from last week. Here you'll find some of the fantastic shots from Tersha's last challenge on Emptiness as well as some interesting discussions from our photography forum. Also, you'll find a great selection of images from the Tank!

Photo Of The Week – April 1, 2019

Lens Filter Trick – Photo by John Thompson

Kent is back from his travels and picks up photo of the week. This is a super fun pick and what made it even more special was that John told us how to do it too!

Here's what @kent had to say about this photo of the week:

The POTW goes to “Lens Filter Trick” by John Thompson.

John took a simple idea, and he then used it to create a visually strong and unusual photograph of a common subject (at least common to him).

It doesn't get much better than that.

Plus, it's just plain fun to look at!

Thank you so much to John for posting and Kent for his fun choice this week.

Just in case you missed it, here's how John achieved the shot:

I had the camera set on a tripod and took a pic of the desert with the tree in the center.  Then I took the pic with the filter in my fingers.  Brought both into PS and copied the filter pic over top of the background pic.  Created a mask and then used a brush to bring out the layer underneath.  The blurred portion and the in-focus portion line up because I never moved the camera.

Weekend Photography Challenge 427 – Emptiness

Here is a selection from the latest Weekend Photography Challenge – Emptiness. There are some wonderful images in this challenge, and it is definitely worth your while to browse the entire post. Here are a few of the photographs depicting Emptiness and here's what Federico had to say about them.

Photo by Michael

There is a timeless quality about these carriages, maybe due to the fact that they are pretty old, but also the texture on the barn gives this shot a nice atmosphere from the past.

Photo by Chris Pook

The first thing that grabs the attention of this image is the pleasing symmetrical feeling it has. After that, one starts reading through the whole image and all the details speak out loud. From the bullet holes on the wall to the chandeliers hanging there. From the subtle contrast among colors to the empty sofa on the left. What a haunting finding this image is. Fantastic image from Chris

Photo by Pamela Winter

Empty malls have a highly eerie atmosphere, and apparently, I'm not the only one noticing it. A very interesting and almost lonely capture from Pamela

Photo by Click

This is not an ordinary photograph indeed, there is a huge design feeling here. The lines, sharp angles, and repetition all combine to make a wonderful composition. It is curious how light sorts of molds itself due to human creations, but it always finds its way around.

Photo by Dorothy

You can never go wrong with red in a photograph, and this is a great example of that statement. The crane gets our attention immediately in this vast inhospitable land.

Photo by Graham Hart

Jetties are highly photogenic, even after being long gone. The mysterious feeling that something has been taken away by time is just fantastic.

Photo by Andre P

All the lines playing together in this empty railroad in the mist give this photograph a very unique character. And the mist itself gives them all a nice and soft tonality. Empty and eerie

Photo by E. Q. de Souza

Green over green and more green. This is a very interesting image due to the rich texture and even perfect exposure achieved on it. You might expect the vista to be “too green” but everything comes together to make a wonderful image

Photo by Holly K

Even the most ordinary settings can give us rich storytelling photographs, we just need to keep our eyes open and willing to be amused by little details like this one.

Discussions You Shouldn't Miss From The Community

Chrisharesays share some really interesting insights into the Middle-East. It is almost like having a friendly anthropology teacher sharing with us insightful information of a culture that is foreign to many of us. In this post, he shares the work of Suzn, a young woman from Douk, Iraq. She is only 24 years old and does great work supporting Refugees and IDPs.  She was also, until recently, a statement taker for the Commission for International Justice and Accountability, recording the statements of the survivors of the  genocide. Follow her on Instagram here

Roger Wehage has been sharing some beautiful photographs of flowers, from a still blooming Christmas cactus to a purple small flower he stumbled to the other day. His posts are very informative about plants so even out of curiosity, they are extremely worth reading. Oh, and prepare to get surprised on his macro photography technique. Oh, and try guessing what this odd photo is all about? The world is always different when seen in a macro perspective!

Dave is happy about spring, and we are sure that Cider is even happier. Here he shares with us the first blooming fellow from the season.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

We are sure that you are totally with us on this one, the hardest thing in photography is to actually keep improving, especially after many years have passed. But we've found that after practicing, constructive criticism is the best possible way to become a better photographer.

People are able to nurture their own photographic knowledge when they give out elaborated critiques that go way beyond a simple like or a “nice shot” comment. And by receiving critiques we can find out flaws that weren't easy to spot for us before hearing an objective opinion upon our work.

In order to respond to this logic, we keep a special place exclusively intended to work around that idea, and it is called The Shark Tank. Don't worry about the name, we were just fooling around. 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 on Mothers and Flowers. Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done already.

Today We Leave You With…A Butterfly

Congratulations to Graham Hart who was happily capturing beautiful images of flowers when a butterfly landed on the flower he was photographing…what luck!

Photo by Graham Hart


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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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