Capturing Colour, Frozen Leaves and a Storytelling Shot!


When I became serious about photography, everything was black and white for me. I learned to develop raw files in the way black and white is meant to be treated; beyond mere desaturations. But something happened, and eventually, I embraced color as a means of expression as well. My first memories about this had to do with countless failed attempts at mimicking a certain look. This aesthetic didn't have a particular name and was simply understood as vintage by me.

Eventually, my curious nature steered me toward the real name I was looking for; Kodachrome 64. Now, I need you to imagine how satisfying it was for me, to know that a simple film was capable of reproducing that exact view of color in every frame. But this was a decade ago, so getting friction-free access to it was just impossible for me. More precisely, this impasse had to do with the development process required for this transparency film.

By the way, there's a movie with Ed Harris and Elizabeth Olsen about this on Netflix if you want a better glimpse of what I'm talking about.

So, when I found out that there was a camera replicating this exact color interpretation, my mind went places. I had to get my hands around one of those gorgeous-looking compact cameras. Due to trademark-related stuff, Fujifilm simply couldn't grab the Kodak-brand film's name and use it, so they got inspired by it and developed the Classic Chrome we all love so much. Purchases capable of making life-changing experiences like this are always justified. Keep that in mind anytime you feel the urge to acquire any extra piece of gear.

Curious fact, did you know that Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a thing?

What I'm trying to say here is that color is beautiful and we should embrace it more often. Monochrome-related decisions shouldn't be a lazy shortcut for images with unflattering or incongruent color palettes. This week, Tersha challenged us to shoot color in the most creative possible way!

But first, let's all give a special shout-out to Patrick for winning our current POTW!

Photo Of The Week

This moving photograph was captured by one of the finest street photographers form the Light Stalking family:

Copyright — Patrick

Weekly Photographic Challenge Wrap-up

ATTENTION! The following images are best viewed in a slow-paced reading attitude.

Copyright — julie smith
Copyright — Frogdaily
Copyright — Rose Marie
Copyright — Michael
Copyright — Tersha
Copyright — ElinL
Copyright — Wendy P
Copyright — Tersha
Copyright — Rob Wood
Copyright — ElinL
Copyright — Wendy P
Copyright — Tersha
Copyright — Frogdaily
Copyright — Deidra White
Copyright — Holly K

What You Shouldn Miss from the Light Stalking Community

Did you know that there are 1/12 scale Christmas lights? Well, beth enlightened us about it with this shot:

Copyright — beth

Also: the courier from Fallout New Vegas.  It was a crappy day at Lassen Volcanic National Park when I visited back in September.  So I decided to break out the toys.  Fallout New Vegas takes place around Arizona, California and Nevada.  I purposefully took this figure west just in case I ended up in Nevada or California.  His arms don’t move much since it’s a custom figure, so he looks a little stiff.

Copyright — beth

Tersha shared some frosted leaves 

Copyright — Tersha

And what has to be one of the most epic frozen leaves photographs we've seen in a while!

Copyright — Tersha

The Mobile Monday Challenge is open for sharing some shots! And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks, a place where our community shares their favorite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum had some nice pictures, and is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people who want to grow fast as photographers.

Here, you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of solid photographers, but you'll also have the chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, so please read the instructions in order to 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.

Also, don't forget to participate in our upcoming challenge!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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