Catch Up On The Light Stalking Community – Week 20-2020


Here is your weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find some nicely curated stuff from the general chit chat as well as some amazing shots from Tersha's latest challenge on Black /White Portraits, Human or Pet! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well.

Oh, in case you haven't noticed – we have a new design!

Photo Of The Week – May 18th, 2020

Photo by Lynne Guenther

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And this week's guest judge was… me!

This is one of those photographs that immediately blows you away. Lynne shows here an extremely accurate anticipatory skill mixed with the power of having clear ideas in our minds.

Beyond being truly perfect (composition, exposure, focusing and POV), this photograph has a deeper layer of visual content. And that is, the poetic narrative embedded in it.

Last but not least, (in words of Roland Barthes), the “punctum” in this photograph is tightly wrapped around the turtle’s paw, and the crossing line. Personally, I think that the photograph wouldn’t be able to deliver such a powerful aesthetic experience if it wasn’t for that perfect timing.

Kudos Lynne for capturing the “decisive moment” in this frame.

PS: I think that this is one of the best photos I’ve seen this year in Light Stalking.

What Are Our Members Up To?

These are our favourite shots from the 486th Challenge, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Photo by Click

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Glam & noir! Notice how the hard light enhances the drama in this shot, and her gentle expression balances everything.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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Can you feel the connection between the photographer and the model? If it wasn't for the trust between the two of them, this portrait couldn't have been made.

Photo by KrisT

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This dog's expression deserves a careful look.

Photo by Patrick

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That gaze pierces right through us!

Photo Tom M

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Candid portraits are always a delight to watch! And as Elin said, that Corona bucket nails it.

Photo by JD

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Simple yet striking lighting scheme! We are not joking when we say that photography is all about the light.

Photo by Dave Watkins

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Besides the sharp and detailed composition, this is a superb moment. When will you see again someone hair-drying fresh cocoa beans?

Photo by Joanne van Praag

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What a stunning stare we got here!

Photo by Kim

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This is so sad… It is our responsibility as photographers to make others aware that zoos are exactly like jails.

Photo by Diana Halligan

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No one can deny that this photo is really bold! Diana captured the sax player in the perfect moment. I mean, you can even feel the rhythm in this one!

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

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Subtle high key + candid = really beautiful portrait

What You Shouldn't be Missing from the Light Stalking Community

Rob shared this fantastic yet blood-chilling photograph.

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Robert Apple shared a prehistoric petroglyph from North Central Wyoming.

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Froglets are a rare sight and thanks to Tersha we got one here :).

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Beth shared this lovely blue heron with us.

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She also shared a dreamy photograph of a beautiful red fox!

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And this peaceful and cinematic frame of a gentle egret.

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Also, congrats to Jim on his new desktop, with those specs you have no excuses mate!

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With the new design, we have a nice new flag on unread posts, and we also have a personal gallery to showcase our best works! Be sure to check it out, but don't go crazy with it – for now it can handle 10MB of storage.

Oh, and check out this brief explanation on how to get started in our forums!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum has been receiving tons of great photographs and some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all of you who want to grow fast as photographers.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have a chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback.

Many of our members have nurtured their own photographic knowledge by giving out elaborate critiques that go way beyond simple emoji-based reactions or “nice shot” comments. 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 will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

We and many other members will be more than pleased to help you out – after all, we are in love with photography! Don't skip participating in the newest challenge published by Tersha on Form in Black and White! Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it already!

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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