Close-by Winter, Frozen Shots and a Golden Porch!


During my photographic career, I've met several pauses regarding my visual production. It makes me feel quite guilty sometimes, and the best way I've found to overcome this kind of creative block is the following.

One should start looking closer. Beyond the literal act of getting closer to everything via a macro approach, I also mean the figurative act of considering your surroundings as worthy of being photographed. Sometimes, we photographers behave curiously. Once we found a couple of genres to commit to — in my case documentary and sometimes street — we restrict ourselves from enjoying other subjects as well. Curious indeed…

Try looking at your room as a detective searching for clues about somebody's behavior. Study how light behaves in your kitchen or living room; step out into your yard and look for wilderness around you. And if you find these words encouraging enough, you'll likely stumble with some chilly winter garden scenes! Dahlia got our community to study how winter developed around their places, and these are some of the most wintery submits:

But first, let's all give a special shout-out to Rose Marie for winning our current Photo Of The Week!

Photo Of The Week

Congrats Rose on your creative solution for the challenge, thanks for sharing such talented work with us:

Copyright – Rose Marie

Weekly Photographic Challenge Wrap-up

ATTENTION: The following images are best-viewed a cosy blanket:

Copyright – Tersha

“Winter starling, taken a few years ago …”

Copyright – David Chesterfield

“From the archives”

Copyright – ElinL

“Not much snow here yet. A prehistoric monster I found in the park”

Copyright – Wendy P

Finding rectitude in nature is hard, and this image indicates how things can get arranged into patterns just my moving around; playing with our perspective.

Copyright – julie smith

love those eighties-vibe colours! 🟥🟨🟧🟪🟦

Copyright – Michael

Those purple tints on the cooler hues give a nice and chilly aesthetic to this shot, turning it from being just a road into something more storytelling as well.

Copyright – Wendy P

And speaking of stories, this image speaks by itself about how tranquil solitude can be!

Copyright – Patrick

And the winner of the purest image of a frozen garden is… This poetic shot!

Copyright – Frogdaily

wow… this left me speechless…

Copyright – julie smith

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

Tersha surprised us with some abstract leaves, Rob even thought this was from an underwater shot!

Copyright – Tersha

Ndjetfan swung by and wished us happy holidays with this photograph:

Copyright – Ndjetfan

And in case you were wondering, he shared the EXIF for it: f8 1/125 ISO400 Canon R5 24-70 @24

Rob opened the request for throwing down photos with a clear focus on red colour. Click here to participate. This is an example

Copyright – Rob Wood

and this is the first submission we got:

Copyright – Patrick

Once again, I want to highlight quick-review on a cool little new tool in Lightroom that is using AI to add bokeh:

I've been using Lightroom since version 1.0, and it never ceases to surprise me how it gets better and better!

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 favourite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got 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 well-intended people, 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 on narrow DOF!

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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