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Week after week, we state that “photography has the power of lightening up our daily lives,“; and what a wonderful way of kick-starting our frantic routines by diving into some beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – where you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 640th challenge on Editing in Monochrome! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – May 1st, 2023

photo of the week
Copyright – Wendy

Words by Dahlia Ambrose

The POTW goes to Wendy @wendyp this time for her monochromatic photo that was beautifully composed, photographed and post processed.
Love the tender details, creativity, the emotions that it portrays and the classic touch when post processing.
Congratulations Wendy! 

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and enjoy our cherry-picked edits for this week!

Sometimes, metaphors are just too clear to ignore. Look at this boldly lit cross thickened by the lichen around.

cross with lichen
Copyright – Dave Watkins

Look at those sparkly reflections; it almost feels as if the boat was traveling on top of countless stars!

boat across shimmering lake
Copyright – Timothy S. Allen

Great portrait!

portrait with a motorcycle
Copyright – Patrick

Nothing like a spiced-up blue sky! “Low head middle channel lighthouse”.

lighthouse black and white
Copyright – David Chesterfield

This is simply exquisite; the way light plays within the darkness around is just perfect! This is a great example of how versatile light painting can be. “The blue tint really adds to the feeling of the building being lit by florescent lighting” (T. Allen).

architecture at night black and white
Copyright – David Chesterfield

One of the greatest gifts of the rule of thirds is its creativity despite its simplicity. Lots of dynamism can be achieved simply by placing the subject in a non-centered way.

humming bird black and white
Copyright – Dave Watkins

When enlarged, it quickly transforms into something dreamy, almost whimsical!

dark mountain
Copyright – Robert Apple

Among the many things photography has given us, time traveling is perhaps one of the most fascinating ones!

historical photo of rickshaw
Copyright – Michael

Low-key lighting in all its glory! And an amazing editing job, to say the least.

bull low key
Copyright – Charmaine Joubert

It is hard not to feel poetic about this simple gesture of light. Fantastic shot and a good example of why one should always carry a camera around.

spiderweb in a mailbox
Copyright – ElinL

Yup, street photography can also be done from the inside!

couple on a staircase black and white
Copyright – Patrick

What a soothing shot of a dilapidated wooden shed under a cloudy barren landscape.

wooden shed stormy skies
Copyright – Daniel Krueger

Floating till the end! “Harsh cold day in a very still quiet place is the feeling I get from this one, nicely found and framed brilliantly” (Patrick).

ships snowy port
Copyright – ElinL

“Boulders on Beach”.

boulders on beach
Copyright – Faan Behrens

What if heaven is just a place filled with divinely lit lichen like this?

beautifully lit lichen
Copyright – Tersha

What You Shouldn't Be Missing From The Light Stalking Community

Patrick raised a pretty interesting question about traveling with just one lens, something we all have done in the past, in fact. Please, share your own experience with him in this thread.

Dave stumbled with a male Yellow-rumped Warbler, a local specimen around his place:

yellow rumped warbler
Copyright – Dave Watkins

Jeff shared his Lightroom upgrade experience from version 3 to 12! Yes, you read that right; an interesting anecdote indeed.

Elin wants to know how the young tufted females choose a partner because, you know, it must be overwhelming to have so many suitors following until the final choice is made!

ducks mating season
Copyright – ElinL

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 got some nice pictures, and it is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people that 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 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 641st 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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