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Are you ready for some optical creativity? This week's challenge comes with a pretty interesting theme, FREELENSING! Freelensing is a photography technique used with interchangeable film-based and digital lens systems. It is achieved by detaching the lens from the camera and using it hand-held in front of the lens during exposure. Enjoy this fun selection of freelensing shots our community shares for the 660th weekly photography challenge!

Photo Of The Week – September 18th, 2023

yellow rose
Copyright – Tersha

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time, POTW goes to @tersha.
We didn’t have many candidates this week, but those few submitted photos are great!
I picked this rose shot because the freelensing technique made it even more poetic.
Congrats, Diane!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and have fun with these creative shots!

A peculiar challenge, in fact, is achieving macro-level sharpness by freelensing.

dew macro
Copyright – Tersha

A dreamy-looking fuschia bloom freelensed with a mighty 50mm!

fuschia shallow depth of field
Copyright – Pat Garrett

Another great first try, look at the rich texture captured by Belinda:

rich bokeh
Copyright – Frogdaily

No one could tell this beautiful image was achieved via freelensing!

soft focus white flowers
Copyright – Pat Garrett

We can't get enough of this dreamy style! Look at these lovely rosehips shot with a 35mm lens:

rosehip freelensing
Copyright – Tersha

“I've learned a few things from this challenge: freelensing is fun, and I'm not very good at it, and it's worth a try”. Another dreamy 50mm:

freelensing leaf
Copyright – Pat Garrett

This challenge made me think, is there a technical difference between Lightroom and Photoshop for these types of images? Please, let us know in the comments below!

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

Daniel Krueger has been experimenting a bit with some smoke and shared it with us:

blue smoke
Copyright – Daniel Krueger

Dave stumbled into a sad yet creative finding, a not-so-sunny sunflower as the change in season began.

sunflower dry
Copyright – Dave Watkins

Simply gorgeous, thanks Rob:

black and white hazy landscape
Copyright – Rob Eyers

Can you spot the rainbow within the filaments of this milkweed seed shared by Dave?

Copyright – Dave Watkins

Beth shared a stunning landscape titled “Storm in the Badlands”:

storm lightning
Copyright – Beth

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 has some nice pictures, and is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for those 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 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 661st 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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