Vignetting and Captivating Nature Photographs


If you are a curious person, passionate about trying to read images, then this is something you've already felt before. Sometimes, images come with an extra spiciness we can't ignore. That fascinating extra of drama that triggers imagination in a seamless way. Of course, we are talking about vignettes, those that can be faded or crisp, framing a precious photographed scene.

Vignettes can be achieved in both ways — light and dark — and the decision behind any choice should always correspond with a particular visual intention. If we want to achieve something eerie or celestial, we would pick a lighter vignette. And if you want to transmit a moody or even dark atmosphere, then you should consider this approach. Usually, I apply a slightly dark vignette in a rather subtle way. Just enough to fine-tweak the overall lighting in the scene.

As you have already guessed by now, today's weekly digest brings a dollop of aesthetic photographs developed with the concept of vignetting in mind.

Photo Of The Week

For this week’s photo selection, we’ve agreed to award Timothy‘s beautiful landscape shot. This image was shared with us on the 670th weekly photographic challenge. Therefore, the image's sole purpose was to draw attention with the aid of a vignette, but the gorgeous scene delivers more than that; it almost feels like a classic advertisement don’t you think?

What Are Our Members Up To?

Adjust your screens, sit back, and enjoy all these good-looking vignettes!

As a photographic tool, vignettes can be applied via filters or can be achieved via post-processing. Either choice serves a somewhat unique purpose. Here, Rose applied a dark vignette which helps to narrow our vision into the tension achieved between each obelisk; a wise choice indeed!

A classic use of vignettes resembling those from the early days of our beloved photographic practice!

A couple of more proper examples of this duality between light and dark vignettes:

A compelling use of a vignette in which the darkening of the frame enhances the cinematic feel of this beautiful shot:

And a dreamy effect was achieved with the aid of a bright vignette!

Have you ever heard of hi-key photographs? Well, then bright vignettes are the secret sauce behind this beautiful kind of imagery. It also applies the other way around with lo-key photographs by the way!

Interested in achieving a vintage result, vignettes can help you out!

Creative results derive from the aid of photographic vignetting!

It is a beautiful result indeed, it almost feels like a classic advertisement.

And we want to honor this digest to Buster, who recently passed away at the epic age of 24! We're deeply sorry Diane, thanks for sharing this beautiful image with us.

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

Take a look at this astonishing frame captured by Tersha:

She also shared this beautiful scene which looks just like one of those perfectly perfect postcards:

And a gorgeous Thanksgiving sunrise captured by Daniel:

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 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 next 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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