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Photography has the power of brightening up our lives; and what a great thing it is to start our days by checking out some beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is the weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll carefully selected photos from the general chit chat, as some creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Unsaturated! And as you've already guessed, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week – January 11th, 2021

Photo by Pat

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to @patography and her heartwarming (although snowy) image of sheep.

Faded colors, cuteness of these animals and simple yet effective composition make this image a feast for the eyes. I don’t know what post processing techniques were applied to achieve this delicate haziness, but they were definitely well-chosen.

Congrats, Pat.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 520th!

Photo by Wendy P

Simple and minimal, great interpretation for sure! It almost looks like an illustration or a nice background.

Photo by Patrick

The subtle desaturation adds to the whole vibe of the moment captured here! And that's why you always have to base your post-production decisions on the intention that you want to deliver with your photographs.

Photo by Rob Wood

Pretty sure that this is a naturally desaturated scene, and it looks beautiful the way it is!

Photo by Laura G

Superb sharpness, and the subtle colour palette makes it even more gorgeous.

Photo by ElinL

Retaining details from the white tones is not an easy task, shooting snowscapes is always a challenge. Take a closer look and you'll feel the texture of the scene.

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

It is interesting to see how the overall desaturation makes the person and the wall blend into a single visual element.

Photo by Darron

Even the ordinary is given an aesthetic opportunity thanks to the means of photography.

Photo by John Teate

Focusing on the textures and shapes of this interesting looking Turkey Tail fungi is way easier thanks to the desaturation decision.

Photo by Brenda

Nice vintage look in this vibrant yet desaturated shot!

Photo by Bruce Gordon

The ethereal feeling of this shot makes it interesting right away thanks to both the heavy desaturation and nice contrast pump.

Photo by Alison Swift

What a tranquil scene this is, there is something soothing on it, perfect for watching while listening to some chill music and drinking the mandatory early-morning coffee.

Photo by Kristi

It is impossible to resist to this beautiful feline portrait!

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

David shared this very sharp sharp sharp macro shot. The settings on it, Olympus OM-D EM1ii with 60mm macro lens Plus 10mm & 16mm macro extension tubes. Godox TT350o flash with Cygnustech V2 diffuser.

Just like Robert, I also love stormy days, here is a shot he shared with us at the very end of the unmentionable 2020.

And speaking of storms, Bruce shared an even stormier shot!

As well as a beautiful scene from some ice fishing too!

And just for fun, Rob captured bold waves against the rainy sky.

And don't forget to welcome our freshest forum members too!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum received some nice photographs, and 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. This is possible thanks to valuable and positive feedback, which is perhaps the best way in which someone can hack the  photography's learning curve.

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.

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 also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers. We'll be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Also, don't forget to participate in our 521st challenge on Kitchen Macro!

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Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, contributes some free images to the community and is a University Professor in photography. You can get to know him better here.

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