New Year, New Shots: Best From Our Community


Photography has the power to lighten up our lives, and what a great thing it is to start our days by seeing some beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 624th challenge on Outdoor Photograph in the Holiday! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – January 9th, 2023

ice skating
Copyright – Wendy P

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to @wendyp and her minimal yet very effective photo of winter fun.
I like the crop, composition, textures, and subtle yellow and violet hues that make the ice appear more beautiful.
Congrats, Wendy.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and enjoy our favorite Outdoor Holiday Shots!

“The redpolls' Christmas celebration… at minus 18 degrees Celcius. They need feeding two times daily now in this exceptional freeze.”

birds feeder
Copyright – ElinL

Imagine walking in the night and stumbling with so many lights; could you resist taking a snap?

christmas lights
Copyright – Frogdaily

Crispy and bright, a classic holiday find!

holiday decoration
Copyright – Wendy P

Great contrast with color, not to mention all the details and rich texture captured by the long exposure of so many lights!

long exposure christmas shot
Copyright – Logos189

Whoa! This is fantastic!

christmas lights in the forest
Copyright – Logos189

With proper composition and exposure settings, any scene can become an interesting story for a photographer.

christmas lights cow figurines
Copyright – Julie Smith

“Every year on Christmas morning, we go to the High Country to spend some time in Nature.”

icy landscape
Copyright – Robert Apple

“Someone made this little decoration for me. It made for a fun little photoshoot on a snowy day.”

christmas decoration in the snow
Copyright – Kristi

Interesting way of decorating palm trees!

palm trees with christmas lights
Copyright – Holly K

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

Philip shared some personal yet interesting thoughts on having a well-defined purpose in photography; take a read and share your own ideas about this “having something to say” topic as well.

Patrick took some new year photos at the Antrim Chase Meet (Charity Group); below is our favorite one, but you can watch them all in the following link.

horseback rider
Copyright – Patrick

Tersha shared this colorful card:

colorful holiday card
Copyright – Tersha

In Robert‘s words, “even a fence line yet to be fixed can look peaceful at sunset”:

fence line sunset
Copyright – Robert Apple

Steve captured a beautiful scene, “when I woke up and saw dense fog–something a bit unusual in the midlands of South Carolina – I knew I should go out to start my new year. And I did”.

peaceful winter scene
Copyright – Steve Walker

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 for 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 625th challenge on Side Lit Still Life Photography!

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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