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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 find carefully curated photos from the general chit chat, as well as some creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Macro Flowers! And as you've already guessed, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week – February 1st, 2021

Photo by Kristi

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week POTW goes to @liveyourlife83 and her macro shot of a dewy flower.

I particularly like how the shallow depth of field makes these dewdrops stand out while the petals play the role of a gorgeous background. The composition is perfect too!

Congrats, Kristi.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 523nd!

Photo by Wendy P

Bokeh and bee make this photo outstanding! The layer of complexity in this shot couldn't be achieved with mere serendipity.

Photo by Tersha

This truly looks like a painting! What an amazing photograph this is!

Photo by Joseph M

The vibrant tones in this flower make it look like it was made out of the fire, and the notorious bud makes it quite interesting too.

Photo by Dave Watkins

Beyond the colours and detail, this photograph is quite hypnotising, and that makes it a great macro shot!

Photo by David Chesterfield

What a delicate finding this is, and for some reason, it looks like some kind of a space-onion.

Photo by LeanneC

Groovy focusing effect! And it also depicts a nice rhythm in those powdered pistils!

Photo by Andre P

And speaking of space-like creatures, take a look at this alien-pineapple!

Photo by John Teate

One of the main reasons why this photo looks so good is because of the colour contrast – yellow and purple blend together in this flower. Also, the raindrops make it even more interesting!

Photo by Patrick

This reminds me of the famous “Calla Lily” photograph made by Robert Mapplethorpe in 1986.

Photo by Frogdaily

Can you spot all the details in this gorgeous flower?

Photo by Pat Garrett

We are not sure what we are looking at here, but we love all the textures within this microverse.

Photo by Bobbie

Rule of thirds, making this even greater!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

And last but not least, this lovely looking dandelion!

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

Dave shared a sink hole near Yachats off the Oregon coast, the same which he cleverly calls “Thor's Well”.

Tobie shared an extremely sharp capture of a bright and tiny Red Bishop. Same which was shot at 30 yards with a Tamron 150-600 G2 doing its thing at 600mm.

Jim got a really interesting and quite intriguing photograph of an Orangutan walking through some highly tensed ropes at 25 above the ground.

Patrick shot a couple of frames on the beach the other day, and this is our favourite photo from that short trip. You can see all of them here.

And don't forget saying hi to our newest 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 learning curve in photography.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have the chance of critiquing 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 524rd challenge on Animals and/or Bugs!

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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