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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 beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is the weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit chat as well as creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Monochrome! And as you've already guessed, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week – February 15th, 2021

Photo by John Teate

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week POTW goes to @johnteate and his photo of the chair in beautiful dusty golden tones.

The image is not a traditional b&w monochrome interpretation, which makes it even more interesting. Golden hues are so beautiful here that I’d gladly print this image and frame it using a heavy vintage gold frame. Besides magical colors, the composition is just perfect, with nothing to add and nothing to remove! Soft lighting and soft curved lines work in synergy to create a delightfully soothing atmosphere.

This is one of the finest POTWs we had recently.

Congrats, John.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 525th!

Photo by Andy N

Traditionally, photographers would pre-visualize this scene in a long exposure kind of way. Polished-chrome like soothing water and silky clouds on top. And that's what makes this photo so striking because it breaks with that tradition and visual expectation. Great textures, and beautiful finding too!

Photo by Patrick

Photographers in action always make great subjects for photos. Nice moment!

Photo by David Chesterfield

Hello there, furry little friend!

Photo by Andre P

This shot reminds me of one of the very first black and white photos I saw in Freeman's book back in 2009 when I started getting serious about photography. Shooting in the snow is quite a challenge, and despite the high-key feeling, it is really nice to feel that frozen texture on the ground.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

It is always a pleasure to see Charmaine's wildlife photographs!

Photo by Rose Marie

Unusual perspective and shapes here!

Photo by Randall Hammer

This is a nice capture indeed, but the clouds are the real flavor behind this beautiful moment.

Photo by Pat Garrett

Finding humor in such a scene requires talent! Really nice capture mate.

Photo by Trish Kozola

Bold development, and great still-life for sure!

Photo by Stephen Frost

This looks like an eye-catching stainless-steel church!

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

According to David, in this photo what we are witnessing is the act of larvae carrying the remains of their prey on their backs. They have two pairs of hollow jaws which they use to grasp and then suck out the body fluids of their prey. And the shot was genially titled as “Mad Max Macro”, because, well, it does look like some Mad Max stuff.

And he also shared some of his classic liquid art shots! This one is my favorites due to its simple nature.

Erik shared a link with the 2020s Travel Photographer of the Year, and some of them are truly wonderful! And a chilly cold shot from the Covid Test center where he works at. And some happy shots too!

Randall captured a heated up debate between two feathery folks! We hope that these two got their stuff together before the sun came down.

And Rob had some fun with soapy bubbles the other day! Read his reflection about this visual exercise here.

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 526th challenge on Monochrome Portraits!

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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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