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Photography has the power of lightening 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 our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 577th challenge on Photograph using a DIY filter! And of course, we'll introduce some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

And why not mention it, this particular challenge was especially crowded, and it was a beautiful joy picking the featured shots!

Photo Of The Week February 14th, 2022

Photo by Leanne

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week our POTW goes to @leannecleaveley .

I like everything about this image – the soothing color scheme, the vertical composition, the magical effect produced by raindrops, and the romantic mood. It caught my full attention the very moment I saw it.

Congrats, Leanne.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from this playful Challenge!

Photo by Robert Apple

Nope, this ain't some Photoshop trick. This is straight from the camera effect made possible by a Lensbaby Control Freak and custom cut aperture.

Photo by Tersha

This is an interesting and subtle abstraction of a green rose.

Photo by Pat Garrett

Beyond the description of being an “out of season” image, this tree ornament through an opening in bubble wrap blanketing the lens deserves a showcase.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

And speaking of bubble wrap around the lens, this bright and colorful shot was also achieved via the same procedure.

Photo by ElinL

And if you can't find a bit of bubble wrap, you can also get creative by shooting through colored thin fabrics tightly wrapped around your lens.

Photo by WendyP

“I love my lens ball. Took a bit of experimentation to get a decent shot the right way up but worth the effort.”

Photo by Holly K

This creative image was done by shooting through an orange bug-eye filter!

Photo by Marty E

Groovy reflections made possible by shooting through the clear aberrations of a crystal vase.

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

Patrick got lucky and captured an exquisite first-time shoot of a Reed Warbler:

Jim stumbled into a couple of Arctic terns, they are delicate yet precise when maneuvering in the air:

He also encountered this particularly odd-looking saddle-back bird in New Zealand:

Dave shared a trio of young American goldfinches cooling down at the spa.

And in another post, a golden-crowned sparrow singing in the late afternoon sun:

Erik swung by to say hello, he has little time for LightStalking at the moment and we know it. We also thank him for taking some time to share stuff with us, and hopefully, his film will make it through all the geopolitical complications around it.

Last but not least, a Levaillant's cisticola captured by Tobie:

Also, we invite you all to give a special shout-out to our newest members, Lorraine-Lee T and Bill G!

And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks! A place where our community is able to share their favorite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got some nice pictures, 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.

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. 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 578th challenge on DIY Abstracts!

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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