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

Photo Of The Week – February 22nd, 2021

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week POTW goes to @joubie and her elephant portrait.

The black background works perfectly here – it feels as if the elephant was photographed in the studio (which would be rather fun).

Other than that, the lighting looks glamorous (again studio vibes!) and the image is really crisp in terms of details.

Congrats, Charmaine.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 526th!

Photo by Patrick

This is a fantastic portrait! I love the crispy details on the feathers, and rich contrast between the tones makes it impossible to pass by.

Photo by Wendy P

There is something interesting about this candid portrait, the subtle focus decision makes it more puzzling.

Photo by Dave Watkins

It is always a real joy to see photos of Cider.

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

Great portrait, splendid composition and one can't miss his direct stare!

Photo by Stephen Frost

This is an amazing portrait, and it makes you wonder about the story behind it.

Photo by John Teate

Great capture! Look at the emotion in the monkey's eyes.

Photo by Bobbie

What a nice moment! Photography works fantastically at making us see quotidian life in a more compelling way.

Photo by Pat Garrett

This shot feels like a warning call, and the monochrome decision enhances the character of this ram!

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

Peter shared a bubble with us the other, but this isn't your regular soap bubble photograph!

As in Matrix, Erik asked us to decide which one to take, and at first we thought that the choice was actually doable. Then we understood the whole story behind this shot.

And speaking of interesting looking bubbles, Rob shared a frozen bubble he made. In his words “the bubble mixture that worked for me was 6 parts water, 2 parts Dawn dish soap, 1 part liquid honey. The crystals grow to cover the whole bubble in about a minute. I kind of like the ones that are half way through freezing. There wasn’t any sun to back light them so I resorted to a hexagonal softbox and speedlight.”

And another one.

Tersha shared some shots of an Osprey, this one is my favorite one.

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 people who want to grow fast as photographers. This is possible thanks to valuable and positive feedback, which is perhaps the best way to 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 527th challenge on Monochrome Still Life!

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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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