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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 586th challenge on Flora on Natural Habitat! And of course, we'll introduce some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week April 18th, 2022

Photo by Kristi

Words by Jasenka Grujin

Again many splendid candidates this week so I had to be really strict!

POTW goes to Kristi because of the unusual perspective and very beautiful color scheme.

I also love how there are no distractions at all – only this beautiful flower and soft background that’s soothing to look at!

Congrats, @liveyourlife83.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from this wild challenge!

Photo by Wendy P

Have you ever seen such colorful specimens of Calla lilies? This is the first time for us!

Photo by Michael

Saturation decisions like this make both details and textures pop!

Photo by Rose Marie

Look closer, and spot the furry little bee feasting on that yummy flower on top.

Photo by Marty E

White poppies are something we don't get to see every day!

Photo by Dave Watkins

Lovely light beam bathing that Licorice fern patch, which happens to grow on moss-covered rocks and trees.

Photo by Tersha

“Grape hyacinth…”

Photo by David Chesterfield

Almost symmetrical, and the vibrant colors make it somewhat magical too!

Photo by Aurimas

Lovely soft tones, and a great example of how the rule of odds adds both drama and rhythm to a shot.

Collage by Patrick

Ever heard of collages in photography? This is a great example of a good-looking one with yellow in almost every frame!

Photo by Kristi

Incoming bee!

Photo by Robert Apple

“A silhouette of Pines against fall Aspens.”

Photo by Andre P

“Anemone nemorosa”

Photo by Frogdaily

The trick behind the high dynamic range is to keep everything balanced so the result will still feel somewhat natural.

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

So quotidian yet so unique!

Photo by Ken Scheepers

“The saguaro cactus flower last spring in southern Arizona”

Photo by Pat Garrett

“Maple seedlings shaped like a heart.”

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

Dave had a wonderful adventure in the forest this past week, first, he stumbled into this eerie-looking monster-like finding (a miniature world of fungus, lichen, and other stuff to be precise):

And then with this praying mantis egg case:

Robert said goodbye to Belle, she left with her new owners this week, and he managed to get a funny and cute portrait of her:

Also, he fell in love with his new Lensbaby Control Freak:

Charmaine downloaded the free trial of DxO PureRaw just to try out the DxO Deep Prime and She's very impressed with the outcome:

Oh. and Daniel asked for some help on black backgrounds in nature, so swing around if you can help him to achieve this particular look:

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 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 587th challenge on Bodies of Water in Nature!

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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