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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 589th challenge on Fundamentals of Exposure! And of course, we'll introduce some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week – May 9th, 2022

Photo by R1ch

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week we had very versatile candidates!

I decided that POTW goes to @r1ch and his moody portrait.

We don’t see portraits often in our POTW section and the reason behind this is probably because I’m a portraitist myself and I have a particularly high standard regarding this genre.

This portrait is a wonderful example of what we can achieve when the model, background, colors, and camera settings all tell the same story. In this case, the moodiness perfectly enhances the features of this alternative model. I also believe the self-image of this girl coincides with the way she was captured in this portrait, and that’s an additional plus.


What Are Our Members Up To?

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

Photo by Michael

Rhythm and visual cadence make this shot entertaining to observe, and that crispy texture made possible by the subtle candlelight is a lovely touch.

Photo by Dave Watkins

Great capture of shadow and light!

Photo by Patrick

Obscurely beautiful shot, a unique piece of still life photography.

Photo by Kristi

A strong and poetical representation of our relationship with artificial light sources.

Photo by Frogdaily

Not your regular water drop photography!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

Exposure in photography offers an extremely wide scope for visual expressiveness.

Photo by David Chesterfield

“Squirrel glider – nocturnal marsupial. Jinbei battery-powered studio strobe to camera right, a reflector to camera left to fill in shadows.”

Photo by Wendy P

Believe it or not, getting the right exposure of flames like these isn't precisely an easy task to pull out.

Photo by Pat Garrett

“Flowering tree blossoms captured mid-morning, overcast and right after a rain; POV looking directly up at the blossoms and hanging droplets.”

Photo by Bobbie

“Nailed it!”

Photo by Frank

“I like the bloom on the right but was difficult to isolate it since the blooms were so close together. The overcast sky and those are real raindrops!”

Photo by Ken Scheepers

“Frisky zebra”

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

Tersha shared this highly aesthetic still of some juicy gooseberries, look at the texture on these!

Dave stumbled into this little pollen cone, this was shot with another old Pentax lens, an M 50mm f/1.4. In production from 1977-to 1984. A super eBay find which cost him $65.00.

Also, he shared this bright high-key photograph of an energetic hummingbird:

And this moody shot as well:

Robert captured these snowy wagon wheels in silhouette Style B&W:

After walking for hours with a Pentax K-3 Mark-III in hand, Kobie captured several birds. This is our favorite, but swing by the gallery to see more!

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 590th challenge on Creative Exposure by Changing Aperture!

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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