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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, as well as some creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Golden Hour Landscape! And as usual, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – May 24th, 2021

Photo by Timothy S. Allen

Words by Jasenka Grujin

It was really hard to choose POTW this time – we had so many great candidates!

I picked @timothy-a because of the amazing layering in his shot and simple but super powerful color scheme (shades of gold turning into indigo and black). Such a wonderful treat for the eyes!

Congrats, Timothy.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 539th!

Beautiful colours, classic from the marvelous golden hour, but the composition is what makes this photo so pleasing to observe!

Photo by David Chesterfield

There's a poetic and also futuristic nature in this calming scene.

Photo by Beth

Not your usual golden hour shot, but definitely a great one.

Photo by Rose Marie

What a bold portrait of Key West this is; the sunset looks extraordinary thanks to the boats and the birds.

Photo by Rob Eyers

Is it even possible to dislike this beautiful shot?

Photo by LeanneC

Lovely looking paint-stroke-like clouds, and the colours are just on point!

Photo by Pat Garrett

This surely looks like a postcard, and the deep warm tones contrast so good with the deep metallic-blue sky.

Photo by Wendy P

It is hard to avoid thinking about fire when looking at this spicy looking sunset, and the front silhouette gives a fixed structure to the whole frame.

Photo by Terry Quinn

Great looking landscape, it even feels a bit lunar due to the muted colours!

Photo by ElinL

The layered perspective is amazing in this shot, one do feels small when looking at it at large.

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

Beth captured one of the most iconic birds we could think of, a bald eagle in fishing action.

She also shared a lovely looking fox watching the setting sun.

Rob shared this beautiful photograph of a cute-looking raccoon, and his comment on the photo is quite important, especially for those scared of cranking up their ISOs: “Sometimes a scene is just too dark. A wide aperture isn’t enough as the subject is moving and you’re forced to shoot handheld. So going with a high ISO is about all that can be done. The resulting image is a noisy mess. It’s useless as anything other than a memory. I was forced to use 32,000 ISO to capture this one.

David shared some simple and elegant water drop images, this is our favourite, but take a look at them all here.

And last but not least, Patrick shared a funny looking sculpture of a snake.

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.

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 540th challenge on Blue Hour Landscape!

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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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