The Last Week Chronicles: 2020’s Community Jewels Deciphered!


Here is your weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find some nicely curated stuff from the general chit chat as well as some amazing shots from Tersha's latest challenge on Side Lighting! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum too.

Photo Of The Week – June 15th, 2020

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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Words by Frank

This photo captures a quiet moment in nature of a protecting parent and calf. We are close enough to see these animals well with the light allowing detail in the wrinkled skin with its texture and color. Even though we get a close look, there is plenty of space in the frame for these large animals. The smaller size of the calf combined with the size of the birds gives us a good sense of scale helping us see how big that adult is. The stance of the calf is important. It lets us see a lot of the smaller animal. If it had been standing parallel to the adult, it would have blended in more with the big animal making it less visible. It is looking out into the world, yet it is still touching its parent creating a close relationship between parent and offspring. It forms a nice triangle with the point of the triangle pointing right at the protecting and large adult that I assume is the mother. Conveniently the birds have red heads which helps draw our attention and adds interest. There is nothing on either side or along the edges of the image that upsets the balance or causes distractions. The blur of the background keeps it in the background, yet it allows us to still see the natural environment or habitat. Form, shape, color, and sharp detail presents a clear and interesting subject showing a nice relationship between parent and offspring, large and small. We have a great view of these formidable animals.

Congratulations, Charmaine.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some good coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from challenge 490th!

Photo by Laura G

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Dunno if I got biased, but this looks quite delicious!

Photo by JD

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A single light source has the power of creating beautiful still life photographs like this one!

Photo by Joe Jenkins

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Light will always help you create the most compelling portraits.

Photo by Kris T

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Lighting setup in portraiture can create very specific mood.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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A creative mind can transform the ordinary into something truly captivating!

Photo by Graham Hart

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A great thing about natural light is its broad coverage.

Photo by Tersha

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It is amazing how subtle light can reenact so much power. Also, the subject in this photograph is quite poetic – it is like a symbol for decay.

Photo by Preston

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Sometimes you don't need to capture the sun itself to depict the beauty of sunset!

Photo by Pat Garrett

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The most common objects can become storytellers with the proper lighting and composition.

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

Lynne finally captured a fluffy friend that had been eluding her for more than a year. This week, it couldn't escape from her powerful 300mm lens!

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Rob shared a nice self-portrait and asked for some guidance regarding a ghosting effect under his glasses. See if you can help him out here.

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Let's Welcome Our Newest Forum Member!

David aka Texan Life Photography

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum has been receiving tons of great photographs, and it is clear that many 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 to hack the learning curve.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have a chance to critique 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 will be delighted to see some of your own images – don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

We and many other members will be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Don't forget to participating in the newest challenge published by Tersha on Made of Glass! Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it already!

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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