Here’s What Our Community Has Been Up To


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 Made of Glass! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – June 22nd, 2020

Photo by Dave Watkins

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Words by Kent DuFault

Light Stalking has a significant number of fantastic bird photos that are uploaded almost every week. It’s often hard to isolate one as being the best example.

This shot by Dave Watkins @pentaxfan struck me as a standout nature photograph.

The lighting is perfect. It appears to me that Dave used a combination of ambient lighting and an electronic flash. He has balanced the two light sources to perfection.

His focus placement is exacting. The depth of field is just enough to keep the head and wing sharp while letting the rest of the photograph slowly dissipate into beautiful bokeh highlights.

The color balance is bright and vibrant without getting oversaturated.

Dave’s camera position creates an excellent contrasting background to the bird’s outlined body.

The darker branches create a beautiful frame.

Finally, the delicate moss on the perched branch adds a beautiful feature.

A POTW effort. Congratulations, Dave!

I did two serious contenders, which I will post below.

The first was David Chesterfield for his compelling and masterful images of fluid movement.

The second was Graham Hart for his nature macro shot titled, “Aralia in The Shadows”. On any other week, this image probably would have won. Graham did everything right in this picture, and it is quite captivating.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Get a cup of coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from challenge 491th!

Photo by Anne Hornsby

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I remember having a student who had a very keen eye for this type of subjects. I always admired and respected her ability for finding them consistently. This photograph definitely resembles her vision.

Photo by David Chesterfield

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Clean yet complex! This could work as an album cover.

Photo by JD

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I really like the painterly quality of this shot!

Photo by Laura G

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Poetic and moody! What a perfect image to look at while drinking a fresh cup of coffee on a rainy day.

Photo by Leesa

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Light has the power to make everything more flattering! Even a toilet can benefit from it. Of course, it requires a curious eye to spot the beautifying effect of light.

Photo by Pat Garrett

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Clean and surely suggestive! Perfect lighting and timing too.

Photo by Davidc

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Humorous scenes can be found anywhere!

Photo by Amy M

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Eye-catching texture! I'm curious about it and I would like to know what's on the outside of this hazy window.

Photo by Tersha

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The Dark Side Of The Moon never gets old.

What You Shouldn't Be Missing From Light Stalking Community

Robert Apple shared a lovely portrait of Mrs. Molly, his furry photography companion.

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Daniel Krueger asked something about filter stacking, a topic which could be interesting to many LightStalkers!

David Chesterfield found some inspiration after being locked up at home for 13 weeks now… This is my favorite one, which clearly resembles a lovely octopus.

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Graham Hart shared a spectacular shot of three rowers on a river.

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Let's Welcome Our Newest Forum Members!

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We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum has been receiving tons of great photographs and it is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for everyone who wants to grow fast as a photographer. 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 also 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 participate in the newest challenge published by Tersha on a photography classic, Silhouettes! 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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