A Wrap Up Of The Last Week’s Best Shots

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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 Eyes! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some outstanding shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – July 27th, 2020

Photo by Anne Hornsby

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Words by Kent DuFault

Some weeks it is so challenging to select the POTW.

Numerous beautiful pictures are uploaded, and each has its strength and possible weaknesses. Often the subject matter varies widely.

I try not to let my personal biases get in the way as much as possible. However, sometimes it’s the only deciding factor.

Four photographers ended up on my shortlist this week: Anne Hornsby, Dave Watkins, Charmaine Joubert, and Tersha.

It was tough picking between these four options.

I kept coming back to Anne Hornsby’s self-portrait. I don’t know; there is something mesmerizing about this picture.

I can’t completely put my finger on it. It could be the unusual crop, the post-processing treatment, or perhaps it’s the expression in the eyes. When I look at this picture, I feel something sharp in my gut. I think something has been given to us by Anne, either consciously or subconsciously, which I believe is one of the ultimate goals for photography.

So, congratulations, Anne, on winning the POTW.

I loved Dave’s bee picture. I’m not big into insect photography. It’s not my thing. However, I was taken by the angle at which Dave took his shot and the visible details of the entire bee.

Charmaine wows us time and again with her wildlife photography, and her shot of the baby elephant with the bull was superb. Any other week it likely would have won.

Tersha’s flower picture struck me because of the unusual angle, along with superb lighting and her management of the color. Fabulous picture.

I’ll post links to the runner-ups below:

“Bee” by Dave Watkins

“Meeting a Giant” by Charmaine Joubert

“Hibiscus” by Tersha

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some nice coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from Challenge 496th!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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An obvious yet extremely surprising portrait of a lion. Such a bold gaze!

Photo by Patrick

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This is a dizzy and eerie photograph – it feels quite unique.

Photo by Frogdaily

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There is a cinematic feeling in this shot. It makes us want to learn more about this character.

Photo by Chris Pook

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What a beautiful lighting and soothing look in the eyes!

Photo by Tersha

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It might take a while for you to see the eyes in this one!

Photo by JD

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You can feel the wisdom in this eye.

Photo by Anne Hornsby

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This is one of the most creative and unique self-portraits I've seen in my whole life! Genius, and quite funny too.

Photo by Leanne C

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The trick with double exposures is to blend two dissonant objects in a harmonic way. Here, Leanne nailed it magnificently.

Photo by Laura G

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Despite its tightness, this square shot is quite pleasant to look at.

Photo by David Chesterfield

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This little fella is looking at us!

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

Dave shared a photograph named “an alien world”, which is a very appropriate title:

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Erik shared a photograph he made when he was just 14, which tells us a lot about his long-lasting love for photography. Here he talks a bit further about this photograph. He also shared a nice link on stars in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist.

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Charmaine shared this lovely photograph of elephants with us. We need to protect these magnificent creatures!

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Rob started a very interesting topic on collecting photographs.

Daniel has some questions about switching from a Nikon D70s to a Nikon D5300, can you help him out?

And last but not least, Anne opened an amazing thread on construction sites. It is really mind-blowing to see how many of us cherish these particular scenes from everyday urban life. Kent shared this one, but there are tons of amazing photographs in it.

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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 who 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 in photography.

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 too! 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 skip participating in the newest challenge published by Tersha on Self-portrait! Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it already.

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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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