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Photography is so powerful that it can brighten up our lives; and what a great way to start our day by looking at some beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is your weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find some carefully curated photographs from the general chit chat, as well as some creative photographs from Tersha's latest challenge on Perspective! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning the most interesting shots from the Feedback Forum too!

Photo Of The Week – August 10th, 2020

Photo by Tersha

Words by Kent DuFault

Our Guest Judge for this week was Anne Hornsby.

“Tersha – Sheep Landscape

This week, I’ve selected Tersha’s image “Sheep Landscape” for POTW. The composition is excellent. The curve of the hill “fits” the arch of the storm clouds overhead, and I have a sense of peacefulness from looking up the hill through the green pasture to see, from below, the ewe alone and resting. (I think it’s a ewe.) The somewhat muted colors add to this sense of calm.

My reaction to this image is shaped by having recently watched 3 seasons of This Farming Life, a wonderful show shot on family farms in Scotland (and a few in Ireland). I now see sheep in a new light – not uniformly dumb creatures with no personality, but animals who may have moments of “do your own thing” like finding peace and quiet on a hill.”

Anne also selected several runner-up images.

Petra – Faithful

The reflections in this window offer a really intriguing juxtaposition of images – plastic torsos scattered at jumbled angles above the linear angles of a cross. We could imagine this to be in a crowded city as well as in a village where the church, small shops, and homes are often in the same block.

Lenny- Car Washer

This is another of Lenny’s great images of working people in Mexico. The blue hues frame a strong face and we see details of the Car Washer’s work (rag on the knee, rubber band on the wrist), along with cultural details (hands with a cigarette and long pinky nail).

Leanne Hello There! ‘Sweat Bee Summits the Corn Leaf’

Be sure to look at the large Flickr version. I feel the sweat bee has just made a big effort to summit the Corn Leaf, and now rests. The dominant size, curve, and color of the corn leaf in the composition suggest how vast the universe of a cornfield is to a sweat bee.

Finally, to highlight the importance of laughing in these COVID times, 2 photos with Humor/Humour: I liked these images posted by Kris T and David Chesterfield on the ‘Perspective’ thread.

You can find links to all of these photos below:

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some nice coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 498th!

Photo by Aurimas

Religious or not, we all recognize this famous figure. The lighting and the decaying paint on the wall make this scene even bolder.

Photo by Dave Watkins

This image is a perfect example of leading lines as a compositional tool.

Joanne van Praag

Nature and man-made things can coexist in balance!

Photo by Anne Hornsby

Very interesting perspective, especially for those who have never ridden a horse.

Photo by Click

Both the wide angle focal length and perspective make this boat look fierce in a very extreme way.

Photo by David Chesterfield

It is interesting how wide angle perspective can make certain things look way funnier!

Photo by Andre P.

Pay attention to the alignment of the train track with the bottom-left corner of the frame! It enhances the aesthetic appeal of this image.

Photo by Bobbie

There is something surreal about these rubber carpets floating inside of this rather common place.

Photo by Kris T

Creative and fun!

Photo by Tom M

Thanks to the clear division in the middle of the frame, the photograph feels balanced.

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

Robert photographed this nice cone.

Anne shared a shot of pretty cardinals.

And a playful squirrel too!

She also posed a question about duplicating posts. And Rob's answer might come in handy for anyone of us!

Daniel asked for advice regarding equipment, you can check out the detailed post here.

Dave shared a garlic-less pretty much alive escargot!

Tobie captured an almost full moon.

Let's Welcome Our Newest Forum Members!

Andy Chalk

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum received great photographs, and it 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 photograhy.

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 Backgrounds! 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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