The Last Week Odyssey: The Uncharted Visuals Of Our Vibrant Voices


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 Capture an Urban Portrait! And as usual, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – October 4th, 2021

Photo by Charmaine

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week it was easier to choose our POTW than usual.

There were many portraits in the thread but just a few of them were really urban.

Charmaine’s portrait of a young man with headphones is such a perfect example of a modern, urban portrait, something that would turn heads on Instagram. The color scheme, textures, and overall vibe of this portrait create a truly urban impression.

Congrats, @joubie.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from Challenge 558th!

Photo by Click

We remember this shot, and is still a wonderful candid capture!

Photo by Patrick

Worth noting the back-story of this bold shot! “An old shot from 2019 not long after getting my first camera, I got speaking to this gentleman and asked could I take the photo of him and his dog this is a crop of the original with only the boxer dog I liked its fixed stare looking straight down the lens.”

Photo by Graham Hart

Gorgeous symmetry and lighting, but the key visual element is the person at the center of the frame.

Photo by David Chesterfield

Great vibe and wicked light painting as well!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

What a composition! Texture and colors blend so well that there's a strong aesthetic feeling within the frame.

Photo by ElinL

“The Voter”, who looks very satisfied and hopefully he made a wise decision at the urns that day.

Photo by Bobbie

Nice capture, what could be crossing his mind during that particular moment in time?

Photo by Tersha

Implied lines like that one you can feel in the movement of the person's body is a very useful compositional tool for telling stories in a more meaningful way.

Photo by Pat Garrett

Simply amazing! “One of the more unusual street sights I’d ever seen. Taken in a little city in far northeast Maine – almost to Canada. B/W wouldn't do the woman's outfit justice'.”

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

Great mood! “Another one I've shot with Helios 44-2.”

Photo by Timothy S. Allen

Beautiful capture and better understood with the context behind the shot “Throwing candy from a float at a Matsu festival in Baojhong, Taiwan.”

Photo by Kristi

When available natural light makes the best tool for great portraits!

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

Beth Shared a fantastic landscape shot from the Tetons:

Jasenka is having a great time shooting with her vintage Helios 44-2 lens, and she simply can't get enough of the beautiful bokeh it produces:

Also, Kim got serious and is taking the film back, and we can't help to be a bit jealous about it!

Rob raised a deep but important question about our flaws in photography. Take a look and if you feel comfortable about it, you are welcome to participate in the discussion.

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 photography's 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 559th challenge on Urban Street Photography!

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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