The Last Week Flashback: 2020’s Unseen Community Captures


Photography is so powerful that it can brighten up our lives – what a great way to start our day by checking out beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is your weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find carefully curated photos from the general chit chat as well as some creative photographs from Tersha's latest challenge on Smooth! 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 – October 5th, 2020

Photo by Bruce Gordon

Words by Rob Wood

Ok, I am a little bit late with this one, but it’s stood out to me all week.

This shot by Bruce Gordon (@bgordon806) really stopped me. One of those extremely clever images where I didn’t actually know what I was looking at. Personally I find abstract images really difficult to conceptualize let alone execute and I think Bruce has done a great job with this one.

Well done!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from Challenge 506th!

Photo by Patrick

What an intriguing and eerie shot this is! Photographs don't have to be perfect in order to tell a story.

Photo by David Chesterfield

This photograph is so powerful that it can transport you to that particular place for a moment. Brilliant shot!

Photo by ElinL

Not all smooth photographs have to be long exposures – here we have a soft result with a rather quick exposure and the bokeh enhances the softness of the scene.

Photo by Mistyisle

Smoothness and chaos combined in a single frame!

Photo by Rob Eyers

Smooth color palette and very tranquil scene! Perfectly steady horizon can enhance the sense of balance.

Photo by Bruce Gordon

The juxtaposition here is complex – we have a complementary color palette and vertical frame enhanced by the organic silhouette of the wooden stomp in the water.

Photo by Tom M

Subtle and smooth reflection. The rhythmic pattern enhances the composition.

Photo by Graham Hart

This is the perfect sweet spot between abstraction and simplification! Genius composition and beautiful colors too.

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

Daniel shared this result after getting a copy of Topaz DeNoise AI. The results are quite impressive when you compare it with the original shot.

David shared a beautiful sequence of sharp shots of a mighty whale. This is our favorite:

Speaking of whales, Tobie also spotted a beautiful one while visiting his sister the other day:

He also shared a malachite sunbird:

And a lesser double-collared sunbird:

Peter raised a very interesting question on speed boosters and how they might be able to increase f-stops. Please take a look and share your thoughts with us here.

Let's Welcome Our Newest Forum Members!

Bob D

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum received some nice 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 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. 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 507th challenge on Unusual!

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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