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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 unusual! 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 12th, 2020

Photo by David Chesterfield

Words by Kent DuFault

Every once in a while, you come across a photograph that the moment you see the image, it smacks you in the eyes.

For me, this is one of those photos.

It is an extraordinary blend of shape, color, and tone.

It is most definitely a POTW shot.

Congratulations to David Chesterfield for knocking me off my chair on a Monday morning!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favorite shots from Challenge 507th!

Photo by Click

Titled “Mythic Vision”, this is a very unusual photograph indeed! Photography never stops surprising us, and each week these challenges keep getting better and better.

Photo by Patrick

Now this is quite an unusual finding! Surrealism can happen even on the streets.

Photo by LeanneC

Here we have a 25-second exposure with clear and creative concept in mind aimed to reflect many everyday roles.

Photo by Peter Nowak

Abstract and unusual – we love it!

Photo by Pat Garrett

Something utilitarian rather than aesthetic transformed by nature into something pleasing to the eyes. In a cemetery, a propane tank transformed into something interesting yet beautiful.

Photo by Preston

Besides very good composition, this subtly-underexposed light makes the scene rich and adds to storytelling.

Photo by Joanne Van Praag

Very unusual indeed!

Photo by Bucweet

Capturing fireballs is quite tricky. It requires a steady hand, quick eye, and above all very precise focusing especially when shooting in the dark.

Photo by Wendy P

Simple physics and a tube of red dye can make great photographs when being in the hands of the creative mind.

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

Sometimes, clingy lenses can give us interesting results like the overall mood present in this shot.

Photo by Tom M

Not sure what is really going on here, but it does look unusual for sure!

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

Tobie shared a set of beautiful photos of a jackal buzzard, which is probably the most common buzzard around his place. This is our favorite one, but you can see them all here.

He also shared with us this amazing shot of a cape sugarbird!

And last but not least, some flamingos too.

Dave shared this photograph of a milkweed seed stuck to a spider web.

Tersha shared a photo of what in her opinion is the last butterfly this season since the weather is getting colder.

David shared a tiny caterpillar eating limes in his garden, and boy, it is small!

And Erik shared with us a nice link on close-up photographer of the year.

Oh, and Rob asked a very intriguing question about our photographic rhythm.

Let's Welcome Our Newest Forum Members!

Monika A

Katie F

Patrick C

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 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 508th challenge on panning!

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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