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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 some 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 some creative photographs from Tersha's latest challenge on Panning! 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 19th, 2020

Photo by Saranathan

Words by Kent DuFault

Sometimes a POTW worthy image is about being in the right place at the right time and having your camera ready.

This is definitely one of those photographs!

Congratulations to Saranathan A @saranathan-a for his beautiful landscape photo that was well captured in Norway.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 508th!

Photo by Patrick

Panning is one of those hard-to-master photography techniques that really pays off when used properly!

Photo by ElinL

Panning doesn't always have to feature motion or slow shutter speed, it can also be used for freezing an object while moving from one point to another.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

This is so peaceful and beautiful to look at!

Photo by Dave Watkins

The panning effect in this photography resembles the visual quality of impressionist paintings, so take that into account if you are trying to achieve this creative look in your next outdoorsy shots!

Photo by Aurimas

This is a very interesting subframe and the subtle color palette makes it quite elegant too.

Photo by Davidc

Superb freeze, you can almost hear those engines roaring!

Photo by Joe Jenkins

Panning can enhance the mood of a crowded ambience like this one!

Photo by Ken Scheepers

If I haven't this live, I wouldn't believe this isn't a post-processed shot – these folks are insane!

Photo by Katie

Very subtle panning and effective monochrome conversion!

Photo by Bucweet

Wicked good shot!

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

Joanne shared a creative shot enhanced with selective color technique, and thanks to Erik's comment I suggested the title “The Muddy Whale Tale”.

And speaking of Erik, he shared this photo with us the other day. He wasn't (or still isn't) sure about what to do with it, but we find it very interesting and that's sufficient for us.

David had some macro fun and shared his results with us. His setup was Olympus OM-D Em1ii with m.zuiko 60mm macro lens, plus 10mm & 16mm extension tubes. He also used Godox TT350o flash with Cygnustech v2 diffuser.

Patrick shared a familiar sign that quickly became an ubiquitous thing of the unforgettable 2020.

Peter shared a couple of shots of a church which was about 37 meters higher before coal mining started, and which is still in good condition and in use.

Daniel shared an interesting story about this photograph, click here for more.

Katie asked a very valid question on tripod alternatives. Your comments and suggestions would be highly valuable for her and any other member of our community that stumbles upon her thread.

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 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 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 509th challenge on Symmetrical!

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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