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Photography is so powerful that it can even 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 finely curated photos from the general chit chat, as well as some creative photographs from Tersha's latest challenge on Symmetrical! 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 26th, 2020

Photo by Dahlia Ambrose

Words by Kent DuFault

This week the POTW goes to Dahlia Ambrose @dahliaambrose for her mesmerizing capture of birds in flight.

It’s hard to take your eyes off of this shot; it’s so beautiful.

Congratulations to Dahlia.

I have an honorable mention. Tom M @tojomor took an old well-known concept and created something new and interesting with it. That is the very heart of what being an artist is all about. I’ll post a link to it below.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 509th!

Photo by Click

Perfectly symmetrical shot! And this fierce gaze makes the photograph hard to ignore!

Photo by Patrick

Using lines as the main subject in a photograph is always challenging. In this photograph, they go beyond being just part of the composition, they are central protagonists of it.

Photo by Dave Watkins

Sharp and spiky, almost metallic. The near-perfect symmetry makes it even more interesting.

Photo by Graham Hart

I simply can't resist libraries, and this symmetrical photograph makes the ambient gorgeous.

Photo by ElinL

What a great example of how to use a centered composition. The massive contrast between highlights and dark tones makes it even more striking.

Photo by Dave Gillespie

Temples and churches are some of the most interesting architectural creations.

Photo by Pat Garrett

This is the interior of the US Customs House in Portland, Maine. It was restored in past decade and it is open to tours. Upper chambers are offices.

Photo by Saranathan A

Vertical lines are great for adding tension and balance in the frame.

Photo by Robert Apple

It is odd how a massive metal structure can appear melancholic…

Photo by Tom M

Interesting abstraction here, and a clever idea too! It took me a while to understand what was going on here.

Photo by Rob Eyers

A beautiful fountain inspired by nature in Koper, Slovenia.

Photo by Laura G

What a beautiful dog!

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

Tersha got exquisitely creative this week and shared this beautiful piece of art with us. It has a vibrant color palette, and the subtle light makes it poetic.

Saranathan gave us a nice cultural lesson. Here, he shared with us the background story of a particular type of ceremonial dolls in India. This is our favorite shot, but there are plenty more here.

Tom also got creative and shared some flying bikes!

Daniel asked an interesting question regarding non-destructive vignetting in Photoshop, I suggested him something with ACR and ALR, but if you have something better, please share your thoughts with him here!

And don't forget welcoming our newest forum members too!

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 510th challenge on Visual Weight!

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Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, contributes some free images to the community and is a University Professor in photography. You can get to know him better here

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