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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 carefully curated photos from the general chit chat and creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Unbalanced. And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well.

Photo Of The Week – November 9th, 2020

Photo by Patrick

Words by Kent DuFault

This week, I’m giving a double win to Patrick @patrickw.

Pat uploaded two outstanding images that really stood out to me.

Of the two, I’m giving the winning nod to this wonderful wildlife shot of a bird perched on a barbed-wire fence.

In the comments section of the original upload, Diane (a.k.a. Tersha) made this comment, which sums up my feelings. Her comment was, “Really like this, Patrick, the juxtaposition of the fragile bird on the spikey barbed wire!”

My thoughts exactly, Diane! The delicate posturing of the bird standing on the dangerous barbed wire gave this a great story that elevated it above a bird’s simple portrait

Pat’s second shot, which I will post below, was in my mind as the POTW the minute I saw it. It is also is an exquisite animal shot.

Pat made perfect use of contrast and shape to create a stunning black and white image of a sheep standing on the edge of a woodland area.

Congratulations Pat, on two outstanding images!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 511th!

Photo by Click

It is interesting how photography is capable of making something that is clearly unbalanced very pleasing thanks to composition. Genius shot!

Photo by Aurimas

Another way of capturing unbalanced scenes is by placing a small visual element against a huge amount of negative space.

Photo by Tersha

A simple rotation can really make things way more interesting!

Photo by ElinL

The rule of odds is quite an interesting compositional conundrum. By selecting an uneven amount of elements, with no symmetrical visual grouping possibilities, photographers are capable of creating balance out of an unbalanced quantity of components.

Photo by Andre P

By contrasting two organic lines which cross the frame in a vertical and horizontal way, the image appears to be in tension and quite unbalanced when compared to the whole foliage around them.

Photo by Dave Watkins

The struggle for balance in this shot is huge!

Photo by Pat Garrett

What a great use of diagonal lines this is!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

Breaking the visual rhythm with a distinct yet expected object is a clever way of producing an unbalanced experience across the frame.

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

Besides compositional decisions, the presence of decay in a peaceful scene creates a strong message of unbalance.

Photo by Tom M

Shapes often offer great opportunities for visual studies, never take them for granted when wandering the streets around you!

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

David shared a set of macro shots depicting what is left after a storm, here is our favourite, but you can see them all here!

Bruce again decided to please our eyes with these pretty geese!

And a duck!

Joanne shared this right from her kitchen window, isn't that awesome?

Tersha got a wonderful shot of a ragged tortoiseshell butterfly.

And a very interesting shot thanks to the wonders of Petzval lenses.

Also Patrick delighted us with a poetic shot the other day.

In case you are looking for an extremely portable full-frame camera, Erik shared this with us the other day.

And don't forget welcoming our freshest forum members too! Later these days, we've had a nice and steady flow of new Light Stalkers, and no spammers!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

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 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 512th challenge on Leading Lines!

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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