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Photography has the power of brightening up our lives; and what a great thing it is to start our day by checking out some beautiful images in the comfort of our home! 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 Well-Edited! 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 23rd, 2020

Photo by David Chesterfield

Words by Rob Wood

I think it was only a matter of time with his recent macro work that @dchester1001 was going to snag another POTW. This one was a recent standout for me (and apparently @patrickw who surfaced it in the Member’s Picks).

If you have ever tried to shoot one of these guys, you will know how frustrating it can be. If you manage to get the exposure right, you then get to deal with focus problems due to a minuscule depth of field (not sure if this one is focus stacked?).

Then if you nail the focus, you have to deal with a grumpy subject who often just won’t hold still for a shot, turns around, jumps to another leaf etc etc.

In short, these shots are tough. But David really nailed this one. Well done.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 513th!

Photo by Patrick

The monochrome post-processing in this photograph is bold and rich, enhancing the drama in the scene, and therefore making the story more interesting.

Photo by Wendy P

The subtle development in this photograph makes the mountains appear like strong shapes and take a look at that scale! The small town looks minuscule in comparison to the mountains in the bay.

Photo by Preston

I remember this shot, and the new version of it is even more interesting! Hence the power of post-processing in photography.

Photo by David Chesterfield

David had some serious fun and turned this spectacular catch into something even more fantastic!

Photo by Andre P

Andre has recovered details in this photo thanks to the generous dynamic range.

Photo by Tersha

Cropping in post-production is an excellent technique used by many photographers to enhance the visual appeal.

Photo by Dave Watkins

For some reason this scene looks quite dreamy, and the weathered look makes it mysterious and timeless too!

Photo by Bucweet

This photograph has a deep graphic styling and feels abstract to some extent.

Photo by Bruce Gordon

It is quite surprising how a simple conversion and meticulous development has the power of transformation.

Photo by Tom M

There is something eerie about this photograph! And it is weird how it catches our attention instantly.

Photo by Laura G

Taking photos while surrounded by pure whiteness is quite a visual challenge, one which tends to be surpassed by precise post-processing decisions.

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

Patrick stumbled into a pretty messed scene, which with proper lighting and framing, turned out to be a fantastic piece of visual work. It reminded him of war, what do you folks think of it?

A bit late but still great, Peter shared this Halloween inspired photograph. Spooky enough huh?

He also shared this effective minimalist image:

And don't forget welcoming our freshest forum members too! 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 who want to grow fast as photographers. This is possible thanks to valuable and positive feedback, which is perhaps the best way in which someone can hack the  photography's learning curve.

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 514th challenge on Film Looks!

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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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