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Photography has the power of brightening up our lives; what a great thing it is to start our days by checking out 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, as some creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Your Choice! 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 – December 7th, 2020

Photo by Levi

Words by Dahlia Ambrose

This week’s POTW goes to Levi @sunnydayphotoworks for his landscape shot from Lake Powell. Love how he has photographed the grand scene with the stillness of the lake, the twilight colours, and the rocks drawing one into the scene. The caved part in the foreground looks quite mysterious leaving one wondering where it leads to or what might be hidden in there.

The runner-up this week is Charmaine @joubie for her image of the jackal cubs (are these the black-backed jackal cubs, Charmaine?) shot in Kgalagadi Park. I love their curious looks, the light, and contrast in the frame. Placing one cub in the dark sets a dramatic mood in my opinion. Charmaine has been posting photos from her time in the park which you can see in the link here, if you haven’t already!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 515th!

Photo by Frogdaily

After some meticulous image processing, Frogdaily managed to get rid of the cages and transformed the visual input into an ideal version of the scene.

Photo by Graham Hart

For all symmetry lovers, this shot is quite pleasant to watch.

Photo by Patrick

After a huge dot and spots cleansing, Patrick managed to turn a snapshot into an extraordinary piece of fine art!

Photo by Bucweet

Paul managed to breathe new life into an already good photograph he took a while ago.

Photo by David Chesterfield

Very little to say about this beautiful water drop. Enjoy it!

Photo by Laura G

Behold the wonders of Adobe's clone stamp tool! The original shot had some big and unpleasant spots due to shooting through a dirty window from a car. Now, distraction-free, the elephant can be seen in all its glory.

Photo by JD

Nice colours the natural sub-framing from the tree adds a rich layer of compositional context.

Photo by Tom M

This dreamy photograph was made possible thanks to crop, colour and blur adjustments in Photoshop.

Photo by Tobie

This capture is so clean that it could be easily considered as a wildlife portraiture shot.

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Tobie made a swift capture of a Bateleur in the air, he also commented in the thread that “bateleur” means clown or street performer in French. Taken from his post – “It has a habit of rocking its wings from side to side during flight as if trying to catch its balance. It’s certainly the most abundant eagle in some of our biggest reserves.

And speaking of birds, he also shared a Tawny Eagle in the heat:

and a rock Hyrax:

Peter shared this simple yet beautiful photograph titled “Alone”. Personally I love the composition and the overall vibe in it, the graphic elements are just gorgeous in this shot.

After spending two special weeks in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Charmaine shared some of the captures she made, here you can see more.

And Erik shared some eerie shots from a COVID test centre in Amsterdam:

And don't forget to welcome our freshest 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 that 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 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 516th challenge on Vignettes!

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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