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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 homes! Here is the weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find carefully curated photos from the general chit chat, as well as some creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Vignettes! 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 14, 2020

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to Charmaine @joubie and her simple yet effective shot. Subtle vignetting suits this delicate subject perfectly and what’s really interesting is the technique that Charmaine used to achieve this type of vignetting.

She placed a piece of bubble wrap over and around the lens hood, fixed it with an elastic band, and cut out a shape on the thirds.

This creative approach worked great! Congrats, Charmaine.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 516th!

Photo by Patrick

This is an intriguing use of vignettes in a likely ordinary photograph, resulting in an extraordinary shot!

Photo by Tom M

The vibe of this moment has been exquisitely enhanced thanks to the bold vignette.

Photo by Wendy P

The vignette makes this shot quite moody, but the overall atmosphere is the real secret behind the aesthetic in this beautiful landscape.

Photo by ElinL

Vignettes don't have to relate to underexposure! They can also be used in another way for a high-key result.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

Also, vignettes can be used for emphasizing an action like in this shot.

Photo by Graham Hart

Beautifully composed landscape! Both colors and textures look more prominent thanks to the dark vignette.

Photo by Andre P

Do you feel the drama in this ominous landscape shot?

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

White vignetting has particular uses, and when shooting such a white-predominant scene, there is no better way for making it smoother and cleaner.

Photo by Robert Apple

Smooth and subtle vignetting works extremely well in this case and makes the subject stand out.

Photo by Tersha

When used creatively, vignetting can also lead to painterly results.

Photo by Laura G

Dark and moody vignettes can help you create strong contrast.

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

Tersha captured this beautiful bird:

And look closer to see all those birds on a wire!

Robert spotted a massive yet shy moose hiding in a shrub.

Dave shared with us a wonderful sunrise:

And don't forget welcoming our freshest forum members!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum received 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 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 517th challenge on Complementary Colours!

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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