The Last Week Highlights: Unveiling the Penultimate Visual Stories of ’22


Photography has the power to lighten our lives, and what a great thing it is to start our days by seeing beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 622nd challenge on Use Christmas Bokeh in your Photographs! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – December 26th, 2022

christmas bokeh
Copyright – Frogdaily

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This week POTW goes to @frogdaily again!
Apparently, she is great at this type of holiday photography. This shot is perfect in composition and lighting, and I like the unusual mix of colors in the background and on the subject. The reflective surface on the bottom makes the scene even stronger.
Congrats, @frogdaily.

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and enjoy our favorite Christmas Bokeh shots!

What an explosive gathering of objects and light!

green sparkling bokeh
Copyright – Frogdaily

Interesting and also a bit abstract as well.

abstract christmas bokeh
Copyright – Wendy P

And now, a whole basket of colorful ornaments filled with the Christmas spirit!

christmas ornaments
Copyright – Julie Smith

Lovely and peaceful, a perfect image for this time of the year.

hazy blue light
Copyright – ElinL

Now, this is interesting! A behind-the-scenes shot with a bokeh twist!

behind-the-scene bokeh
Copyright – Pat Garrett

“I took this one a couple of years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. I’m inspired to try it again, we’ll see what I come up with this time!”

christmas tree bokeh
Copyright – Kristi

“Christmas Bokeh Bulb Shot with a Lensbaby Double glass an aperture of my design.”

lens baby bokeh
Copyright – Robert Apple

Elegant and suggestive; merry Christmas!

elegant christmas bokeh
Copyright – Jasenka Grujin

Bokeh can be tweaked to achieve creative looks like this; use some black cardboard with a figure as a whole and shoot through!

creative shaped bokeh
Copyright – David Chesterfield

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

Rob stumbled with a friendly Santa Claus and wished us all the best during this time of the year!

santa behind the bars
Copyright – Rob Eyers

In his words, Dave shared what looked more like Halloween than Christmas, but still a beautiful scene for sure!

hazy winter scene
Copyright – Dave Watkins

Daniel sought advice in preparing this shot for further printing, so far, the image looks like this, but there's a story behind the shot. Take a swing by and give him further tips if you can find some!

black and white psalm and cross
Copyright – Daniel Krueger

Let's give a special shout-out to Luis B from Costa Rica!

And Robert wished us all the best and shared a video filmed in his back “Back Yard” on a neighboring ranch in Wyoming and two of their local fishing holes. The Jerusalem scenes were filmed at a set in Salt Lake, Utah.

The Mobile Monday Challenge is open for sharing some shots! And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks, a place where our community shares their favorite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got some nice pictures, and it is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for those who want to grow fast as photographers.

Here, you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have the chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and 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.

Also, don't forget to participate in our 623rd challenge on Photography your Holiday Dinner!

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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