We’ve Got You Covered – Light Stalking Community Update For Week 17-2020


It's time for us to cheer up with some beautiful new photographs! Here in your weekly wrap-up you'll find nicely curated images from our forums as well as some beautiful shots from Tersha's latest challenge – Complementary Colours! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some great shots from the Feedback Forum as well.

Photo Of The Week – April 27th, 2020

Photo by Richard

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Words by Kent DuFault

This week the POTW award goes to Richard for his exquisitely executed portrait of an elephant family.

I’m not sure if this was captured in the wild or at some type of game farm – not that it matters really.

Richard’s choice to get in tight preserved ‘the idea’ that he caught this moment in a ‘natural’ environment.

His conversion to a monochrome black and white image is flawless, and the treatment works perfectly for the subject matter.

His compositional use of shapes, lines, and line of sight- is also spot-on as every nuance moves the eyes towards the action located in the center of the shot.

Finally, there is a great storytelling element within this picture. Someone who has never experienced this (including me) can see up close and personal how an adult elephant interacts with it’s young.

Great shot, Richard. I think this would make a stunning and beautiful gigantic print on any wall.

What Are Our Members Up To?

These are our favourite shots from the 483th challenge, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Photo by Patrick

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The trick with complementary colours is the delightful contrast they give when used correctly. Here, a small patch of colour makes our eyes go directly to the lovely bird.

Photo by Click

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There is something magical about the layering of these mountains, and all those cacti make it even more surreal! Notice how soothing the color of the sky is – almost like an inversion in which the sky looks like sand and vice-versa.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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Here the complementary colours play a decisive role in directing our attention to the baby elephant. If this photo was shot with a green background perhaps, it wouldn't be nearly as striking.

Photo by ElinL

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The subtle delicacy of the green foliage against the out-of-focus pink flowers makes this a pleasing image to look at.

Photo by Tom M

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Abstract and groovy for sure! This shot deserves a closer look since it has many nice things going on. The complementary colours are just the very first layer of its composition.

Photo by LeanneC

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Simple and smart! Nothing grabs the viewer's attention more than a visual break from a pattern or repetition.

Photo by Kent DuFault

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Such brilliant golden tones against the blue sky!

Photo by Rajesh001

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Simple composition and complementary colors make this small creature such a great subject!

Photo by Robert Apple

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Purple and yellow combo is one of the most powerful ways of using complementary colours, and for some reason it is rarely used when trying to achieve high contrast images.

Photo by Ema Babić

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Even the mundane becomes eye-catching with proper composition in mind. Nothing grabs the attention more than red-colored objects.

Photo by Tersha

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Patrick spotted a smiley face here, can you see it?

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

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What a beautiful portrait this is! And as Bobbie said, this is definitely not “an accident”.

Photo by Frogdaily

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The top shape of the drop looks like a human figure preparing to jump and dive!

Photo by Aurimas

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There is a sense of personification in this simple composition. It makes the entire image work in a surreal way.

Photo by Mark Hagemann

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Here we have something quite unusual, the presence of all three primary colours in a single candid shot. This is enhanced by the movement and the odd-numbered group of human figures.

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

Patrick triggered our smiles with a gentle touch of spring!

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Robert shared a nice portrait of his beloved friend Jack.

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Erik shared one of the eeriest photos I've seen in a while. Here, a street artist depicts death in a lonely square.

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He also shared a series of images from a plastic fishing tour in Amsterdam.

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Dave made an inquiry regarding wildlife photography. Could you folks help him out?

And let's give a warm shout-out to our newest members – Jim, Carol, Ema, Aurimas and Collin!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum has been receiving tons of great photographs! 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.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by many 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. By receiving critiques we can find flaws that wouldn't be easy for us to spot. 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. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

We and many other members will be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Don't forget to participate in the newest challenge published by Tersha on Open & Closed! Also, please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it already.

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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