Light Stalking Community’s Digest For Week 11-2020


Hi there folks, here is your long-awaited community wrap-up, filled with stunning images – maybe they'll inspire you to improve your own photography or simply try out a new shooting technique.

Here you'll find as usual, some rigorously curated stuff from the general chit chat as well as some beautiful shots from Tersha's latest challenge on Minimalism! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning the most engaging shots from the Shark Tank as well.

Photo Of The Week – March 16th, 2020

Photo by Tobie

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Words by Kent DuFault

I usually try to mix up the photography genre and the winning photographer from week to week, so that we have different types of pictures to admire from different people.

However, this shot is too exquisite to pass up and not be awarded. We will have to live with wildlife photography for two weeks in a row from the same photographer.

Congratulations, Tobie, you’re on a roll here lately!

What Are Our Members Up To?

These are our favorite shots from the 477th Challenge, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Photo by David Chesterfield

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In photography, light is our most valuable asset, and we need to know how to react towards it. So many mixed feelings arise just by watching this sorrowful photograph. A completely different message could be pulled out of it if the photographed have decided a brighter exposure, and that's the power light has.

Photo by Dave Watkins

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Look closer and you'll see some tiny waves around the conch in the sand. I think this is a great wallpaper, and an illustrative example of what minimalism could be.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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This photo is both complex and minimal, and that's a treasure to have. In terms of composition we have a soothing background and one single element framed precisely in one of the intersecting points the Rule of Thirds give to us to structure out any composition. But then we have the technical layer, which adds a whole different level of complexion to the photograph. The perfect panning and the precise focusing are clear evidences that we are in front of an image created by an experienced photographer that understands both motion and exposure.

Photo Pat Garrett

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I've always been a huge fan of minimalist shots depicting large bodies of water. This is a very challenging visual resource, and exposing it correctly could help you out into creating a more or less appealing photograph. Here we have an splendid example of a very good looking photograph! I can even imagine it as a being part of a music album or something like that! It is soothing yet bold.

Photo by ElinL

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Even when the author's comment might not be needed, we know by the body expression and the smart composition that the cat is aiming for something. Great capture for sure.

Photo by Preston

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Now is not surprise for me to understand why so many countries have a new moon in their flags :).

Photo by Kent DuFault

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This is like having lines dancing altogether. And paraphrasing Dave Watkins' words, old corrugated metal is a great subject to photograph.

Photo by Crystal

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What a superb example of minimalist expression we got here. Less is more, and here is way more than just more!

Photo by Patrick

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Behold the birth of light.

What You Shouldn't be Missing from the Light Stalking Community

Simon shared a couple of golf-related shots with us the other day. Here you can watch them, and our favorite is this one:

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Erik shared an example of how the human presence can trigger a peculiar aesthetic experience in human beings watching a photograph. Here you can analyse the contrast between the shot with people and the still-life if you wish.

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He also shared this link with us, here you'll find the 2020's “Agora’s nature photo contest”.

Patrick shared a nice collage with us earlier this week:

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Robert Apple shared a very insightful solution for those frustrations we all have suffered regarding hosting changes for storing photographs.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our beloved Shark Tank is getting pretty sweet as many of you guys are 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 photography learning curve.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by many well-intended people, but you'll also have a chance to critique your peers. We are able to help you become a better photographer by doing this! We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback, and we promote it via The Shark Tank.

Here many of our members have nurtured their own photographic knowledge by giving out elaborate critiques that go way beyond a simple emoji-based reactions or “nice shot” comments. By receiving critiques we can find flaws that aren't 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 experience. Share your comments, opinions and doubts on any or all of the images above. We will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers, so don't be afraid of sharing.

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 skip participating in the newest challenge published by Tersha on a timeless classic, Reflections! Also, join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it already! Check out our Members Picks too – this forum thread is curated by Light Stalking members.

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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