Light Stalking Community’s Digest For Week 51-2019


Hi there fellow Light Stalkers, welcome to your weekly wrap-up, filled with beautiful photographs that will give you a nice time before starting your rushed day. Today we are bringing you everything you shouldn't miss from past week! From some handpicked stuff from the general chit chat as well as some beautiful shots from Tersha's latest challenge on Sparkly stuff. And as you've already guessed it by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Shark Tank as well!

Photo Of The Week – December 22th, 2019

Photo by Davidc

Words by Kent DuFault

Merry Christmas, Light Stalkers!

Given that this is Christmas week (and also a Happy Hanukkah, especially to you Bobbie), I wanted to find a POTW that captured the essence of this time of the year.

We had plenty of uploads with Christmas lights, and toys, and trees, etc. But, I kept coming back to this photograph by @davidc.

This scene screams Christmas morning to me, and that’s why I chose it.

I have two runner-ups, both of which nicely represent the sparkling lights and toys, and trees group.

I’ll post a link to them below.

Congratulations, David, on a beautiful winter picture. I think I’ll pour myself a hot chocolate and stare at it for a while!

What Are Our Members Up To?

These are our favourite shots from our 465th Challenge, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Photo by John Teate

This is a nice abstraction for two main reasons, simplicity and colour contrast in the composition. Very catchy and appropriate too!

Photo by Dave Watkins

This definitely takes you back in time! Baroque and almost unnecessary, but totally beautiful to watch.

Photo by Pat Garrett

Nice and simple image that recalls a cosy Christmasy vibe.

Photo by Robert Apple

This one is quite trippy, and very sparkling indeed. It really makes you wonder about how small we are.

Photo by Click

This is a bold long exposure, very electrifying and strong.

Photo by P71

This odd art piece triggered some odd feelings on my side, but is still a nice visual craft.

Photo by LeanneC

There is something nice about snowflakes, they are perfectly crafted and yet unique when compared to others. They are one of the most interesting creations on nature, and we love how Leanne captured this one within that beautiful coloured contrast on the back.

Photo by Tersha

Buzzing sounds everywhere!

Photo by David Chesterfield

We wonder how this magnificent shot would look like if rotated upside down? That reflection is exquisite, and the sparkles honor the challenge at a 100% level!

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

Flickr is still a thing, and Erik just shared with us the Top 25 from 2019, so enjoy!

Robert was really close to the action, and shared with us this terrifying shot the other day:

He also shared this softly isolated dragonfly:


Dave shared this beautiful Blue Heron he spotted on the rocks, that is a nice composition too! Just look at it!

And Petr wished us all the best of wishes for these holidays!

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 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 the chance of critiquing your peers. We know it is hard for you to believe something like this, but it is actually true. We are able to help you out into becoming a better photographer at a reasonable amount of time by doing this. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback, and we promote it via The Tank.

Here many of our members have nurtured their own photographic knowledge by giving out elaborated critiques that go way beyond a simple emoji based reactions or “nice shot” comments. Not to mention the “what camera are you using?” ones. By receiving critiques we can find out flaws that weren't easy to spot for us before hearing an objective opinion upon our work. Here are some of the most interesting shot shared during last week on the Tank:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, so please read the instructions in order the 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, 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 Christmas Eve! You really can't allow yourselves to miss something like that! Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done already! Take a spin at our Members Picks from this Last Week a well, here you'll find the best of the best from Light Stalking, curated by our very own members.

If you are among the new members that still haven't waved to us yet, please feel free to do it now! We are pretty sure that you'll find a great deal of satisfaction while roaming all the other forums too! We all hope that you folks will become better and more conscious photographers in a decent amount of time.

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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