This Week in the Light Stalking Community


Hi there folks, here is your long awaited community wrap-up, filled with stunning images that will give you a nice run before starting your rushed day. And why not, maybe you'll get some inspiration out of them too! 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 one of the most popular colors in photography, Red! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some solid shots from the Shark Tank as well!

Photo Of The Week – February 3rd, 2020

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Words by Kent DuFault

This week our Guest Judge for the POTW was Mistyisle a.k.a. Jim. Here is what he had to say… (Jim’s selection was slightly outside the upload period for judging. But as he went to the effort- we are going to allow his selection for this POTW.)

To me clearly the most outstanding photo of the week was Larry Kreger’s impressionist study – uploaded into the WeekendPhotography Challenge #471 Red – Reply #429892. The fact of there being a number of reds with the umbrella as a starting point, leading the eye through the pic is great. It could very easily hang on a wall. The blur is marvellous.

Also, “Pokey Thingies”, by Robert Apple, has great balance and impact. If they are the plant that I think they are, then they only blossom for about a week, if that, and not every year. (We will post a link to “Pokie Thingies” below.

What Are Our Members Up To?

These are our favourite shots from our 471th Challenge, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Photo by Bobbie

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I've always been firm when it comes to breathing air in front of a stare, but this is one of those few examples in which rules have been marvellously broken. The contrast between all the red tones and the greenish (or blueish) bottles makes it a striking photo that simply can't be ignored.

Photo by Andre P

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This is definitely an eye-catchy still-life. This is one of those examples in which past painting masters (especially those dark and moody painters from the Flemish era) influence can undeniably be felt.

Photo by Viviane Rakotoarivony

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This is quite an intriguing photograph, and it works fine at many levels!

Photo by Pat Garrett

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What a nice finding this is! It is odd to find such a clean line in nature, and the colours make it very poetic indeed.

Photo by Davidc

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We've seen this photo before, and it still has that great visual impact from the very first time.

Photo by P71

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Not only the panning effect here is on point, the combination of colours is great! Not to mention that grabbing motion like this is extremely hard.

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

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You don't need the big picture in order to deliver a message in an efficient way. The main reason why this shot is so beautiful, is because the shadow is complete, yet the body isn't. Great capture!

Photo by Rob Eyers

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This is quite a fun shot! And I could only imagine how hard was to make the perspective so perfect.

Photo by Preston

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The great power of colour red in photography is that it grabs attention so much, that it makes everything impossible to ignore. And it doesn't matter if it is just a tiny accent (like in this shot), it will always deliver a feisty punch. It is important to always consider that colours are better contrasted with other colours.

Photo by Chris Pook

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Now this thing yells for attention, and it somehow looks quite awesome!

Photo by Tersha

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Elegance in this shot is achieved by mixing an exquisite lighting technique, a sober composition and the extra kick the rule of odds can give to the frame.

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

Chris shared several shots he made with his tiny Rollei 35S. I've always wanted a camera like this, it is so inconspicuous that makes the act of candid photography something really achievable. This is my personal favourite from all the shots that he shared with us, but you can see them all here.

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Erik shared some images of a personal self-imposed challenge. Capturing his cats while yawning! Although, he has a little trick for achieving that ;).

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Rob Eyers shared this beautiful group of brightly coloured ducks.

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Robert Apple shared this gorgeous portrait:

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Jim wants to save some money on a ring flash, if you have a good recommendation for him, this is the place for doing it!

Rob made a very interesting (and quite controversial) question that I'm still not able to answer correctly yet, but maybe you can!

Oh, and Terry needs some help, if you are able to help, please leave a comment here.

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 Tonal Values. You really can't allow yourselves to miss something like that! Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done it 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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