Unseen Inhabitants, Sarus Cranes, and Natural Resilience! (Community Update)


Once again, we've had a mammoth week in the light stalking community, this time exploring the general theme of unseen inhabitants.

If you're a huge fan of photography like we are, then this presents a unique opportunity to explore parts of the photographic world that many people never get to see. And if you have a huge lens capable of capturing life at a distance, then you also have a unique opportunity to approach this theme.

One of the things that came through this week is how patient people need to be in order to shoot around this idea—birds, insects, and even mammals are very easy to spook, and surf photographers have to be the ultimate in stealth.

Let's jump into what our amazing community was able to do around this theme.

Photo of the Week

There's something about that early morning light that enhances textures and other visual features on these beautiful cranes. Not to mention the visual punch delivered by the vibrant colour red on their heads. An exquisite catch for sure! No wonder why Robert Apple nominated it as a “Member's Pick“.

Copyright – Rodrick Rajive Lal

Did you know that the Sarus Cranes are the tallest flying bird in the world?! Standing up to 1.8m tall and having a huge wingspan of about 2.4m, we can imagine the satisfaction of capturing two beautiful specimens in a nice vertical shot. Also, in some cultures, they are considered symbols of marital fidelity, as they mate for life and are known for pinning the loss of their mates to the point of starving themselves!

Congrats @rodrick, thanks for sharing such a high-quality photograph with us! Now, for some inspiration, we bring you a fine pick from the most recent weekly photography challenge on “Unseen Inhabitants”.

Weekly Photography Challenge Digest

Thanks, Tersha and Dahlia for pushing our creative boundaries one step forward every week!

Copyright – beth
Copyright – Elin Laxdal

I almost missed these inhabitants hiding high in the rafters of our barn.

Copyright – Pat Garrett

seen, but not in full view …

Copyright – Tersha
Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Wendy P


Copyright – Patrick
Copyright – Tersha
Copyright – Wendy P
Copyright – Tersha

For more visual imagery, check out the 692th original challenge post!

A Highlight on the Latest Activity at our Community

Marty exposed an honest concern about macro photography, and honestly she has a point! It is confusing, so please, if you are savvy in this genre, share your thoughts with her over here.

Ok. I just purchased a used 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens and am trying to shoot “macro” with my training wheels on. I am totally baffled about how to know if/when I’m shooting a 1:1 ratio to qualify as a macro? I have no idea what size my “sensor” is, let alone compared to the size of my subject. Here are a few examples of some recent shots I took of a white banded crab spider that looked like a tiny puff of cotton to my naked eye. Note that the average length of this female spider  is between 1/4-1/2 inches. Shot with a Canon kit 250 mm lens on a cornflower:

Copyright – Marty E

Patrick shared a new walking video, and the experience is beyond spectacular:

A couple of days ago, Robert shared a view from how winter won't let go Wyoming:

Yesterday it was 70 the grass is green spring is here

Copyright – Robert Apple

And please remember, “life finds a way”, thanks Erik for this gorgeous shot:

Copyright – Erik Fransman

Our monthly contest is live, and is all about “Whispers”. Go check out the guidelines if $250 sounds like an interesting prize!

Last but not least, if you want to make out the most of your LightStalking user account, make sure to check the latest posts. Also, don't forget to swim the Mobile Monday Challenge!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Our Feedback Forum is a fine place for all those people wanting to grow fast as photographers. Here, you'll get your work reviewed by friendly photographers, but you'll also have the chance to comment on the work of others. We believe in the power of feedback, and here are the latest shots shared in the pool:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, but please read the instructions in order to get a great experience. Share your comments, opinions and constructive criticisms on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Remember all comments are given to the photographs; not the photographers.

Also, don't forget to participate in our current challenge on candid emotions in public places!

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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