Top 10 WeeklyFstop Photos: Grow

Top 10 WeeklyFstop Photos: Grow

To grow as a photographer you have to get out there and challenge yourself. Consider joining in on the weeklyFstop as a great way to try new things and enhance your photography skills.

To live is to grow, if not by size, then in wisdom and experience. Being a dad with two boys, when I think of growing I think of them. The way time flies by as they become more and more independent reminds me to cherish every moment. I may get accused of always having my camera out, but having photos of them each step along the way is priceless.

This week's participants all brought their own interpretation of grow and once again delivered a quality top 10 list. I hope you enjoy.

10. Konrad Sarnowski

9. Peter Witama

8. Wesley Chang

7. Raymond Craig

6. ZiZo

5. Alan Godfrey

4. Rand Photography

3. Cynthia Hernadi Setiawan

2. Mike Schultz

1. Mike Smith

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#weeklyfstopgrow - Chicka Chicka I don't often get to act upon my photo ideas. But often when I lay awake at night, I dream up crazy photo ideas which never see the early light of morning. But when I learnt about this weeks #weeklyfstopgrow I thought and thought and eventually came up with this idea which I hope is a little more unique. We were lucky when just over a week ago, we managed to hatch five chicks successfully and they have been cheeping the nights away keeping us all awake. This fella was the first to hatch. I wanted to call him Solo but I was overruled and the kids named him Chicka. Of course, the next two chicks to hatch were called 'Boom Boom' and 'Oh Yeah' (FBDO) After I had cleared the chicks out and made them comfortable in a different box, I found a nice bit of wood, set up the lamp and the food and then tested the OCF through a simple cardboard tube to form a snoot. After testing the 24-105mm, I settled on the wide angle lens. Only after I was happy with the lighting did I introduce the chick. After he had settled, I then took three photos. So as not to stress him too much, I swapped him out, waited and then took three photos of the next chick. Once I had reviewed the photos, I selected two favourites and quickly returned the chicks to their original cardboard box complete with food and water as always. Boom boom, oh yeah, chicka-chickahh... #weeklyfstop #chick #chicks #ferrisbueller #grow #cockeral #hen #THEPIPAS2018

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I love the power stance this chick is sporting. Also, the dramatic lighting and simplicity of the scene won me over. Great work, Smith.

Honorable Mentions

Bruno Houtzager

Ryan Wilson

What Is This Week's Theme and How Do I Enter?

One thing the Fstoppers community stands out on is portrait photography. The readers post some of the coolest and most cutting-edge photos of people I've ever seen. From the models, to the scenes, to the lighting, to the amazing costumes, the quality and imagination are second to none.

So consider yourselves challenged. Show us your best portrait work.


To enter, simply use the hashtag #weeklyFstopPortrait on any public Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr post between now and our next weeklyFstop article. Please keep it to one entry per week to keep it fair and less cluttered.

Here are the previous week's results for anyone who may have missed them:

  1. Leading Lines
  2. Bold
  3. Color
  4. Yours
  5. Simplicity
  6. Monochrome
  7. Music
  8. Light
  9. Action
  10. Thankful
  11. Bokeh
  12. Toys
  13. Snow
  14. Frozen
  15. Warmth
  16. Sunrise
  17. Landscape
  18. Favorite
  19. Gathering
  20. Green
  21. Pink
  22. Gold
  23. Happiness
  24. Macro
  25. Street
  26. Long Exposure
  27. Circle
  28. Outdoors
  29. Shadows
  30. Old
  31. Work
  32. Play

Remember, there is no guarantee posting a photo will result in it being featured. If you happened to submit but fell short, please don't be discouraged. Keep shooting and try to gain techniques or ideas from the photos that are selected. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, feel free to contribute in the comments. I'm always open to future theme suggestions. I hope you are all enjoying the theme as much as I am. Keep up the good work.

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Mike Smith's picture

Love it that I got first place but my name is Mike Smith, not Stephen Holst...!

Michael B. Stuart's picture

Yes, so it is. Well this is awkward. Does this mean you won't be wanting the "Holst" lettered jersey you've won?
Just kidding. My sincere apologies, Mike! And congrats again. :)

Mike Smith's picture

No worries Michael - to be honest, I am still reeling from the surprise - but now moving onto portraits - going to be more difficult to stand out from the crowd me thinks...

Alan Godfrey's picture

Excellent, thank you! Can't get enough of #weeklyfstop!

Peter Witama's picture

Thank you!

What a good news to made it to top 10 again.

Bad news, i just got robbed yesterday, and my camera is gone. Hopefully i can afford a new camera..

Michael B. Stuart's picture

That is ridiculous! I hope you get your gear back and soon.

Raymond Craig's picture

Thank you, so glad to make it in the top 10! Also, I really dig Mike Schultz macro snake shot. Good stuff this week!

Michael B. Stuart's picture

Glad you enjoyed! I also dug that snake shot. It also could have been the top spot.