Top 10 WeeklyFstops: Thankful

Top 10 WeeklyFstops: Thankful

This week's theme "thankful" was full of great submissions. It also means we are into the tenth week of the weeklyFstop theme! We have seen some very cool photos shared and put together nine completely original top 10 lists found nowhere else on the web. I'd say that is pretty awesome. We are doing it people. For that, and for you, I am thankful.

Being thankful comes from experience. Sometimes it actually takes hardship to wake a person up to how much they truly have to be thankful for. In the song "Big Yellow Taxi" Joni Mitchell wrote song lyrics stating:

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?

I believe it is so important to be thankful not only for what you have but also for every morning you wake up to live another day on the amazing planet we call home. It is never too late to show appreciation to those around you. Now how did our readers do capturing all this in a photo? Let us have a look!

Honorable Mentions:

Peter C Haley

David Haring

Jimmy Barber

Chris Dikos

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Working on the Christmas Card! #weeklyfstop

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This Week's Top 10:


Duke Nguyen


Brent La Fleur

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@tylorberreth is a nut . #skateeverydamnday

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John Crisp

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Had to get out of Dallas for a few hours today. My road trip took me down to Reagan Texas to shoot the Aggie Barn. Here's a little history. Saving the barn" - The original location of the Aggie Barn was just on the north end of the little Town of Reagan, Texas. A small dot along Highway 6 between College Station and Waco. The Town of Reagan once had several cotton gins, banks and mercantile stores but the town dried up when cotton was no longer a primary crop for the area. Several years ago, work started to transform Hwy 6 from a two-lane to a four-lane highway. This work included a by-pass around Reagan. The alignment of the by-pass put the road right through the Aggie Barn. About a year before construction, Joe found out about the proposed alignment and contacted the son of Mr. Thaggard Kirkpatrick regarding the plan for the barn. The son did not have any plans to move the barn and Joe would be welcome to move it if he wanted it. He also stated that he had been contacted about the barn being relocated to College Station or elsewhere on his property, but declined to keep the barn on his property due to liability reasons. Joe and Tressa decided to move it to their property rather than letting it be moved out of Reagan or possibly demolished. As time passed and the start of construction drew near, Joe made a deal to purchase the barn. One week before the barn was to be demolished in September 2006, we had an area house mover haul the center section of the barn down Hwy 6, approximately .3 miles south to land owned by the Swinneas. This is the Aggie Barn's current location. The barn sat in the middle of a vacant field and looked ugly for about a year. In 2006, our time was limited and hard to devote to the reconstruction and renovation of the barn until early 2008. There is never a shortage of old rotten lumber or missing boards that need replacing when working on a hundred year old structure that has been a feed storage and a rat castle for many of the last 50 years. For most of Joe's time at Texas A&M, and for all of his post college years, he has always been able to describe the location of his hometown by the "Aggie Barn" on Hwy 6.

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William Coyle


Felicia Marx


Cohl Fulk


Fadi Dalati


Pedro Pulido




Yasmin Mayne

This shot reminds me of my own grandma and the evenings we would visit and listen to all of her stories. There really is so much character in the woman's old hands and the feeling of thankfulness is abundant. Beautiful shot Yasmin.

Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of entries here: #weeklyFstop on Instagram A big thank you to everyone for joining in.

What is This Week's Theme?

It is getting very dark very early these days. Luckily we have Christmas lights and decorations all over our house to help keep spirits bright. Christmas lights are like the easy button for bokeh. So why not make "bokeh" the theme! I think I can round up some troops to join in. See if you can do the same for a big week.


For those that don't know, bokeh simply refers to the aesthetic qualities of the blurred portions of a shallow depth of field photo. Shooting for maximum bokeh is an effective technique for separating the subject in the photo from the background.

The hashtag to use is #weeklyFstop. If you are tagging an old shot that is fine, but please try and keep it to one shot picked for the theme per week.

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

  1. Leading Lines
  2. Bold
  3. Color
  4. Yours
  5. Simplicity
  6. Monochrome
  7. Music
  8. Light
  9. Action

Remember, there is no guarantee posting a photo will result in it being featured. If we get going and you fall short, keep shooting and try and learn from the photos that are selected. We can all learn to like our work a little less sometimes in order to grow. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas feel free to contribute in the comments.

Before you run off to get your next #weeklyFstop submission ready, are you all aware of the ongoing Fstoppers Photographer of the Month contest leading up to the Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year? Alex Cooke covers how to be selected at the bottom of the above post.

Speaking of the Fstoppers community are you part of it? Did you know you can have your own portfolio here with chances to be featured on the homepage as Photo of the Day? If not be sure to check it out. If you already comment then you have an account. If not, use the sign-up button and upload some work! Besides uploading your own work and having a portfolio on Fstoppers, making an account allows you to follow your favorite writers and artists so you will be notified every time they publish new photos or articles.

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Pedro Pulido's picture

nice gallery again!
For bokeh i don't stand a chance but i'm curious to see what shows up! :)
Good luck everyone!

Michael B. Stuart's picture

Thanks Pedro! So much for not being able to get a good bokeh shot! I appreciate the support man.

Pedro Pulido's picture

hahaha! i thought i wouldn't stand a chance. it's not my comfort zone! was not expecting to be in the selection. cool! :)

John Crisp's picture

Another awesome showing. Great work guys. This is one of my favorite articles on Fstoppers. I enjoy seeing everyone's work and it helps me grow. Next week is going to be killer. I love Bokeh!!!

Michael B. Stuart's picture

That is really awesome to hear John, thank you.

John Crisp's picture

Thank you for the inspiration.

qwe qwe's picture

wasn't sure about the theme, but the submissions are some of the best since the weekly challenge started.
I'm happy that my doberman got into the honorable mentions :)

Michael B. Stuart's picture

Thank you, glad you liked!