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The Light Inside of You

Purple waterlily in a pond. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida.

 

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About Flickr and Your Photos: A Few Things I've Learned

 

1.Having quality photos doesn’t necessarily mean that people will notice your work.

 

2.The best photos and photographers don’t necessarily get the most traffic and comments. I’ve seen fabulous photos get very few comments (please, do check her Photostream!),

www.flickr.com/photos/coolbiere/6368882613/in/photostream

 

and mediocre images receive hundreds!:

www.flickr.com/photos/batiks/3029654949/in/photostream

 

This is not a science by any definition of the word. However, sometimes even with this knowledge it´s a big mystery to me.

 

3.There are certain subjects people gravitate to: Colorful flowers, butterflies and birds, and beautiful women in skimpy attire (nothing new on this one, right?).

 

4.People have different (and often poorly developed) tastes and that influences what they are looking for and if they want to spend time viewing your photos.

 

5.Sometimes it’s a matter of perception, or the lack of it!

 

6.It’s a lot of fun and a great hobby; however, don´t take it too seriously, or it will disappoint you.

 

7.Sympathy for the photographer can provoke excessive appreciation of his work (again I remind you of the two examples above: click on links).

 

8.I've found that more often than not, on flickr, a lady's pretty face, her great figure or both (and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that!) and her skimpy or provocative attire, can go a very long way in accumulating views and praises under a photograph. However, often many of these photos, or photos by these flickr “beauties”, attract the drooling crowd of mostly superficial and enthralled men, not to mention the sex obsessed and even the not so occasional depraved, who typically look for these images to comment on (I’m trying to be as nice as I can here!), even when these photos are sometimes of mediocre quality.

 

9.Many Flickr users, because of their particular circumstances, have a lot of free time in their hands to spend on Flickr. Good for them! I don’t. I need to spend the limited time I have for photography in actual picture taking and commenting on the few photos I really like, not commenting on dozens of pictures posted on groups just to comply with group rules. Flickr is important to me as a venue to exhibit some of my work, but not so important that I should waste endless hours posting and commenting on groups just to get hundreds of GENERIC group comments from other users who are just trying to meet the mandatory comment quotas of those groups.

 

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Taken on August 14, 2010