Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Mysteries of Flickr

A pretty good picture, I think.  I'm happy with it.  I snapped it with my Fujifilm X10 in Lexington Cemetery on Tuesday during a whirlwind trip to town.  It's a magnolia blossom and a mausoleum in the background.  I had the camera set in EXR mode for maximum dynamic range.  The Fuji has two different sizes of pixels, so it captures highlights with the small ones and shadows with the larger pixels when on that setting.  The downside is that you end up with a 6 mp shot instead of a 12 mp shot.  Not much of a downside to me.

I converted the picture to black and white (with a little sepia toning) in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2, and posted it on Flickr on Friday.  Somehow it made into the site's mysterious (to me anyhow) Explore, which are 500 pictures chosen by algorithm each day as worthy of, well, something.  A glance, I guess.  Today, it already has more views (over 3100) than any picture I've ever posted on Flickr.  I've been posting for 6 years, so that is saying something.  Maybe just that more people are on there and checking out Explore pics.  Anyhow, it is good to have a picture viewed so many times and I take it as evidence that I haven't completely lost my touch at this stuff despite my time off from photography.


  1. Congrats Jeff, for whatever it's worth. Happened to me as well, but not with my best ones...

    I like this one tho.

  2. Explore puzzles the hell outa me. I put up an old film scan and it exploded with views. I feel good that so many people took a look but I`m not going to let it get to my head. Some images I really like don`t even get a sniff.

    1. I know what you mean, Clifford. I've posted two since this one that got even more views through Explore, and then back to sub-100 views. It's nice every now and then but I think it is important to not pander to Explore as many, many people obviously do. I'm as likely to find pictures I like among my friends as on Explore - and often pictures that seem to me to have deeper meaning.


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