White Space Explored

I often post about #FlickrFriday a weekly theme competition on Flickr. Mainly because I enjoy the challenge and also because it forces me to try new things. If you haven’t taken part before, I would highly recommend giving it a go. A great way to see how others interpret themes and allow others to experience your work.

Last Friday’s theme was entitled #WhiteSpace and for me the White Album by the Beatles would be prefect to work with for my submission. With time scarce I used the disc and sleeve to make up the image and submitted it. However I have to say it was a real surprise to discover that it was immediately Explored on 23rd of September, the next day and to date has been viewed over 18,000 times.

It is an honour to be Explored on Flickr and this is the sixth time, but never has one of my images been so popular. I’m sure others have been Explored many times, but I am chuffed to be featured in this way. Perhaps it is because it is about the ‘fab four’ or that it fitted the theme so well, but for whatever reason that day my mobile just kept beeping as comments were posted. So I wanted to say thank you to everyone who viewed the image, and especially those who left me encouraging comments.

I would love to hear about what others know about Flickr Explore and how images are chosen. So please do feel encourage to leave comments in any of my posts on this blog.

No 7

This week I have been travelling around Ireland and between wifi signals, when I discovered that my image of travel documents (shot for #FlickrFriday theme #BusinessAsUsual) was selected to be featured on the Flickr blog. This made me very happy because I started entering this weekly challenge in January and this is my seventh time to be featured. Which is fantastic considering the talent submitted each week into the group pool of images.

See the blog here and the all my submissions for the year here.

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X20 Rwanda Images

As some might know I have been travelling in Rwanda as part of my job for an organisation called Tearfund. The visit involved leading teams that included a film crew, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Commissioner of the NI Victims Commission and some prominent church leaders. All interested in learning about the work of Tearfund and the Church in issues of poverty, development, unity and reconciliation, just 19 years after the genocide. There reflections can be heard as part of an interview on Radio Ulster’s programme Sunday Sequence here.

This is a photo blog and I have mentioned before that I decided to invest in a Fuji X20 for this and future trips. I discussed before how labour-some carrying DSLR equipment can be and especially when you already have a film crew with you, all you are attempting is to capture is stills for presentations and media. I have to say I am pleased with the camera and it certainly has met my expectations. Colour is vivid, images are sharp and it is a pleasure to use. Sure it lacks the variety of lens choices, but that really isn’t the point in this environment and the reason for output. Any fault in the images was user error and will improve as I get used to getting the most from this little travel buddy.

Click the above image to see a selection of photos captured from this trip and a few from the previous with a Lumix FZ100. You might agree that smaller is better for this type of travel and unobtrusive photography.