Embracing the model character for photography

American Hustle

American Hustle

If you are anything like me and have only began to get to grips with photography, you might well have discovered that without willing participants you end up having to be your own model. This has been the case for me more than once this year, as I tried to complete a different theme each week for my Project 52.

It is interesting trying to be both the photographer and the subject at the same time. The above image was taken as part of a #FlickrFriday theme called #shakenbutnotstirred. This particular image ended up more like the film American Hustle and I quite liked it. However the image I submitted in the end was the image is below, as it looked more like a James Bond villain.

Shaken But Not Stirred - #FlickrFriday theme challenge.

Shaken But Not Stirred – #FlickrFriday theme challenge.

With reluctance I have appeared a few more times in my Flickr photos and here is some examples. However I would have preferred to have had some volunteers to be my subjects for this type of photography.

Double Exposure with favourite book.

Double Exposure with favourite book.

9 Years of Flickr

9 Years of Flickr

Baby's View

Please do take a moment to look at the images on Flickr by clicking on the images and leave a comment. If you are already on Flickr drop by and connect, always keen to see other peoples work.

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What Makes A Picture Popular On Flickr

Through The Coffee Cup

Playing with my Fuji X20 in Starbucks coffee shop

It still amazes me that some images are way more popular than others, despite sometimes having very little thought put into the concept. While other images clearly have taken much more effort, yet much less views or likes. Take for example the image above. I shot this the very first day I got my Fuji X20. While unboxing it in the local Starbucks I began playing around with it and happened to capture this shot of fellow customer pondering the meaning of life.

Yesterday - #FlickrFriday No.24

Starbucks, yesterday and today through the Fuji X20

 

Here is another image that I enjoyed taking, again in Starbucks to capture the retro style of the shop and again see what my new Fuji X20 could do. Again this was very well received on Flickr and even was ‘Explored’. I can not explain the popularity, although I do like it myself. However, many other images that I might have expected to get more attention did not make much of an impact on the Flickr community.

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Just the two of us

 

Take for example the picture above of two lovely teddy bears out on a date. One might have expected there to be some activity in number of views or comments. Yet not so much.

Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates

Another image that I thought was quite interesting or at the very least thought provoking was this image I shot of a take on the movie Forrest Gump. Again there was interest, but nothing like the two images above. Then again there have been images that surpassed my understanding of why they are my most popular images of all time.

The fab four has received over 20,000 views in only a few months on Flickr

The fab four has received over 20,000 views in only a few months on Flickr

London Calling is my second most popular image on Flickr.

London Calling is my second most popular image on Flickr.

I would love to hear what other Flickr users think. What type of images do you usually find are grab attention or cause people to comment? Do you find that it is not the image concept that is interesting but when you upload the picture or have you found certain themes are big hits (like sunsets)?

Anyway, feel free to check out the images on Flickr by clicking on the images and if you are part of the Flickr community do connect. I love to see what others are doing and get inspired by their work.

 

Explored Again

Baby's View

 

Finally after some time I have been featured again on Flickr Explored. I was starting to think I may never get selected again. Not sure how Flickr actually makes the selection process but it is always nice to have your image reach a wider audience. After all what is the point of taking photos if no one gets to see what you saw. The image is all about perspective. In this case the view that a baby sees from a pram.

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