Going With GoPro

Having seen and read a lot about the GoPro Hero cameras I took the plunge and bought myself a Black Edition. Of course this is an action camera, something mostly used for sport and selfies. However my main use is to capture the actions of our newborn. His first swim, first walk, first interactions with his environment and so on.

Yet, it’s early days for the little fella. He has just turned three months so we could not go to the pool until he had all his injections. So in the meantime I’m using the opportunity to learn how this little box works best. So first up I stuck it to the car window and captured some wide angle stills.

My GoPro Images

Obviously not the most exciting use of this excellent camera, still a lot to learn to get the most out of it. However, I have now discovered the various mounts, brackets and even quadcopters available. So this is only the beginning of my new relationship with GoPro. Come back and see how Atticus and I are getting on in future posts.

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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.

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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.

 

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk – Titanic Belfast

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On Saturday the 5th October I had the opportunity to be apart of the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. I noticed that there was two walks in Belfast, but the Titanic Belfast interested me the most. I really love this signature building with its modern architecture and cool exhibition to the lost White Line ship.

I have to say I met the greatest bunch of photographers, who made me feel very welcome, considering they were all professionals and part of the same club. The walk allowed me to shoot a set full of architecture, people, history, among other things. However, the above image is the one I submitted to the walk website, but feel free to check out the full set.

I certainly will be looking to take part again next year. Perhaps then I might even have learn’t a few new skills.

Explored While Exploring The X20

So finally made a decision about which camera to get as a travel buddy. After selling my first image to a publishing house I bought myself a Fuji X20 enthusiast compact camera for travelling. I chose to get the retro silver version and got a great deal from Calumet Photography in Belfast. As you can imagine I couldn’t wait to go home to unbox this new toy, so instead popped into the Starbucks on Elmwood Avenue.

While there I submitted the above image taken with the X20 for the #FlickrFriday theme ‘Yesterday’ featuring a black and white print of an original Starbucks shop on the wall of the newly furnished Elmwood store. To my surprise this morning it was Explored.

Click the image to see other my other explored photos or if you would like to see the rest of my snaps taken yesterday with the X20 in Starbucks click here.