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.

 

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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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Double Exposure Self Image

Following the usual photography themed challenge on the #FlickrFriday group, I decided to try some self portraits for this weeks theme #DoubleExposure. The image above is the most striking and it conveys my favorite biography. Cartainly anyone who has spoken with me about books on theology, will know how much the life of Dietreich Bonhoeffer (Pastor, Theologian, Spy and Martyr) has influenced my own thinking and hopefully my life.

This interest grew from a visit to the holocaust museum in Israel, in which I came away wondering where the church was during this dark period in our history. I discovered a book by Eric Metaxas, journeying the reader through the life and death of Bonhoeffer. On the cover is an iconic portrait image of the man himself, with his round wire glasses taken during his time in a Nazi prison. That is the image I have used to double exposure over my own self portrait, in homage to his his lives story and the lessons for our lives still today.

Strangers We Meet

I met this gentleman while trying to take these landscape pictures and one of the moon. He approached me loudly from a distance, suggesting I take his picture, because I would never get a picture of an Irishman like him. I believe that might be true after our conversation and anyway, how could I refuse such an interesting character with a stick!

So I swung the camera around on the tripod and quickly fulfilled his request. As you can see there was no time for composition or even to consider focus. Just capture the moment, hope everyone is happy and get back to capturing my shoreline before the light was gone

However, the whole evening was full of people asking what I was looking at, what was it i saw and was I a professional. It seems a camera on a tripod convinces everyone you are a professional even when all you hoped for was a quiet night to better know learn your craft. Still it meant I got to take this gem of a photo. Feel free to let me know what do you think or share you stories of strangers you’ve met while out taking pictures.

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.

Flickr Explored

Today one of my images that I had taken for #FlickrFriday theme #PolkaDots was featured on Flickr Explored. Which is amazing as I was still deciding if it was good enough for the challenge, but making the top 500 of the day was a real boost in confidence.

Click the above to see my other images that was #Explored.