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.

 

97 Percent

Last week on the #FlickrFriday group the challenge was a head scratcher of a theme – #97Percent. I have to say this one really stretched the old grey matter, but I discovered the statistic that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that man made climate change is real. So here is my photographic portrayal of that stat.

Click the above image to see all my #FlickrFriday submissions and the six that were featured on the #Flickr blog.

The Lives Of Others

This weeks #FlickrFriday theme was ‘The Lives Of Others’, which immediately the mind thinks of snapping people going about their business through a zoom lens. However, I quickly imagined this would be the default choice of most submissions and I prefer pictures of people up close and personal if I can. So here is what I decided to go with, seven very different biographies that give us an insight into the lives of others.

Click the above image to see all my #FlickrFriday concepts and five that were featured on the #Flickr blog. Feel free to leave comments or helpful insights. I’m keen to learn from better photographers.

Sunny Afternoon

For some reason unknown there was no #FlickrFriday theme posted on Flickr for the weekend. Nor was there any results posts from last weeks submissions on the Flickr blog. I have to say I love this theme challenge as it has helped me focus each weekend on a particular ideal or concept. However, this weekend we were without a rudder, so it was a Flickr-free theme.

Click the image above to see a few images involving Maui Jim’s in the park on a sunny afternoon.

Afternoon Tea For Two

An excellent way for me to develop my photography has been through participating in #FlickrFriday weekly themed challenge. Resulting in me trying out new things or finding better ways to express these themes when I’m out and about. This Saturday I visited coastal old town Whitehead and while taking photos, I looked for a way to help this couple become my theme submission.

Click the photo to see the final entry and more image from Whitehead in my photostream.

Traffic Exposure

Today on the way home I stopped to take this picture of motorway traffic while messing around with exposure. I like the result.

Glorious Morning On Flickr Blog

Such a lovely way to wake up and to discover your #FlickrFriday picture has been featured on the Flickr blog. I’m very pleased as this is the fifth images to be selected by Flickr among some very excellent work.

To see my previous submissions click the link below or press the picture above to read the latest FlickrFriday blog post

http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekhall/sets/72157632724384807/