Tag Archives: Flickr groups

September 23 2014

Quick note on Flickr. You can disable comments but not disable faves. I would like to be able to disable faves. I think they are pointless anyway. I have always used them as a means to identify photographs I have already seen. I fave every photo I look at. Sorry, if that disappoints some, but I have over 60,000 faves. I rarely look through them. I have noticed in the past year that views have increased dramatically. Before the new and so awesome version of Flickr, I was averaging about 500 views per day. A daily post would be seen about a 100 times, get about 20 or so comments and about 30 – 40 faves. Now, a photo is seen about a 1,000 times, gets about 80 – 100 faves and about 15 – 20 comments.

Yesterday, I had reached over 300 views and over 30 faves but only had 1 comment. Flickr have made it so easy to consume photography that people spend as little time as they can on photos. On the Flickr app, double click and a star appears obscuring the image and scroll quickly to the next and repeat. Dozens of photos can be consumed in a matter of minutes. On the desktop version, the page with your contacts – sorry followers (how much do I hate that term!), you can just single click on the star and consume with even more convenience.

Time to contract, I think. I have, for the moment, abandoned Instagram because of this trend of scrolling and clicking. Perhaps if the fave button was disabled – if this was an option – then people might be more inclined to view the photograph and even write a comment in reaction to what they have seen. Good idea, bad idea?

Anyway, rant suspended, I don’t subscribe to the rant over idea. If I want to resume the rant later, then it is nice to know it is there waiting for me to pick up from where I left off.

Photographs for today. I am still in the Shibuya underground station. It is past midnight, edging close to the time of the last train. Commuters are streaming out of trains and I am there in wait, camera poised and ready to capture the moment. I have one or two more in this series to show. I love the fluid colours in them.

Commitment to the future

Commitment to the future

The iPhone image for today is another taken as people are waiting for the train to leave the station. I was pretty lucky with the commuters I got in shots like this. Usually they responded well to me, sometimes smiling or like the photo other day when they guy gave a wide-mouthed exclamation. Today’s image is a little out of focus (when did that ever bother me?)and grainy, but his expression is tender and warm.

This is about as happy as I can look for you

This is about as happy as I can look for you


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Only a few weeks have passed in this new year and looking back at last month’s images makes me think years have passed. Time is a strange concept. Twenty six posted images in December and I can only choose one, and to be honest, there is only one I would choose. I saw this gentleman approaching on a cold December morning while I waited for my wife to arrive. A popular meeting point in Cork city is outside Cash’s, now known as Brown Thomas. I was there waiting, people watching and all my attention was drawn to this well-dressed, small gentleman. He may have been old, but his face had a look of cheeky mischief. For some reason, he got me imagining what he might have looked like as a little boy. He did not smile nor frown. He carried himself with grace. Yet, I could just picture him in short pants, long socks, battered brogues and a tattered shirt and tie, and ya, that cheeky, mishievous look. He was lovable.

Discreetly, I got the photo. My wife arrived. I showed her. She nodded and smiled and said when asked that, ya, he looked cute. He does, doesn’t he? A gentleman, but you just know that little boy is still there, still ready for mischief.

That’s the year done. Bring on 2014. Photography!



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Super eye candy from Superosity

That time of week to review the posts to Superosity in the past 7 days to choose 6 of my favourites. This week the 6 to catch my eye are not in colour, although both black and white are colours.

Hope you like them. give the photographers some love and click through to their Flickr streams. Thanks for posting to the group!


Super eye candy from Superosity


The photographers from left to right – ando.b – Rajagopalan Sarangapani – ewitsoe – Tunguska RdM – shin2600z – BlemishedEye

And Sunday morning would not be Sunday morning without some music to listen to –

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It is always great pleasure to look through the blur will save the world group. The standard of blur photography there is amazing. Here are 6 of those which grabbed my attention in the past few weeks. Thanks to the amazing photographers for posting and sharing, and of course, inspiring.



To see more of these artists great work, click through. From left to right – kim by the water – kokorage – alexbworld – zanimo (away) – Sharon Reid2010 – yell saccani

Blur music

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6 Superosity favourites

Hello to all. Not posted a selection of my favourites from my Flickr group Superosity for a while. Looking through the pool this 6 stood out for me. Thanks to all the photographers who post to the group. If you click on the links below, you can get to their streams. Thanks.


6 Superosity Favourites

Thanks to the great photographers for sharing their work. From left to right – StephenCairns – Dave Hoefler – cedric blanchon – Sarah Jarrett – Dan Cronin^ – kaniths

And some music to wash it all down with.

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What Superosity did next

Have been so busy these past few weeks that I have not had time to group together a selection of my favourites from Superosity or Blur will Save the World. Time to correct that now. This week I have chosen a theme – portraits. And from this theme I have selected six – each with their own merit. The thing for me about portraits is being seen and wanting to be seen, wanting to make a connection. These six have that.


What Superosity did next

Thanks to the following photographers for sharing their work in the group – bmahesh – Justin Amoafo Photography – J a n . B i s h o p. – adzscott – RenaGinz – Jonathan Kos-Read

Music for a rainy Easter Sunday

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Best of Blur will save the world (Jan. 20)

As I am writing, I discover that there are now exactly 7,500 images in the group pool of Blur will save the world. 7,500! That means I have either invited these images or added them to the group in the pending images queue. I have seen them all.

Seven thousand five hundred blur images. Yoo hoo!

Of the three groups I have on Flickr, this one is, without doubt, my favourite. I police submissions with vigour, selecting only images that are fully blurred, discarding accidental blur and selective focus (there are occasional exceptions to this). Blur for me is a decision that a photographer makes to distort the main focus of the image. A decision which later gives the viewer all rights to recreate, even correct, this distortion. It also leads to a high quality of accepted images.

Anyway, enough of my guff. Here are my favourites from this week. Follow the links below to see more from these photographers. Thanks to all for sharing and supporting.

Blur will save the world

Blur will save the world

Thanks to all. To see more from these photographers, click through. From left to right –

– Punkrocker* – *katz – Ade Santora – RiaPereira – here and there  – Shiingo – Marianne Ellis – mutablend (mostly off)   – Christopher A. Dominic – michael.veltman

And it would not be Sunday without some Sunday music. Hit play and get yourself over to Blur will save the world and enjoy the blur. You know you want to!

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