A little while ago I was contacted by Calvin Dexter, the editor of a popular Spanish speaking Photography website Como La Hice regarding one of my most popular macro photographs that I have on my Flickr photostream and website. He was interested in covering my photo and how I setup and took the shot. So I wrote a small piece which he helpfully translated and on the 18th of December it was published.
All I can say is the site has generated a lot of traffic to my website from areas of the world I’ve had no previous visits. So a lesson to me and a lesson for us all, don’t forget that not all of the world speaks english as a first language and what more can we do to make our content more accessible to all our buddies spread across the globe.
For the photographers out there Como La Hice certainly seems to be very popular in the Spanish speaking world so why not take a look and help to support the wider photography community out there.
On another note, this macro image was taken without a dedicated macro lens and as I’ve mentioned before it goes to show what is achievable with some technical knowledge a little bit of creativity all without breaking the bank on expensive macro glass. I’ll go into further detail in my next blog about how you can achieve results such as this, what equipment you’ll need and how to setup your camera.
After blogging about having one of my pictures being included in Flickr’s#TwitterTuesday blog (Water theme) earlier this week I seem to have struck gold again and had another photograph featured in Flickr’s daily Explore gallery for the 30th of October. For those that don’t know “Flickr Explore” is a daily listing on Flickr that captures the 500 most “Interesting” photographs of the day. The images don’t necessarily need to have been taken that day, just uploaded to Flickr. Flickr keep the algorithms that calculate “Interestingness” close to their chests but it is essentially a mix of number of page views, user comments and user favourites.
I’ve had the pleasure of having a number of my pictures “explored” this year and for me it’s always exciting to see, if what you felt was a great image, was also matched by the citizens of the web. Overall when you excluded the web citizen’s obvious blind love for pictures of flowers and animals (usually pet dogs) I think there’s a correlation. It is also very useful to prove that in order to take a good photograph you don’t need a professional camera just a good eye and a good scene.
The image here looking across the River Thames London to the MI6 and St George’s Wharf buildings next to Vauxhall Bridge was taken using my Samsung Smart Phone. When walking along the River last week I could tell that there was going to be a clear sunset but alas did’t have my DSLR gear with me. Never mind I thought, there was enough light to use my S3 in HDR mode and I’d probably get away with minimal noise on the picture. So two shots later this was the result. Not bad, possible not good enough for production quality but all in a good photograph.