500,000 Views On Flickr

October 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, with pink water lit by the warm autumn sunsetSeljalandsfoss SunsetSeljalandsfoss is a spectacular waterfall, which you can walk right around, and pick your favourite view. This was mine, and I took it just before the sun dipped below the horizon. The curtain of water is lit pink like the clouds by the sunset, and the cave behind is illuminated too. A spectacular sight.

Landscape Photography, Southern
After an incredible reaction to my Seljalandsfoss Sunset photo, I just passed 500,000 views on Flickr :-)

This photo hit the front page of Explore yesterday, and got more than 25,000 views in 24 hours. That’s probably twice the number of views any of my other photos have had in just a day.

That seems to be part of a snowball effect from a freakishly popular run of photos; hitting Explore 4 times in 10 days.

I’ve said it before, but I really like Flickr. It’s a really simple way of getting my photos out to a larger audience, and I think it’s a friendly social network too. If you pick your contacts well, you’ll find a place with people who are interested in each other’s work. I check my contacts‘ recent uploads most days, often more than once. I’m always happy to see what everyone’s up to, and I get a real thrill from seeing friends’ photos improving over time. I’m inspired by the photos I see on Flickr, and it’s nice to think of it as a positive space on the web for sharing passion & ideas, interaction, and discovering the occasional top-notch artwork.

Don’t get me wrong – the Flickr platform has its shortfalls, but I think they’re being addressed. The updates earlier in the year give the site a more modern look, and I think that will continue to evolve in the next year or so. Personally, I’d like to see them build on the social side of it, and give me more ways to interact with the photographers I enjoy most.

So I guess as I continue to post my favourite recent photos to Flickr, I’ll be working my way towards a million photo views. That’ll be something to be really proud of I think. It’s amazing to think that so many people have bothered to click on one of my photos already, and it’s really encouraging to see them so warmly received.

Thanks all.

Post by George Wheelhouse, 2013.


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