First of all, how many social media sites can one person have? A WordPress site can connect with: FB, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Pocket, Google+, Pinterest and Reddit. Not to mention you can create your own link if one of these does not strike your fancy. Where am I going with this? Well, when I create a new post, I also Tweet… simultaneously! Yes, I am talented. Not only do I Tweet, but when I Flickr (I really do :), I WordPress. I haven’t Google+’ed in awhile, I guess I will look into that. I have decided that just wasn’t enough! I have added Instagram to my sidebar, it’s a good place for my iphone images (since I really don’t post them here). And the latest addition is 500px. This is where intimidation comes in!
500px is yet another site to upload images, but… it’s a bit different. 500px, based in Canada, created a very clean site for photographers to show their work. This work I speak of is pretty amazing, actually I am a bit intimidated by the Popular photo gallery (when an image receives high ratings (from viewers) it goes to the Popular gallery). Yes, there are ‘regular’ (is that bad of me to say ‘regular’) photos there too, they are just not in the Popular gallery, which is the gallery that appears on the main page. I mentioned intimidation could be a good thing, typically I don’t think we feel this way. As photographers I think we get in a lull, well… maybe not just photographers, it can happen in life. I have blogged about this lull before, how I need something to get me moving sometimes after I feel… hmmmm, what is it, perhaps monotonous. This intimidation I feel for these beautiful images will (hopefully) push me to improve my skills. Did I just say SKILLS? It’s not really about the skills (for the most part) it’s about freeing myself, my imagination, my creativity… to foster expression & emotion in my photos.
If you have not viewed http://500px.com/popular yet, you might enjoy it.
After that long speech, what image should I upload? I think I will upload the image I have on my 500px site (another problem with the social media sites, will they all end up having the same images?). The picture below is one I took of my daughter last year.