Flickr Explored -a mystery?

Now and then my photos gets on Flickr Explored. I have read that there is some algorithm that picks the 500 photos every day. Is it an honor to be “chosen” or is it just luck? Can an algorithm tell if a photo is good?

I think there might be settings when taking the photo that can tell, partly. Then we have composition, which I think makes an important difference between a “good” and “bad” photo. Composition can be everything… Maybe there is an algorithm for composition too? And we also have focus point and so on…

I almost knew before my photos were picked, I have noticed that sunsets, sunrises and so on are quite common in Explore, but not just that of course. However I can’t deny that it makes me happy to get my photos on Explored. Explored drives a lot of traffic to the photo, lot of views and that is actually nice:)

In this post I have picked 8 of my photos on Explored and I hope you will enjoy them. Please take some time to vote in the poll below, it’s interesting to see your opinion. I am not sure if those really are “my best photos”, can algorithms decide that? Feel free to write down your opinion in the comments field.

Morning in the archipelago (explored)
#1

Burning evening skies (explored)
#2

Mallorca sunset (explored)
#3

Leadenhall market (Explored)
#4

Dancing in the sunset (explored)
#5

Lives for just one day [explored]
#6

Red berries (explored)
#7

Old town, Stockholm (explored)
#8

Blogging 101; write to your dream reader

My participation in “blog university” (zero to hero) have reached day  number 6. Today my task is to write for my “dream reader”. This is a hard challenge, of course I have always tried to post things for my readers… This task really made me think, all day actually, now the clock soon passes midnight and I am finally on my way to write this post:)

I must say that my “dream reader” are a person that will tell me what he or she thinks about my photos and posts. This might be a bit tricky of course, most people comment if they like and leave if they don’t. I would like some more feed back from time to time. Finally I come up with an idea how to encourage my readers to leave that input. I think I have to do some more work on the concept, maybe find some plugin for voting.

To try my concept I have linked up 10 of my Instagram photos to this post. I would like you to tell me which of them you like the most and which you will put last on your list. Please also tell me, shortly, why you feel this way, that will hopefully give me some input about things to improve in my photos.

I have tagged the photos with numbers below each photo to make it easier to mention the ones you prefer/don’t prefer.

#water #venezia #venice #vaporetto #sunny #summer #sky #blue #shadows #nikon #nofilter #italy

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#1


#2

#Lido #venezia #boat #houses #water #italy #nofilters #nikon #tree #blue #reflection

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#3

#evening #sunny #sun #summer #magic #poppies #flower #sky #shadows #iphone #nofilter

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#4

#grass #straw #sunny #sky #sea #water #bench #bridge #sunset #iphone #nofilter

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#5

#flower #sky #blue #sunny #white #tree #morning #iphone #nofilter #magnolia

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#6


#7

#dahlia #pink #flower #garden #gardening #summer #green #nikon #nofilter #igsweden

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#8


#9

#sunset #sky #sunny #colored #straw #silouette #summer #evening #nikon #d60

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#10

 

Blogging 101; A Penny for Your Thoughts

Third day of Blogging 101

The assignment for the day is to write the post I wanted to write when I began blogging or as I see it; write a post about why I created this blog.

Why do I blog?

I have for many years been passionate about photography. It have been some photos during the years. Many photos with my kids, my garden and so on. I actually got in to the blogging world when I saw an announced challenge. The challenge was about to take 365 photos on different themes, one each day of the year (2013). That was my first blogging experience. The blog was about the challenge and my goal was to improve my creativity and photo technique. The blog was written in Swedish.

After almost 11 months of publishing photos every day I created this blog, “kerlundphoto”. The main purpose for  this was that I actually wanted to have a blog written in english. I wanted to reach more people and also create more communication opportunities. Another purpose was that I wanted to continue my improvement in photography and still have the pressure to   photograph as often as possible. Blogging put’s that pressure on me and demands me to be creative and to improve all the time. I have to improve to give my followers something they haven’t seen before.

Still I am strict with what I chose to publish. I am not a “human-photographer”. This might be a next step for me, but for now I stick to my idea of places, nature and gardening. My thought from the start was based on the fantastic views  Sweden offer and to share these. I have not been strict there, because the world offers more beautiful places and I am happy to be able to share some of them as well.

The photos below are based on my idea about this blog; photos from Sweden.

 

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