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On a lark, I signed up for a 500px account a while back. I've used it all of twice, now -- but my second picture is very temporarily popular!

I say "very temporarily" because I've looked at the really popular stuff on there, and it's either super-saturated or half-naked... okay, fine, and it's also really good. I'm not going to quit my day job anytime soon.

mr_ bluebird on my shoulder

One sad note - it seems like pictures have to be 3000px on a side to qualify for their store. Cropping? No selling bluebird coasters for me!

Date: 2013-03-18 08:44 pm (UTC)
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But that's so beautiful!

Date: 2013-03-18 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I'd never seen bluebirds outside of Disney cartoons until a couple of years ago, but we seem to have a group of 4-5 that come along to the feeder regularly. Those and the Northern Flicker woodpecker are my favorites right now.

Date: 2013-03-18 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2013-03-18 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm still smitten by the idea of *insert $1000+ lens-of-the-day here*, but I think the reality is that I'm doing okay, and have a lot to learn with what I've got. =)

Date: 2013-03-18 09:39 pm (UTC)
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:-) This is indeed the path of wisdom, not to mention financial security. And if you can get results like that...

Date: 2013-03-18 11:44 pm (UTC)
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It is a struggle and does not come naturally -- the path to wisdom, I mean. And pictures like the bluebird require that plus serendipity. ;-)

Date: 2013-03-18 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Wow--that's a great picture! I like the one of the Northern Flicker, too.

Date: 2013-03-19 02:47 am (UTC)
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Thank you! We have nice birds right now. =)

(I spent a little while looking for the picture of the ruby-breasted grosbeak I saw all of one time. It hardly counts, but it was a pretty spectacular looking bird!)

Date: 2013-03-19 04:51 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love it! You caught him looking so thoughtful somehow.

Date: 2013-03-19 03:49 pm (UTC)
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"There's good food here -- but what's with the big critter in the glass cage?"

Date: 2013-03-19 01:45 pm (UTC)
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And: tell me about 500px?

Date: 2013-03-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Re: 500px - I don't know. I've seen a number of comparisons of hosted photo sharing sites, and 500px came up fairly well on the features vs. privacy aspects at the time. Admittedly, that was before Flickr started getting more love from Yahoo.

The iPhone app is smooth & pretty. The website is fairly slick. There's a marketplace aspect, if you're in to that sort of thing, although as I found, they want to have high res images. (Fine, fine.)

There's a free version, where you can upload a few pictures a week, and you can pay more for unlimited storage and better photo set creation. There's categorization & tagging.

And then there's Likes and Favorites, both of which play into to the Popularity score, which seems to be a big distinguishing feature to me. If you check out the site, you can't help but see those. I even find it a bit hard to find my own two pictures uploaded there; everything steers you to the community-rated Upcoming or Popular pictures.

Popularity fades; the bluebird picture had a max score of 90.6 yesterday, and that's decayed down to 80-something today, which is as it should be.

I'm a little conflicted. When I look at the Popular pictures, they certainly seem gorgeous to me -- and largely just out of my league, often for reasons I can't pin down. I feel strange saying that there's a sameness to these gorgeous pictures, though. I think it's a similarity of subject matter and the crowd-sourced voting: pictures of women rank highest, and cityscapes and close-ups of animals are 2nd and 3rd. It seems like there ought to be other things out there?

This may be unfair of me. Looking right now, I see kids blowing bubbles and seashells covering a bottle, neither of which are in typecast categories above.

I do think they're doing something interesting, and they seem to be working on growing it. I'm tempted to look at flickr again, though. I've been hosting my own server forever, but there are times I'd like it to be hosted (for better bandwidth). And while I could send the Mac mini it's running on to a colo, that costs money that I don't have to pay right now. Why not have it all for free?

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