After spending Easter on Lamu Island, another quicky to share some more good news, with one of my shots appearing on the National Geographic site, in the company of, amongst others, some Art Wolfe shots, check it out here. Definitely not something I would have thought one year ago. And don’t get me wrong here, this is not the reason for going out there and getting the shots (some nice thoughts by Gerry van der Walt on this subject, can be found here), yet it are nice little pushes that keep you going in the right direction, to get out there and get the shots, to keep on sharing your work, … since also in photography, these things don’t just happen. Nothing comes for free and one needs to interact and share to get his/her work out there.
That being said, I want to leave you with a buffalo shot. The buffalo is a species which I find difficult to photograph. I guess we all have our species, the ones which we can relate to and the ones we don’t seem to get right. Do you? This is a buffalo shot I am happy with and the ingredients to get it were a prime lens combined with a close encounter, forcing me to frame differently.
In my last blog post, I explained why I prefer 500px over 1x or any other photo sharing site I’ve come across till now. At the same time I was still undecided as per what I thought of Pinterest as a tool to share the work of others. Meanwhile I have made up my mind, since as things are organized now, I feel that in general, people only care about their own collections, e.g. they make use of other people’s work to make interesting galleries, and this more often than not without properly refering to the photographer. And this makes the site useless to create exposure for others. Most of the time you cannot trace back the name of the photographer, nor the link to his or her site. At first instance I told myself I would do it differently, which I did, yet also this is useless, since if somebody repins you without bothering to properly reference, the next person will still be at a loss as per the creator of the shot, …
So far, my reflection on Pinterest, welcoming thoughts of others on the subject and leaving you with anoher reflection for this week.