I decided in early 2010 to open a Flickr account and start uploading my better photographs (i.e., non-snapshots). I also began to link my images from there to here on my blog. However, I didn’t seek out participation in any Flickr groups. Despite my anonymity, some other photographers noticed my work along the way, offering feedback and encouragement. As an added bonus, I learned a great deal by studying their images.
I finally took the next step a couple of weeks ago to actively participate in various Flickr groups. Even though it has taken an investment of time, it has been well worth the effort. It’s been gratifying to get some validation, and my photostream is now being followed all over the world. I shake my head in wonderment of this amazing digital age.
My image of daybreak on Alaska’s Freshwater Bay (below) has proven to be a particular favorite on Flickr. It also won the Amazing Nature Hall of Fame monthly contest for January, so it is currently featured on the group’s home page! I am humbled beyond words.
I deeply appreciate all the support that my blogging friends have given me too! Of course, I’m never satisfied with my work. There is still so much to learn. And it’s exciting to anticipate other images I might capture in the future. It’s a never-ending quest!
Whether you are a member or not of the Flickr community, it is worth your while to check out some of the amazing photographs that people have posted. Participation in some groups is restricted by invitation only. I have found the absolutely toughest group to accept images is Howard and Caz's Gallery. I feel extremely fortunate enough to get six of mine approved for this group’s posting so far.
Just to wet your whistle, HERE here is a compilation of my current favorite images on Flickr. Click on “lightbox” in the upper right area of the screen to scroll through them on a black background. I bet you’ll like some of these too!