I generally use Flickr as an external judging tool for my photographs. I post my favorite photos to mostly the same Flickr groups and see how they do. I know this may not be completely accurate as there may just be more Flickr traffic in these groups one day as compared to another, but it is my scorecard. So, this post is about my 5 photos that did the best on Flickr for 2019.
The first two photos received the same number of faves on Flickr, though I favor the second one much more. The first one is a reflection photo of Austin before dawn and I like it, but it is missing a better sky. Shot at 16mm with Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens.
The second one is one of my personal favorite photos from last year of some mountains in the morning haze at Big Bend National Park. Flickr didn’t love it as much as I did. Panorama merge of images shot at 85mm with Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens.
Then there is this photo of some wildflowers in the last of the afternoon sun at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. I worried that this picture looked ‘overdone’ as it is an HDR merge, but it does look very close to the real scene. And I actually sold this photo for money so perhaps that makes a bigger difference than Flickr faves. Shot at 38mm with Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens.
This next photo, I must admit that I truly love. I have sat and stared at this photo on my computer remembering how the evening felt when I took it. It is from a campground on the shore of Inks Lake at the state park. The clouds are really not that dramatic, but the cool scene broken up by the orange horizon and framed by the shadows and trees really works. Shot at 16mm with Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens.
And finally, Flickr says that the following is my best photo of the year, though this is probably because it was lucky enough to added to Explore where it got more attention. Just an antique store in the morning light with a yard full of bluebonnets. This on a busy highway in my town that I drive every morning, so I couldn’t help but notice and stop for photos on a sunny morning. Shot at 35mm with Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens.
So that is the Flickr public’s opinion and it is probably pretty reliable. If you would have asked me without considering Flickr, I probably would have chosen the Big Bend hazy mountains panorama photo – I just love it and I want to be out at Big Bend. Maybe if it had been added to Explore.
Another interesting point is that 4 of these 5 photos were take relatively close to my house, so maybe it is a statement about finding the beauty of where you live. I haven’t been all that motivated to get out and shoot recently. There were to be some clouds Sunday evening at sunset, but they never appeared. It’s been either steady rain and gray or clear blue skies for me.
I like Flickr because they allow you to display your images the way you want, unlike Instagram which compresses and adjusts it to their format. You can display at full resolution on Flickr if you like. But I have noticed less traffic on Flickr recently. Flickr was recently bought by Smugmug and they have made a few changes in an attempt to make the site profitable, I guess. There is a limit to the number of images that you can have for a free account, though it is 1000, which is a lot. They also added ads in the feed, which I don’t mind as it is free. I hope it stays around, though it is hard to compete with selfie and influencer infested Instagram.
Thanks for reading.