Tall and Skinny

Tall and Skinny

I have a love/hate relationship with Flickr’s Explore.

On the one hand, it’s a flawed metric for quality. It has a pretty strong bias towards flowers, leaves, dogs/cats, sunsets, people’s feet, long exposures shot of the shore and surf, and the occasional cute wild animal for good measure. This is because at its heart it’s community driven, and people, in general, like these subjects. And in fairness, those photos in Explore do tend to be very good on a technical level, and are usually better than just straight-on shots of these subjects.

But they’re photography cliches, and the most interesting, creative, and original stuff, in my own stream and in that of other photographers, rarely seems to get there. And mine that have been in Explore aren’t necessarily the ones I consider my very best. Therefore, getting into Explore isn’t the be all and end all judgment of whether you have a good shot on your hands.

On the other hand though, it’s recognition – it’s kind of nice to be selected among the top 500 considering that the site gets around 3,000 uploads per minute. And so you get a little zing of pride when you check Scout and find another one has been there, even though you know it’s relatively meaningless and random…

This is a wide angle shot of a small tree from a low perspective. For the last couple of days, it’s hovered around #200 in Explore for Feb 22, 2008.

Exposure: 1/400″
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 13mm

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