I’m curious about where Dear Susan’s readers strut their stuff and how they feel about the response postings generate. Flickr? photo.net? Where?
I’ve tried most of the leaders and a few of the followers and at best, my opinion is a resigned sigh. I want someone to spot the things I miss and tell me I could have framed better, or that I’ve made a hash of trying to repair blown out highlights. I want to justify my choices – even if it is in my own mind – when someone catches me out.
I want honest, useful stuff. But that hasn’t happened and it’s not for a lack of trying.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve worked hard at Flickr, initially commenting and doing the necessaries. More recently, I’ve posted daily and occasionally made a comment when something catches my eye.
Trouble is, not much does. Aside from the ludicrous HDRs, cats and pussies of the other persuasion, in amongst the several billion images on view, little rises above Flickr’s self-imposed amateur horizon.
I know there are several interest groups on Flickr that encourage criticism and competitive posting. If guerrilla verbiage and axing your co-poster’s photographs is your thing, that’s fine, but there’s way too much testosterone on display for most of us.
500px is better – the images that make “Popular” rank are in the main good, competent and interesting shots. If I have a criticism, it’s the over saturated rendering of the site and the (usual) anodyne commenting; “Nice shot V+F”.
I tried 1x.com and gave up. Having posted a couple of photographs, I was keen to see what kind of response came back to me. Instead, I was forced to wade through a minor mountain of commenting before I was sufficiently empowered to post in the correct manner and when I did, not much happened.
In fact, after I posted one comment on an HDR pastiche that was so awful, I felt compelled to ask “Why?”, I got a full-on squawk about etiquette from the site’s admin and called it a day. 1x.com can keep it’s arcane systems.
A couple of smaller sites – especially for my much loved Sony NEX-7 – promised more.
Nope. High hopes lead to another parade of feline and feminine images and the now usual blancmange commenting.
So, that’s my story. I’m not going to suggest that DS starts a gallery – we have enough on our plates as it is.
What are your experiences? Did you find comment nirvana, been forced to accept that vanilla is the norm, or just given up?
Time to ‘fess up.
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