Favorites

I've been a Flickr user since 2004. It's still one of my favorite internet hangouts after all these years. Sure some of the old guard have stopped uploading or moved elsewhere, but the Flickr community is still going strong. I actually have more engagement with my photos now than at any other point since I created my account.

My photography habits have changed dramatically over the years. I've learned a lot, both about what I like, and how I want to shoot it. I almost entirely shoot on my iPhone theses days.

"The best camera is the one you have with you"

And it's so true. The quality of the iPhone camera has increased so dramatically, and the convenience of it means that I really don't miss my DSLR all that much.

I've also learned that I have so much to learn. There are some amazing photographers on Flickr and I find myself bowing and saying "wow, that's clever" on a daily basis. I spend a fair amount of time finding photographers I like and going through their library of shots. I tend to favorite many photos from other people. And this week marked a little milestone as I just passed 100k photos from other people that I've given the favorite click to over the years.

So here's to many more Flickr years, another 100k shots from others I love, and the inevitable change in photography habits all over again.

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Flickr

I'm somewhat conflicted about what to do with Flickr.

You see, I'm mad at Yahoo; Flickr's parent company. Both for the massive data breach, and the installation of an email scanner while trying to hide it from their security team. Read about lots of people downloading all their photos from Flickr and closing the account in disgust. The digital version of taking their toys and going home.

My gut reaction was to do similar. But I have 12 years invested in Flickr. All those sets curated lovingly by hand, the 75k photos I've added to my favorites, and the code I've written. Flickr is so integral to my photography workflow that I couldn't imagine not using it now.

Besides, where else is there to go?

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flickr-tools

A while back I wrote some code for interacting with the Flickr API. I wanted have a way to automatically add photos to specific albums based on a set of criteria. One of the scripts, faves-to-album.pl is handy for adding photos with a certain number of favorites to an album automatically.

I don't get to write as much code these days and it was fun to hack away at this in my spare time.

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Ten Years Of Flickr

Yesterday was my 10th anniversary of being a Flickr member. Where does the time go eh? It seemed like only yesterday I was getting into photography and happened to stumble across a little site where I could happily upload my pics without the need to host something myself. And here I am 12,464 pics later.

Over the years other photography sites have appeared, Flickr not the big kid on the block anymore certainly, but it's had a resurgence of late. I love the infinite scroll, larger photos, better landing pages, great mobile app. So many many great photographers uploading some fantastic work every day. I could browse Explore all day long.

When it comes time to renew my membership, this one is always a no brainer. So here's to another 10 years.

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