Social Media

I haven’t been posting as regularly on the blog in recent months as I have in the past but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making images or thinking for that matter. I have material for a couple of VLOGs, although I hesitate to call them that, they are more accurately termed as personal video diaries to my mind, ones that I don’t mind sharing. There’s a lot of very well executed VLOGs on YouTube at the moment with exceptionally high production values hence my hesitation. There’s even a newly formed Facebook group celebrating UK landscape videos/VLOGs on YouTube.

I have made a token effort to process the images from the last couple of months and a selection have appeared on my Instagram feed and on my Facebook account.  Not my Flickr account though. I seem to have completely fallen out of the habit of posting on Flickr, even though it’s the account I’ve had for the longest and is after all designed for photographers (allegedly, but that’s another story). The exception to this has been the 63-2017 series which are all in an Album on Flickr.

© Dave Whenham

Llyn Padarn

When I look back at what I’ve posted I will no doubt find that those I’ve processed so far are those that have instant appeal. The more thoughtful photographs will follow in due course and these will be the most fulfilling for me personally. As they are also those that are less likely to have that instant appeal they may not make it to Instagram at all. I find it amusing that I happily post anything that interests me to my blog, which is my more “grown-up” social media outlet yet hesitate to share the more “challenging” images to Instagram or even Facebook where the only people I interact with are people I know and in the main, are people I have met in the real world. It seems that my social media usage is falling into three buckets almost:

  • Instagram: Instant hit – an ego boost?
  • Facebook: sharing my best work primarily with my friends
  • Blog: sharing what I like, what I feel and think.

Arguably then, this blog is my more honest face on the social media merry go round.

Throughout 2017 I have been following the “365” exploits of Maxwell Law, a member of the same camera club as myself whom I interact with mainly via Facebook, email and very occasionally the telephone. This has inspired me to do the same in 2018 and I’ve already mentioned that I have joined the 2018-365 group on Flickr to which he belongs and I’m looking forward to that in the new year.  I really do carry a camera, and not just a mobile phone camera, everywhere but whilst I use it regularly I do not use it every day. It will be interesting to see what being a member of a 365 group does for my photography. Will it reenergise my photography, will it become a chore, will I end up photographing the garden in the dark to grab that days shot? Will I last the year? A month? The first week? They don’t call them a challenge for nothing and I am at least going into this with my eyes open. It’s possibly the most social thing I will have attempted in recent years and no doubt I will cogitate further on the subject as we count down to 2018 – I’ve already posted more than a few words on the subject here.

“Facebook for chat and interaction, Instagram for behind the scenes images., Twitter for thoughts and musings, Flickr for EXIF data and higher resolution images, your website and blog for more of an insight into you and your photography.”  From Landscape Photography on Location: Travel, Learn, Explore, Shoot by Thomas Heaton

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