New Photo Sharing Platform – 500px

David Carvey's Page on 500px.com

Many of you will be familiar with Flickr, probably the pre-eminent photo sharing site at the moment, but personally I have been getting a little ambivalent about using it lately. I find that I have been visiting it and uploading less and less over the last few months, so I have been looking around for an alternative. I think I may have found what I have been seeking in a relatively new site called 500px. Above is a screen grab of my page on the site. This is the default layout and I think it looks very attractive. What differentiates it from Flickr though is the quality of the images to be found there. Users are encouraged to only upload their best photos and the quality shows. Go to the site and take a look under the Editors Choice or Popular tabs under Photos and you will be greeted by a selection of large thumbnails. A lot of the images are simply stunning and best of all if you click on a thumbnail you will see a large version of your chosen image (subject to the uploaders settings). From the image page you can clck on a “like” or “dislike” button and if you are a member can record the image as a favourite. Why not take a look as I am sure you will find it a rewarding exerience.

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Breaking Wave – Lantic Bay

Breaking Wave - Lantic Bay, Near Polperro, S.E. Cornwall

Breaking Wave - Lantic Bay, Near Polperro, S.E. Cornwall

Another breaking wave, this time caught at the crest just before it is about to break, and frozen in time. The interesting point about this image is that the viewer will automatically complete in his/her imagination what happens next. The wave is on that point where it is about to crash, and because our experience tells us that this is what will happen we ‘see’ it happening. Now basically the image is very simple and happens to have been caught at a particular point, but it also tells a story, we imagine the breaker getting steeper as it approaches the beach and we complete the action of the wave, in effect we run a movie in our head of the sequence of events.

Here’s another interesting point about waves, if the beach is steep, as at Lantic Bay then the wave will not break until quite close to shore. It will rise quickly and crash, sometimes quite violently, onto the beach. Next time you are at a beach you can test this out for yourself, if the beach slopes gently then waves will start to break quite far out from the shore, and they are likely to race up the beach. Whereas on a steeply shelving beach they break close-in and do not penetrate up the beach very far. The advantage of this for photographers is that you can get quite dramatic wave pictures easily.

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Trawler Bow, Padstow Harbour

Trawler Bow, Padstow Harbour, Padstow, North Cornwall

Trawler Bow, Padstow Harbour, Padstow, North Cornwall

The main reason why I was attracted to making this image was because of the colours. The prow of this boat is so wonderfully rusty with some beautiful orange tones, enhanced by the warm evening light. The way I have taken this picture was basically dictated by my having to take it from the quay. The only shot I had was from the side, a picture looking more towards the bow was blocked by other boats. I like the bold shape the profile makes and coupled with the mix of blues and oranges, and the texture of the peeling paint combines to make the image for me.

When you are out and about see if you can find any bold graphic shapes. Look for elements that combine to make shapes, or pick out geometric patterns, either natural or man-made. By practising making these kind of images you are doing one of the most important things in photography – learning to see. Once you start to do this you will start to see images everywhere, only make sure you have a camera with you, be it a DSLR, compact or phone camera. Keep Shooting and have fun.

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Ferry Road, Bodinnick-by-Fowey

Ferry Road, Bodinnick-by-Fowey, South East Cornwall

Ferry Road, Bodinnick-by-Fowey, South East Cornwall



Photo of Bodinnick, c1960, ref. B820075

Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.

This is a view looking down Ferry Road in Bodinnick towards the Fowey River with a glimpse of Fowey in the distance. I was on a walk along the Hall Farm Walk from Polruan to Bodinnick and the location for this shot was just where the walk emerges onto the road. It is interesting to compare my shot with the one produced by an anonymous photographer for Francis Frith in 1960. Apart from the obvious difference that mine is in colour there is also a difference in the position where the shot was taken. I think my image shows more of the environment whereas the Frith shot concentrates more on the cottages. I think my shot just edges it, but I would say that, wouldn’t I. A lot has changed in the 50 year span in which these two photos were taken, but I think the general atmosphere is the same, only today the cottages will have all mod cons.

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Grasses – Seaton Valley Nature Reserve

Grasses - Seaton Valley Nature Reserve - Seaton, Near Looe, S.E. Cornwall

Grasses - Seaton Valley Nature Reserve - Seaton, Near Looe, S.E. Cornwall

This is a very simple image, basically just a group of grasses set against a blue background. The image was made on a bright sunny cloudless day and the blue colour of the background is the reflection of the sky in the water that forms the backdrop to the grasses.

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