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Flickr Explore Picks of the Day 9/17/11

Sunday, 18 September 2011 12:54 Published in Random Thoughts

If you're not familiar with Flickr Explore, here is an explanation of how it works. Each day, Flickr picks 500 photos to feature as 'the best.' No one really understands this algorithm, but some people believe it has mostly to do with a combination of exif data, comments, and favorites. Per Flickr: There are lots of elements that make something 'interesting' (or not) on Flickr. Where the clickthroughs are coming from; who comments on it and when; who marks it as a favorite; its tags and many more things which are constantly changing. Interestingness changes over time, as more and more fantastic content and stories are added to Flickr. We've added some pages (and changed some existing ones) to help you explore Flickr's most interesting content. Before you start though, you might want to take your phone off the hook, send your boss to an executive training session and block off some time on your schedule, because we don't think you're going to be walking away from your screen any time soon. Beautiful, amazing, moving, striking - explore and discover some of Flickr's Finest.

I have found some really amazing stuff through the Explore page, and some stuff that made me ask, "how the hell did this get Explored?"

Let's start with my top 5 amazing picks, then discuss the picks that are, in my opinion, total garbage and unworthy of Explore, and finish with picks from my contacts that I feel are much more deserving of Explore.

Here's my picks for the Garbage of the Day for 9/17/11. Share your opinions below as well if you'd like! Here is a link to all of the Explored photos for 9/17/11.

Amazing Flickr Explore picks of the day for 9/17/11:

#1

"Untitled" by al.cal

Why I like it:

  • The composition is spectacular - the rule of thirds is followed and it draws attention to the right spots
  • Tones - this is HDR and I really like how it turned out with the sun's colors

#2

"The Great Migration!!" by marsch1962

Why I like it:

  • It is an epic depiction of one of the greatest annual events our planet plays host to
  • It is action-packed and full of life

#3

"In Awe of the Bubble" by Anthony Beyga

Why I like it:

  • The composition is great
  • The post-processing works beautifully here - with the bubble acting as a contrasting agent
  • Good, classic street photography taken to the next level

#4

"Grizzly Clam Digging" by David Hemmings

#5

"Swift Water" by greenschist

Why I like it:

  • The color tones in the water are fabulous
  • The composition leads you up the canyon - which is perfect
  • The rocks are quite interesting to view

Now let's move on to what I believe is complete garbage and undeserving of the Explore designation.

I really think Flickr should figure out a way to improve their code so that stuff like this is not included as 'the best photos of the day.'

#1

Sure, its a cute scene - Bambi and a red-haired doll. Great. But Explore? Meh.

#2

Another doll. How 'uninteresting.'

#3

I'm a Star Wars and Legos fanatic, but in combination as the winner of a daily photography award? C'mon man!

#4

More freakin' dolls? Really Flickr?

#5

Some guy won this in an auction. Flickr decided it was worthy of Explore. What. The. Hell.?

Here's some picks from my contacts that I feel are more deserving of Explore:

#1

"Clear Water at Emerald Lake" by Jeff Clow

#2

"The Fog Rolls In" by Ronda Kimbrow

#3

"Glen Lyon" by eric robb niven

Those are my daily Flickr Explore Picks...  Post yours too if you'd like!

Planet Colorado

Sunday, 18 September 2011 00:07 Published in Landscapes

This is an artistic rendering of a 360 degree panoramic from the summit of Wetterhorn Peak at sunrise.

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Milky Way Over Durango, Colorado

Saturday, 17 September 2011 14:14 Published in Landscapes

The Milky Way captured above the lights of Durango, Colorado. This photo was taken from the summit of an un-named, un-ranked 13er next to the Chicago Basin.

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Reflection at Twin Lakes - Chicago Basin

Saturday, 17 September 2011 14:06 Published in Landscapes

Twin Lakes sit at the base of three of Colorado's most rugged 14ers - Mount Eolus, Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak. The jagged nature of these mountains earned them their sub-range name - the Needle Range.

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