Social Exposure

This #GuruShots Challenge has less than 24 hours to go. According to the blurb, “This Challenge is all about getting some recognition and exposure on GuruShots Instagram and Facebook page! The winners of this challenge will get a special shout out and will be prominantly featured on GuruShots’ socail (sic) accounts.”

I’d had some great feedback (as you do) from my Facebook friends about some recent photographs I took so decided to upload one of these to start with. This is a speed challenge and as such you can only upload one image for voting at a time. This is the image I uploaded:

Gormanston Reflections

It’s not the best ever seascape but I’m actually quite proud of it as I think it’s a fairly decent first (OK, second) attempt. It received 240 votes in total and seemed to stagnant so I decided to try something a little different. This is it:

BVI

The resolution on this image isn’t great – however, this is a screen shot NOT the original (which is better – honestly). It was taken when I was working overseas and needed to go to the Tortola office in BVI (it’s actually the view from the company apartment – sounds like it would be very luxurious but it was anything but). This second image was taken on my ancient Fuji FinePix F480 – a great little snapper and is currently standing at 308 votes.

I’ve achieved a Premier level which is where I suspect I’ll be when the challenge ends. Good stuff – I’m happy with my progress all round and very happy that I seem to be averaging a higher rank in these challenges – although I do know they are not judged in the same way as “proper” photographic competitions. At the end of the day, it’s great encouragement to get up, out and snap. As ever, an update to confirm the end result.

Currently there is a glorious image of flamingos (it’s all pinks and light – it’s really lovely) at the top of the challenge. I hope it remains there too – wonderful.

Oh, and one more thing – I’m updating my Instagram page with photos – please click on the About | Contact page to link and view.

#GuruShots #Ireland #Meath #Gormanston #BritishVirginIslands #BVI #Tortola #Reflections #Seascape

Update: Reached the Premier ranking with a grand total of 322 votes.

[June 2018]

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Pathways & Roads

I guess Sunday must be GuruShots day for most voters as I’ve just uploaded an image to this latest speed challenge (where only one image can be displayed per photographer at one time) and have achieved over 350 votes (Premier level no less) within about 10 minutes. Remarkable – this is certainly the image of mine that has generated the most interest in a short amount of time.

That said, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure I trust the GuruShots voting process as I was notified a few days ago that I had reached the Skilled level in the ‘B&W Architecture’ challenge. Later the same day, I was notified I’d reached the Popular level – did I loose votes or were they calculated incorrectly? Regardless, I’m taking my current position in the ‘Pathways & Roads’ challenge with a very large pinch of salt.

Anyways, I was in two minds which photo to upload eventually opted for a photo of a jetty at Rum Point in Grand Cayman. This image was taken on my first digital camera, a FujiFilm FinePix F480 – long discontinued model.

Smart Card 5 1358

Generally packed with holiday makers, I had to drive over to Rum Point first thing in the morning (in Caribbean terms, in my experience that’s before 10:00 am) to capture this shot  without including any tourists.

It’s the colours – not the photographer – that make this image. The water is as inviting as it looks – it’s clear and warm and further into the North Sound, it’s packed with beautiful tiny fish, stingrays, turtles and the occasional shark.

There are a little over 23 and a half hours left for this challenge – let’s see how this ends. I think this photograph will go down very well with users sitting at a computer on a Sunday afternoon wishing they were on vacation. Since I started typing up this post, I’ve now got over 765 votes … absolutely bonkers. Let’s see what the end result is though – I may be back to 250 if GuruShots have had a few more issues with their calculator!

For more information and images on Rum Point, click here.

#GuruShots #CaymanIslands #GrandCayman #RumPoint

Update: As ever, there were some incredible photographs ranked in the Top 50 (I was #558!) and a good proportion of those were of Monument Valley in Utah (but to be fair, that is the classic epic view of a road. The photograph I submitted had a dizzy 900 votes which I’m amazed at and I managed an ‘All Star’ ranking. :-0 + :-)

[April 2018]

Solitude

I’ve submitted a late entry to the latest #GuruShots speed challenge – this one is entitled Solitude.

There are only around 77 hours to go before the challenge closes and only one photo (swaps allowed) can be submitted / displayed at one time. I’ve opted to submitted a photo I took a few weeks ago of a single tree in the Baltray dunes in Co Louth. This image achieved 1 like and of the 408 views had 246 votes so I’m hoping this speed challenge goes well. As ever, an update will be posted at the end of the challenge.

The image was taken on my Nikon D3400 and I focused up at the bottom third – the lens was the kit Nikkor 18-55 mm.

Lone Tree in Baltray_Vibrant

Update: It’s really interesting to see how other people express solitude in their images.  I think (at least I hope) I’ve conveyed this as simply  being alone. Many people have uploaded images that seems to focus on loneliness and a great deal of these images convey sadness. As I had a spare free swap,  I thought I’d switch the image of the above image of a tree for another one! :-)

Machu Picchu Tree

Taken in Machu Picchu, Peru, the mist rolling across the Andes moves quickly. It is thick, cold and very very damp and can completely blanket this small tree and even the large peak behind the citadel that seems to feature in approximately 90% of all images I’ve seen seen of this incredible UNESCO site. I didn’t walk along the Inca Trail – sheer madness – but took a bus up the side of the mountain after taking a long bus trip from the fantastic city of Cusco.

The image was taken on an ancient but loved FujuFilm FinePix F480.

The ‘Solitude’ Challenge ends in about 50 hours – I think this swap has already been successful but I’ll wait until the challenge comes to a close before posting more.

#GuruShots #MachuPicchu

Update: Delighted that I achieved 600 votes in total which resulted in an Elite ranking. Hurrah!

As ever some amazing Top 50 photographs on display but all those in the Top 40 (bar one which featured an image of a moose and another one of a yacht) had a very similar there. Generally there was a single figure standing in silhouette with their backs to the camera facing a sunrise or sunset. Interesting.

[April 2018]

B&W Architecture

Another day, another #GuruShots challenge!

There are 14 days left from the time of this post until the challenge has ended. IMHO, images of buildings are often shown at their best as B&W, and as usual, some of the images submitted to this challenge by other users are incredible. There’s a wide range of subjects – from the brutalist style through to abandoned farm buildings – well worth a browse.

The photographs that I have submitted as as follows (from left to right):

  • The Maiden’s Finger, Co Meath
  • Calle de la Princesa 3, Madrid
  • Catedral de Santa Maria le Real de la Alumdena, Madrid
  • Plaza del Callao, Madrid

B&W Architecture

They were all taken with an iPhone 6.

I’ve more images I could submit (unlike other challenges) – I need to go through some of the images taken on a very recent trip to Edinburgh this weekend – and will check to see if there are any decent swaps should I need.

As ever, any updates will be included at a later date.

#VivaEspaña #Madrid #B&WPhotography

Update: The photograph of the Maiden’s Finger is not doing quite as well as the other images, so, as I’ve a free swap from another challenge (Pathways & Roads), I’ve decided to swap it out with an image I took of Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, in Mendocino County, California in 2007 (wow – over a decade ago!). The perspective ideally should be fixed but I actually like the fact that the slant upwards creating a point inwards drawing the eye upwards to the top of the tower. There’s a kinda spookiness to the structure – it’s eerie and quite bleak in B&W but the building certainly has more of a presence than in the original colour version. BTW the photograph was taken on a FujuFilm FinePix 480 digital camera which I still have but no longer use.

I think this image should probably get a few more votes that the Maiden’s Finger (which achieved 19), and given there are still 9 days left before this challenge closes, it’ll be interesting to see if this swap is successful.

Point Cabrillo, Mendocino Co, CA

Point Cabrillo, Mendocino, CA

#California #Mendocino  #PointCabrillo #Lighthouse

Update: There is another week to go before the challenge ends but I’ll have no further free swaps before then. I swapped out the image of the Cathedral in Madrid for a snap I took of a church in Sidari, Corfu, Greece – not that you can see it too well under the text. If you’ve never been to Corfu, I’d strongly recommend it – I didn’t stay in Sidari (bit too lively for my liking tbh) but its a wonderful island for a relax holiday. #Corfu

SnipImage

Update: With a little under 48 hours to go, I’ve made another swap – full details when challenge ends but hoping that the vote will help push me up the rankings further.

Update: The Challenge has just finished and I’ve made the All Star level – which I’m both amazed and chuffed to bits about. I got a total of 1144 which broke down as follows:

B&W Final

The last swap I made was an image I took a year or so ago of a cinema in Collins Yard, North London. As it gained more votes than the image I swapped it out for, I got another swap which I’m going to put to good use in the ‘Simply Orange’ challenge.

[April 2018]