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my first post on Citynoise. I post sporadically because I don't get much in the way of feedback. I don't know whether people are actually enjoying the images I offer.
I have decided to turn PRO, I am going to pimp my camera and do this for a living. What this means is in effect that I will be posting more images more regularly. I get the odd referral to my site from citynoise so I am going to leverage my posting here. I know Google likes this site, I have been stumbling the site as well. In fact I would encourage all the members to visit stumbleupon.com and register. That way you can also get more visits to this site.
Whenever I post a photo from here on out it will be accompanied by information about the image, How it was taken, the exif data and even the photoshop workflow.
So tell me, should I do an article on The place where the sun rises, or about photographic lion safaris. What would you like to know about Africa, Photographic safaris, or just about Mpumalanga South Africa? I will happily inform you about the things that interest you. Maybe it's cultural dancing, birding, game viewing, insects.
If you are interested I will do a weekly article complete with photos. If you are interested in photographing in this area and need someone to guide you to the prime spots and photo opportunities. talk to me.
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CartLegger: 7th Dec 2007 - 14:44 GMT
I'd like to see more from the townships. I lived in a township in Pt. ELizabeth while working as an AIDS educator in a school, back in 2001. It was a great experience. I think that more people should see the life there, the innovative solutions to urban problems that are a part of life there.
I know you've covered some of this before, but its a great theme!
I'd also like to see more govt. buildings. I remember the Mpumalanga parliement controvery, and wonder how the building finally turned out.
good luck with your writing!
Peter: 7th Dec 2007 - 15:15 GMT
guy: thanks for your posts; im glad to see youre taking a crack at going pro- best of luck! additionally, ive enjoyed looking at your posts; the ones concerning exotic animals, especially, are just so far-removed from my reality that i never seem to have much to say, but then again, that remove is what makes them so fascinating to me in the first place...
i definitely think that posting osme information with your photos is a good idea, particularly even beyond the nuances of the camerawork, if you have the time. for me, contextualization is key. seeing a nice photo and going "wow!" and moving to the next entry is one thing, but having some supplementary info would be nice... as you see the sorts of things you post, i fear you might take for granted that we know (or even have a vague clue) as to what youre posting, or where, or why, etc... perhaps a little background information would spark a bit more dialog... like, for example, i had no idea what Nelspruit Mpumalanga even was til i went off-site to look it up, etc...
im also with cartlegger in regards to wanting to see some of the townships. your posts that interest me the most tend towards people, infrastructure, buildings, environment, etc... (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, to name a quick few). again, those things might appear ubiquitous or banal to you, but ive never seen anything like that, and really delight in the new sights of places i can vaguely imagine, but have no real idea of what the look/feel/sound like... i mean, your recent swazi dancers post immediately jumped into the most popular posts list, and has stayed there since, so apparently, im not the only one who likes those sorts of posts...
but yeah! i plan to enjoy your new posts as always, and am excited at the prospect of getting even more out of them with whatever linkage or information you can add to them to sort of flesh out your environs to those of us who will probably never get the chance to experience them in person...
also: i suppose i should start checking out your blog (www.lowveldnet.co.za) more in order to get some of that background info, eh? heh... ive managed to stumble every entry on citynoise, and i know others are stumbling it too, and apparently weve been getting a fair bit of traffic from that undertaking, so thats good... it sort of spreads the word to a demographic of traffic that might not end up here otherwise, and brings in some interesting new folks. if anyone else wants to stumbeupon too, check: www.stumbleupon.com for more information.
adam: 7th Dec 2007 - 19:02 GMT
maybe your content doesnt really fit the aesthetic of this website which is maybe why people dont really comment. also, its not a popularity contest.. no comments doesnt mean people arent looking. but posting wildlife might be better suited on another website. if youre looking for a general audience, get a flickr account.
also, i dont know about most people but i hate seeing peoples name tags on their photos on this website. its such a diy style here even though there are pro photographers on here.. it just feels so "LOOK AT ME!!".. ya know?
Guy: 8th Dec 2007 - 04:59 GMT
@CartLegger I will definitely do more urban and periurban landscapes including townships and more.
@Adam My wildlife is my city traffic, I prefer sites like this. It's not the only one I frequent. I may even start a flickr account but here are my reservations. Too much clutter and noise. I get better results posting here. I sign all my work.
Personally I don't give a toss about popularity, I do however need to know what the target market wants to see. If the animals are distasteful to the majority than I have other options to offer. Maybe you need to go through my whole "Gallery" to see what I have posted before being a total dick.
eyeofodin: 8th Dec 2007 - 06:58 GMT
to put it nicely Guy, you should keep photography as a hobby, since it seems to be a huge passion of yours. But from what I have seen so far, I do not find these sellable. I am not a PRO, but just giving you some critique.
Guy McLaren: 8th Dec 2007 - 16:06 GMT
@eye I don't post my best shots on the net. I put them on canvas.
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 8th Dec 2007 - 18:26 GMT
I'm fond of hippos. If you happen upon a flock, pride or wallow of hippos, I'd love to see them.
Catherine Penfold-Waxman: 8th Dec 2007 - 18:28 GMT
Herd of hippos. But wallow seems more appropriate.
iman: 8th Dec 2007 - 18:53 GMT
it aint no city, but cool pics. the first one must have been a bitch to take.
Guy McLaren: 9th Dec 2007 - 17:21 GMT
@ Catherine, I may just have the shots you want.
@ iman The first one was a unlucky lucky shot. I was at the right place with the wrong shutter speed.
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