More of an announcement than a Post today. Thanks to the luck of the draw and the considerable generosity of Jim Nix, who very kindly put an unwanted Awesome subscription to 500px up for takers, I am the lucky winner of this gift subscription. Thanks so much Jim. You will find Jim’s high quality travel photography at Nomadic Pursuits. If you are not familiar with his work – do take a look, you won’t be disappointed.
500px will be known to some of you, but not to all. 500px is a photo-sharing website. It has similarities with Flickr but it’s content is more associated with the higher quality end of the spectrum. Well – that’s what I’ve read, and what I observe from a week getting to grips with the interface. First impressions are that the photography is superb and inspiring. On the flipside I would say that 500px could be a little more user-friendly to new-comers. If you can create an impressive website, you can create an idiot’s guide to getting started and explain how it all works. Yes, there’s a support page and a Q&A page but finding the answer, or the explanation to something, can be unnecessarily hard work.
Are you on 500px? If so, do get in touch, so we can link up. For those with 500px accounts you will find me by my real name, for those without – click here. My gallery will slowly grow and a Portfolio will follow.
And so to today’s image. What can I say: it’s four hundred and ten short of five hundred! I couldn’t find one with the right number so this one will have to do. Taken after dark in London on my first after-dark outing with the D7000 Nikon, there’s a story to this image. I’d wound the ISO up a bit as dusk arrived walking down through the back streets to Oxford Circus. But there came a point, with the light fast gone, where the ISO needed to be higher still. The buttons and dials to change the ISO were exactly the same as on my older camera but I couldn’t see the ISO changing in the Control Panel – the light was too low. So, wanting to take this image, I was reduced to wandering up and down the street trying to find a bright enough light to see the settings change! I had completely forgotten that by pressing the Info button on the back of the camera the monitor screen would light up and I could see all the settings and change them visibly. Memo to self: read, and re-read and then re-read the User Manual. I won’t make that same mistake again.