For the love of pictures: 500px

I have been a flickr pro-member for six years and never thought I would ever talk about another photography site. However, when I found out that 500px was born right here in Toronto it was pretty easy to jump ship. I still love flickr but I’m going to rooting for 500 px just that much harder.

Things I like about 500 px? The sleek design; the square, 230x230px thumbnails; the fluidity of the site; the fact that the photos that are featured on there seem to be everyone’s best work – something that I think flickr has let slide over the years. It’s understandable of course; for some flickr is *the* way they share photos1 but it does mean that when you’re searching for a sexy photo of something for a blog post you end up having to sift through a lot more photos that would be better for a cute family scrapbook.

I haven’t fiddled around with the site that much but it has certainly revived my passion for taking pictures. I’m not a photographer by any means, I just enjoy taking pictures; they’re a little easier to handle when you have a small apartment that you can’t fit an easel into2. Now if only I could afford a new camera… my 6MP camera has served me well but perhaps it’s time for an upgrade?

If you haven’t heard of 500 px yet3, you must check them out! 🙂4

Footnotes:
  1. when you know, they refuse to get a facebook account[]
  2. yet, it’ll happen[]
  3. you probably have[]
  4. oh and this isn’t a paid message; so just go over there already – if you like photography![]

Not quite resolutions, but things I want

I don’t want to make resolutions per se, but the neurotic side of me does want to see a list of things I want to do because once I write or type it out there is a higher likelihood that I will remember them. I just hope I remember to check back here in a few months to see if I have accomplished these things. Without further adieu:

I want to:
[ ] Take more pictures1
[ ] Tweet less2
[ ] Get my head-shots done3
[ ] Stay home at least three nights a week
[ ] Take better care of myself4
[ ] Watch more movies
[ ] Be more active, physically5. Ideally, have a more defined stomach area.
[ ] Spend more time with a certain someone.
[ ] Volunteer more6

I’m sure there is something I have forgotten here, but chances are if I have forgotten to list it it wasn’t that important to begin with. I am saying they’re not resolutions because these are things I have been wanting for a little while and things that I have been working to achieve already… and so I ask you:

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to share them with me!

Footnotes:
  1. with my actual camera and not just with my iPhone[]
  2. don’t ask[]
  3. preferably for “free” or TF[]
  4. manicures, pedicures, eat healthy, yoga, etc[]
  5. and no sex doesn’t count[]
  6. preferably something to do with kids[]

Flickr Friday: Discover

If there’s one thing I love about travelling, it’s discovering the little places. This photo from my last trip to New York City is one of my favourite… I loved daBhang Cafe; we went there after a get together at someone’s house mostly just for a change of scene1. There wasn’t anything that special about the place, but it’s still one of my favourite memories from that trip.

Later this afternoon, I’ll be leaving for St. Louis, MO for a wedding. A close friend of his is marrying the love of his life, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m only going for two nights and will be leaving very early Sunday morning but I’m hoping I’ll get to meet another blogger friend, Mike of Celtophilia, while I’m there – it’ll be the icing on the cake for sure!

I wish I had more time there since it looks like quite a big city… but I’m confident I’ll find at least one little treasure while I’m there.

What do you like most about travelling?

Footnotes:
  1. and probably some food as well[]

Flickr Friday: A Revival

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, first of all: A huge Thank You from my whole heart1; second of all: I need to revive this post series. I may not be a photographer, but I still enjoy taking photographs and I really enjoyed sharing them with you.

For this revival, I chose a photo from my flickr photostream that surprised me by getting 43 views for no reason that I could see2. It’s a shot I took while driving3 of the my beloved CN Tower.

Ever since I came back from living in Dublin last year I’ve been falling in love with Toronto more and more. I used to take it for granted4. And I think this photo is fitting for explaining this feeling of reviving an old love, or even an undiscovered love because that’s what it reminds me of.

The CN Tower though is not a standalone object in my memory. The CN Tower needs the Skydome5 the combination of the curved dome and the beacon to the right of it will always feel like home. I may have lived my adolescence in Dubai but no place has ever made me feel as good as Toronto does. And after being away for such a long time, I can tell you that nothing clears my head or makes me feel as at home as blogging does6.

What feels like home to you?

p.s. did I mention that he got in last night? Oh yes he did!!

p.p.s. last year, I did a memorial post about the lives we7 lost 8 years ago. I didn’t do one this year, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take a moment8 to remember the fallen. But I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that 🙂

Footnotes:
  1. You guys are so great for my extremely self-critical ego[]
  2. or that anyone bothered to tell me in the comments – I’m not complaining, I’m just sayin’[]
  3. don’t worry, I never look at the camera when I’m drive-shooting I always maintain the Young Drivers’ 8 second rule… if you don’t know what that is I can’t help you. This footnote is too long as it is[]
  4. as you do when you grow up somewhere[]
  5. now called the Rogers Centre but it will always be the Skydome to me[]
  6. especially blogging about my favourite photos… that I’ve taken hehe[]
  7. yes, we. We the human race[]
  8. everyday in fact[]