Photography is a subjective art form. Everyone likes something different. It's not something you can put your finger on or say definitively what it is that makes a good photo; But as with all things, diversity is the spice of life.
After many many rounds of beer with my good friend (and exceptionally talented landscape photographer) Kyle Worthy, we both have come to the conclusion that we want to see more variety on 500px.
Now, let's get one thing straight. I appreciate all forms of photography. But I am of the opinion that the photos that consistently get the highest ratings on 500px are getting stale. Your standard HDR photo of a pretty sunset, a lighthouse, a cute cat, a naked woman. That's all I see week in and week out. They're great photos but I want to see what the rest of the photography world has to offer.
In chatting with 500px marketing manager, Andrey, he suggested I write this blog post and spread the gospel to fellow sports photographers.
So here it is.
I need help. I know there are a few very talented sports photographers out there on 500px, but overall, they get a tiny percentage of the ratings that landscape, fine art and wildlife photographers do and I have no idea why. I think the only way to get our photos seen is to get more of us on here. The people that know what it's like to stand in the rain waiting for the play of the game. The people that walk 25 miles on a race weekend. The people that make a living out of their passion for athletic competition in all shapes and sizes.
Landscapers, wildlifers, nudists, street photographers: keep up the great work! BUT, I'm ready to see something new and fresh on the pages of 500px. This is a fantastic website that allows photographers of all degrees to showcase their best work, I simply want to add another dimension to this slew of incredible photography.
So if you're a sports photographer like me, and you want to see more sports photos at the top of the ratings, then find your friends. Invite one and all.
Here are some of my favorite sports shooters on 500px! (I'll continue to add and update this list as I find more sports shooters).