Originally from L.A., now living in Germany. Most of my pics are from occasional travels in other countries (52 so far).
My aspiration as a 500px-er is for my pictures to someday be as popular as those of, for example, the artistic wunderkind M...Q (500px.com/1972mq500px), as well as to earn wonderful, glowing comments such those that this one masterpiece received: 500px.com/photo/232154399
But first I must increase my artistic and technical skills in order to deserve the acclaim of the ruling upvoting pod.
Looking back, things I wish I had done better when I first started out:
Don't post landscapes with crooked horizons.
Avoid outdoor pictures with boring, overcast skies. Just because I was at the right place at the wrong time doesn't mean I have to upload it.
But also avoid bright mid-day sun. Just because I was at the right place at the wrong time doesn't mean I have to upload it.
More than 1 photo of a duck in a scummy local pond is too many.
Avoid boring vacation snapshots, as nice a time as I might have had.
Check whether I accidentally uploaded a small thumbnail (though this doesn't seem to bother some upvoters).
Avoid HDR-ing a photo to the point that halos have their own halos and there are scary grey blobs in the sky.
Don't shoot a flower in a pot (including the pot) just because it's there and I happen to have my smartphone with me.
For that matters, don't shoot any random object in my apartment just because I need to upload a photo.
Really, really consider whether a boring scene will be better in black & white.
A photo that has a reflection on a lake is not automatically a good photo.
A photo with a sunset is not automatically a good photo, especially one taken out my bathroom window that shows nearby power and telephone lines.
Leave documenting every mundane street in my city to Google Street View.
Wildlife photos showing zoo enclosures aren't that wild.
Reconsider whether I really have to post that flower that I shot with my smartphone in glaring daylight (which required a high f-stop to the point that there's no background blurring and the cigarette butts in the flowerbed are clear).
Just because I'm enjoying a pleasant walk in a park or forest doesn't mean that a picture I took while doing so will be interesting.
Don't use the Orton effect on everything, including grungy urban street life.
Compose (or crop) my outdoor photographs such that I'm forced to actually leave my car, the sidewalk or road to get a nice scene.
Hopefully I'll be more attentive in the future to pleasing photography rather than uploading just for uploading's sake.
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