I received a question a couple of days ago asking which photos tend to generate the most comments. I could look at the stats and check exactly which posts have generated the most comments, but I don’t think I’d find a common thread. From my blog reading experience over the past nine months, I know that my blog garners more comments than some and a whole lot less than others. One blog I follow consistently has more than 100 comments (excluding author replies) on almost every single post! For me, 10 reader comments is a very busy day.
I comment when a picture or the story that goes with it says something to me. I’m also more likely to jump in with a comment when I find an image that stands out from the crowd. When I do comment on a photo, I keep my comments positive, focussing on what I like about an image. I steer clear of constructive feedback unless I know the blogger doesn’t mind.
I tend to avoid leaving comments on blogs that are outside my comfort zone (e.g., fashion or food photographers) or on blogs that I basically consider to be out of my league.
One thing I believe to be true is that most bloggers want to engage at least to some degree with their readers (and fellow bloggers) so I think most really appreciate when someone takes the time to share their thoughts on an image or a post. Personally, I love it when readers decompose one of my images and tell me what works and doesn’t work and suggest what they would have done differently. If you see something that you don’t like, let me know, but don’t just tell me you don’t like it, make sure you tell me what you’d change.
I wish I knew what factors led readers to comment or to just have a look and keep moving on past. What makes you stop and comment? If you’ve read this far, leave a quick note and tell me what you makes you stop and leave a comment.
I captured this image of Mt. Baker last summer as I was travelling to Vancouver on an early morning ferry from Salt Spring Island. This vantage point is still pretty far from shore and shot with a 400mm, hence Mt. Baker looks like its sitting right at the coast when it’s actually over 150km in the distance. I like how the sun had lit up the mountain top, but had not yet made it through the clouds.
This image isn’t from Whistler (like so many of my recent images), but it is from the West Coast of BC. This view is from my wife’s cousin’s front yard on Salt Spring Island. Talk about a view! It’s no wonder the west coast is so popular.
Here in land-locked Edmonton, Winter is rushing up on us quickly. Autumn is a quick season here, lasting just about one month. This Thursday and Friday the forecasted high is a mere 4C. We’re almost certain to see snow before this month is through. Today though, the sun was shining and we decided we needed a walk in the river valley.
Apparently it was such a nice day, a lot of people had portraits organized. Everywhere we turned there was another photographer and his (or her) clients. In just the short walk we took, we saw at least four or five portrait sessions underway. I was, of course, adding to the population of camera-jockeys out for the day. I was taking pictures of my family too. I should be able to come up with a photo or two in the next few days…
Sorry I’ve been away for a couple of days. It’s Canadian Thanksgiving weekend up here and we have family visiting. I have a paid shoot tonight which required prep.
Finally, I’m busy prepping for a craft show that I’m participating in at the end of November. I only have 7 weeks left and it feels like the time is just flying past. I’ll be bringing a few different products so I’m finishing wrapping up my suppliers and materials. Some things I’m able to make myself, others I’m ordering as finished products and the bulk involves me ordering an interim product and then finishing it myself.
The shot above is from the High Note trail that starts and ends at the summit of Whistler in British Columbia. I believe the water is one of many snow-making reservoirs that are sprinkled around the mountain.
Looking at this view at the summit of Mt Revelstoke, it’s hard to imagine how we didn’t notice the storm coming our way. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we were caught in a short rain/hail storm at the summit and had to run for shelter. While we were mostly well prepared (warm clothes, rain gear) we didn’t really have the right footwear. As a result, we got very wet feet. Bad if we were actually on a long hike. Merely inconvenient when our car was just over 1km away.
As I was saying though, looking at this view, we might have been a little bit more wise to stay a bit closer to the shelter rather than wander off. Perhaps it was just being a bit blind to what was coming. Maybe a bit careless. But, I think I’m going to call it pure optimism. There was a bit of rain starting, but we lived in Vancouver for four years – a little rain doesn’t bother us at all!
While a little rain doesn’t bother us, a lot of rain mixed with hail does call for a little running away. For the kids, of course. Not me. You have to protect the kids. If it was just me, I would have carried on. I’m not worried about getting a little wet, but we had to look out for the kids, right? You understand.
In the foreground is Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. I believe that’s Chancellor Peak off to the right. This is a combination of six shots merged into a panorama. I was planning to return to this spot for some long exposures at dusk and after dark, but this ended up being one of the last shots I was able to capture before my camera failed just two hours later.
This scene is the setting for a really well-placed campground (Chancellor Peak campground) at the south entrance to the park. Camping in the national and provincial parks throughout BC is a real pleasure. The only drawback I’ve found is that if you’re travelling along the TransCanada Highway, you’re also following the rail tracks. If you don’t chase campgrounds well off the highway, then you’ll be regularly listening to freight trains rushing passed in the night.