What makes an image popular?

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Human Scale

I posted this image on flickr yesterday – “Human Scale” – and was amazed to see it rise in the views and favs ranks. 10K views and almost 200 “favs” in less than 24 hrs – a factor of 10 more than I normally get! It was taken on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year.

Now, it is always flattering to have one’s images liked, and I guess that is partly why we post to social sites.

That said, I am really at a loss to understand why it has become my second most fav’d image on flickr. It’s a nice picture, with a bit of a story. Still, I honestly don’t think it’s the best I have shot.

I have been a member of flickr since 2005, and I have been a bit intermittent in posting there over the years. The picture of a rainbow that I took in 2003 became my most viewed ever picture (61K views and almost 600 “favs”) very early on, when posted in 2005 – and it’s popularity has never been exceeded since. There were far fewer people on flickr then, so it was a lot easier to get “attention”.

I can see why the rainbow was popular, as it’s not often that one can capture almost the complete arc of a “double” rainbow.

However, does that make it a better picture than the first? Who knows. I sometime think that the more I take photographs, the less I understand what attracts people to the work.

Moral of the story?

Shoot what you like, not what you think others will like!

Rainbow

Human Scale – Leica M-P, Noctilux F/1.0, processed in Silver Efex Pro.

Rainbow – Nikon D1x, 17-35mm Nikkor, Lightroom.