Social Experiment

So I have started an experiment. It is said that the way you get followers in the social media world is by being consistent and only showing your best work. I have had a 500px account for some years. I have used it to showcase all kinds of projects I work with. So it turns out to be a little like my Instagram profile. I have some shots that I have a lot, for me, attention on. And I have a lot of shots there is hardly any attention on. in my very humble (maybe not so) opinion a lot of the photographers that get way more attention for their shots are not necessary producing images that is so much better than mine.
So I have started the project – Called Scratch. I deleted my 500px account. I have then created a new one, the goal is to only present my best landscape photos there. And only that genre of images. Everything else I shoot; wilde-life, portraits, street, architecture etc will have to be shown off somewhere else.
If this works as I hope I will be doing the same thing with Instagram. Dividing up in categories. One for landscapes, one for wilde-life, one for portraits, etc….
That way I can at least experience that I get max feedback on my work, and that it falls into the categories that generate followers. In the long run we will have to see if this impacts my ability to sell more prints.

Inspired

Yesterday I found a book in the store that I for once felt resonated with me. There are many books about photography, but I do not experience that to many of them focus on the kind of photography I do. This book does, it also added some cool ideas I will work with in the future.

The book is called “Moodscapes” and is written by Rebekka Gudleifsdottir.

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The book gives a history of her photography, suggestions what she thinks is important, a view into her methodology and art. I found it to be a great read and read all trough it the same evening.

Another inspiration has been the photo I called “Sunset III” and published on 500px Monday got for me an all time high 96.9 with almost 1300 views

Sunset III by Leif Egil Hegdal

When I was sitting at my daytime job today and looked outside the window to see the clear blue sky and the sun shining I knew I had to take an early day off. I would love to live off photography, but until that day, I earn most money doing IT Consulting work. Well I left 1,5 hours earlier then original planned.

I decided to go to the Naturism beach at Bygdøy, because it offers a bit different micro terrain then the place I was at Sunday. When I was in the Army some 20 years ago, I learned that the micro terrain was the small hills, stone and bushes that was in front of you, and that they could offer good coverage if I knew how to use them. As a photographer I am trying to use this as a foreground on my photos.

When I came the sun stood still high on the sky so I did some other / different shots.

First one with the sun in my back

17mm / 13s / f/11 / ISO 50

And then one more or less directly to the sun

16mm / 1/13s / f/18 / ISO 50

After a while the sun went down behind the horizon and the real nice light illuminated the landscape.

16mm / 30s / f/13 / ISO 50
16mm / 33s / f/16 / ISO 50

 

I am pleased with the two last photos. However I experienced that I raised the bar today and required more perfectionism from myself. It was hard finding a position that I was really happy with. However the fact that it is difficult and challenging continues to inspire me. If all photos you took where sublime, then anyone could do it and no one could make this a living.