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I thought I'd posted all the decent grafitti shots I took a while ago, but I took another look at this one and thought I'd put it up too. It's not quite as interesting as some of the others I've put up, but it does share some of their qualities. And, more importantly, I've run out of stuff to put up – hopefully it won't be raining tomorrow ;-)

On another note: I think the recoding for this site (other than the archives) is now finished (for the time being at least) including some changes to this popup. I'm fairly sure that there aren't any problems with it but if you do come across anything that doesn't work as expected please let me know.

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comment by Kjetil at 09:47 AM (GMT) on 29 May, 2004

You wanted critisism you said earlier. I will give some now I think.
For the first time in long time I don't really like one of your photos. (never happened before actually) I think you should have done something more with this photo. Just standing straigt up and taking a photo of some graffiti itsn't that good. You manage to get some good ones out of the last graffiti posts, but this is too ordinary.
If you had taken the shot from another angle maybe? Looking from the ground and up from the side might have helped. The colors are good and all that, but the grass makes this a strange pic.
I don't know how much more I can say. It is too ordinary I think.

But I can understand your problem with running out of photos. Have the same problem from time to time.

Keep up the good work. I normal picture wont hurt you standard a bit, since it is at a so high level every single day of the year.

Have a nice day.

- Kjetil

comment by Kate at 11:53 AM (GMT) on 29 May, 2004

amazing colors

comment by djn1 at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 29 May, 2004

Kjetil: I agree, this isn't one of my best shots, and I also agree that it's a bit 'ordinary'. There are two things that I do like about it though – the metallic blue, and the small indentations in the wall (which add some interesting texture). I'm not sure about the grass: on the one hand it seems a little incongruous, but on the other it rescues the shot from being entirely two-dimensional.

I'd be interested to hear what everyone else thinks.

comment by Malin at 07:01 PM (GMT) on 29 May, 2004

I must admit. I enlisted at photoblogs.org and looked at the top 100..
There are really some VERY talented photographers out there. However it also occured to me that there is a lot of back patting going on since THIS SITE can be the most favourite site.

Dont get me wrong. You take nice pictures and nice or which ever is a graduating. Thus saying my opinion is not the correct one. However on a general scale your pictures are average.

I hope you take the time to run through some of the lower listed photoblogs and give them some credit and that goes for many more sites in the top 10. Really - come on, a graffiti shot, pictures of your kid and pregant wife. I do not get it. Is this what people like to look at or does it provide a high hit rate?

I love the layout of your site though. Definitely not the common moveabletype interface look...


comment by djn1 at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 29 May, 2004

Malin: thanks for taking the time to leave your opinion on my site. And I agree, there are some very talented photographers out there, many of which are listed in my favourites at photoblogs.org (about 40 of which are currently outside the top 100):


So, I have taken the time to look at other sites, and try to keep up with as many new ones as I can. Obviously I haven't looked at all of them Ė there are far too many added each week for me to do that Ė but I do try to keep up as best I can. On which note: I'd be interested to hear which are your favourites at photoblogs.org and which you think arenít getting the credit they deserve.

As for my subject matter: I guess I take pictures for several reasons. Some are because the subjects are important to me (my wife and children, for example), others are things that I come across in my day-to-day life, and once a week I take something for the Photo Friday challenge. Iím not a professional photographer, so I tend to take photographs in and amongst the rest of the things that I do with my life. Besides which, I don't think the quality of a photograph is determined by its subject, so would guess this is probably more a question of taste/preference than anything else.

As for your somewhat cynical remark equating 'hit rate' with subject matter: even if I were trying to put up stuff which I think other people would want to look at, it wouldn't affect my hit rate. I post an image a day, and people either visit or they don't. At the moment I have around 1500 visits a day (of which I estimate about 750-1000 are unique visitors) but I don't publicise what Iím going to put up in advance so I can't see that it makes all that much difference.

Incidentally, I did try to email you but the email address you posted with your comment - malin@hotmail.com - doesn't appear to be valid, and http://n/A doesn't point to a web site.

comment by Phil at 12:16 AM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

I've only recently discovered your site and since doing so, have visited each day to view the new photo.

I have to say that I'm extremely impressed at the standard on here, and although I've only looked at some of the Top Ten, this is certainly the best that I have seen and really inspires me to take more photos of different subjects. You clearly have a great eye for a good photo and I particularly liked the photo of your daughter asleep - an inspiration as my wife is five weeks away from giving birth to our first child.

Let's just say 1000 people a day can't be wrong! ; )

Keep up the good work.


PS As for todays photo - I think it's cool with great contrasts

comment by felix at 05:57 AM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

Thanks for putting a new photo up every day! I very much enjoy visiting your site, and it has encouraged me to set up my own photo blog!

Ok, this is perhaps my least favorite photograph of yours. :) No big deal.

comment by Rool at 10:36 AM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

If I might add my word here.

I've discovered this website for a few month, and now I come almost every day...
Putting a picture on a daily baisis is really not that easy, I've tried and the quality of my pics really went down. But you manage to give us every day a great pic. Some are awesome, and some a little bit less, but they never suck, and that really impress me...

So keep on going, and thx for the pics...

comment by djn1 at 02:26 PM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

Phil/felix/Rool: thanks.

comment by C at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

I agree with Rool, it's rough putting up a pic every single day. Your pics I think are of great quality. Also I believe it to be an art form. What may seem average to one is quite fantastic to another. If one doesn't like looking at flowers, babies, or horses then those people will probably not like the photo regardless. To like a photo, like art, it is subjective. Technically, I think you have a real talent. Something I'm working on myself.

As far as hits and popularity, thanks for trying to mention those of us at the bottom of the *food chain*. To prove I'm not looking for hits myself I"m not going to link my site. I take pictures and post pictures because I like to. Period. If people find me, like me, that is fantastic. I love constructive critiques as well .. something to learn from.

Keep shootin'.

comment by Irene at 11:13 PM (GMT) on 30 May, 2004

I don't think the quality lies in the subject of the photo. The quality is that you take a quick look, and then return to taken a closer look. Because it got your attention and you look longer and more carefull. ThŠt to me is the quality of this site.

I looked and counted: I've got 92 photologs in my favoroute-list. Impossible to see them all every day, and every one of them has links. So yes, there are lots of photologs I didn't see and maybe they are better then this one. But to me, the quality, the richness of the colours, the pleasant surprises, not boring pictues EVERY DAY! make this one of my favourites.

And yes, I'm always looking for new pleasent surprises, new names.....aren't we all?

comment by Jinky at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 31 May, 2004

Dont take that comment to heart. Im in the top 10 too, actually, I find it abit embarrassing because I know my abilities, and I know I dont belong in the top 10. Which is why I feel compelled to reply here to this LOL. But its flattering, and its nice to know that folks support me. I think I belong in the top 200 somewhere..but certainly not the top 10. Im a student. But I dont think people add others to their favourites in order to disrespect others abilities.

I wish photoblogs.org would just get rid of the whole favs thing and be done with it.

However that said, I think your work belongs there, in the top 10. You have a style that flows through your site. Its all personal taste and obviously your work appeals to many - how can that be your fault or seen as a bad thing?. Thats not back patting. Its called appreciation.

I too try and mention lots of other blogs on my site on a day to day basis because there really is so much talent out there. I learn so much from so many. I mention them out of honest appreciation for their work, not because someones come along and been abit nasty. Ignore it.

Keep up with your stuff, we enjoy it =)

comment by djn1 at 10:19 AM (GMT) on 31 May, 2004

Irene: thanks.

Jinky: I think the thing is that photoblogs.org isnít just about the quality of photography. My stuff is ok, but itís not the best, not by a long way. But I do think that my blog has a lot of other features that make in popular Ė you can get to any image with two clicks (via the thumbnails page), I include a discussion of each entry, the quality of comments tends to be high, itís got a simple, clean layout Ė and I think all of these things are probably as important as the quality of the shots. IMO a good photoblog is like a small community Ė if people feel that theyíre a part of it theyíre going to like it more than if they donít. Take chromogenic as a counter-example: Justinís photography is wonderful, but his site, to my mind, is more of a gallery than a blog. Sure, he posts every day, but itís much more difficult to engage with him or his creative process because he doesnít include any discussion or comments.

As for mentioning other blogs: this is something I tend to do too, but I thought I might formalise the process for a while and be a bit more thorough about mentioning the sites I like.

comment by Morsi at 09:42 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2004

Ohh, lot of dicussion on this image..

Hi, I am Morsi, freelance photographer and primus motore on Mindzoom.dk. Living in copenhagen I must admit I have seen better graffitti than this, however the image is quite good as it is so chaotic.
I like your style of added contrast and sharpness, nice :)

Actually I was going to comment on another picture, then I just saw how many comments there were here and I thought I would what it is all about.. Sorry my english is not so good. My 'editor' is not here. I am from Egypt.


P.s. There is a word in english dictionary: bitterness - not a very constructive feeling. I guess person must have feeling that.

comment by tony at 03:37 AM (GMT) on 26 July, 2004

Did you use a tripod for this pic?
If not, what did you do for stabilization?