Not just hot chicks

 

Every so often a new photo-sharing website comes along. Without giving you a history of photo-sharing websites, I’ve participated in a few. First Zooomr, then Flickr, then SmugMug, and now a new one500px.com has arrived on the scene. It’s being talked about a bit, and it caught my attention too. Like most of the other photo-sharing sites it has a free account and a paid account. Basically you have some limits for uploading and whatnot, with the free account. I haven’t decided yet if I want to take the plunge, and fork over my cash.

I think what I like the most about all the photos being uploaded is the balance. It’s not just a bunch of over-hyped semi-nudes or over HDR’d crap, that the secret magician in a closet at Flickr deems worthy of Explore. I think I’m actually seeing beautiful photographs, worthy of the title “art”.

So, I thought I’d start a little series, right here, highlighting some of the great photographs I stumble upon at 500px. Rather than start a new blog for it, I’ll just give it a catagory. If you like what I share, but don’t want to follow all my other insane rants and wacky opinions, just follow the feed for the category.

Enjoy!

Untitled by Helga Bondarchuk (helga_bondarchuk) on 500px.com
Untitled by Helga Bondarchuk
shadows by Mel MOC (melha) on 500px.com
shadows by Mel MOC
*** by Антон Бабушкин (Anton_Babushkin) on 500px.com
*** by Антон Бабушкин

****** UPDATE ******

I began writing this post several days ago, with the WordPress app on my Android-powered T-Mo G2x. (Love that, btw.) At that time I was mostly viewing photos from the handful of contacts I already had, and a few others. My opinions of 500px were highly effected by those photos. Obviously that opinion was a bit skewed. Sorry for that.

I readily admit that my title for this post is inaccurate. I really do love the overall format, style, and interactivity at 500px. I’m already sold. It’s more photograph-centric than Flickr, and that’s a very good thing. With the addition of a few more community oriented features, like groups, I could see myself migrating to 500px from Flickr in no time.

However, I also believe that one more feature is required first. Without some kind of filter or consent related option for the nude content, I cannot and will not recommend 500px to my friends. I really have no care if I’m viewed as a prude, or any other term. The fact remains that I can love photography as an artform, without having to accept the short-term-results-oriented photographers who can’t create wonderful art without needing nudity.

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Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

4 thoughts on “Not just hot chicks”

  1. Trevor

    Thanks for the update. That’s my sentiment too. They need some sort of filter to really make it usable for me. I they add that, it’ll get really interesting.

    Kevin

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  2. Trevor

    I agree that the presentation on 500px is great, but I’ve found the content o be different than you describe. It seems that every fifth popular photo is some sort of nude. Other than that, the site design is wonderful and if they add some Sort if discussion/groups function, Flickr may need to be a little worried.

    Kevin

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    1. Thanks for the review! I can’t imagine how long it would have taken me to find it otherwise LoL However, I have randomly come across more nude pictures at 500 px than I ever do on Flickr 😦 It would be nice if there was a setting (like in Flickr) that allowed me to not see certain content without consent.

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      1. I hear you both. In fact, I starting writing this post a few days earlier, with the WordPress app on my Android phone. I had been viewing mostly photos from my few contacts and a handful of others. This highly influenced my opinions.

        Obviously I was a bit off. I too am seeing some of the NSFW photos, and am kinda disappointed.

        I’ll add an update to the post.

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