December 20th, 2009
Since this is the time of the year for best of year reviews, I thought it would be fun to go through the PFRE flickr group postings for 2009 and select my favorites and create a flickr favorites slide show. It took me about 4 hours in two sittings to make it through all the 2009 photos (there are thousands) and choose my favorites. I didn’t do any deep analysis. I just moved quickly through the group postings and picked the photos that grabbed my attention. I ended up leaving several photos from my 2007 favorites at the end of the slide show.
It continually amazes me how many world class photographers contribute to this flickr group. This talented, self-directed, collaborative, learning environment is amazing to watch in action. Despite the fact that great contributers come and go and there is occasional friction it is an amazing learning opportunity where you can get feedback from many of the best real estate photographers in the world? I again want to thank Aaron Leitz for his great idea to start the PFRE flickr group back in May of 2007.
I can’t help but notice that in my selection process how the look of the thumbnail effected my attention to click on a photo and look a bigger view. Great photos make great thumbnails which is not that surprising but until you do an exercise like this you don’t think much about how important the look of a thumbnail is. As you can also see from this selection I’m a sucker for photos that include something very close and very faraway, photos with a wide full tonal range, strong graphic composition, reflections and wide range of saturated colors. This is a far less considered selection of photos than the PFRE Idol winner photos but there are 116 photos in my list and only 11 PFRE Idol photos for the year.
Thanks to all those of you that have participated in the PFRE flickr group this year and keep up the great work. For those readers that haven’t started participating in the PFRE flickr group you are missing a great opportunity.