Calling all photographers!

bov elephant cover pic

 

The internet is the perfect repository of photographs. Good ones, bad ones, excellent ones, award-winning ones, stolen ones, naughty ones, you name the genre and you will find it online. The Facebook statistics for the number of photos uploaded runs into the millions – per hour! And that’s just Facebook, there’s also Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and a host of other sites. And blogs 🙂

As I’ve mentioned before, I have no great skill for taking photographs but I do want to improve so I joined a Facebook group where excellent photographers shared their work. Not all are professional but all posted really good stuff and it was a pleasure to see. I speak in the past tense. Recently, a few newbies misunderstood the general idea and suddenly the group was inundated with the worst images you can imagine.  Despite some advice, the culprits continued with no improvement. Some even became very rude when given advice. All missed the sarcasm.

This had two effects, instantly: most of the good stuff and members disappeared and the rest of us roared with derision.

Someone mentioned a secret group where bird photographers were posting their funny mishaps, so an idea was formed – I started a new group for the worst photos of our city.  A place where people could safely share all those shots that normally get deleted. The parameters of the group soon evolved into ‘our city, surrounding region and the world in general’.

I have not laughed so much in a long long time.

It’s winter, I am not as busy as I want to be, I am cold, I am almost hibernating – a few good belly-laughs were in order. In just a few days the group has grown and provided me with one of my biggest ever internet distractions (and that’s saying a lot!), and muscle-aching belly laughs. LOL has nothing on this.

So, if you fancy a good laugh and want to learn about photography from a different angle, join us! It’s not secret, we want to share the love.

A Facebook group guaranteed to make you less productive than ever before.

 

table mt

The iconic and world-renowned Table Mountain – note the ‘rule of thirds’ has been well maintained here with the pole and highway railing dissecting it neatly.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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