I’ll Stick with Flick(r)
Over the past couple of weeks there has been some discussion on the possible demise (or it’s value) of Flickr with the introduction of Google+ and sites such as 500px.com. After engaging in some of the conversations and checking out the other sites, I’ve decided I’ll stick with flickr at least for now.
However, the main reason has nothing to do with it’s layout, forums for critiquing my photos or how many comments/faves I get. It has to do with the relationships that I’ve gained as a result of the flickr community.
It all started with my first photo meet-up in May 2010. Cory Disbrow and I had been communicating via flickr and he invited me to join them. My wife and daughter agreed to the trip. Little did I know it would be the start of some great friendships as well as a pool of knowledge to draw from with some very talented photographers.
A sight to see is our Tripod Alley at Wishes or Illuminations. One night there were about 8 of us lined up on the bridge between England and France in the World Showcase, when I overheard someone say “This must be a good spot, look at all of the cameras”. Unfortunately, as we’ve been experiencing, it is possible the use of tripods may be coming to an end at Disney. Only time will tell.
Of course, we don’t go just to take pictures…we ride the rides, attend the shows (yes even Captain EO) and eat!!!! Frankly, I think eating maybe what we do best. As some of you may know, I’m the 2010 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Cookie and Hot Chocolate Champion from our flickr community. A proud moment for sure. The last row of this car at the Tower of Terror is all flickrites.
We also like to be the last ones of out the park. It is a very unique experience knowing when you hear the CMs say “no one else”. One trip in Nov 2010, I meet up with Todd H and Jeff B to close out EPCOT. As we made our way around the World Showcase, we started “collecting” Cast Members. First time I looked behind me we had 1, then 2, then 4 and finally 8 CMs were standing behind us making sure we didn’t do an about face. At one point, I overhead the radio with eh supervisor asking “where are they now?” We always try to be respectful and express our appreciation for the CMs. This Christmas shot was from about 2 hours after park closing following Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. For another story about closing go to this picture on my flickr stream
We are also willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot. And, with so many cameras around, someone (probably me) is likely to capture that special moment. Or Tom Bricker has suggested (he has no proof) that some of us like to get it other people’s pictures.
These meet ups have also provided us with the opportunity to meet with some Disney Photography legends just as Bob Desmond (who was nice enough to take this picture). Bob has met with us several times and shared his years of professional experiences with us. One meeting was held inside of the Innovations building with several of Disney’s very best professional photographers. They told us lots of interesting stories and showed us some of their incredible shots.
So far, I’ve met up with people at Disney (either CA or FL) 5 or more trips (probably 15-20 days) since that first meeting. However, these meet-ups aren’t limited to Disney. In the past year, I’ve attended a NASCAR race, horse shows, Chihuly exhibit, ice hockey game, hot air balloon, nature hikes, Boston, NYC, sledding, etc. Flickr has been the meeting place for what I expect to be life long friendships. While, I’m sure the other sites will provide such opportunities, I tend to be a bit loyal, so for me, I’ll continue to hang out on flickr. I hope to see you there and on a meet up some day!
P.S. There are a significant number of folks meeting for the WDW 40th Anniversary on and around Oct 1, 2011. If might be a great way to get started!