Swimming with the Big Sharks

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000 hours rule, where he claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. I don’t have 10,000 hours of practice in photography yet, but I certainly feel that I’m getting closer to my goal of translating a moment into a photo.

I had heard about 500px.com from other photographers in the field, and how the site is geared toward more professional photos. Unlike Flickr, which is a mix between professional photos and your recent family album, 500px.com, it seems, is only for professional photos.This probably explains the option to sell your photography work to anyone on the site, which I think is pretty cool. (This didn’t come as a surprise to me, though, because most of the photography work is absolutely beautiful.)

So, what does it all have to do with me? Continue reading…

I developed my photography skills quite a bit over the past two years or so, and although I don’t get to take as many photos as I would have liked (you know, I also have a ‘real’ job), I certainly feel that I’m starting to set my photography direction, which seems to point toward street photography (mainly people and moments), portraits (when I’m really pushed into it), some Landscapes, and a lot of Black and White style photos. Colors are great, but I always felt that in order to capture a story in a photo, B&W is the only format. I also feel, and this is a topic for an entirely new post, that since the introduction of filters (hello Instagram!) most people have less appreciation to authentic color photos. It seems to me, and I have seen it in some of my work, that if a photo of a sunset doesn’t have a purple sun, pink sky, and green clouds, then the photo is not good.

I joined 500px.com because I felt that I elevated my work high enough to contribute to the community of photographers who share their work on the site, and also, of course, because I wanted to learn from other photographers. My photo-posting strategy is simple: pick the best photos I have, and post one photo per day. I was happy to see that most of the photos I posted received great feedback, such as likes and faves, from members of the community, and also comments that showed a lot of support for my work. Here are two photos that received great feedback:

I think that what I’m mainly happy about the most is after all this time of taking photos, I actually learned a new skill, although I think I’m quite far from completing 10,000 hours of photo shooting, or, which is how I like to call it, 10,000 hours of having fun.

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