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I'm in my mid fifties, a programmer by trade and having spent most of my adult life behind a computer, my body shows it. I enjoy all sorts of photography but particularly enjoy street photography and candid photography at the local beachfront.
After more than ten years shooting with Canon DSLR cameras I switched to a mirrorless sytem some years ago and currently use a Fujifilm X-E1 as my primary camera.
I am a member of Helderberg Photographic Society and have served on their committee for a number of years.
As I am a candid beach photographer my photostream contains pictures of women wearing little, as they do at the beach. This has had the unwanted effect of attracting attention from those who use Flickr as a hunting ground for porn and erotic imagery and either share nothing themselves or share only poor quality snapshots of body parts and sexual acts, with no regard to artistic merit. Over the years I have wrestled with whether to allow these users to favourite or comment on my images or follow my stream; at times blocking them and at others not. Lately I have decided that I will no longer enable their activities and as such I may choose to block accounts of those that follow me and comment or favourite on my images when I feel that they are using Flickr in this manner and are not interested in sharing or viewing artistic photography. I will also extend this to those accounts that seem to be GWCs; accounts sharing only photos of women that are pornographic or give no consideration to art. For example photos of nude women posed with clutter in the background.
Group Following Policy
I don't approve of groups applying a post 1/comment 1, or similar policy and will therefore not join such groups if invited. Similarly I don't like the provision of boilerplate comments to be used by group members. I prefer comments on my images to be in the commenter's own words and saying something about the image, rather than telling me it was seen in some group. If someone likes one of my images but has no specific comment they wish to make, I prefer that they simply favourite it using the favourite system that Flickr provides for such cases. I will probably not join a group that provides such boilerplate comment code, if invited, and will definitely not join the group if the comment code includes an image. Although it is sometimes useful to be able to include a relevant image in a comment, I would rather have Flickr remove that ability than have comments in my photo stream polluted with repeated instances of the same image, as happens with images in comment code.
I don't like the award comments that so many on Flickr seem to love. I steer clear of groups that provide award boilerplate that members can copy and paste into comments on my photos. If you comment on one of my images with an award, I will probably delete it; I would prefer you just favourite my image. Favourites are after all Flickr's built-in award mechanism. Finally if I comment on your image and later you post it to a group that results in my Recent Activity: Replies to my comments becoming cluttered with awards on your image, I will probably go back and delete my comment from your image.
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Steve, you have a great portfolio of work with beautiful colors & rich tones... keep on shooting & stay safe! ✨ Thank you for sharing your images with us here on Flickr! ✨ Saludos from Chile! ( ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛)✌
Steve's photostream is a perfect example of what makes Flickr one of the most addictive sites on the World Wide Web: a wonderful combination of beautiful subject matter, interesting insights and fantastic creativity all held together by unquestionable photographic skill. If you like looking at great images, then this i… Read more
Steve's photostream is a perfect example of what makes Flickr one of the most addictive sites on the World Wide Web: a wonderful combination of beautiful subject matter, interesting insights and fantastic creativity all held together by unquestionable photographic skill. If you like looking at great images, then this is the place to begin...Read less
I see what he sees. We seek appealling form and the strong color. We like the sea. We need blue skies. We stare at atractive women. We follow children's play. Beach life is what life should be...