Loving me some Flickr!

For a long time, I have lost faith in Flickr. Flickr has been one of the earliest photo sharing sites and in its inception was one of the coolest. I’ve been a member since 2004 and since then updates have been slow.  Really slow, if at all. As the UI designs of most sites drastically improved (500px, Google+ and the recently relaunched MySpace), Flickr’s UI remained cumbersome and downright ugly!

But today, upon reading my fb’s news feed, I saw a post praising Flickr’s recently revamped UI and the free terabyte of data, my faith in Flickr has finally returned. I immediately checked my Flickr account and finally I could say once again, with pride, that I own a Flickr account.
Welcome back Flickr! You have been missed!

Check out a screenshot of my Flickr account below:

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Our pet Zorro would be dearly missed!

d2956-dsc_9489I was deeply saddened to learn that our beloved pet Zorro had passed away. Everyone in the family was very close to Zorro since he also got a sickness when he was just a pup and he almost didn’t make it then. But after he was taken to the vet he eventually got better and grew up healthy.

Zorro got big and strong and he always did his duty as the guard dog of the house. Often, he would be awake throughout the night and be asleep during the day.

After some time, we had another dog in the house which we called Milky due to a white spot that runs on her tummy. Milky is the daughter of another dog of ours, Sasha. Later, Zorro and Milky had several puppies but sadly only one survived. My niece, Thea, fondly called this puppy survivor, Baby Z, since her spotted eyes looked just like Zorro’s. Eventually all three of them became our beloved pets and loyal guard dogs.

We would all miss Zorro. Zorro was so gentle and kind. Even though Thea would sometimes pat him strongly on the head, Zorro would just dismiss this and would just look calmly at Thea. Thea would then just go on patting him again. But when Zorro sensed a stranger, his bark would be so loud it could be heard even next door.

So thanks again for the loyal service our dear pet Zorro. We would greatly miss you!

Zorro the Dog by israelv
Zorro the Dog, a photo by israelv on Flickr.

Trying Out the New MySpace

MySpace is back and it looks totally cool! It kicks both facebook and Google+ in the layout department. I love the whole screen Cover Image and the horizontal orientation. I don’t have any friends there yet but I was still able to connect to different bands and artists.

Here’s my layout so far:

Starbucks + Star Wars Repost

Saw this tweet just now. It was twitted last September and I missed it due to my heavy work load then. SithLord229 reposted my Instagram snapshot of Artoo and Threepio with a Starbucks drink on his tumblr.

Thanks SithLord! I appreciate it 🙂

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Here’s a screenshot of his tumblr post at http://sithlord229.tumblr.com/post/31342705549/starbucks-star-wars-a-man-after-my-own-heart

Check out SithLord229’s tumblr at http://sithlord229.tumblr.com

Hello Streamzoo!

After the great loss that was Lightbox, I am ready to move on. For some reason, I’m really not that satisfied with Instagram, especially after my wonderful experience with the Lightbox community. It feels somewhat lacking for me (BTW, no offense to the Instagram fans out there since I’m still a fan!). It might be due to a lack of a Web component or other factors, but I digress.

I remember during the last days of Lightbox that most of the users there are jumping either to Instagram or to Streamzoo. Upon recalling that now, I was prompted to try and sign up for Streamzoo. I’m really looking forward to rekindle that lost Lightbox feeling with this community.

If you’re on Streamzoo, follow me up at http://streamzoo.com/user/israelv

The iOS app looks great too!

Lightbox: A Great Loss!

I just can’t believe that Lightbox is closing down on June 15th! I will sorely miss my online photo journal, the great filters for my shots and the great interaction within the Lightbox community.  That last bit will be the one thing that I would miss the most. I remember thinking how great the comments are from fellow photo enthusiasts from all over the world. I can’t help but compare the comments that I receive or the lack thereof in facebook.

I first discovered Lightbox last year when I was looking for an Instagram equivalent for Android. Upon downloading Lightbox, I discovered not just a great photography app but a thriving community of mobile photographers.  I never had that same experience with Instagram.

As they say, all good things never last and I will try to still post shots in Lightbox until that fateful day when it will finally shutdown on the 15th of June.

Here’s my info on israelv.lightbox.com:

And here are some stats on my Lightbox page:
My shot of Lego C3PO and R2-D2 in Baguio is still unbeaten and is still my most liked pix, followed by the Red Rooster and the Last Leaf.  For the rest of my shots, please head on to israelv.lightbox.com, while it’s still up.

My Google Plus account finally shows signs of life!

I’m a big fan of Google Plus. When it first rolled out I was one of the first in line to sign up for it. Google finally approved my request last year and I was so happy like a boy receiving his first toy. Technically, Google Plus beats facebook in so many areas. The simplicity of its UI, like other Google products, is simply superb. So I happily shared some of my pictures since most of my few initial followers and people that I follow there are photographers. But sadly I get no feedback. I still mostly get all feedbacks from my photos in facebook. Facebook still beats Google Plus in that department. Facebook is simply alive, whereas Google Plus is a little quiet, at least for some.

I have quietly abandoned my Google Plus account until a few weeks back when I started my Circle-adding frenzy. Then I started sharing my pictures again. And now slowly but surely I’m getting several feedbacks and that much sought after +1s.

This is one of the best feedbacks that I have received for my Boracay Sunset picture and it came from PhilippineSunday:

After that very humbling comment, I felt great motivation again to use Google Plus to interact with my fellow photographers around the world.