One Flickr mystery is why some photos get so many hits. I understand why truly great photos get a lot of hits. They deserve to. Here’s an example. And I also understand why photos of “nekkid women” get lots of hits. It’s nekkid women!! Here’s an example of that with over 17,000 hits.
But some photos’ hit counts are inexplicable. They aren’t good. The subject isn’t naked, nor a gorgeous model shot in a studio. Many of these high count photographs are actually bad. Bad with blown out highlights; bad with far away subjects; bad with shadows where shadows shouldn’t be. In other words: bad!
Take this shot, for example. The subject is female and in a bikini. But she’s distant, and, uh, only pleasant looking. Her face and body are in shadow. The surf behind her is blown out. The shot was taken in harsh, early afternoon light. The POV is from above making the woman look squat. All in all it is a not very good. And it has 3,165 hits and 23 faves!!
Here’s another example with over 4,000 hits. At least these two shots are of girls in bikinis. This one lacks that attraction and is just plain bad. It’s not even a decent snap shot. How it has 4,371 hits is beyond explanation! And this shot takes the cake. An awful photo of a wreck of a merry-go-round with a blown out sky, dull composition and washed out color. It boasts 3,169 hits.
One thing the first three images do have in common, however, is they were all posted to a zillion groups; the first two were also posted to a ton of award groups (and got one or two awards from each). The real mystery is the last shot. It’s only in a relatively small number of groups. There must be a lot more fans if merry-go-rounds on Flickr than I ever imagined.
So its a mystery. I can’t explain it. If you have the answer drop me a line…
Here’s an image of mine with over three thousand hits: