I love to share what I do using a variety of social media sights. One of the things that I find a little strange is the number of people who crave followers but don't follow back or respond to those who they follow. When I choose to follow someone it is based on the fact that I am interested in their work and thus will express it by hitting like. That is just the way I am so unless I miss your post I usually will respond to your work.
Lately I have had an explosion of people in Google+ adding me to their circles and when I look at their profiles I don't see anything in common and thus don't add them to a circle back. These same people who then choose to follow me never show that they are looking at my work by hitting a +1 so I can hardly be flattered that they have chosen to put me in a circle.
Now this is not a situation limited to Google+, I see the same with Facebook, Instagram and others. I have followed the trends for a number of years now and know that only about 5% of people who follow ever share a like on one's posts. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I expect my followers to do anything more then they are doing now and I do appreciate when they do throw a like my way. It is just that maybe I use social media in a much different way then everyone else. I share my work and limit those whom I follow to those who I enjoy so that I can see their posts instead of having them get lost in a sea of posts. If you are one of these, consider yourself a member of a privileged few.
Here are my Photo's from the last three days.
January 17. I received a nice little candle set for Christmas from a true friend. I was looking at them and thought it might be interesting to see what I could do with a close up of the flame. Using the 7D with my 24-70 I got in as tight a I could but still retain the reflection of the flame in the glass. Here is the result.
January 19. The third day of my Sunday Self-portrait series. I had to take my camera collection of the shelf to get access to something behind it. As I was putting them back I though I wanted to try a set-up using it and taking a photo of the view-screen with my 7D. I set everything up then positioned myself care fully in front of the Hasselblad lens. I had preset the focus by positioning a light stand where I would sit and then placed a mark so I could return to that spot. It took a few try's with the biggest challenge being the reflection on my glasses, yet I got the shot I wanted.