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The Traveler

Explored Photos

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I'm jealous...I have no explored shots. What's the secret?

 

There's some equation that decides whether or not a picture if popular for the uploader or something and if it is, it could get to explore. It's random. I've always thought of explored shots being really good, but some, such as Saphine's shot, are not good at all (no offense). I remember seeing an overexposed, out of focus, and overall terrible picture of a Lincoln's Sparrow with over 10,000 views and 50 favorites.

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There's some equation that decides whether or not a picture if popular for the uploader or something and if it is, it could get to explore. It's random. I've always thought of explored shots being really good, but some, such as Saphine's shot, are not good at all (no offense). I remember seeing an overexposed, out of focus, and overall terrible picture of a Lincoln's Sparrow with over 10,000 views and 50 favorites.

Hmph! It's ART. Some people just have no taste!

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I didn't get any photos "Explored" until about 6 months ago, and since then I've had 9 invited.

 

I don't think the selection process is entirely random and determined by some equation.  However, I've also wondered how they decide on some photos.  I think the invites I have gotten have always been from the same Flickr moderator, so perhaps I just got a guy who likes some of my photos.  Some of the photos I was proud of, but some were just ho-hum or not good at all. 

 

Recently I just took a quick snap of my hummingbird feeder full of bees with my junky cell phone, and somehow that got Explored.  It got 59 faves, and someone even commented "Nice shot!! Interesting composition."  It is not a good pic.  I never even accepted the invitation, but yet the photos seem to go to the Explore page whether or not you accept.

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You can check to see if any of your photos have been explored here: http://bighugelabs.com/scout.php. I think the invites you're referring to, guy_incognito, are from folks who have groups for explored photos. You may have explored photos that you don't know about!

 

EDIT: Here are yours with their highest ranking.

 

scout10cd78e15da01f11d670a6b165e1d12ff26

 

Hmmm, the picture isn't working. Says I can't direct link.

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That's a cool little search tool, soobee!  It missed a couple of mine that were explored, though.

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You can check to see if any of your photos have been explored here: http://bighugelabs.com/scout.php. I think the invites you're referring to, guy_incognito, are from folks who have groups for explored photos. You may have explored photos that you don't know about!

 

EDIT: Here are yours with their highest ranking.

 

scout10cd78e15da01f11d670a6b165e1d12ff26

It says none of my photos were explored, but the Kentucky Warbler photo was explore.... Is there a reason for this, do you know?

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It says none of my photos were explored, but the Kentucky Warbler photo was explore.... Is there a reason for this, do you know?

 

 

What is interesting is that your search for my Explored photos turned up my than I get when I search?  You got 10 in your search, and I keep getting only 7.

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What is interesting is that your search for my Explored photos turned up my than I get when I search? You got 10 in your search, and I keep getting only 7.

That was a very confusing sentence... Can you maybe take a screenshot of my explored photos, I'm curious which of mine are explored.

What did you search up to find what of my photos got explored?

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What is interesting is that your search for my Explored photos turned up my than I get when I search?  You got 10 in your search, and I keep getting only 7.

If you look under where you enter your flickr id, you'll see this:

 

  Random »   Top »   mattag2002's droppedrecently addeddetails   Include dropped »

 

Click on "Include dropped".

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It says none of my photos were explored, but the Kentucky Warbler photo was explore.... Is there a reason for this, do you know?

I don't know, Isabel. I can't find any of JimBob's either. Why don't you try linking your flickr account to see if that helps? RIght above where you enter your flickr id you'll see this:

 

Link your Flickr account to order a print of your Scout poster.

 

Try linking.

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That was a very confusing sentence... Can you maybe take a screenshot of my explored photos, I'm curious which of mine are explored.

What did you search up to find what of my photos got explored?

 

Sorry, was a bit confusing.  I also mistyped 'my' instead of 'more'.  I was referring to the search that you performed for my photos, and you posted the screenshot.  That screenshot showed more results than I was getting.  Soobee, was correct, I wasn't including dropped photos, which accounted for the difference.

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It says none of my photos were explored, but the Kentucky Warbler photo was explore.... Is there a reason for this, do you know?

 

 

I don't know, Isabel. I can't find any of JimBob's either. Why don't you try linking your flickr account to see if that helps? RIght above where you enter your flickr id you'll see this:

 

Link your Flickr account to order a print of your Scout poster.

 

Try linking.

 

So, when I logged into the site, I was able to search and find yours. It is the Kentucky Warbler. It was dropped from Explore, but it made it as high as 368!. I think you will need to create an account at bighugelabs and link it to your flickr account in order to see the dropped photos, if those are the only photos in Explore.

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I made an album with my explored shots. As of right now I've got 5 explore shots, ranging from 20 favorites to almost 100 (and 2500 views to over 10000).  https://www.flickr.com/photos/89595711@N08/sets/72157651254907162

Actually, you've had 7.

 

1. White-collared Seedeater, 2. Western Scrub-Jay, 3. Western Grebe, 4. Olive-backed Pipit, 5.Phainopepla - Old Photo, 6. Anna's Hummingbird, 7. White-crowned Sparrow

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So, when I logged into the site, I was able to search and find yours. It is the Kentucky Warbler. It was dropped from Explore, but it made it as high as 368!. I think you will need to create an account at bighugelabs and link it to your flickr account in order to see the dropped photos, if those are the only photos in Explore.

Huh, I wonder why it was dropped...

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Huh, I wonder why it was dropped...

I'm not exactly sure how it works, but images do not always stay in Explore once they're there. This baffled me in the beginning, too. It seems like whatever is in Explore for a given day is constantly being recalculated for days after it gets posted, and the rankings will change based on views and faves and such. Four of mine have been dropped, including one that made it as high as 140. When a picture first lands in Explore, it will come in at a certain rank (1-500). You can watch the rank change every few hours. For some it will reach a high and then stay there. For others it goes up and then back down. And for some, they drop off the list altogether.

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