The power of a celebrity retweet

Green spider

On Saturday Professor Alice Roberts started talking about spiders on Twitter, spawned the #SpiderSaturday hashtag, and more interestingly to me, started retweeting pictures of the eight legged cuties that people sent to her. I thought I’d get involved.

Perusing through my Flickr Photostream I found a suitable image to sent to Alice, the small green arachnid you see here. On the off chance that the professor decided to retweet the image I made a note of how many views the image had recorded against it on Flickr. One hundred and seventy seven views. 177 views since June last year. Not my most popular image by a long way, but not a bad total number of views for me. I sent this tweet to the professor:

and then I waited to see if she would retweet it. To my delight the retweet came and I excited looked to see how this would effect the view count on the image, if at all. At the time of writing, just 24 hours later, the view count has rises from 177 to 524. That’s almost a 300% increase. 177 views in fifteen months, and 347 views in 24 hours. This is quite impressive. These kinds of figures are by no means earth shattering in global terms, but on my small scale this is a massive increase in traffic to my photostream.

If you have an important message that you need the world to see, then a celebrity retweet can really help.

Extension tubes

Pretty flower

Macro photography appeals to me. The idea of not having to ask your subject to pose and never getting a refusal when asking if you can take a picture fits right within my comfort zone.

The issue is, that I don’t have a dedicated macro lens to fit my new camera. I do have a have a macro lens for my ¬†older camera, but alas it will not work on the new one. So I was looking online at a couple of options. It was a question of how many hundreds of pounds do you want to spend? A few hundred or quite a lot. Hmmmmm, neither option seemed that appealing to me.

I’d been reading about extension tubes. These will alter the closest focussing distance of any lens you attach to your camera. I bought a set of three tubes of different size for ¬£41. These were then attached to my camera along with my trusty 50mm lens and I went out looking for flowers and insects. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

Lunch over

Another buzzy thing

Pollen eater


Feeding time