Archive for April 21st, 2008

New Life in Spring

April 21, 2008

Ah, spring has finally arrived. How do I know? Well, it’s warmer outside, for one, and the birds are chirping, and it stays light outside longer and longer each day. Baseball season has started up, and so have my springtime allergies. Must be all that pollen in the air!

That’s what I really like about Tom Vogt’s “New Life”, a recent entry in our Photobird Photo Contest for April: Shot with a Nikon D200 with a 20-200mm zoom lens, Tom has captured an incredible amount of detail in this macro shot of a flower. You can practically make out each individual speck of pollen grouped around the stamen. And the highlights on those waxy petals are both supple and tactile; you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Which I would if I didn’t have this pollen allergy; oh, and if I knew it wasn’t just a photograph.

There’s just a little over one week left now for you to enter our Photobird Photo Contest for this month. The contest is free to enter. The theme for April, if you haven’t already guessed, is “Spring”. If you want a chance to win, we need to get your best photo of Spring before the end of the month. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so enter today!

The contest is free to enter and each month we choose one Photobird Award Winner for the best overall entry of the month, while your votes will determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award, the most popular entry of the month.

Each of our winners will receive the following fabulous prizes:

Photobird account with 500MB storage
• 1GB SanDisk Ultra II memory card
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Be sure to read more details about the monthly contest here.

Oh, and be sure to vote for your favorite entries and ask your friends and family to vote for their favorite entries as well. These votes will determine the People’s Choice Award.

If you have any questions, please ask in the Photobird forums.

Explore Photobird.com with the Quick Tour

April 21, 2008

“Golden Gate Bridge” by Ed Krimen

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m always amazed when I meet people — SF natives, mostly — who have never been to Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island or who have never even hopped onto a cable car, if you can believe it. I guess if you grew up in the area, it’s just easier to take these all of these things and more for granted.

I don’t think native San Franciscans are unique at all in having this perspective; perhaps it just takes an outsider’s eyes to increase one’s awareness and appreciation for the abundant natural beauty all around us. I genuinely suspect that’s true whether you’re from San Francisco, Tallahassee, or Tennessee. So I would encourage each and every one of you, regardless of where you’re from or where you find yourselves this summer, to get out there and explore!

Similarly, you never know what new and fun things you may find on Photobird.com. Studies have shown that people typically only use 10 percent of the features in software programs. Photobird.com was built from the ground up to be easy to use, so our customers get the maximum amount of enjoyment from sharing their memories. Even so, check out the Photobird.com Quick Tour. It’s free to use the Quick Tour and you might surprise yourself by discovering a new way of doing things that will increase your efficiency and your overall enjoyment of the site.

Whenever I’m learning something new, I always like that “A-ha” moment when the light bulb goes off, slap myself on the forehead, and say, “I didn’t know you could do that!” Well, the Quick Tour is just like that, with links that will quickly and easily explain to you in plain English how to add albums and photos and titles and descriptions, and then quickly share your pictures with loved ones.

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Please let us know if you have any feedback on the Quick Tour or any questions about any of the features on Photobird.com. We like hearing from you!


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