1 million views

When I started my bird photography adventure in 2005, I did not publish my photos anywhere apart from my birding blog and later on Facebook. In 2009 a new photo-sharing service was launched named 500px.com. I signed up in 2011 and ever since I am with them. I also have a Flickr account, but I never really liked it.

Today, after nine years with 500px, I reached 1 million views on my 700+ photographs (a large majority are birds of course). Even though I had many years of absence in bird photography, due to the lack of suitable equipment, my photos proved to be popular… at least some of them.

The time might come again when I can jump on my belly for a decent low-level shorebird photo. Until then, my followers can watch my old stuff. I have never entered any photography contest with my photos, so this little achievement feels like to be a little award.

I add a few of my most popular or most viewed photos below. If you have time or are bored, check out my gallery at https://500px.com//SzimiStyle.

This Collared Pratincole photo was among the most viewed (4,100+ views) photos in my gallery. I got low in my hide to get only a narrow section of the salicornia-field in focus, including this alert roosting bird. © Gyorgy Szimuly
This is a Eurasian Bittern on a very chilly and frosty morning on my former local path in Hungary. A rare encounter made this photo my followers’ favourite. © Gyorgy Szimuly
This feeding Common Greenshank photo is the most viewed one of all, but it’s not much ahead of the Collared Pratincole photo above. Possibly, the splashing water around the bill caught some attention. © Gyorgy Szimuly
It is one of the most popular photos from the new era of my bird photography started in 2018. It was taken by a Sony Alpha mirrorless camera with a 70-200 mm f2.8 Sony G Master lens. © Gyorgy Szimuly
The reflections of this Wood Sandpiper was almost as sharp as the bird itself. It has got one of the highest pulse* of all my photos (98.3). © Gyorgy Szimuly (*Pulse is a score out of 100 points that measures how popular a photo is. Pulse is calculated by an algorithm, which is unique to 500px and is based on engagement activities from the community on your photo.)
While it got 3,000 views, not many viewers appreciated it with a like. Nevertheless, this bathing Wood Sandpiper photo is my personal favourite. © Gyorgy Szimuly

I’m looking forward to entering the new chapter in my bird photography with a new Sony mirrorless camera system. I wish I had it right now…

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