I am not sure why 500 photos have become a magical number to me, but it has. It is a marker of something for me. When I have the chance, I will make a set of the 500 best photos in one category or another. I even cap my Twitter Life sets at 500 photos. There is something about this number that really interests me. I have over 34,000 photos in my photostream, so 500 is between 1-2% of my photos. It is a number that is too large to look at all at once, but small enough to get your head around. It is a very nice number of photos to have together.
I got a new camera in June. I got a Nikon D5100 as a birthday gift. I think it took me a week to take over 500 photos with it. In about a month I posted 1200 photos from my Nikon D5100. I made a set of the most interesting photos I took in that month. It is really easy to take many photos with a DSLR. It is fun to shoot and easy. It made me want to go around and look for photos to take. I took a couple of personal photo strolls. I wanted to find new things to shoot.
In June I also got a new cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4 in June. I have taken about 200 photos in that time and posted about 120 to flickr. That is pretty good because in a little more than two years of my Samsung Epic I only posted 329 to flickr. It is just harder to take a ton of photos with a camera photo. It is easy to whip it out any time you need it, I know love the interface. My goal is to post 500 photos from my Samsung Galaxy S4.
I know that 500 photo is just a round number. It plays into my flickr obsessions of tags, views, and stats. It is all part of me turning flickr into a game for myself. I guess all hobbies work as games.