I like to browse photos taken by others to learn from them and when I need inspiration. Flickr is probably the largest image site and it should be the first place to search for photos. One of the sites that I like to use to browse Flickr is Flickriver.
Flickriver is a web-based Flickr viewer. It allows seamless viewing of photos. You don’t have to press “next” to go to the next page of photos. It automatically loads the next page to allow you to simply scroll downwards to the next page.
There are several ways to browse Flickriver.
- Interesting Today – This allows you to view the photos that made it to the Explore page on the particular day.
- Interesting Last 7 Days – Same as the above but for the past 7 days.
- Everybody’s Recent Uploads – This lets you view the most recently uploaded public photos.
- Photos – Browse photos with a your desired keyword.
- Groups – Search for a group and browse photos in the group.
- Users – Search for a user and browse their photostream.
- Tags – Search for a tag and browse photos tagged with the term.
- Places – Search for a place and browse photos taken at the location.
One feature that I really like about Flickriver is the Lens Explorer. It allows you to view photos taken by a particular lens. Choose the brand of the lens and you will be taken to a page that lists most, if not all, of the lenses of the desired brand.
The lenses are sorted by focal length in several groups. They are grouped under prime lenses, zoom lenses, macro lenses or teleconverters. There is also a list of the top 10 most popular lenses for the brand. This is from my experience with the Nikon page and it may differ on the pages for other brands.
The badge creator allows you to create your Flickriver badge to be embedded on your website.
If you are logged in with your Flickr account, you can view your own photos. There are many ways to browse your photos. You can view by recent uploads, most popular photos, random photos, and browse by sets or tags. Other functions include browsing by your favourites or recent uploads by your contacts.
I dig their concept of a river of images from Flickr. It embodies what a photostream means. Personally, I dislike having to click next to go to the next page and wait. Having the next page load automaticallymakes the whole browsing process more sleek and intuitive. I just need to concentrate on the photos.
I browse Flickriver using the Lens Explorer most of the time. I use this function when I want to get a feel of the kind of images I can get with a particular lens. This is especially useful when you are using a particular lens for the first time. This feature can give you fresh ideas of what you can do with a lens that you are already familiar with. If you are looking to make a lens purchase, the Lens Explorer can aid your decision.
Whenever I feel like drooling, I would look at photos taken with my dream lens. Check out the sharpness and the bokeh!
If you haven’t, go try Flickriver now and let me know what you think of it.