Calling all shutterbugs: Join the Hiroshima JETs Flickr group!

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Sunset Beach, Setoda. (Photo by Nick Bradley)

A word from Nick Bradley, administrator of the Hiroshima JETs Flickr group.

By Nick Bradley

Photo
– noun 1. derived from the ancient Greek photoros, to paint with light, a verb in turn taken from the mythological member of the Greek pantheon named Photostretheus; an often overlooked Titan who stole the stolen light that cast his brother, Prometheus, into his eternal hell in which his liver was pecked out from his body by an eagle every day, only to have it grow back at night. Perhaps a feeling we have all come to know since moving to Japan.

I digress.

Flickr.com
– noun 1. a website.

But what kind of website? Flickr is an online community where you can upload all those awesome photos you’ll be taking this year in Japan. Fear not, you needn’t steal stolen light from a titan to paint these photos. An account on Flickr is free, in return for your soul. You can access it with a Yahoo! account. A free account allows up to 100mb of uploads per month, which is ample if you are reducing your jpegs to a manageable Web size. If you’re not sure how to do something like this, advice and ideas are all available at the Hiroshima JETs Flickr Group, which I’d like to invite you to join:

www.flickr.com/groups/esid/

Photos submitted to the group pool are eligible for entry into the Wide Island View. Other challenges, competitions, photo tips and tricks, etc., will also be assigned and discussed in the group. In the past, the Flickr group has run friendly competitions for members, tasking them with posting their best photos on a given subject, such as “Something red!” When a lot of people join in the fun, it’s interesting to see the creativity of our JET community on display. These challenges also can be good motivators to get you out there with your camera, looking at Japan from new perspectives.

Japan is a beautiful and unique country and some of us will only be here for one year of our lives. You could choose to just enjoy and experience it without worrying about taking photos, but with the state of digital camera technology these days, there’s no excuse for not just taking a quick snap. After all, it’s something that will remind you of this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity forever. What better omiyage is there?