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1 month ago

Trouble on Submissions Page

If you tried to submit a photo today, you most likely encountered an error. I apologize, there was a bug in a recent update to the page.

I believe the bug has been fixed, so our Submissions page should be working correctly now!

Please let me know if it’s not  :-)

P.S.  Thanks to everyone who wrote us an e-mail letting us know there was a problem!

Felix @ Lensblr

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We’re starting up a new project we’re calling Lensblr: Refocused

The goal is to bring our members and their great photos back to our collective attention, to refocus our gaze, especially back to some of our older members and lesser published members.

We will be hand selecting these photos from our member’s Tumblrs and will be posting a few per day over the coming months. Although we will not be posting members in any specific order, the general direction will be to start with those whom we find a bit blurry in our own memories, and begin to refocus from there.

We hope you enjoy these selections.  We’ve been having a great time so far digging up and rediscovering some of these older photos.

Stay tuned!

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2 months ago

Change in Submissions Policy

We’re making a small change in our submission policy, to only permit 1 submission per day, per tumblr.

Our current limit is 2 per day, with a maximum of 8 in 7 days — so this change only amounts to one less submission per week.

But will hopefully this will encourage people to think more about what they submit, and it will slightly lower the large amount of photos we review every day.

Also, don’t forget that we now allow people to submit photoset posts to us!  (photosets with up to 3 photos).


Finally, we are always busy watching the tags #photographers on tumblr and #lensblr, so please tag your posts. We find numerous amazing and unknown photographers every day this way.

Plus, a bunch of other great curators also follow #photographers on tumblr, so it’s kind of like submitting to dozens of sites featuring original photographers at once.  And recall if the tag is not among the first 5 tags on your post — it doesn’t count in Tumblr’s eyes and we won’t find your posts!


Your submissions are what power Lensblr and direct the content we reblog; so happy submitting!

—Felix

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2 months ago

Photoset Submissions are Here

As many of you know, Lensblr has never been able to accept Photoset submissions in the past.  The reasons were varied, but the biggest obstacle was rewriting our internal photo reviewing & publishing system.

Well, that’s all in the past!  Welcome to the future.

Starting today, you can submit photosets to Lensblr with a maximum of 3 photos.  (subject to change, let’s see how it goes)

Since this is a very new feature, it’s possible you may encounter a software bug or two along the way.  If you do, please let us know so we can fix it promptly.

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Thanks for everyone’s continued love and support!

Felix Bonkoski
Founder, Technical Director

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2 months ago

Seeking Volunteers, Seeking Lensblr…

The Lensblr-Network has immediate openings for three Volunteer positions. We need two “Curators” who will submit photographs for possible publication on Lensblr’s behalf from posts that we “track” on our administrative site. We also need one Volunteer that will help with our New Member Review Team. Details will be provided prior to acceptance for qualified applicants.

All Applicants will need:

  • Great critical eye for a broad range of types and styles of photography is a must!
  • Being a current Lensblr Member is a plus.
  • Need to be willing to commit to a possible long term gig.
  • Should have thick skin and be able to play well with other staff members.
  • Will need a minimum of an hour plus of free time per day to spend on critical job duties (but can be managed in sections).
  • Must have a good command of the English language.
  • May not already be associated with or volunteering for any other curated blogs on Tumblr.
  • Must have a broad view of photography and an appreciation for the art in all of its incantations.
  • Need to be able to view occasional nudity and other NSFW photographs that are submitted to us and must be socially tolerant of all walks of life. (No Haters Allowed).

Apply by submitting a brief bio that summarizes, using the above requirements, why you want to volunteer for the Lensblr-Network and why you feel you would be a good match for us.

Send bio via email to Staff@Lensblr.com and address it to the attention of “Volunteers”.

Successful applicants will need be able to participate in a brief (60 minute) Skype training upon acceptance to the Lensblr team.

Cpleblow,

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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Thanks to the Tumblr Radar Gods (whoever you are) for featuring these photographers on tumblr (who, yes, we just recently reblogged)

In order (left to right):

Nice work to everyone  :-)

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2 months ago

Seeking Volunteers Seeking Lensblr…

The Lensblr-Network has (3-4) volunteer positions open for our Assistant Editors team.

All Applicants will need:

  • Great critical eye for a broad range of types and styles of photography is a must!
  • Must be a current Lensblr Member in good standing.
  • Need to be willing to commit to a possible long term gig.
  • Should have thick skin and be able to play well with other staff members.
  • Will need a minimum of an hour plus of free time per day to spend on critical job duties (but can be managed in sections).
  • Must have a good command of the English language.
  • May not already be associated with or volunteering for any other curated blogs on Tumblr.
  • Must have a broad view of photography and an appreciation for the art in all of its incantations.
  • Need to be able to view occasional nudity and other NSFW photographs that are submitted to us and must be socially tolerant of all walks of life. (No Haters Allowed).

Apply by submitting a brief bio that summarizes why you want to volunteer for the Lensblr-Network and why you feel you would be a good match for us.

Send bio via email to Staff@Lensblr.com and address it to the attention of “Volunteers”.

Successful applicants will need be able to participate in a brief (60 minute) Skype training upon acceptance to the Lensblr team.

Cpleblow,

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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2 months ago

Seeking Volunteers Seeking Lensblr…

The Lensblr-Network has (3-4) volunteer positions open for our Assistant Editors team.

All Applicants will need:

  • Great critical eye for a broad range of types and styles of photography is a must!
  • Must be a current Lensblr Member in good standing.
  • Need to be willing to commit to a possible long term gig.
  • Should have thick skin and be able to play well with other staff members.
  • Will need a minimum of an hour plus of free time per day to spend on critical job duties (but can be managed in sections).
  • Must have a good command of the English language.
  • May not already be associated with or volunteering for any other curated blogs on Tumblr.
  • Must have a broad view of photography and an appreciation for the art in all of its incantations.
  • Need to be able to view occasional nudity and other NSFW photographs that are submitted to us and must be socially tolerant of all walks of life. (No Haters Allowed).

Apply by submitting a brief bio that summarizes why you want to volunteer for the Lensblr-Network and why you feel you would be a good match for us.

Send bio via email to Staff@Lensblr.com and address it to the attention of “Volunteers”.

Successful applicants will need be able to participate in a brief (60 minute) Skype training upon acceptance to the Lensblr team.

Cpleblow,

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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2 months ago

Submissions page is Back

After a little downtime, we’re happy to say our Submissions page is back up and running!

Please head over and submit some of your photos!  Because we lost a few days, I have temporarily raised the submission limit to 3 photos per day (or 11 total in a week)

Thanks for being patient with us   :-)

—Felix

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2 months ago

Server Migration in Progress

Lensblr is migrating its data base to a new server as we have been experiencing some internal technical issues which have hampered our ability to do our job in a timely fashion. As a result submissions, members pages and some other Lensblr features will be unavailable during this migration process which may take several hours. Please be patient this is pretty routine stuff (for a techie) and we will be back up very soon.

Cpleblow, 

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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unwrapping:

Finding Tumblr’s Featured Tags: 
GIF. LOL. Art. Featured tags are among Tumblr’s most popular. Curated by Tumblr’s tag editors, these select posts appear with a blue tag on the Dashboard. When Tumblr dropped its “Explore” page in March 2014, the list of featured tag pages also disappeared.

So here are 45 featured tag pages:

Advertising · Animals · Architecture · Art · Artists on Tumblr · Basketball · Black and White · Cars · Celebs · Comics · Crafts · Design · DIY · Education · Fashion · Film · Food · Football · Gaming · GIF · History · Illustration · Interiors · Landscape · LGBTQ · Lit · LOL · Long Reads · Makeup · Menswear · Music · Nail Art · News · NFL · Poetry · Politics · Portrait · Prose · Science · Sports · Tattoos · Tech · Television · Typography · Vintage

These tags change, so I’m also maintaining a Featured Tags reference page to show current and retired featured tags.

Here is something one of our Editors at Lensblr found on Tumblr and we thought our members and followers/photographers might want this information. -staff

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5 months ago

Seeking Volunteers Seeking Lensblr…

The Lensblr-Network has (4) volunteer positions open for our New Member Applications and Submissions Review team.

All Applicants:

  • Must be a current Lensblr Member in good standing. 
  • Need to be willing to commit to a possible long term gig.
  • Should have thick skin and be able to play well with other reviewers.
  • Will need about an hour plus of free time per day to spend on reviewing blogs (but can be managed in sections).
  • Should be able to write a concise (very short) review of the blog being reviewed.
  • Must have a good command of the English language.
  • May not already be associated with or volunteering for any other curated blogs on Tumblr.
  • Must have a broad view of photography and an appreciation for the art in all of its incantations.
  • Need to be able to view occasional nudity and must be socially tolerant of all walks of life. (No Haters Allowed).

Apply by submitting a brief bio that summarizes why you want to volunteer for the Lensblr-Network and why you feel you would be a good match for us.

Send bio via email to Staff@Lensblr.com and address it to the attention of “Volunteers”.

Successful applicants will need be able to participate in a brief (30 minute) Skype training upon acceptance to the Lensblr team.

Cpleblow,

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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5 months ago

LENSBLR SUBMISSIONS ARE BACK!

Go to members.lensblr.org/submit this is our new/old submission page!

No more email please! No more submissions to the ask box!

Thanks to a few miracles and a few miracle workers and the support of hundreds and thousands of our members, followers and others with big hearts we have our old main Tumblr page back up and working again!

  • Submissions are back!
  • Member page is back! 
  • Resources are back!

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

http://members.lensblr.org/submit

Book mark this now! 

REBLOG THIS NOW! 

Lensblr.com will also get you there with an extra click but the direct link is members.lensblr.org/submit. Lensblr.org will be the new domain used internally for our staff and administrative functions.

Cpleblow, (aka Chas)

Editor in Chief, Lensblr-Network

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5 months ago

Hello! I really like Lensblr and I've been a follower for quite a long time. It might be my Internet browser that's not functioning properly, but I can't view any pictures on the site anymore. I do get the reblogs on my dash but nothing appears on lensblr[.]com. I hope it gets fixed soon!

into--the--forest

To all that this may concern:

We will post this weekend or early next week to fill everyone in on what is/will happen with Lensblr in the near future. 

1.We lost our server and all dbase and functionality for reasons out of our control. Some of that has carried over to the actual blog although I have no problem still dialing up our home page @ lensblr.com so not sure why some can’t see it. Submissions and Member pages and are all down for good.

2. We will most likely shut down Lensblr forever in the next few weeks unless we can raise the funds to rebuild what we had and that is substantial dollars in the range of 6k plus US.

3. We will stop publishing once the fundraiser kicks off  and will reopen if the fundraiser gets close to the monetary goal we have set and  we will publish while the admin site and dbase are being rebuilt.

4. We will make some changes to memberships at that time but we should be able to rebuild the bulk of the membership database.

5. The fundraiser is asking for a max donation of $5 US, we will not accept more from donors because Lensblr is a community effort. We have had offers of substantially larger funds but we won’t accept these because it might give the appearance that we can be influenced by money. This will be successful or not because the community got behind the fundraiser in a substantial way.

6. If we don’t reach our goal we will return unused funds to the community in the form of a final photography contest details will come later but hopefully we will be successful in our quest to rebuild Lensblr.

7. Lensblr has been successful to date because we don’t do things like most rebloggers or feature sites, we had a system in place that involved finding photographs, voting on photos, and then having editors review the results to determine what we would publish. We have over 4000 members as part of our community. We kept stats on everything we published so that when we published we fairly represented the well known and the unknown or barely known photographers equally. We are not run by just a couple of photographers we had a system and we need to get back to that state.

8. We hope you and all photographers that have ever been published or that are members will get behind our fundraising drive and promote it on their blogs and to everyone that they know.

Sincerely,

Cpleblow and the entire Lensblr Staff

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7 months ago

Dude, I enjoy following you but you can be brutally condescending sometimes. To tell someone that they basically picked the wrong photo of yours to reblog because it "bears 0 amount of photographic interest." is a bit harsh. Obviously they saw something interesting in it, maybe it was the fact that in that photo you weren't trying so hard or they appreciated that it had no real agenda. Reblogging in the tumblr world is a compliment, there's no need to be insulted when it happens.

thecakeisalie

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Post in question

I hear your point here, about being reblogged, and rest assured, when it happens I’m always, always, always all smiles! This being said, in this case, the reblogger is lensblr, a network that boasts promoting great photography.

I don’t mind anyone else reblogging it but if you create such a fine and incredibly powerful network as the lensblr-community, you’d better deliver and honour such a statement.

From anyone else, I wouldn’t be shocked at all.
Because it is what I am, shocked.

That image is below mediocre. That image has no value whatsoever and any photographer would be able to tell you so. I sound harsh, yes I am, towards myself and I am baffled that people can like this uninteresting, characterless collection of pixels whose sole purpose was to be a little egocentric and show my camera drawer… And my lovely stuffed puffin :)

I do hope I haven’t offended anyone but this is still something that in my opinion, would require some debriefing within the lensblr staff.

Or am I overreacting? It’s 4 in the morning, I’ll know after some Zs

I came across this post tonight while trying to find some decent work to publish on Lensblr, It bothered me a bit that this Lensblr Member chose to air his beef with us publicly but that is too late now, its out there, so I will comment on it as professionally as I can as the Editor in Chief of Lensblr-Network.

We publish all types of photography from as many new, emerging and as yet undiscovered artists as well as those of you that are established and/or professionals. All types means just that, all types; landscapes, street, digital, film, art, nudes, conceptual, architecture, long exposure, Polaroid, empty space, photojournalism, digital manipulations, pin hole, black and white,and on and on and on. Sometimes what we publish is whimsical, cute, silly, funny, its not all serious and you would know that if you really looked at our feed on a regular basis. If you as a photographer didn’t want it published you shouldn’t have posted it on your blog in the first place and tagged it so we would find it. If you are so serious about photography and hold us to the same standard then why would you post this if it’s crap? Isn’t your blog your “showcase” a portfolio of sorts?

Does everything we publish work? In a word no but that doesn’t mean that note counts and reblogs are all we are about. Sometimes we just like to have fun. Don’t worry we will watch what we post from you very carefully from now on.

Cpleblow

P.S. For those of you that are not aware Lensblr’s admin has been down for over two weeks and we have no eta for it to be repaired. We are publishing the best we can with out the benefit of our normal system and operation including submissions. It is interesting to note that in spite of this more photographs that we have published in the last two weeks have also been featured on radar, after we published them, than at any time in the last year that this editor can remember. Oh well.

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