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February 06 2018

23:11

What’s Trending?

If you haven’t noticed the recent rise in photos of women posing behind, in or around tree branches, then perhaps you’ve been hiding in the tree bushes too. This trend has recently dominated the conceptual and fine art photography space, and we want to know why. With the help of the incredible fine art photographer Federico Sciuca, we’re diving into the meaning, inspiration, and creation process behind this trend.

Federico is a full-time student at the University of Trieste, northeast of Italy. Although he’s only been practicing photography since 2014, he has conjured up quite the fan base on Flickr with over a million views and almost two thousand followers. His unique perspective on this rising trend has sparked our interest!

Giulia

You can learn a lot about a photographer by the way they take photos and how they show their subjects in them. Because this idea of photographing a young woman’s face surrounded with leaves and flowers is so in style, people have uniquely created it millions of times. But which ones stand out amongst the others and why?

There is a saying which states that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul. In this trend, the eyes play a really significant role as they are the “secret door” into the soul of the portrait. The eyes become the primary focus because they tell us so much about the subject. When looking someone in the eyes, we can experience their being, their essence and their character without ever saying a word.

michelle rosillo

Federico sees a clear connection between women and nature. Besides the aesthetic value of women posing between leaves, flowers and lush greenery, there is a certain element of mystique that has shrouded this combination of women and nature since ancient times. Take the “Birth Of Venus” by Botticelli as an example. This painting is riddled in elements of nature surrounding Venus. Flowers are showered to her left, a deep green tree to her right and one of the three Horae (goddesses of the seasons) stands with her upper body wrapped in flowered vines. This is more than a recurring trend, it’s history.

Although there is always something unmistakably spiritual in the purity of nature, the closest we can get to capturing it is photography. Federico’s relation to nature is almost always incorporated in his photographs, as he longs for the times when he can photograph outside of the city. Because as a student he is so encompassed in the city life, nature is intriguing and inspiring because it’s rare.

Elisa

If you like this style, be sure to check out our Trending Pose gallery and if you want to see more of Federico’s work, check out his Photostream!

February 05 2018

22:13

Flickr Heroes of the Week

Happy Monday! As per the usual, this was a tough decision but it has been made! The winners of this week’s Flickr Heroes challenge are ‘Ground’ by Mher Karapetyanon on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Beautiful Beast’ by Ophelio Snaps on Facebook and Google+

Ground Beautiful Beast (Explored 1/15/18)

Interested in having your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

The Honorable Mentions for the week are below:

The colour of the island Luisa Heron

If you want your photo to be considered for next week, submit your best images to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. Check them out before they change!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+

February 03 2018

15:01

NOW OPEN – Flickr Carnival Group

Carnival season is underway in many countries across the world, and we didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate such a special occasion with the Flickr community! The Venice Carnival just started, the Rio Carnival is approaching fast, and Mardi Gras parties are just around the corner! No matter where in the world you are, you can still participate! We want to see every costume parade, masquerade, dance, firework show, and colorful tradition out there. The Flickr Carnival group is now open to submissions and, as in previous years, we are encouraging all Flickr users to share their photos with the world. You’ll be happy to hear the Flickr Carnival group isn’t the jealous type and doesn’t care how many other groups a photo is in, so don’t worry about the limits!

Carnaval Correntino 2017 // Correntinian Carnival 2017

Add your images to the official group and tag them with #FlickrCarnival. We’ll promote our favorites on the Flickr Blog and on Flickr social media channels throughout the months of February and March. Be sure to update your social media links on your Flickr About page so we can tag you. We’ll always give your work credit with a link back to your Flickr account. We also encourage you to share the stories behind the images you upload to the group by adding a photo description.

Here are some of our favorite carnival photos from the past year. Get inspired!

218/365 Carnaval Correntino 2017 // Correntinian Carnival 2017 Carnaval vénitien d'Annecy 810_7117 Los Peregrinos

February 02 2018

23:24

Flickr Friday – Three’s a Crowd

Everyone knows how difficult it is to be the unwanted third wheel. This awkward situation has been upon people (and cows apparently) for centuries. It’s difficult to stay but it’s even more difficult to leave which is why you find yourself stuck in this horrid place in between. Here are a few pics from this Flickr Friday’s group challenge themed “Three’s a Crowd.” Hopefully these photos will make you feel less alone in your sense of outsider awkwardness.

#Three's A Crowd

Even though there may not always be a physical bar between you and the couple wishing you’d leave, it often feels like there is. When this emotional barrier is placed between you and the two others really hitting it off, it makes you wonder if they even notice you standing there. Maybe they are so interested in each other, they could not care less if you stayed or left because in the end you are just background noise! The little man below seems to have figured this out. That seems like it could be a fake smile though.

You know when you're just a third wheel

In the best case scenario, the two you are third wheeling are a completely different species from your own and don’t even mind you being there. If only all awkward situations took place with animals or objects instead of humans. What a nice world that would be.

Samson, Caroline, and Rainbow

If you’re interested in seeing more third wheeling photographs, be sure to check out our “Three’s a Crowd” gallery! If you want your photo to have the chance to be featured on the blog or gallery, be sure to submit them to our Flickr Friday group by Thursday afternoon of every week! Winners are announced every Friday so enter now!

18:48

Untouched & Dreamlike

Victor Habchy is a professional photographer and film director in Paris, France. Although he would categorize his work as “dreamy,” we see it as so much more.

Victor visually creates new worlds with ease, his only hope being that his work makes people interpret their feelings as their singular truth and no-one else’s. For that reason, he says, he doesn’t like to comment on his photos in fear it will tarnish the independent perspective of other viewers from their own ideas and thoughts.

Untitled

Victor’s imagination truly ran rampant during his trip to Burning Man, an annual meet up in Nevada, California, in which a community of people lives in a “decommodified” space. This experience inspired an entire Burning Man series which can be seen in the photos above and below.

One of the reasons he was most attracted to this event was specifically because he had heard so much about it in the past that he was curious to find out if it was as surreal as people said. After undergoing the entire experience, Victor concluded it was, in fact, more dreamlike than he ever imagined.

Untitled

Victor’s passion is creating. Creation cures his whole self and allows him to live a more fulfilling life. In Victor’s eyes, the understanding of raw emotion is a key component of a plentiful and productive life. When he is creating, he feels as though he is much more connected to his emotions.

Something important to note about Victor’s desire to create is that he admires Photoshop minimalists. He strives for his images to stay as true-to-life as they were the moment they were taken. This is why his work remains unvisited a second time. Victor creates incredibly authentic photographs, meaning that the majority of them are hardly manipulated or retouched at all.

Untitled

Since Victor is based in Paris, France, there are no shortages of people to collaborate with. This happens to be one his favorite parts about photographing! The friendly people in Paris have also been a great benefit to Victor’s learning process. Because he is self-taught, he has gained experience by using the supportive community of his hometown as his main schooling.

If you’re curious what equipment he shoots with, Victor is always looking to give away information to help other photographers grow! He has a Sony A7sII because of its fantastic low light capabilities in photography and video. His favorite lens is his 10-200mm wide angle because it adds a unique perspective to any photo.

Untitled the invisible

If you happen to be in Paris during the month of March, sign up to attend his workshop with this link! If you can’t make it, be sure to keep an eye on his Flickr Photostream or check out his personal portfolio!

January 30 2018

00:19

Flickr Heroes of the Week

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are: ‘Deep Green’ by Can Tuçer on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Nice to Meet You’ by Paul Chanon on Facebook and Google+

Deep Green Nice to Meet You

Interested in having your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

Here are some Honorable Mentions for this week:

Restrained Rainbow Scraping the sky Where silence speaks

If you want your photo to be considered for next week, submit your best images to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. Check them out before they change!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+

January 26 2018

20:00

Flickr Friday – Ring the Bell

Since when did bells go out of fashion? Even bell bottom jeans are struggling. This Flickr Friday theme was to #RingTheBell and we could tell people were definitely challenged. We’d just like to note that we added the photo below into the Flickr Friday gallery because after a thorough investigation, we’ve deemed chimes an acceptable enough relation to bells.

#RingTheBell #FlickrFriday  the wind chimes

Did you know that “chimes” also goes by a different name? They are called “tubular bells” which therefore classifies it directly in the bell species.

Now if you’re wondering why bells have become so hard to come by lately, it’s because their classical use has become almost unnecessary. Take for example this bell on the bike. Yes, it does give it that retro, rustic 80’s feel but how useful really is it? If you’re riding alongside a car and you ring your bell, do you think they’ll be able to hear you with their windows up, engine on and most likely radio playing? The odds aren’t in your favor.

I love my bike _ #36/100 Bike Project

If you’re biking next to pedestrians, they’d most likely hear your bell! But everyone has their earphones in anyways so we’d highly doubt the bell would be of any use then either. Thanks, Apple.

Ring Them Bells

We’re not 100% sure what’s going on in this photo, but we’re loving it anyways. It’s not too often you see a bell that clean. Actually it’s not too often you see anything that clean.

No matter where the bell goes in the future, it will always hold a special place in our hearts. For those of you that had a school bell, bells are associated with that eagerly anticipated lunch time or the end of another exhausting school day. For those of you that had a bell on your bike, it will be associated with the freedom of long rides and autumn afternoons. For every bell, there’s a memory to go with it. They hold a very oddly shaped piece in our hearts.

If you want to walk down memory lane, check out our #RingTheBell gallery and add your bell picture in the comments section using the format: [Flickr Link]. Don’t forget to submit your Flickr Friday themed photograph to the Flickr Friday Group for next weeks challenge!

00:15

Hennie van Heerden: Photography in the Wild

In 2010, she quit her job of thirteen years as CFO of an international holding company and decided to do what truly made her happy. Now she travels the world with her fellow photographers each taking turns picking the next country. Jealous yet?

The Airstrip Male - leopard of Mala Mala

Don’t be! Hennie lives on the wild side many of us wouldn’t be able to cope with. She makes frequent trips to Africa where she often makes the acquaintance of her favorite animal—the leopard. The picture above encompasses her belief in “the more eye-level photography, the better”.

When on the African reserves with a guide, she always asks to keep her distance from the animals because the telephoto lens will create an eye-level effect with a blurry background, and with more distance comes more ease from the animals. Animals are often stressed when visitors drive too close, which makes for unnatural pictures.

Destination

Another helpful tip when composing night photography isn’t what you would expect. Most people who are technically trained would try to keep the noise out of the photo by keeping the ISO as low as possible while still maintaining a high shutter speed. In reality, you should do the opposite! Turn that ISO up and don’t be afraid of the grain because it will mostly show up in the darker spots of the image.

The above photo of the elephant was taken at an ISO of 3200 with a 1DX which typically performs fabulously with a high ISO setting. The photo below was taken at 5000 ISO.

The last warning

Hippos are responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other animal, but this never stopped Hennie from getting the good shots, as she was raised on a farmhouse with cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals. This was the pre-PlayStation age, when the minds of children still craved adventure and thrill. It’s this beginning that inspired Hennie’s love for nature photography.

She and her husband have been building their own reserve for the past 25 years by buying adjoining meadows and turning them back into nature. “We do everything ourselves. We’ve planted over 15,000 trees by hand, dug seven ponds, sow in four hectares of seed-bearing flowers every year, have twelve beehives, planted countless fruit-bearing shrubs and trees. And of course there’s the normal maintenance of that property: mowing, cutting, cleaning, cleaning ponds of reeds… When we think of how we design the landscape, photography is never far from my mind. It’s equally rewarding sitting on the terrace at sundown with a nice glass of red wine, enjoying the newborn roe deer calfs frolicking.”

The photo below was taken in South Africa, one of Hennie’s favorite countries. After traveling to Africa over twenty times, she has come to particularly appreciate a private game reserve called Mala Mala, a popular place to see the leopard. Hennie elaborates on an encounter that got too close for comfort with a lion:

The source

 

Ranger Dean and I decided to go out at midday —when all the sensible guests take a nap— and drove towards a deep dry riverbed when all of a sudden one of the Stix lionesses came down into the riverbed. We were in a Landrover; no windows, no roof, and no door on the ranger’s side. She came down towards us, and we were more or less stuck; couldn’t go backwards because of the loose sand and the very steep descent into the riverbed and couldn’t go forward because there she was. To make matters a bit more exciting she appeared to be in heat, a fact that hadn’t gone unnoticed to one of the most notorious male lions I’ve ever known: Mohawk.

When the lioness started coming towards us, he suddenly appeared behind her. Just before she reached us she went to the side of the car to drink from a puddle. The male walked up to her and was clearly annoyed finding us in his path and growled at us. As we couldn’t drive off the ranger warned me from under his breath to sit very still and be absolutely quiet. Mohawk walked up to the car, even stuck his giant head in the car and sniffed the ranger’s shoes. He stood and stared with those angry yellow eyes. All the while I don’t think I even breathed…

I was only trying to figure out where the safety pin was on the rifle that was mounted on the hood of the car, just in case the ranger would be dragged out of the car. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the lioness took off with Mohawk in her trail. When they were gone, we drove off, and we both rambled like headless chickens all the way back to camp. And I had forgotten to take pictures!”

 

 

Rise to the sun

Her trip last year was to photograph hummingbirds in Costa Rica, which sounds much better than having your Landrover highjacked by lions! It was the posting of photos on Flickr from these marvelous trips that caught the attention of Canon Japan. Hennie received an email asking if she’d like to be featured in the next Canon corporate branding commercial highlighting the release of the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IV. Her thoughts? “I didn’t believe a word and thought it was spam.”

After receiving an incredibly detailed script and a legitimate business class ticket to Japan, she realized that this was far from a con. After two trips, three weeks in Japan, and accompaniment with two Eurasian Eagle Owls on a volcanic island south of Tokyo, the commercial was complete. And it’s been aired for a year and a half on Japanese television! Canon Japan approached nine other pro-photographers, but someone in the department knew Hennie’s Flickr site, and after presenting it to Canon’s CEO, she was chosen.

A visitor at Umgodi

After such an experience, Hennie realized office work wasn’t for her. She’s now the chairwoman of one of Holland’s largest nature photography associations which annually hosts the biggest Photo Festival in Belgium/Holland. Hennie also hosts private workshops in South Africa upon request so next time you’re in the area, make sure to look her up!

January 22 2018

23:29

Flickr Heroes of the Week

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Pony at sunrise’ by Grégory Dolivet on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘A peek from reptilian eye’ by Sumit Bam Shrestha on Facebook and Google+

Pony at sunrise... A peek from amphibian eye

Want your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

These are some Honorable Mentions:

Get out of my way!! Russian Ballet dancers  | Saarang 2018,IIT Madras. The nights watch

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @flickr where you share your photos!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+

January 19 2018

22:46

Flickr Friday – Let There Be Light

Last week’s Flickr Friday challenge involved getting the Flickr community to creatively portray the theme #LetThereBeLight. Some people took this the religious route, as evident in one of the photos below, while others used this as an opportunity to highlight some of their more brightly lit images. Either way, every submission was truly a well crafted piece of work.

Ladies Of The Lamplight

We always love it when photographers create their own virtual worlds in their photographs! Not only does it scream creativity, but it demonstrates knowledge far more vast than technical ability.

The framing in the shot below couldn’t have been more well executed. We love the horizontal length of the shot and how it really made this image stand out among the others. This image is just proof that you don’t need the best props, models or landscapes to make a well composed photograph.

My favourite things - blue

The photo below obviously had to be included in the gallery! Although the set up probably didn’t take longer than a minute, we appreciate the religious sentiment. This photo is absolutely heavenly.

Genesis 1:3

It’s important to remember that you can stray a bit away from the topic! By photographing a building that glimmers a certain way, you’re still fulfilling the theme! The theme is simply a guide to take your photos where they’ve never gone before. As long as they’re creative, they’re beautiful to us.

Let the light in...

For more images on light, make sure to check out the “Let There Be Light” gallery! If your photo didn’t make the cut this week, feel free to try again Monday by submitting your photo in the Flickr Friday group!

January 18 2018

21:11

Next-Level Family Photography

Bauer’s purpose in photography was to capture the personalities of her children so their pictures could be sent to family far away. This also begun after adopting their youngest child, Willie, so her birth parents could have the opportunity to see her grow up.

First day for all three

Every photograph was taken with the purpose of lessening the distance between families and capturing memories. Thankfully, her models have adjusted to the constant sight of the camera, and now it’s just seen as an extension of their mom. Bauer says “Every once in awhile I might call their name and ask them about something they are doing and they have no problem connecting to me and my camera.”

Bauer’s photography plays a big influence on her family’s quotidian routine as she takes hundreds of photos per day! This hobby rapidly expanded into multiple part-time jobs for Offset, GalleryStock, Alamy, and Fotolia. Bauer remains in shock with the fact that she can make money doing something she would have done anyways!

Sometimes you just need a little help opening your eyes in the morning

None of it would have been possible without her three sensational kids constantly in center focus. “Since they are so close in age – we had three under three – they are almost each other’s best friends.  They can be content playing with a pile of dirt on the top of a hillside for hours, which gives me plenty of time to experiment with images from every direction and angle.”

Bauer discusses how fortunate she is to have such energetic children overflowing with charisma and curiosity. “They fully immerse themselves in whatever environment we are visiting, whether it’s hiking Mt. Rainer, climbing the majestic trees in the Olympic peninsula rainforests or here in the Midwest, wading through rivers, playing tag in green meadows or becoming best friends with the cows in their grandpa’s barn.  We love to explore so most of the images are taken on our various adventures – even if it’s just hiking through the woods in our backyard.  Both my sons and my daughter love to get dirty, love to climb trees, love to make believe they are in a forest kingdom looking for giants.”

Debating

Since Bauer is a family photographer, the camera follows the kids. This means she has had to familiarize herself with every sort of lighting imaginable. Though the golden sun around 4 p.m. can be a flattering background, it can also be incredibly bright during the middle of the day when the kids are out which is why she likes the consistency of indoor light.

Bauer elaborates on the harsh weather conditions and how she has managed to cope: “I am drawn to vibrant colors and they just come alive in full sun. In that kind of lighting, I try to get shots from behind the kids to avoid the harsh shadows. I also love shooting from the perspective of what they see and what they are looking at.” Giving your photos a perspective shift can add an unexpected element of interesting!

“For the last several years living in the Pacific Northwest, I had to make use of the sparse light you get during the cloudy, drizzly winter days and look for the small amount of soft light coming in the window. I like the calmness it conveys. Also, because of all the overcast days, I got used to figuring out how to do the best with flat lighting situations. Because the light is not very interesting on its own, the other elements of the photo have to compensate.”

Hide and seek, wild style

When asking Bauer what advice would she give to herself if she had to begin photography all over again, she said not to be afraid to crank your ISO up in order to have a faster shutter speed (especially with the kids). “I was too afraid to embrace the grain for too long.” As demonstrated by the photograph above, if you want to capture speed, then you’re going to have to be unafraid of the consequences!

Her second piece of advice would be to “forget about getting the perfect shot, sometimes the best emotion happens to be out of focus, but it is still a memory worth remembering.”

What summer is made of

For more of Bauer’s spectacular photos, check out her Photostream! With a snowy winter rapidly approaching her home, expect to see the most beautiful and creative photos around packed with winter activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowball fights, snow forts, etc! There are lots in store for Bauer’s future in photography. We can’t wait to see where she goes next.

January 16 2018

18:26

Happy 10th Anniversary, Flickr Commons!

Today is a very special day for us at Flickr as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Flickr Commons, one of the world’s most extensive archives of public images. Ten years ago today, the Library of Congress joined the Flickr Commons with the aim of ensuring better access to their historical photo collections. They wanted to expand their reach to more people throughout the world.

Election night crowd, Wellington, 1931

The idea of a mutually beneficial relationship between web users and cultural heritage institutions seemed ambitious but started modestly. Our pilot project began in 2008 with only one partner – the Library of Congress, which quickly became one of the largest and most active Commons accounts.

Barker at the grounds at the Vermont state fair, Rutland  (LOC)

Increased access to photography archives deserves to be as publicly represented as possible. What better place to get historically relevant photographs seen than a photography platform with millions of people looking at images every day? Viewers have the opportunity to help enrich these collections by adding tags, comments, and making notes on the photos to enhance findability and contribute information that can potentially improve the quality of the archives.

Thanks to Flickr’s user-generated content, the Library of Congress have deciphered the story behind dozens of “mystery photos” like the one below, and folded almost 9,000 updated photo captions back into their own online catalog. Just as the Library, most other participating institutions have reported seeing very large increases in page views and engagement with their digital collections.

Identified! [Underwater breathing devices: "Dräger Gegenlunge" (left), "Momseng Lung" (center), and "Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus" (right)] (LOC)

There are now over 110 participating institutions in the Flickr Commons. Some of the more popular ones are The Smithsonian, The British Library, The National Library of Medicine, the NASA, or the National Libraries of Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Sweden or Norway. Unsurprisingly, museums and local university archives are also famous among the Commons! In honor of the tremendous growth of this 10-year-old project, we’ve put together a gallery of the most popular photos from all of the Commons photographs. Check it out!

Police Dog, Tess, 29/1/35 / by Sam Hood Meet you under the clock at Clery's What an amazing contraption!

If you’re interested in seeing some of the most popular images from the Library of Congress’ Flickr account, which houses over 30 thousand photographs, be sure to check out their Top Favorites album on Flickr! And to get a better idea of how they are celebrating the Flickr Commons anniversary, visit their 10th Anniversary album. They’ve done a 10-day pictorial countdown!

Ten pins (LOC)

If you are an administrator at a GLAM and you’re interested in joining the Flickr Commons, you can register and find more information at our Commons page.

January 15 2018

17:00

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today marks the birthday of the most influential civil rights leader in America’s history. Today is celebrated because of all the work Martin Luther King Jr. and his fellow activists have done. The path they paved for the civil liberties we have today was treacherous. One of the most important things we can do now is to remember that our civil liberties came at a high cost and they should never be taken for granted. If this isn’t enough for you and you want to seek further action, there are simple steps everyone can take to keep Martin Luther King’s dream alive.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in St. Augustine, Florida

Be Kind – One of King’s biggest tactic was non-violent action which was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi in India. Passivity is powerful when used correctly! Now just because you are good to others, there is no assurance they will be good to you. There are no kindness-back guarantees in life. This doesn’t mean that being good to others isn’t worth it. Resisting the immediate urge for violent action can be more effective in the long run. Kill them with kindness.

Yo también soy un hombre (Memphis, 1968)

Think Globally, Act Locally – The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which granted African Americans the right to vote, was initiated after King’s Selma to Montgomery marches (featured in the photo below). This protest wasn’t an act of civil anarchy, but a portrayal of necessary change. These groups exercised their First Amendment right to assemble in a way that refined history. If you think that no good has ever come out of protesting or standing up against injustice, refer back to history for a recap. King once said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH KING

During rough times, one may feel hopeless or like their actions would be ignored, but our actions have the same power they did 50 years ago, if not more. If you want to keep Martin Luther King’s vision alive then be kind to others and steadfast in your beliefs.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, folks.

 

January 12 2018

19:20

Flickr Friday – Get Out of my Picture

Everyone knows that feeling.

The shot is perfectly framed. The light couldn’t be any better. The subject is on point. Then something or someone decides their need to stroll right into the middle of your shot is more important than that million dollar photograph you were about to take.

This blog is a tribute to all the photographers who never had the courage to say #GetOutOfMyPicture and all those fabulous pictures that never got taken because life physically got in the way.

You Wall-E

Wall-E got an entire movie to himself. He doesn’t need this photo too. You’re cute but get out of here. This isn’t your time.

Get out of my photo :)

We’re pretty sure this fierce feline knew exactly what he was doing when his leisurely decided to saunter through. Notice the avoidance of eye contact!

The photo below is the ultimate tragedy. That is too stunning of a building for it to be out of focus. Minions truly do cause destruction… and they have no remorse for it.

Get out of my picture!

The “misty landscape” below would have been a classic to put in the scrapbook, but Mr. Water Bottle has tarnished it! The image was still captured, but it certainly isn’t the same with that extra visitor in the back. Now you have 6684 feet to drive down and think about the shot that could have been :(

Get out of my picture

Can’t get enough? Check out our gallery full of photos that had unwelcome guests. If you took a photo where you felt you couldn’t say #GetOutOfMyPicture, then share it on the comment section of the gallery with the format: [FLICKR LINK] If your photo didn’t make it into the blog or gallery this week, try again for next week’s theme!

 

January 11 2018

16:45

Bridging the Gap

As a dedication to victims of universal queer hate crimes, Woodcox uses his photographs as a solidarity stance to symbolize his belief in love and equality.

Wear Your Pride

These photographs were intended to encourage people to recognize the interconnectivity between one another.

Interconnectivity

His fine art images have been featured on dozens of magazines and media sites, but what makes Woodcox’s work unique is his ability to make viewers question where the subjects come from by incorporating “strange or interesting elements.” These elements are inspired by real-life experiences and dreams. There will be more inspired photographs to come as Woodcox is currently on a 3-month tour around the 5 continents.

A Shattered Image of the Past

When discussing why photography stood out to him among other various forms of art, he says “Photography feels either like a fluke or destiny. I had no idea why I was so determined to try it when I entered college- I had never even handled a DSLR camera. Perhaps it was my love for art without talent for painting or drawing. I wanted to try something that would allow me to express myself more readily than those art forms.” If you noticed he prefers to shoot portraits, there is a reason for that too. He believes that portraiture takes photography to the next level because it allows for a more captivating story to be told.

What Are We Becoming

With the title “What Are We Becoming?” photos like the one above truly speak to Woodcox’s sole purpose of photography.

“My purpose in photographing is to share my deepest truths, my most authentic self with the world. Being an artist is like a political act against common culture and doing what is expected; I have grown tired of our corrupt society and politics and I think sharing a brighter version of how life could be through my art is the best way to respond without contributing to the negative culture.”

While society may be overrun with electronic devices and the age of technology has caused us all to collect and connect online, it’s important to give our eyes a break from the screen and our mind a rest from overused unhelpful social media.

Colors of the Wind pt. 7: Purple

Building upon creating a brighter future, Woodcox shares his ideals about social justice issues around the globe, how it’s affecting us, and what he’s doing about it.

“I believe we are all connected and share similar experiences, no matter what our backgrounds. Everyone needs resources to survive or thrive, and we all want love in some form. I’ve been so fortunate to experience the beauty of humanity in 48 US states and 18 countries thus far, and everywhere I am greeted in different ways, yet with the same longing for inclusion and recognition. Social justice is common sense – everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect.  The fact that people are segregated based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, nationality, is a crime heavily thanks to corrupt governments and societies not supporting their diverse communities.”

Woodcox doesn’t beat around the bush when talking about subjects that are relevant, and most importantly need to be discussed in order to be changed!

“I think if most people were asked to directly hurt someone, they wouldn’t, but being disconnected through distance, voting systems, and the internet makes it easier for people to harm others with their words and political actions. My photos are a small way for me to share my ideas and try to bridge the gap between different communities; I’ve built such a large and diverse community behind my work, and perhaps sharing aspects of one community will help a different community understand better their differences and similarities, and will hopefully inspire others to accept each other regardless.”

If you’re interested in seeing more of Woodcox’s work, make sure to check his Flickr profile! He is also wonderful enough to share the knowledge in a few useful tutorials which will be shared via Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

January 09 2018

02:04

Flickr Heroes of the Week

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are: ‘Sunrise at Alabama Hills’ by Paul Smith on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Magenta Seaweed’ by Justine Shachar on Facebook and Google+

Sunrise at Alabama Hills Magenta Seaweed

Want your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

These are the runners-up (meaning we liked your photo but you are not the winner):

The House Morning Glow Best of 3/2017 dancing Queen Serval (Leptallurus Serval)

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @flickr where you share your photos!

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January 08 2018

21:45

The Authentic Sci-Fi Characters

Finally!

Son of a botanist, Hallmén retained a fascination with nature since youth so when asked why bugs of all things has kept his attention, he responded:

“I grew up during the first Star Wars hype. When I discovered that you could find these fantastic looking creatures just by peeking underneath rocks in the backyard I was hooked. Up close they all looked like something out of a sci-fi movie! Of course I wanted to know what they were called and by deciphering field guides I learned how to read as a bonus. Ever since then, the more I learn about bugs – about their behavior and the different roles they play in the ecosystem – the more they appear as the main characters of this world.”

But in short my answer is the same today as it would’ve been 35 years ago: because they look cool little monsters!”

Puss Moth Caterpillar

This self taught photographer is fortunate enough to live beside a natural reserve in Stockholm, Sweden where the majority of his subjects are found in a small space approximately 25×25 meters. Within this space he uses two very different approaches. (Feel free to grab a pen and take some notes. This is free photography instruction!)

1. Handheld – Subjects are pursued on foot with a handheld camera during the day. Blur occurring with motion is avoided by using the camera’s flash.

2. Tripod – Using a tripod is best when the subject is still, but bugs always look like they keep moving. So how do you get them to pose? Hallmén uses his interests in biology to get the best photographs:

“Since bugs are cold blooded animals their activity decreases with temperature and after a cold night you’re able to find subjects that will remain perfectly still, even if you’re just centimeters away from them with your camera. So, when conditions are right (no wind, relatively cold conditions), I always set my alarm early (in June this means ≈ 3am) so that I can be on site just before sunrise. This gives me the opportunity to capture my subjects in their natural environment without the need for a flash or fast shutter speed to freeze the action. These conditions also allow me to use focus stacking in order to increase depth of field and detail resolution.”

The third approach to Hallmén’s insect photography actually occurs indoors. The original purpose for this makeshift studio was to keep active during the severe bug abstinence caused by the long Swedish winters.

3. Studio – “I have converted my closet into a micro/macro studio where I shoot dead/prepared subjects at high magnifications. Using microscope objectives and techniques developed for scientific purposes I can zoom in on details that are impossible to see with the naked eye. Also, studio photography has taught me a lot about lighting.”

Studio stack: Another Temnostoma

With every post Hallmén makes on his Flickr he adds a bit of informative dialogue on the specifics of the insect, such as the scientific name, its previously found location and an unusual fact. Though these descriptions are a minor piece in his publishing, being able to correctly identify the subject has taken years of practice.

“Since I’ve been trying my best to identify every bug I’ve found since I was a little kid I have a pretty good idea where to begin my research. By now I usually know which taxonomic family my subject is (as long as I’m in familiar territory geographically), and this makes further research much easier. I know which book to open, which expert to contact or which forum to visit. But, like always – the more you learn the more you realize how little we actually know about the world. In biology, and entomology in particular, the taxonomy is constantly revised. One species is split into several or moved from one genus to another. Even the very definition of “species” is a controversial and an ever changing subject, invented by us… The more you think you know, the more wrong you’re likely to be. It can be frustrating at times but I’ve learned to love this aspect of nature.”

 

Puss moth caterpillar

This is the Cerura vinula otherwise known as the Puss moth caterpillar. One of his most prized and despised photos yet, this photo always manages to evoke strong feelings from Hallmén. He originally hated the image for the many reasons critics originally pointed out- it’s all just “too much.” Hallmén elaborates on his complicated relationship with his fourth most popular photograph on Flickr:

“The cliché sunset beach in the background paired with a ruthlessly flash lit foreground subject… Add the unusual perspective rendered by the DIY macro fisheye optics and the resulting image is anything but subtle. After a few failed attempts at toning it down in post processing I gave up and went the other way by putting emphasis on the vulgarity. I’m a bit surprised by the amount of positive feedback this image has received on Flickr. But I’ve certainly received some negative comments as well and several peopled has called it out as fake (“an apparent montage”). Obviously, I can’t blame the critics since I agree with them to some degree! In fact, I appreciate the opportunity to explain for instance that the dark shadow surrounding the front of the caterpillar is caused by subject movement after the flash fired and that, while it could be considered an artifact is actually my favorite detail in this image. I still find myself cringing ever so slightly when this image pops up on my screen. But this is why I pick it as a favorite: it makes me aware of the constraints I put on my own photography and why I ought to challenge these limitations. After all, this “narrow-mindedness” has been my main problem with photography for many years.” Studio stack: Ostoma Hallmén attributes his success to his Flickr account of 11 years. A large publishing company came across his Photostream and provided world wide coverage to his work allowing him the opportunity to create his book “Kryp” (translating to “Bugs”). Kryp has been translated into a multitude of languages, but the English version is available for sale on Amazon! If you’re interested in seeing more of Hallmén’s work for free, make sure to check out his Flickr.

 

 

 

January 04 2018

18:31

Your Best Shot 2017 group closing soon!

Hey Flickr Fam,

Just a reminder to submit your most inspiring photo of the year to the Your Best Shot 2017 group before the end of the day on January 5th.

We’ll leave the pool open until the night of January 5th, Pacific time, for those of you who are still undecided or have second thoughts about the photo you initially uploaded. We’ve already started curating selections of our favorite images across various themes, and we’ll continue to do so throughout January. In the meantime, here are a few beautiful submissions from the group pool.

The Stars My Desination black howlermonkey Apenheul BB2A8747 Home Do Not Worry CineMec Utrecht Milchstraße über Alxing First Light on Stob Dearg 20170630-_RAG5882

November 17 2017

18:42
Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017 Opens Soon!

November 13 2017

23:46

Flickr Heroes of the Week

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Old Hill Street Police Station~‘ by Saran on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Flying In The Fog‘ by Robbi Falz on Twitter & Tumblr.

Old Hill Street Police Station flying in the fog

Some #FlickrHero Honorable Mentions include:

Two Toned Purple London 💜 #08.11.2017 Corta calle Liceo de Aplicación Bintan Island, Indonesia / Sigma 35mm / Canon 6D ... FXP27916 .... skater girl

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @flickr where you share your photos!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

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