Last Flickr Friday we asked you to shoot for something Out of Reach.
Above is a selection of submissions you entered featuring the far away and the inaccessible. Some looked on at the struggles of a pet, some captured the things they could never hope to touch, and some interpreted the theme more metaphorically. You can check out all the contributions in the Flickr Friday group pool. Thanks for your hard work and creativity, and tune in on Friday to hear our next Flickr Friday theme!
These are scenes from the famous Andean Plateau in South America that occupies Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. The color variety and vast expanses make this region a prime spot for photography, and there are plenty of subjects to shoot. Located in the Central Andes, it’s home to an assortment of terrain — including salt flats, deserts, and active volcanoes — at an average elevation barely below the Tibetan Plateau, the world’s highest plateau.
The Spanish city of Valencia celebrates a one-of-a-kind party every year, where artists publicly display elaborate sculptures (aka ninots in Valencian) depicting animated characters. Revelers enjoy a week of appreciating the often-satirical creations until a tradition of burning all the temporary monuments ends festivities in a sacrificial fashion.
“Madame and I found Peep shivering in a puddle at the side of the road. With no Mummy Duck to be found anywhere we decided to bring him to the notcat abode to grow up. When he is fully fledged Peep will be living at the local bird reserve. — notcatherinezeta
We found these cute photos in notcatherinezeta‘s set I like Peep. Head over to check out all her photos and the story that unfolds in the photos’ comments.
When surfing the site this morning, we noticed that one color combination has curiously been recurring this weekend. There are significantly high amounts of salmon mixed with different shades of blue. We felt this would make for a great post, so we hope you enjoy what you are seeing above, and if salmon or blue happen to be your favorite colors, or you simply want to dive deeper into this extraordinary color pattern, check out more photos in our "fish" excluding tag search .
Most people might run away from an erupting volcano as fast as they possibly can, but photographer Sean King does just the opposite. He gravitates towards the natural beauty of lava flows reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It’s an amazing thing,” Sean tells The Weekly Flickr.
“The adrenaline is insane,” he says. “When you’re out in the flow, you can feel the heat from the lava. It crackles, it pops, it hisses.”
Sean moved to Hawaii from New York with his wife nearly 8 years ago. After working in construction for years, he felt that he needed a change in his life.
“It was all getting very stressful,” he says. “We started to notice more garbage on the roads, more people, longer commutes to work…little by little it was all just taking away from me as a person. We figured let’s step outside the box and give paradise a try.”
He was introduced to photography completely by accident. Marveled by the exotic beauty of Hawaii, Sean wanted to capture his surroundings and share the experience with his friends back in New York. On a whim, he bought a camera and decided to go out and take photos near the Kilauea volcano. Little did he know it would change his life forever.
“One night the western flank of the Pu’u O’o volcano collapsed, and I got incredible pictures,” Sean says. “The next day, I went out and noticed a light gray streak sort of dance across the floor, moving towards the volcano. It was a lunar rainbow. I was just mesmerized; never saw anything like it.”
Instantaneously, Sean became in awe of the volcano’s unpredictability and the pictures he captured.
“One night a double lava glow, the next night a moonbow, it was insane!” he says. “I just fell in love with the volcano there on out.”
Sean joined Flickr a few days later to share his pictures and was overwhelmed by the feedback. He met people who not only praised his work but gave him advice on future shoots.
“Flickr has been like a university, the university of photography,” he says. “I have no experience with cameras so having people share their settings and help you come home with quality pictures is incredible.”
One thing that sets Sean apart from other photographers is that he’s colorblind. A condition that has made him susceptible to photoshopping accusations. Sean, however, uses this to his advantage.
“I found that it’s my color-blindness that makes my pictures attractive to people,” he says. “You’re actually getting a vision of what I actually see which is that certain colors are brighter and more intense. It’s really cool.”
Sean calls himself an adventurer by spirit and takes every opportunity to explore Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. To him, there’s nothing better than liquid rock, streaming earth and the sulphurous smell of freshly made land.
“You just never know what you’re going to find,” he says. “I can see anything, from the Milky Way to a lava flow. I like going out, learning and loving that something dangerous — but beautiful — can happen.”
Above all, Sean wants people to capture that adventure spirit through his pictures.
“I want people to understand that this island is alive,” he says. “It’s the heartbeat of the world. It grows, it pulses and you can physically see everything that I capture in my camera.”
Hawaii has given Sean a new meaning in life. He credits the island for giving him the ability to find his passion in life: photography.
“My passion is like the volcano. It’s just always there, always growing,” Sean says.
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Frolicking, playful sparring, posturing for dominance, wrestling for food — some of many spirited interactions appearing among the popular photos of Explore, and there’s no shortage of you snapping other animated scenes of wild animals in motion.
The Hindu festival Maha Shivratri is celebrated anually in reverence of Lord Shiva. Here are some of the many colorful face paintings that accompanied the celebrations. More fascinating photos of people and the festivities can be found in searches for all the different names of Maha Shivaratri, including padmarajarathri, Maha Sivaratri, and Sivarathri.
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