Pillow fight!

Pillow Fight

Pillow Fight   fight

light as a feather

Pillow Fight Day, Zürich   World Pillow Fight Day 2013 - London

International Pillow Fight Day

World Pillow Fight Day 2013 - London   pillow fight at the Washington Monument

International pillow fight day

This past Saturday was International Pillow Fight Day, which saw cushion-wielders across the world taking to the streets to gently thump and whack everyone in arm’s reach. And when it comes to pillow fights of course, the more torn seams, the better.

These shots were taken in London, Amsterdam, Budapest, Zurich, and Washington D.C. To see more feathers flying in even more places, check out the International Pillow Fight Day Group.

Photos from bura80, lakatosdaniel, haslo, Andy Sidders, Kat Antosova, ekelly80, and Where The Art Is.

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Hanging with the hoodoos

Castildetierra

Red Rock State Park CA

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Climbers on top of the Monkey Face, Smith Rock, Oregon

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These rock pillars, or hoodoos, tell the geologic story of erosion seen in treasured natural landscapes worldwide. Over millions of years, changes in climate conditions shaped them by washing away sediments and chipping off slabs of earth.

See more photos: Fantastic Hoodoos gallery | Bryce Canyon National Park group

Photos from martin zalba, ladigue_99, marichica88, Luke Notsoblack, and geoGraf.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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Tiny worlds in drops of water

Spring is finally here and before you know it those muggy summer days will be upon us. While most of us prefer to stay inside next to the air conditioner, photographer Steve Wall, known on Flickr as Steve took it, grabs his camera and heads straight out the door.

“The more humid, the better,” he tells The Weekly Flickr in this week’s episode. “Because I know there’s something incredible outside to be captured.”

Steve is particularly interested in macro photography, a type of extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects. He describes it as venturing into a whole new world.

His obsession for water drops began completely by accident. He bought a new camera, but the lens he wanted was on order. “I couldn’t just stand there and look at my camera,” he says. “So I purchased an inexpensive Nikkor 60mm macro lens.”

wet weed wide-angle   Happy Easter Lilly Drops

A few days later he went outside after a rainstorm to capture a few interesting drops on pine needles. It was only when he looked at those shots on his computer that he noticed the pine needles were refracted inside the water, as seen in his photo Tripple Dripper.

“I was amazed,” Steve says. “The the first thing I wanted to know was ‘How did that happen?’ and the second thing I wanted to know was ‘What else could I put in there?’. Since then I’ve been on a quest to take better and better macro photos.”

flags   big heart, little drop

Steve was fascinated by the physics of water drops and their ability to refract images. “It’s amazing you can have such detail in such a small size,” he says. “The idea that water is cohesive and actually forms a sphere and that sphere is a lens… the same kind of lens on the old time cameras that refracts an image upside down and backwards. It’s mesmerizing.”

The water drop photos in Steve’s photostream are the result of an evolutionary process. He actually created a self-described ‘water drop photo factory’ in his own backyard.

purple petal panorama (macro landscape 3)   Secret little worlds

“I’ve planted my garden with various kinds of good plants for blooms nearby, good plants for retaining water drops,” Steve admits. “And I’ve learned you don’t just look at the water drops from one angle; you have to move up and down and back and forth to try to get the perfect angle of the refraction inside. And this of course frequently means crawling around on my hands and knees in the wet!”

One of his favorites is called Drops of Purple Petals, which he took on his hands and knees using a Coke can as a tripod to get the perfect angle. He likes this one in particular because you can actually see tiny water drops on the petals of the flower refracted inside the larger droplets.

petal pearls   drops of spring deux

Steve is often asked if the images inside the water drops are real or edited in with Photoshop. People are so convinced of the latter that they’ve even invited him to join Flickr groups specifically for photoshopped images. Steve finds the assumptions amusing and enjoys their reactions when they learn the truth.

“My favorite thing is when those who thought my pictures were photoshopped take it on as a challenge for themselves to capture water drop photos,” he says, “They often come back and say, ‘Wow, you were right!’”

Steve plans to continue his love for finding refractions in dew drops because he’s still impressed by the color, composition and details of every picture.

“It’s just amazingly beautiful,” Steve says. “The idea that you peer inside the water drop, you can see hidden worlds of mystery. It just lets your imagination run wild.”

Visit Steve’s photostream for more of his inspiring macro and nature photography.

WeeklyFlickr LogoDo you want to be featured on The Weekly Flickr? We are looking for your photos that amaze, excite, delight and inspire. Share them with us in the The Weekly Flickr Group or tweet us at #theweeklyflickr.

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Massive murals

Big-time street art

Graffiti Toronto: Ideal city

Big mural by Faith47 - Cape Town (street art)

Huge Mural Mercure Hotel, Berlin

Niemeyer

Wall paintings on public display that stand out for their sheer enormity in urban environments.

Explore the places where these murals were photographed: Chicago, U.S. | Kiev, UkraineToronto, Canada | Lyon, France | Cape Town, South Africa | Berlin, Germany | Sao Paulo, Brazil

See more photos of murals we noticed in the Massive Murals gallery.

Photos from mishainmadrid, mistergalaxy, Bakis is Nearly Back, collage42, jX StencilsDanny De Junk, and neobat29.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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Hadouken

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hadouken

Easter Bunny: defeating the forces of evil! #hadouken Hadouken!

Hadouken!

hadouken The Force Is Strong With This One

Hadouken

Hadouken (波動拳 hadōken?, IPA: [hadoːkẽꜜɴ]) is a Japanese neologism, literally meaning “wave motion fist” or “surge fist”. It is a special attack used by characters in the game Street Fighter. Takashi Nishiyama, the creator of the game, credits the 1970s anime Space Battleship Yamato and a missile called the Hadouho as the origin of hadouken. The move is achieved by the character thrusting their palms forward, sending a surge of spirit energy flying towards the opponent. – Wikipedia

We have noticed an increased amount of Hadouken photos being uploaded in the past couple of days. If you are sharing your outburst of spirit energy, don’t forget to add the tag hadouken. Let’s see if this has the potential to evolve into a new meme.

Photos from mshinfa, nahcnivek, ― Gareth, markrayman, Owillie, morshus, and Mateus Augusto Fotografia.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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#FlickrFriday: Street Scenes

Borgo di San Giuliano (RN)

Easter Parade   Rain in SF

Seasons   Getcliffes Yard - Leek   Playing for Keeps

East River Run   Take Me Home | Flickr Friday - Street View

Street Scene and Street Art

13/52: Night walk   Telephone Box

Fire access   Delivery boy

Elevador da Bica   Street Scenes : Hopscotch - Marelle   Ku Tchalitchi

StreetScenes   Rural America

2013 Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City

# Last Flickr Friday we asked you to capture your favorite Street Scenes.

Above is a selection of submissions you entered (and believe me, it was hard to narrow these down). There were fantastic black and white photos, street portraits, wonderful candid shots, and plays on perspective. You took us all around the world and showed us your streets from the smallest detail to sweeping panoramas. 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!

Photos from thelittlebean_78, krissen, Navicore, Pixel_peeper, Jenna Goodwin, KVanEmburgh, DeShaun Craddock, londondesigner.com, FlochAngus, Ivana Vasilj, StuShoots, dagbo, cuuc, Channed, virginiefort, johannekekroesbergen, Kirotea, Joe19G27, and mistergalaxy.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for more.

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Arashiyama

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一人静   hiding from the rainshower (Tenryuuji temple, Kyoto)

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大河内山荘   colors of bamboo* 01

Cormorant fishing   ---鵜飼---

Arashiyama River Banks   Autumn Gate

Momiji (Maple leaves) 3

k   At the end of a day....

Bamboo trail

Arashiyama, or “Storm Mountain”, is one of Japan’s designated Historic Sites and can be found on the western edge of Kyoto. The district features Shinto shrines, natural parks, and a stunning walk that winds through its bamboo forest. Take some time to explore even more of Arashiyama’s beauty through photos from others who have visited.

Photos from * tathei *, Shibazo, Marser, Kevin Tadge / Laura Lamp, yocca, Teruhide Tomori, arcreyes, Marie Eve K.A., TORO*, and Silent Star 101.

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All eyes on Greenland

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Solen på Sisit

Greenland Again

Coastal Greenland

Giant Iceberg, Greenland (Explored)

Packed full of glaciers, Greenland is currently credited for 10 percent of the rising sea levels globally tracked from melting ice. The Arctic country — home for a population of 57,000 now led by Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s first female prime minister — has popped up in recent news as it undergoes pressure to allow more licensed searches for offshore oil and adjust taxation for foreign mining. Amid the focus of its geopolitical importance, the world’s largest island also happens to offer amazing ethereal views that make it a stunning location for photographers to appreciate.

Do you want more pictures from this place? Enjoy more scenes: World’s Largest Island gallery | Greenland Travel group | Greenland on Flickr Places.

Photos from Leif Taurer, Trine og Mads, Bakis is Nearly Back, APilotsEye, and Stefan Schinning.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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Messy borders

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Horse pals

Jane & Will - group in 669

Once I had wings

Hill's Cafe

Manipulating instant pack film by hand often produces eerie and surreal effects. In the above photos, expired peel-apart film has been played with to let the chemicals bleed messily onto its borders. This unpredictable process is always a bit of a gamble, and everything from the temperature, pressure applied, and age of the film itself will decide what you’re left with in the end.

To see more instant film gems and get insight into the making of these photographs, be sure to check out the Messy Border and Polaroid -COLOR- (Instant Peel Apart film only) groups.

Photos from nepumug, shaneoneill77, strangeness_, Loss of Light, bghfilm, and abdukted1456.

Posted by Thea Lamkin
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