The vibrant pinks and contours of the first landscape shot caught our eyes, which made us wonder where the extraordinary place photographed is. Turns out it’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in the northeastern state of Brazil, Maranhão, and a lucky few who have visited this unique location took these remarkable photos of it. Nearby the Amazon rainforest, the park receives substantial seasonal rain that creates lagoons surrounded by white-sand hills and a natural habitat for freshwater fish and seabirds to flourish.
Attempting to capture all that the Alps has to offer in a few photos is futile. The European mountain range extends 750 miles through eight countries and features what seems to be an endless supply of enchanting peaks and valleys.
Sculptors of sand are in high demand, according to photos we found of this year’s international competitions and exhibits. Boston’s Revere Beach hosted its National Sand Sculpting Festival, and you’ll find impressively huge sculptures in Copenhagen’s downtown, Denmark, until the end of next month.
We’re happy to announce that today, we’re launching a brand new Groups design. With this update, we’ve given your Groups a look that’s more consistent with the larger site design changes we introduced in May. The new Groups is easier to use, better showcases group photos and discussions, and gives group admins more ways to customize their groups’ appearance.
Group Home Pages
Many of you will recognize the design for individual group pages, which is similar to the updated Photostream experience you got in May. Every group now has a new, high-res buddy icon and its own cover photo, which group admins can select from group photos or their own photostreams. Different from the group buddy icon, the cover photo is a place to feature photos that represent your group or highlight some of your group members’ best work.
This new design will make it easier to navigate your group’s content and to submit photos to the group — along with other improvements to the left-hand side bar, we’ve added an additional button for adding photos to reduce scrolling. Your group description also has a new home in the “About” tab, where you’ll find that group’s rules and submission guidelines as well. We preview a segment of your group description below the group name in the menu for more visibility. Finally, the “Discussions” tab presents group discussions in a new format that makes it easier to browse, read, and contribute to group topics.
Your Groups Page
Your groups list page has gotten the biggest update of the redesign with a beautiful tiled view of the groups you belong to and administer. This view features thumbnails generated from group cover photos for a more visual experience you can order by name or recent activity. For those who belong to a large number of groups, we’ve kept the simpler list view with group names and buddy icons for more compact browsing. To switch between views, just use the toggle in the top right corner.
Thanks to everyone who helps make Groups on Flickr a wonderful and vibrant place to share photos and stories. We hope you’ll enjoy it! If you’d like to tell us what you think about the groups design or if you need to report an issue, please join us in the Help Forum and let us know in our official feedback and bugs threads.
The Wild Ones have made their way down the Oregon and California coast to sunny Los Angeles!
On July 19, we hosted our first workshop in a beautiful park, Hoyt Arboretum in Portland. Nine people attended the 5 hour workshop where we went over our creative processes, talked about how to stay inspired and played some energizing games to get the participants moving.
The afternoon was spent amongst giant trees, shooting photos and helping each other try new techniques and skills. Participants shot with two provided models and used each other to pose and assist in photo-shoots.
After the workshop, we drove through southern Oregon and along the California coast to San Francisco where we were able to visit with the staff at Flickr Headquarters. After a few days in the city it was time for some real “Wild Ones” time in Yosemite Park.
We are now in Los Angeles and getting ready for workshop number two in Griffith Park!
Our future dates are:
Dallas – August 5th, Tampa – August 12th
, Atlanta – August 16th (meetup, not a workshop!)
Washington DC – August 19th
, New York City – August 24th
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When night falls and people retreat to their homes, interesting patterns and motives emerge into the urban night. The three photos above are just a small selection of the interesting residential night photos you have uploaded to Flickr.
Julie Steiner, known on Flickr as Oakley Originals, looks forward to planning her annual family summer vacation every year. But unlike other families, Julie doesn’t buy plane tickets to foreign cities or make reservations at an exclusive resort. Instead, the Steiners pack in their car in Oklahoma and hit the road for an adventure.
“In many ways our family is like the Cleavers meets the Grizwolds,” Julie says in this episode of The Weekly Flickr. “We love to travel, hike, fish and camp. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is spending time together and creating memories that will last a lifetime.”
Julie and her husband Jon have been taking vacations across North America with their two sons for nearly 20 years.
“Growing up my parents instilled in me a really deep love for the outdoors,” Julie explains. “We went on summer vacations every year. So when I married, my husband, and he shared the same adventure bug as me. Raising our boys outdoors came pretty natural to us.”
The Steiners prefer to drive to their destinations. Long hours in the car allow them to interact and bond with each other. Upon arrival, they choose to camp inside a pop-up trailer rather than stay in hotels.
“It helps us financially,” Jon explains. “Camping is where you really get down into the field and the thick of the whole experience. Sitting around a campfire, telling stories or bonding — you just can’t beat that.”
“We’ve really explored the backyards of America,” Julie says. “We’ve gone everywhere from the Grand Tetons, the Colorado Rockies to Yellowstone — even from Washington state all the way to Maine. We just love the different states and what they have to offer. Each landscape is so different.”
“We expected our trip to have pretty simple portages,” Julie says. “But instead we were going over rock slides, boulders and cliffs. My husband and son carried the canoes. My other son and I carried all the supplies across these long places. It was a rigorous trip, but very memorable; the beauty was just wonderful.”
Over the years, the most rewarding experience for both Julie and Jon has been watching their sons grow up.
“All these experiences have made a big difference in my sons lives,” Julie says. “Ever since they were toddlers to where they are now as upper teens, they’ve built a lot of character, perseverance, fortitude and patience as we’ve gone along.”
“One of the greatest things that our vacations have provided our children has been the education through experience,” Jon says. “Julie has been adamant about researching the places we go so that when we get there, we understand what we’re looking at. Our children have picked up on that, and it pays dividends down the road.”
The Steiners recognize a “change in times” when it comes to taking traditional family summer vacations.
“I think today people don’t value vacations like they used to, and it might be because of the economy or even time commitment, but I think it’s something people need to try and do,” Julie says. “At the end of the day, you get so much out of it.”
“We go on these family vacations because it provides our small family an opportunity to spend high-quality time together,” Jon says. “And in the process, we do something really cool. When I look back on the pictures of the past, it allows me to go back there and remember all the details and relive that moment — even if it’s for a little while.”
More importantly, Julie hopes the family vacations will leave a lasting impression on her two boys for the rest of their lives.
“I believe these vacations will be a vivid memory in our kids’ lives and our times together because we learn so much about each other and our family together,” Julie says. “And I just hope they will hold onto those memories forever.”
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Our last Flickr Friday theme was #TheBirds, and here is the weekly selection of your submissions.
While we were inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s movie when choosing the theme, your approach was very broad. You photographed birds in front of your window, colorful prints and paper cranes, and your hid yourself from the birds looking for you. Shots of mechanical birds that usually race the roads and skies, and we even spottet a flight-savvy little furry friend getting ready for liftoff. Explore more of your submissions for this theme in the Flickr Friday group pool.
For the new Flickr Friday theme for this week we wanted to get a bit more technical again. Especially for our analog enthosiats, this one will be a pleasure: #DoubleExposure. Even if you use a mobile photo or have to get the help of post processing to double-expose your shots, we’re looking forward you your submissions over the course of the week. The next selection of your shots will be showcased right here on the Flickr Blog next Friday.
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