Luminariums on tour


UK - Nottingham - Exxopolis Luminarium Exterior v2


Mirazozo 4






Architects of Air Luminarium - Levity III

Amococo Luminarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset

The idea of designing inflatable environments to display the beauty of light and color started with a structure called “Eggopolis” — a project built in 1990 that led to the creation of the Architects of Air (AoA) company. Today, AoA staff have designed and constructed six luminariums, or walk-in mazes of domes and tunnels. The plastic monuments have been featured in hundreds of events and are currently taking tours through locations worldwide.

See, and share, more photos in the Inflatable Luminariums gallery and Luminarium Photos group.

Photos from rapapazi, Darrell Godliman, by_irma, malbdd, ~Jek~, DaveKav, Wampie., Mcal C, traveltt, j.limon, ©Christofoto, and Alwyn Ladell.

Posted by Arnold Chao

Flickr meetup this Saturday in San Francisco

For those of you in San Francisco this weekend – lets make the most of whats left of summer and catch a spectacular sunset over SF from a lesser-known hill right along the midlines of the city.

For this short photowalk we’ll start out at Duboce Park, head through picturesque Duboce Triangle, up past the Randall Museum and climb Corona Heights to catch a spectacular sunset high up over San Francisco.

#sfflickrmeetup on Saturday, 10/12, 5 PM. RSVP here:

Sunset at Corona Heights


Photos from Christopher Bowns and Chip Shotz.

Posted by Bhautik Joshi

Introducing Auto Upload and Auto-straightening for Flickr on iOS

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At Flickr, we know how important it is to capture the right moment. Our last few updates, including our brand new camera for Flickr for iPhone, have aimed to help you set up the perfect shot.

Today, we’re excited to announce our latest developments in achieving this goal: Auto Upload and auto-straightening features for Flickr for iPhone.

Auto Upload for iOS 7

Up until now, you’ve had to upload photos from your iPhone manually. That can be a really painful and time-consuming process. We’re introducing Auto Upload for iOS 7 users to automatically save your photos to Flickr, securely and privately, until you’re ready to to edit and share them. With Auto Upload, you can always find your smartphone photos wherever you want – within the Flickr app and on


Our last update included customizable filters and editing tools, and we’re adding a powerful new addition: auto-straightening. Have you ever framed up the perfect photo but got bumped as you took the shot? It can be pretty frustrating. With the tap of a button, the Flickr app will instantly straighten your picture. It’s a tool that works like magic when your photo is just a little bit off.

At Flickr, we always want to improve your experience and do our best to help you capture and share your daily lives. Please keep your feedback coming!

Posted by Markus Spiering

The Wild Ones Finale – A Thank You

A contribution from Sarah Ann Loreth

With The Wild Ones all settled back at home and abroad we wanted to take the time to recap this summer’s adventures. Together we traveled more than 13,000 miles, thirty three states, fifteen major cities, and twelve national parks. We met more than a hundred new faces and friends. Altogether we hosted eight workshops in six cities and two at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

Celebrating Creativity The Wild Ones

Anti-Social Butterfly

With the generous help of Flickr and Coca-Cola we were able to keep these workshops affordable. When planning the workshops we knew we didn’t want to make money off of this adventure. We wanted to be able to host affordable classes to share our love for storytelling and passion for helping. This trip was not for profit and we go home with nothing but our memories and the joy of meeting so many people along the way. The money we received via workshop fees, sponsorships, and donations was used only to get us from place to place and spread as much joy as we could along the way. Our goal was to share happiness, passion, and give back to the community that has given us so much. We hoped we accomplished this whether it was donations to hungry strangers, giant tips at restaurants, free entry to our workshops, or even big things like surprising two deserving young photographers from Illinois with an all expense paid trip to spend four days in Dallas learning from us.


Our workshops were such a joy. We focused our teaching, on building stories and creating conceptual photos giving each participant homework to create throughout the day. We feel an overwhelming sense of pride and fulfillment in the community we have built and the stories we have shared. We hoped to leave a little bit of ourselves with every person we met. And in that, hope that they shared that happiness with someone else. We were not here to make money, chase fame, or make names for ourselves. All we want is to give. And to teach that with a lot of hard work and a little bit of faith you can do whatever you set out to achieve.

'Mini Joel'


We hope you enjoyed following our workshop tour as much as we enjoyed living it. You can see the posted photos from our workshop attendees in our Wild Ones 2013 Flickr Group and we invite you to participate along with us in our monthly themes!

We wanted to take the time to thank both Flickr and Coca-Cola for their support. We want to thank every person that wrote to us, opened their homes to us, or took the time to attend our workshops. And we want to thank all of you for following along in this journey with us!

When everything feels... broken.

Photos from J.W. Hendricks, Hurtienne-Photography, xBellanottephotography, Leah Coppotelli, justinkuder, Lyss Nichole, and fortunes_folly from last month’s theme of “broken”.

This post was written by a guest contributor to Flickr Blog. Please see their details in the post above. If you would also like to become a contributing author, tell us your story, and provide some examples of previous pieces (if you have them) and content you would like to cover.

Posted by sarahannloreth

Be part of “In the street: Europe in detail”

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What does street photography mean to you? Are you someone who tries to see everyday things around you differently? If you are in France, Germany, Spain or the UK, we would love to invite you to capture what you see, share it and be part of a the pan-european Flickr Calendar 2014 project.

Yorkshire weekend Flickr Photowalk in Berlin New meets old and still building

For "In the street: Europe in detail" we want you to capture the day to day reality of your streets and lanes – the details that don’t appear on postcards; those special images that describe everybody´s daily life: a wonky street sign, a collection of beautiful old books in a window, a fruit stall full of color and texture, a rusty garden gate…

To join the regional competition run by our European PR team head over to the group and submit your shots. for a chance to be featured in the Flickr Calendar 2014.

The Flickr Calendar 2014 group is open for submissions until October 20th, 2013. Then everyone can vote on their favorite pictures to create a shortlist by country. The final selection of the top 3 images per country will be made by a local jury, and on November 19th, the three winners per country will be announced. As well as being featured in the calendar, the winners will also receive a voucher to spend on expanding your photo gear or making another dream of yours become reality.

Good luck!

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Mountains from vista points

Peleaga peak, Retezat / Peleaga csúcs, Retyezát

the grand teton

Mountain View



Hoher Kasten

Corey and Natalie heading down.  Valley of the 10 Peaks... the perfect backdrop.


Many of you had the fortunate opportunity to explore the outdoors at high elevations, and here’s a sample of the vast mountain landscapes from hiking destinations worldwide.

Explore more photography from a few locations featured here: Vârful Peleaga, Retezat Mountains, Romania | Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming | Otago, New Zealand | Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy | Mt. Temple, Canada

See, and share, more photos in the Stunning Summit Views gallery.

Photos from r3vision, stuartmb1, Katherine Ross, _eins_durch_f_, Daniel_Ernst, PhiiiiiiiL, Anna Ristuccia, ng.greg, and Navi-Gator.

Posted by Arnold Chao

Crafting scenes of iconic Americana

Like photographs pulled from an old shoebox in a dusty attic, Michael Paul Smith’s photostream is filled with images echoing warm memories of mid-twentieth century America. Many who view his photos of vintage cars and familiar buildings are often hit with nostalgia. That feeling, however, quickly leads to bewilderment upon learning the truth: Michael’s pictures aren’t real!

“When I tell people my photos are actually models — just little cars on a table that I’ve recreated — they’re shocked,” Michael tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “It’s a great moment. I really do love it!”

Motivated by a fascination with the mid-twentieth century era and a desire to catalog the past, Michael set out to build and photograph fictional, miniaturized scenes from the 1950s.

North Main Street - Elgin Park   [circa 1930's ]

First Warm Day in Early Spring - 1933

“The ’50s and ’60s had a sense of hope about them,” Michael says. “Television had come in, new cars came out every year and everyone avidly looked at science fiction hoping to get a glimpse of what the future was going to be like. The future was tangible, and it just made it worth while getting up in the morning to see what was going to come down the pipe next. It was an amazing time.”

As a kid, Michael was an avid model car collector. He’s started out building cheap model cars and later advanced to diecasts and truck models. Over time, he became aware of how cars changed; this evolution fascinated him and piqued his interest even further.

Teen Idol Slips into Town

Giant Head oversees accident

“As I began collecting cars, I became curious to see where it all came from,” Michael recalls. “It was mainly from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. And after awhile, I could identify the things that changed. So I started collecting as many tangible objects as I could from the past – wallpaper, linoleum and rugs – mainly as a keepsake. When my collection got so large, I started making models and setting them up as realistic as possible. Photography naturally started to come in when I wanted to document everything. And that’s how it all started!”

Today, Michael’s model car collection consists of over 300 cars — most of them prominently displayed in Elgin Park, the fictitious town he created for his series.

Velma Kelley's 1955 Studebaker SPEEDSTER

Pontiac for 1951!

The town consists of a dozen or so scale model buildings, which Michael mixes and matches to create many different sets. He carefully inserts his model cars into specific scenes and photographs them against outdoor backdrops in and around his hometown of Winchester, Massachusetts.

“The process of creating a photo is interesting,” Michael says. “I like to mix the old with the new and sort of juxtapose everything. For example, I’ll have a ‘57 Mercury and set it up against a carwash model I created. Honestly, it’s just kind of playing. It’s creative play.”

Elgin Park has everything: a train station, a supermarket, even a movie theater. One thing, however, it does not have are people — an intentional move on Michael’s part.

1958 Packard Hawk Glamor Shot

Packard Hawk Photo Setup

“From the very beginning, I decided that there will be no people in Elgin Park,” Michael explains. “I felt that having people interfere in the photograph, and the rest of the scene sort of disappears. I didn’t want that. Now, viewers can get involved in the photograph itself.”

And viewers have gotten involved — millions in fact! They’ve made Elgin Park into a tourist destination, attracting over 20 million views, all via cyberspace, since January 2010. A number, even today, Michael still can’t believe.

Color vs Black and White

“For a long time, I never showed my photographs to anyone,” Michael says. “I just thought people wouldn’t get it. Seemed kinda quirky to me, you know? Here’s a grown man with little model cars and buildings that he’s creating. But after a couple years, stuff was just languishing on my computer. It was brought to my attention that Flickr existed, and so I posted them, and within a couple months, there were about one million hits. It’s unreal.”

The reactions have also been overwhelming. Many of them citing nostalgic memories of “coming home” and “good times.” Michael received touching messages from viewers saying they started crying while looking at his photos — all of them happy tears.

East Main Street-1951

Slide 2 Vacation at the Lake

“There was a doctor who contacted me who said he showed my photographs to Alzheimer’s patients,” Michael says. “And what they did, much to his surprise, was it started a dialogue between the patient and the doctor. These images would trigger an emotion or a memory, and it was one of the first times these people were coherent. So I’m clearly touching very deep nerves and cords, and that was not my original intent.”

“Overall, this entire process thrills me, and it fills my heart,” Michael admits. “It just fills my heart to put this out there for everyone, and they enjoy it.”

Visit Michael’s photostream to see more of his photography.

Want to watch more video episodes? Check out how a photographer aims to trick the eye his ‘Strange Worlds’ 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.

Posted by Ameya Pendse

#FlickrFriday: Once Upon a Time


304/365 Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time...

The Three Little Pigs  #FlickrFriday #OnceUponATime  Èrase una vez...

He's Handsome In Hindsight

276/365 - My Own Worst Enemy The Storyteller Once Upon a Time

Little Red Riding Hoodie

Once Upon A Time Verdant

Little Red Riding Hood

# Our previous Flickr Friday theme was #OnceUponATime, and here is the weekly selection of your submissions.

Last week’s theme was all about times long passed and the supernatural straight out of fairy tales. You showed us modern and artistic takes on the Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White and other story characters. We saw you reading and reading to others, and you also went out to capture the atmosphere described in so many of the wonderful stories that tell us tales that happened once upon a time. Don’t miss all the other beautiful sumissions in the Flickr Friday group pool.

In addition to your submissions, we also asked you to curate your favorites, and we’d like to invite you to check out your galleries.

For our new theme we are looking photos taken #AfterDark. We are looking for mesmerizing night scenes, neon lights, street lamps and light trails, and all the other inviting scenes and subjects that present themselves when night has fallen. You know the rules: You have time until the announcement of the new theme next Friday to take your shot and submit it to the Flickr Friday group. We’ll feature our favorites here on the blog next Friday. If you would like to curate your favorites as well, make your selection and show us your galleries.

Photos from Steffi Au, KatieMackPhotography, siskokid, ♫CoolMcFlash♫, Oufpouf, Jagged Rose, Maria Gratzia Cueva, KatieZil03, Gunn Point, Diogo Costta, ~tammy.j~, Kirotea, cuuc, Duncan George, and Margot in Love.

#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.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen



MailChimp Goes With You

Test shot September 24

Photos uploaded today by Lú_, J Trav, Mijonju.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

It’s all about bees!

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Augochloropsis sumptuosa, F, back, NC Moore County_2013-09-26-15.47.47 ZS PMax

Lasioglossum gotham, F, Face, MD, Cecil County_2013-07-10-16.51.23 ZS PMax  Asilidae, U, Face, Carroll Co., MD_2013-07-23-14.53.44 ZS PMax  Apis mellifera, Queen, face, MD, Talbot County_2013-09-30-17.40.47 ZS PMax

Osmia georgica, F, Side, Carroll Co. MD_2013-07-23-15.49.51 ZS PMax

These are just a few of the amazing bee and bee related photos uploaded by the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

In their own words: "The mission of the program is to design and develop large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of the program we also develop identification tools and keys for native bee species. One aspect of creating those tools is creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with."

The Lab’s presence on Flickr "provides easy access to our photographs so that they may be freely used and there is no need to ask for our permission for any use of these photographs."

However, if you would like to have the original TIF files or if you’re interested in taking similar photos with the system developed by Dr. Anthony G Gutierrez, you should check out the Monitoring Lab’s profile page for contact information and a manual.

Photos from USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen