Mom creates fairy tales with napping son

It’s no surprise most moms consider naptime their favorite time of day; relishing the few quiet and peaceful hours while their babies sleep, but California mom and artist Queenie Liao looks forward to the downtime for an entirely different reason. For Queenie, it’s the perfect opportunity to capture adorable and imaginative photos of her youngest son, Wengenn.

Photography became a hobby for Queenie when her first son was born in 2002. At the time, it was the best way to watch her son grow and send updates to her family. Like most new parents, Queenie took many pictures and continued to do so over the years with her growing family. In 2010, she came across the work of Adele Enersen, who took creative images of her sleeping baby. Adele’s work inspired Queenie to experiment with similar ideas with her third child, then three-month-old son, Wengenn.

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“As an artist, I always try to be creative,” Queenie says. “I love to think, observe and imagine. Anything around you can be a source of inspiration. Growing up, I used to love fairy tales and children’s stories. I used to imagine myself as the princess in these stories, meeting my Prince Charming. I decided to use this idea but have Wengenn be the main character in some of my favorite stories.”

First Queenie would come up with an idea — or as she calls it “an adventure” — for Wengenn. Next, she’d gather materials to create a background setting.

“I’d use mostly plain clothes, bed sheets, stuffed animals and other common household items,” Queenie explains. “After everything was set up, including putting Wengenn in the appropriate costume, I’d just wait. After he fell asleep, [it was] time to get to work!”

Queenie would gently place little Wengenn into the center of the theme she created and start taking pictures. Throughout the shoot, she’d be careful not to disturb Wengenn by always working around him. If he moved in his sleep, Queenie would simply reset and readjust the props. She also made sure Wengenn’s costumes were always snug, so he wouldn’t be uncomfortable and wake up.

“Overall, he’s a very good sleeper,” Queenie admits. “This made my job much easier!”

From exploring castles in the sky to being abducted by a UFO, the little guy has been on many exciting adventures!

Wengenn’s explored the Wild West.

He flew on a magic carpet ride through the desert.

And he even conducted a high profile interview with President Barack Obama!

Today Queenie has taken over 100 photos — a series she calls “Wengenn in Wonderland.” One of her favorites is an image of Wengenn climbing a ladder and reaching for the stars, called Starcatcher.

“Starcatcher is my favorite because, to me, the stars are symbols of dreams and goals in life,” Queenie says. “I really want to see him grow up, reaching all his goals and dreams.”

Over the years, Queenie’s work has garnered a lot of attention. After posting the photos online, she received thousands of views in just a few days. She’s also received emails from fans asking for prints, calendars and photo books.

“I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to share with the world,” Queenie says. “Not just my pictures, but more importantly my love, joy and pride as a mother creating this special album for my son. I think taking pictures is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your baby.”

Queenie’s advice to other parents:

“Take lots of pictures, because they grow really fast,” Queenie says. “Be creative. Enjoy the process and have fun. It’s the work of love, and your kids will treasure them when they grow up.”

Visit Queenie’s photostream to see more of her photography.

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#FlickrFriday: Getting Closer

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Day 26: #GettingCloser #FlickrFriday closer

[ Explore 27/01/14 ] Bloody campbell Waterdrop Magnifier

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sunny tulips | sonnige Tulpen #GettingCloser

Getting closer Zu spät       too late

Telescope for Hire

Getting Closer C'est l'amour

Little love + little beauty = cute space

Our last Flickr Friday theme was #GettingCloser. This is a selection of our favorites from your submissions.

Life shows a magical side as we get closer to the things that surround us… Flowers, fruits and textures suddenly turn into a world of fine details. You showed us that there is a special warm feeling where colors can be brighter and everything is different. Have a deeper look into this fantastic view by checking out all your submissions in the Flickr Friday group pool.

Enjoy the galleries of favorites that you’ve been sharing with us. Create your own and share it with us too.

For our next theme we want you to get on the road and explore #TheSCurve. There’s no need to literally get into the highway, but find the shapes that might bring you throught it. Share with us your shots in the Flickr Friday group. The selection of the week, will be showcased right here in FlickrBlog. Make it even more fun and invite your friends to take part in the challenge by retweeting us, or sharing our status.

Photos from raggiante., David Wells, D Stop, Mathieu Thiebaut, CoolMcFlash, Topiary Tree, Caroline PAULUS, Beat Markus Stoll, N.A.T.7, HK, Susan Finley, Marian Beck, Diogo Costta, and vanilla_jo.

#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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Ukrainian uprising

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Two months of clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police have resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Jan. 28, 2014. Photographers captured the standoff that included barricades, fires, and persistent demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

See more photos in the Ukraine Protests gallery and # EuroMaydan #ЄвроМайдан group.

Photos from IgorPetrof, o_ned, Sasha Maksymenko, Jennifer C, and Orion Alexis.

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#TwitterTuesday: Tea

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Vacances, on oublie tout... Sauf l'essentiel #Flickr12Days

Marsh Labrador Tea Tea Flower

D'une danse des mains et du cœur dans la lumière - 13

Little bag of tea Golden Tea

Good Morning

Morning Pace Herbal Traditional Drink

tea!

Home brew Korean Traditional Tea

Make everything as simple as possible

Probably one of the most ancient rituals and comforting events, Tea is always wonderful to have alone or shared with the dearest ones. Check out all your submissions.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back with the new theme next Tuesday.

Photos from Franck Vallet, Ludovic Hirlimann, N.A.T.7, Stéphane Barbery, Fabienne Dubosson, Siddesh Mangela, Veronica Hassel, John Carleton, dwiandi, Aubrey Dunnuck, Paula Fisher, Emre Kanik, and Ilias Katsouras.

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Makers Spotlight: Poppy 3D

We’re starting a new series showing you some of the many incredible things that are coming out of the maker movement that relate to photography. While creating photography tools and hardware was for the longest time only in the realm of relatively large companies, crowdfunding and 3D printers have changed the landscape and have allowed even small teams to build incredible things that help make photography better; they may even define its future.

Today we’re putting the spotlight on Poppy, a small device that lets you capture and view 3D images using your iPhone. Poppy has been a success story – when it asked for funding on Kickstarter, the two founders originally aimed for $40,000 to build the product, but interest was so high that they ended up with almost 3,000 backers and raised five times what they initially asked.

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We met with Ethan Lowry, one of the two founders of Poppy to chat about how it all came together, the challenges they faced, and why Flickr might be an even better place to see 3D images than you may think.

Here’s Ethan:

Poppy 3D co-founder: Ethan Lowry

And here is Ethan in 3D (if you have a Poppy):

Ethan in 3D. Well, as a stereographic image that can be viewed with #poppy3d

Flickr: What inspired you to create Poppy?
Ethan: Part of the magic of photography is that it draws you into the artist’s world. As kids playing with the View-Master there was something particularly compelling about that immersive 3D experience. You really feel like you are there, in the picture. But the View-Master only lets you view, not create. 3D photography has been the province of a very small and dedicated subculture. Poppy came out of the desire to let anyone with an iPhone create those kinds of immersive experiences from their own lives.

Flickr: Tell us about the unique challenges to create a hardware product for photos.
Ethan: Making hardware is hard. Coming from a software background, we’ve been astonished at the complexity of manufacturing and shipping a physical good. Software doesn’t have the chain of suppliers, the long lead times, the minimum order quantities, the legal tangle of customs and tax law, and the logistical challenges of shipping that are a part of producing hardware.

The extra challenge of making hardware for photography is that the bar has been set incredibly high. People have grown accustomed to an inexpensive camera in their pocket with a high-quality lens, fantastic sensor and gorgeous screen. To create a specialty camera with that level of quality is extremely expensive. What makes Poppy possible is that it rides on top of all the amazing work that’s gone into the iPhone. We get to take advantage of those capabilities, and extend them.

Flickr: What do you find so exciting about today’s maker movement?
Ethan: The web made it easy to make and share software. That lead to an explosion of innovation and creativity. The maker movement is looking to bring that same culture of rapid iteration and experimentation to the physical world. Ten years ago it would have been nearly impossible for a couple of guys like us to bring something like Poppy to market. But thanks to tools like 3D printers for prototyping and Kickstarter for funding, the process is getting easier all the time. As the tools get better we’re going to see the same proliferation of ideas in hardware that we’ve seen over the past two decades in software.

Flickr: Tell us your favorite photographers that shoot stereographic photos on Flickr.
Ethan: One of the things I love on Flickr is the enormous catalog of vintage stereographic images. Here is with “Vintage Stereoviews” an entire group dedicated to historic stereograhic photos:

The Boston public library also posted their Stereograph Collection on Flickr, that now can be seen using Poppy and your iPhone in 3D:

Poppy’s only been in people’s hands for a few weeks, and there are already a few photographers who I think are already doing really interesting work, Brendan Coyle for example:

We’ve also created a dedicated Flickr group for photos taken with the Poppy: Poppy 3D. You can contribute your 3D photos simply by adding the hashtag #Poppy3D to your Flickr uploads, in a photo’s title, description or tag.

If we’ve made you curious and you want to get your hands on your own Poppy, then you can learn more about it on poppy3d.com.

Photos from spieri_sf taken during the interview with Ethan in San Francisco.

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Remembering the Challenger Crew

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shared this morning this photo of the Challenger crew. The NASA family lost seven of its own, 28 years ago, on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

Remembering the Challenger Crew

Via NASA: “In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist.”

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Mavericks Invitational 2014

Tyler Fox drop sequence / Mavericks Invitational 2014

Mavericks 2014

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Mavericks surf contest

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In Half Moon Bay, California, 24 big-wave surfers competed in the legendary Mavericks Invitational, where gigantic swells belittled boats and spectators. The conditions, during the event on last Friday, generated waves reaching 50 feet in height — manageable size for the participating elite wave riders. South African Grant “Twiggy” Baker took first place in the competition.

See more photography in the Mavericks Surfing 2014 gallery and Big Wave Surfing group.

Photos from ian boyle, briankundtz, chekist613, hog81365, and mebooyou.

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‘Rooftopper’ captures vertigo-inducing cityscapes

Most of us would have a panic attack standing hundreds of feet up in the air, hovering above a bustling city. But for Daniel Cheong, known on Flickr as DanielKHC, there’s no bigger thrill than “rooftopping” — a heart-stopping photography movement which involves daring photographers climbing to the top of city skyscrapers, capturing incredible and adrenaline-pumping views beneath them.

“The feeling being so high up is indescribable, it’s like you almost own the city from a photographic point of view,” Daniel tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “It’s just a surreal experience to capture that moment.”

Living in Dubai, Daniel is surrounded by some of the most architecturally beautiful and tallest buildings in the world. Apart from a couple of photos he took from a helicopter, all his shots are taken from high balconies or rooftops. Daniel describes being up so high as an exciting experience that offers spectacular 360 degree views that most people would only dream of.

Dubai Fog Blues

“It’s so exciting to watch a big city look like a big jewel, with so many millions of lights shining on buildings nearby,” Daniel says. “You can spend the whole night shooting there — shooting wide, shooting with a tele[photo] lens or close to a building, etc.,” Daniel explains. “At the end of any rooftop session, you can walk away with hundreds of different shots, and it’s incredible.”

It helps that he isn’t afraid of heights. Daniel, however, does encounter dangerous and unpredictable situations on his shoots.

“In order to get the best pictures, I put my tripod close to the edge [of the buildings],” Daniel explains. “But I’ve been on some rooftops where the ledge is too high, so I find myself climbing a ladder [that he carries with him] to reach the ledge. And the whole time I just sit there, trying not to move too much, using my camera on a very fixed space. I won’t lie, it can be frightening at times.”

What makes Daniel’s photos so captivating is they border the line of surrealism. He does this purposely by using a process called digital blending, which consists of combining multiple exposures of the same scene (but taken at different shutter speeds) to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image.

“When you apply that HDR process to a cityscape, the results can be extremely beautiful,” Daniel explains. “The clarity and the level of details just pops. Also, because I’m using a camera that has a very high megapixel size, sometimes you can see up to a window or even past it. This is why I call my photography ‘hyper-realistic cityscape photography.’ I try to enhance the image and details so it’s even beyond what the human eye can see.”

One of Daniel’s favorite photos to capture are called “vertigo views” which is simply shooting the camera looking down but away from the building. This style of photography is striking and incredible, but it can induce a sense of vertigo, which Daniel says has caused some of his viewers to feel uncomfortable.

One of the scariest experiences Daniel’s ever had was shooting a vertigo view called Glamorous.

“I had the chance to get access to the 101th floor of a building under construction in Dubai Marina,” Daniel explains. “There were amazing 360 degree views from there, however there was no ledge. In the end, my camera was low on the tripod, looking down literally hanging, and I was crawling on the floor to compose the shot. It was terrifying but the photo came out beautifully.”

Today on Flickr, Daniel has over 20,000 followers and over 10 million views. The challenge he faces is to produce a new image that’s better than the last. He constantly strives to find new rooftops, angles and viewpoints that inspire viewers.

“At the end of the day, the reaction I want from the viewer is ‘Whoa’,” Daniel admits. “Every shot I post, I want the viewer to say ‘Wow, he did it again.’ That’s what makes me happy. I love to share what I see with everyone else, and that’s what keeps me going back up for more.”

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

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#FlickrFriday: Something Gold Something Blue

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week 3 - books.

Bleu et doré SomethingGoldSomethingBlue

#FlickrFriday #SomethingGoldSomethingBlue

Something Gold, Something Blue (4/52) So close, so far II  (10/52)

A rare occassion ( I got up for a sunrise)

Party anyone? Night falls in the wineyard

1016 Sky and Poppy

Gotas que bailan al sol  19/365

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Our last Flickr Friday theme was #SomethingGoldSomethingBlue. This is a selection of our favorites from your submissions.

It is amazing to see how specific colors can be found anywhere. Between sunsets and jewelry there was a fantastic story to tell. You shared with us many places composed by nature, cities, ethereal portraits and thoughtful expressions. Seems like if a wave of quietness covered it all. Enjoy and have a look to all your submissions in the Flickr Friday group pool.

Check out your galleries of favorites and feel free to share yours with us too.

You might find a new world in our new theme. Little things will turn bigger while you are #GettingCloser. Let textures, patterns and shapes guide you. We are sure that all the small details will amaze us. Join us and share your shots in the Flickr Friday group. The selection of the week, will be showcased right here in FlickrBlog. Make it more fun and invite your friends to take part in the challenge.Reteweet us, or share our status.

Photos from Steffi Au, Francois MARLOT, Simona Poidomani, Maxsay Milian, Tom Landretti, Victoria Söderström, Paul Sykes, Mandy, [m.keller], jose diaz, Randy Heinitz, GLAS-8, and David King.

#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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#TwitterTuesday: Bridges

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Revontulensilta

Passing By Gwangalli Beach

Bridge Forth Bridges

De Hef Quiet Morning

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Golden Gate, di nome e di fatto Gas is cheaper here

Pont du Carrousel vu du Pont des Arts, Paris

Daybreak at the Wharf: Bridges and water illuminated in warm sunlight.

Pont Neuf & neige Balcombe Viaduct

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Bridges have a particular meaning. They are special as the union between two places or the second part of a story. Enjoy the view from both sides and have a look into all your submissions.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back with the new theme next Tuesday.

Photos from Antti Tassberg, Leigh MacArthur, Susanne Nilsson, Robert Pack, Vincent van Dam, MelissaCamille, Glasgow Celtic, Michele Agostini, Trea Brown, Jean-François Pfeiffer, David Kidd, Kate Benjamin, and Petra Gaum.

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