Colby Fire: Winter blaze near L.A.



ANF Up High

Colby Fire ~ Glendora, CA 2014

Colby Fire (Glendora) 1/17/14

Three suspects are charged for igniting an illegal campfire — the alleged source of the Colby Fire — in the severely dry winter of Southern California near L.A. on Thursday. The blaze has burned 2,000 acres, while firefighters approach today’s full containment. In Glendora and its surrounding area, where homes were lost and smoke plumes filled the skies, photographers captured the impact of the disaster.

See more photos in the Colby Fire gallery.

Photos from G. Reaper, Eric Fox1033, Dmouawad96, NCLee1955, and Nick Colbert Photography.

Posted by Arnold Chao

Richard Gray wins O’Neill Photography Award

Shared sympathy #squaready #vsco #whisperazzi #thepersonopposite #subwaypeople

We congratulate Richard Gray, known as rugfoot on Flickr, for winning the Terry O’Neill Photography Award 2013 in the Mobile Device category for his documentary series ‘The Person Opposite’.

To discover more from him and dive deeper into his mobile photography, take a look at his photostream, and get our apps to add your own mobile shots to your photostream.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

The Hours

7 a.m.

7am 7am


Today, we’d like to introduce you to a wonderful project called the hours. It was initiated by a group of 33 photographers that met right here on Flickr.

" We are 33 women strong, and have remained in contact with each other through Flickr, Facebook, and Instagram over the last 4 years. Towards the end of 2013 a few of us posed the idea of starting a blog where we could all connect as a group, and the hours was born."

This month they start with 7am (so images posted in January will be taken between 7am and 8am) and will then be moving through the day by an hour each month: to 8am in February, 9am in March, and so forth. Each month’s post is updated every Sunday.

"We hope that posting images taken in different places around the world, but at the same time of day, will both celebrate the diversity of our lives and bring us together as we share glimpses of our daily activities."

A great part of the project is that the friends invite you to join them right here on Flickr by sharing your images in the the hours Flickr group – so if you’d like to participate, take a shot between 7 and 8am this month and post it to the group. We’ll be following the project very closely.

Photos from j*lewis, amy bader, María T Pons, and MamaOwlPhoto.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Imaginative photographer lands world-tour job at Coke

Growing up, Canadian photographer Joel Robison, known on Flickr as Boy_Wonder, was always a bit of a daydreamer. Blame it on the movies he watched or the stories he read as a kid, but it caused him to look at everyday objects differently. It’s a creative direction that blended both fantasy and reality. And years later, it would lead him to a dream job in photography and become a Flickr icon!

Joel’s foray into photography began after college graduation. It was when he established a teaching career when he felt something was missing.


“I didn’t really feel connected to that part of my mind that was creative,” Joel recalls. “I didn’t feel inspired. One day, I came across Flickr and saw photos by people that were so creative, entertaining and engaging! It was like a light bulb went off in my mind that maybe you need to try a camera.”

Joel went on eBay and bought a cheap, used DSLR camera for about $120. He began to play with it — learning different camera settings, shooting every single day, and he quickly came to realize that he wasn’t going to put the camera down for a long time.

“I started taking self-portraits and using that as a chance to to tell my story through my eyes, with me as the person that’s telling that story and that changed everything for me,” Joel admits. “On Flickr, I was inspired by connecting with other artists whom I felt have a similar style as me. It was this collaborative friendship that helped keep my inspiration flowing.”

Joel downloaded Photoshop and began to see the potential it had to create stories he’d seen in movies as a kid. He was finally able to tap into his imagination and express it to others.

“When I first started learning Photoshop, it would take a few hours for me to finish an image,” Joel says. “But the more I practiced and played with it… you know, trying to make these ideas in my head come to life, it started to happen. I started to see myself as being small, things around me being big or have a different purpose than they actually do. And the more I recognized that the pictures in front of me were the same as the ones that were in my mind, it encouraged me to keep going, keep trying new things.”

A few years into his photography, Joel took a picture of a few Coke bottles in the snow and posted it on Flickr. A friend of his suggested he send the photo to Coca-Cola in hopes they’d use it. At the time, Joel laughed it off and didn’t think anything of it.

“It was about a year later that I got this message from someone that works inside Coke saying, ‘Hey we’d like to take your picture and share it on Twitter. Would you be OK with that?’” Joel says, “I was very excited, and it made my day.”

“About three weeks later, I got this phone call from them saying they had developed a project for me to moderate their Flickr community,” Joel recalls. “They [Coca-Cola] wanted me to take their Flickr page, help it grow and to use my photos to encourage other people to submit their photos based around their positive themes.”

Joel moderated Coca-Cola’s Flickr community for about a year and a half. When it was all over, Coca-Cola presented Joel with an incredible opportunity.

“In 2013, they offered me a role on the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour,” Joel says. “It’s a worldwide tour, led by Coca-Cola and FIFA, taking the FIFA World Cup Trophy on a world tour of 90 countries. And they offered me the role of photographer and voice of social media. I was shocked.”

“It totally changed the course of my life,” Joel admits. “I was able to quit my job and accept photography as my full-time career, and I haven’t looked back since. It’s been non-stop, I feel more passionate about it every day, and I feel like I am allowed to share with the world what I see, and I feel very supported in that.”

Today, many Flickr members marvel at Joel’s work, and he has inspired others to follow his lead. When asked about his success, Joel says he’s extremely lucky and admits he has a dream job.

“I’m 29 years old and I never would have dreamed that my life would include photography, travel or the experiences that I’ve been able to have,” Joel says. “To be able to create what I do, be accepted as I am and have people enjoy what I do is amazing.”

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

Check out Zev Hoover’s story, a 14-year-old photographer who’s been inspired by Joel’s work.

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Posted by Ameya Pendse

#FlickrFriday: High Fidelity

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High Fidelity / Hi-Fi-Wiedergabe

Turn It Up Haute fidélité / High Fidelity


Ultrasonic | HighFidelity | FlickrFriday Mix-CD

High Fidelity!

Our last Flickr Friday theme was all about music and the way we listen to it. The theme was #HighFidelity, and these are some of our favorite submissions to the Flickr Friday group.

Also check out the galleries of favorites you created sharing your favorites with the Flickrverse.

With our next theme #SomethingGoldSomethingBlue we want to celebrate golden sunsets and blue skies, city lights and neon signs, blue eyes and golden earrings, and all the other things that celebrate this grand combinations of colors. 

Make #FlickrFriday yours: Take a shot today or in the coming days and submit it to the group for a chance to be featured right here on FlickrBlog next week.

Don’t forget to make it even more fun and invite your friends by reteweeting us, or sharing our status.

Photos from ingrid eulenfan,, Heinzelmän, Margot in Love, Jen Koenig Photography, fred_v, and Sunchild57 Photography.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow follow the Flickr photostream, @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

Fire in Newport Pagnell

Newport Pagnell Fire

Day 15 - Fire!

Wed 15-1-2014

Yahoo News reported late yesterday that “A fridge warehouse and factory has been completely destroyed after a fire tore through the two-storey building. Plumes of thick black smoke were seen pouring from the building in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire,” and “people living nearby were told to keep doors and windows closed while nearly 60 firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control. Luckily no one was hurt!

Flickr members Negative Vibes, Chris Teagles, and morris.mcdowell were able to document the incident with the above photos.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Spain’s ancient fiesta

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Máscara de árbol, fiesta de la Vijanera de Silió, Cantábria.

Cantabria - Silió

096.-2014-01-05.- La Vijanera, Silió (Cantabria)


Trapajero. Fiesta de La Vijanera. Silió

Beginning about 2,000 years ago, the unique cultural tradition La Vijanera is held on the first Sunday of every year. It’s an annual masquerade festival celebrated in Cantabria, Spain, where costumed characters embody symbolic roles in folkloric acts to welcome the new year and review the passing year.

Photos from carlos gonzález ximénez, eduiturri, ivanvieito, FARAONDEMETAL, and pablo.mazorra.

Posted by Arnold Chao

#TwitterTuesday: Green

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Ghost in the train

UK - Cotswolds - Cotswold Wildlife Park - Cricket Green Many shades of green.

The Walk

Peacock Project365/Day 83: La pinza

Green boat

74.365 Partial Portrait fx4 My neighbor

Pitch Invasion

Red and Green  Bamboo

happiness #Flickr12Days

Green light Cuban car

Magical Ice Kingdom

Our #TwitterTuesday’s hero Green is the color of growing grass and leaves, of emeralds, and of jade. In the continuum of colors of visible light, it is located between yellow and blue. It is most commonly associated with nature, the environmental movement, Ireland, Islam, spring, hope and envy, according to Wikipedia. Here’s the selection of some of our favorites.

We thank everyone who submitted a photo. You can check out all of them and follow us on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back next Tuesday with the new #TwitterTuesday theme.

Photos from mnpix, Darrell Godliman, GoodApollo_66, Christina Karchevskaya, -Harm-, srgpicker, Antti Tassberg, Noe Todorovich, Drekisath, AkaSancho, CardiganKate, Luie Druif, John Carleton, Hänsel & Gretel, joyrex, suesthegrl, and [808] Massis


Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

To approach snow too closely…






There are many great use cases of sets to order your photos. It can be your travel adventures, 365 collections, squared circles, family events, or even people you hang out with.

Yesterday, we spotted Head Librarian‘s set SNOW which uses typography to tell a story. Check out her set to see how the story continues.

Pro tip: To create your own sets, simply go to the Sets & Collections tab in Organizr or create a new set from Add to set in the menu on the photo page. If you see a set that blows you away, let us know so we can share it with all of you.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

‘No Pants’ commuting 2014

No Pants Day - London

1401 No Pants AZ-91

2014 01 12 - 3210 - DC - No Pants Metro Ride


No Pants Subway Ride 2014 DC (14)

Introduced in 2002 by the Improv Everywhere group, the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” took place on Jan. 12, 2014, when thousands of commuters went pants-free in dozens of cities around the world.

See, and share, more photos in the ‘No Pants’ Commute gallery.

Photos from Christopher Maverick, nooccar, thisisbossi, Rodrigo Salazar C, and maryhassound.

Posted by Arnold Chao