#Flickr10 Samplr Day 9: Home Sweet Home

Polaroid Clothesline

Rock Fish Love is the sweetest thing (Explored)

Chair / Table

coming up for air happy 10th birthday, flickr!

Well hey there, li’l buddy!

cottage Quiet life.

The Book

Those beautiful calm moments when we are at home, surrounding us with neat things, having a nice warm drink, some treats, and a good book to read… Those are the moments captured in these 10 photos from the #Flickr10 group, your favorites submitted in celebration of our 10th anniversary.

We posted several other #Flickr10 Samplr already, so don’t miss out on them! The final 10th one will be published tomorrow. Thanks again for all your wonderful contributions!

For our next #Flickr10 project, take a look at our announcement of the Global Photo Walk Day and see how you can become part of it.

Photos from SOMETHiNG MONUMENTAL, Dawn Endico, Pfish44, Osarieme Eweka, Kelsey Elinor, *Cinnamon, phil dokas, jordan parks, Hello i’m Wild !, and Sharon Drummond.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

#Flickr10 Samplr Day 8: City Life


Quartier Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre #flickr10 Shadow and light

Limpieza Cromática / Chromatic Cleaning

YIP360: Milwaukee Art Museum Vancouver Public Library

Time Is Running Out | Day 299/365

Brickwall Stillspotting

Groninger Museum staircase; Groningen

Enjoy this selection of urban life photos showing people and their interactions with the architecture that surrounds them.

You submited these photos to the #Flickr10 group in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Also check out our previous Samplr themes, and stay tuned for more Samplrs coming your way this week. Thanks for all your great contributions!

For our next #Flickr10 project, take a look at our announcement of the Global Photo Walk Day and see how you can become part of it.

Photos from [~Bryan~], FranekN, Pankcho, Cybergabi, Frank Fujimoto, www.mariusvieth.com, ♫CoolMcFlash♫, thomasrost, and iharsten.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Hawaii’s forbidden ‘Stairway to Heaven’

What began as a rickety wood pathway to install antenna cables over a cliff in 1942 has become a hiker’s enigma often called the “Stairway to Heaven.”

World War II motivated the U.S. military to build a radio transceiver station atop Hawaii’s Puʻukeahiakahoe mountain. The station sent low-frequency signals to communicate with submarines navigating around Japan. The Haiku Stairs (Haʻikū means “sharp break” in Hawaiian) offers a steep 2,500-foot ascent on Oahu that reaches the now abandoned station. Despite receiving an $875,000 metal renovation in 2003, according to to-hawaii.com, the trail is forbidden to many visitors wanting to endure the series of steps. The prohibition, nevertheless, hasn’t held back everyone from the climb and arriving at its wonderful island landscape views.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Haiku Stairs

We asked the Friends of Haiku Stairs (FHS) volunteer organization to get the inside scoop on the popular attraction:

What’s the current status and future of the Haiku Stairs?

FHS: Climbing on the stairs is illegal without consent from the owners — there are several, and they asked us not to share all of their names. The Friends of Haiku Stairs have a working agreement with all of the owners and are trying to obtain the newly required $1 million insurance policy that one of the owners is requiring us to have before we can even access them again, and that is only for maintenance and not recreation.

There is a continued movement to demolish the stairs altogether that is being fueled by people accessing them illegally. We believe there’s a better solution: Open the stairs to allow people to climb in safe conditions and that will alleviate the trespassing. To get there, we need political will.

Is it safe to climb the stairs?

FHS: The stairs are safe to climb if conditions are favorable, with caution, and in the daylight. People continue to access them illegally through the neighborhoods; or worse, they try to access them from the back side which is a treacherous, dangerous hike. The result is a surge in emergency calls and a strain on efforts from police and rescue teams.

View from the Omega station 2

Haiku Pump Station


Photos from jselanikio, geekyrocketguy, thejoltjoker, Kyle Ford, John.Mccluskey, Michael Keany, bennyboie, and ERiN SiTT.

Posted by Arnold Chao

#TwitterTuesday: Lake

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08 - June - 2013:  Clouds over Mount Snowdon

Obersee/Königsee   Lago del Predil

Melissani lake

Central Park-The Lake, 11.02.13

St Stephen's G.   Canadian Dane at Lake Ontario, Toronto

there is always hope

Laaksolahdenlaituri   Sørvágsvatn II


Lakes can be a fascinating sight and a great subject for your photos. Tiny ones let you capture beautiful reflections of the shoreline or invite you for a swim crossing over to the other side. The larger variety can appear as large as the sea with boats and ships passing by. You showed us your favorite lakes and here is our selection of favorites from the ones you shared with us on Twitter.

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

Photos from Ash if, tom_p, ferle, Elios.k, gigi_nyc, andresnavarro01, Kyra Savolainen, I\I-I, Antti Tassberg, OlivierWan, and silvinare.

Posted by Tatiana Criscione

Light art in Singapore

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rain or light

Photos of i Light Marina Bay 2014, “Asia’s only sustainable light art festival,” featuring an international group of artists with a display of 28 innovative light installations in Singapore’s scenic Marina Bay.

See, and share, more photos of art in the Light Art in Singapore gallery.

Photos from Chris Elemos, S.L. Chan, chooyutshing, kieranburgess, and eddielimcs.

Posted by Arnold Chao

#Flickr10 Samplr Day 7: Love & Passion

creating a dream


Latin Passion

Pour l'amour du vélo Love in Riga


kiss. love

Tender Love

Young lovers, cute couples, and strong relationships. In this selection of some of your favorites we tried to capture the heartfelt emotions that were also a common theme in the beautiful photos you submitted to the #Flickr10 group in celebration of our 10th anniversary.

You can see all our previous Samplr themes on FlickrBlog, and we’ll be back with the next installment tomorrow. Thanks again for all your submissions.

Photos from ESPRIT CONFUS, Spaceopera, joyrex, Braeden Petruk, StylelaB, fede_gen88, La fille renne, angsthase., ANG-5, and Frank J. Casella | Photographer.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Protest in Taiwan


Taiwanese protesters — most of them students — rallied in Taipei to protest against a proposed trade agreement with China. The agreement will open the service sector of both countries to each other. While Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou believes that the trade pact is a necessary move for his country’s economic health, those who oppose Ma are concerned that collaborating with China may lead to losses in their democratic freedom. Demonstrations have been ongoing for five days at Taiwan’s government buildings and surrounding streets before the legislature votes on the pact. And on Monday, the police used water cannons and batons to disperse the occupying crowds. According to AP reporting, 137 people were injured in the rare violent political conflict in Taiwan.

Read more about this incident on Yahoo News: Police move in on Taiwan protest over China pact

Photos from Louis Liu, yan Fang, Daan L / 陸達恩, Duncan Longden, and tomscy2000 .

Posted by Arnold Chao

#Flickr10 Samplr Day 6: Fine Art Photography

The Lives We Lead Will Leave On Their Own.

the fabric of reality in cold blood

27/52 Learning to Fly

she is the ship with no anchor It takes an ocean

A story about flying

draft The second fall

Keep It Surreal

Enjoy this selection of creative fine art photography you submitted to the #Flickr10 group in celebration of our 10th anniversary. You conquered the elements flying in the air, being on fire, floating on water and standing your ground. You even went beyond time and space by opening a tear to another reality.

Also check out our previous Samplr themes, and stay tuned for more Samplrs coming your way this week. Thanks for all your great contributions!

Photos from Austin Tott, Kelsey Elinor, prinveli, Amy Spanos, aleah michele, ginaballerina., Kilkennycat, fiddleoak, Sprengstoff72, and agent j loves nyc.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

#Flickr10 Samplr Day 5: Perspective

The trail...................


this way up


The Eye

Grün / Green man with shadow

Igloo (o no)

In ten years of Flickr photos, we’ve been mesmerized by changing points of view and evolving trends in photography. In the #Flickr10 group, we saw a number of unique depictions of the mundane, giving us pause to consider how the photographer got the shot. Here is a sampling of some of our favorite #Flickr10 pictures that made us consider a new perspective.

Photos from Kenneth Rivenes , Ivan Dessi , flytography.me, Frank, try…error, Miss Mandarina, Ruud, and Bryan Leung

Posted by Matthew Roth

Mother’s storybook photos become viral sensation

When we first spotted Elena Shumilova’s photostream, her photos instantly took our breath away. The Russian photographer transports her viewers into a beautiful world that revolves around her two little sons and their adorable pets — scenes literally out of a storybook. Elena’s use of natural light, colors, and her enchanting rural surroundings have not only made her photography both cozy and heartwarming, but also has received around 50 million views on Flickr.

At first glance, you’d assume Elena’s been taking photographs for years. Her foray into photography, however, began nearly two years ago.



“I started taking photographs a year and a half ago [after] I borrowed my parents’ DSLR camera,” Elena says. “I just started playing around with it, taking photos every day. I spent six months learning photography. And after awhile, I bought a new camera. [Soon] photography became an integrated part of my life.”

Elena’s inspiration are her two sons, Yaroslav, 5, and Vanya, 2. She began taking pictures during her free time, which was generally on long walks with her boys in the gorgeous outskirts of Andreapol, Russia.

White rabbit


“When I go walking with the kids, I always grab my camera with me,” Elena says. “When you deal with children, all your pictures come out quite spontaneously. I do tend to have some preliminary photo ideas in my head, so I will sometimes direct my children to ‘do this’ or ‘do that,’ all while playing. The dog and animals that you see in photos are all our animals, so there are no special props.”

Elena is very specific and particular when it comes to her photography. For one, she prefers to use natural light — both inside and outside.



“I love all sorts of light conditions — street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow — everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,” Elena explains. “I feel it really sets the mood I want to convey.”

“It takes me quite a long time to come up with the right angle and composition,” Elena says. “I tend to make a series of shots and to sort them out later to find the perfect one. I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose my photos. I get inspired mainly by desire to express something I feel, though I usually predict [at the time] what that is.”



Elena’s favorite image is Foggy Day, mainly because she says everything (light, angle, composition, etc.) in the photo spontaneously came together all at once.

Elena never expected her photos to become so popular. From the very beginning, photography was just a hobby and her photos were just for her and her family. A few weeks after she uploaded them to Flickr, the reactions and positive feedback were overwhelming. People all over the world are enamored with her magical photos.

“I feel puzzled over my head-spinning success online and over the fact that my pictures have gone viral with millions of clicks, views, likes and shares,” Elena admits. “All I do is try my best in photography, and I know that tastes differ. My pictures represent the way I see the world. And I’m pleased with the fact that so many people like them too!”

One winter night

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

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