#TwitterTuesday: Birds

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We can be free, we can learn how to fly!

Yellowstone Pretty Bird

The Real Angry Bird, Kashmir, India Hup-2-3-4

Birdy Treats

20110605 20-13-54 Norwegen 376 Seagull watching over its domains, San Francisco

Downy Woodpecker  bird

Swan

A bird in the bush

Mother & Chick Gentoos @ Jougla Point

#Birds are part of the beings who can tell what freedom really means. We can find them either looking at their surroundings analyzing what’s going on, seeking for some food in the city squares, getting for lent some nice and cozy church or, flying. There are no borders in their sky and they live happiness and smile with their beautiful and particular singing. Check out their wonderful colors and views printed in all your submissions.

Follow us on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back with the new theme next Tuesday and don’t forget to keep on with the contend this Friday with our week-long #FlickrFriday challenge.

Photos from Ilias Katsouras, David Rius Serra, MelissaCamille, Chetan Karkhanis, Zak Jacobson, andrickthistlebottom, Sebastian Küpper, Andrés García, Le Monsieur de le Coin Bureau, Fabrizio Mariscal, Massis Sirapian, Matthew Johnson, and Alfred Myers.

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Shooting with fisheye

entrance to the underworld

We admire many of you employing the fisheye lens to capture all sorts of interesting subjects, from the inside of a derelict cooling tower to lichen-covered rocks in an arid landscape.

Enjoy, and share, more photos in the Fisheye group and Fisheye Photography gallery.

Photos from [AndreasS], koala-x, Teruhide Tomori, Grant Brummett, and todd-.

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Cherry blossoms in D.C.

Cherry Blossom 2014

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the famous cherry trees of Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C., reached their blooming peak. The planting of these trees dates back to 1912, when they were donated to the U.S. by Japan as a gesture of friendship.

See, and share, more photography in the Cherry Blossom Festival group and Cherry Blossoms in D.C. gallery.

Photos from Krsna, Whoopie Cat, Tim Evanson, Cathy Hammer, and ekelly80.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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The ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse

Blood Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - April 15 2014

Total Eclipse Cloudy Lunar eclipse NYC

Lunar Eclipse over Oregon

Many of you witnessed the total lunar eclipse last night and uploaded your photos to Flickr. Here are some of the highlights we discovered in your photostreams. If you’d like to discover more shots of the “blood moon” eclipse, check out the image search results for “eclipse” taken last night.

Photos from Hector Vilorio, pbuschmann, astroval1, and benalesh1985. For more astro photography, join these astronomy groups.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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Panographer Tanja Barnes on urban art

The Wall Along Wilshire - Ten Sections of the Original Berlin Wall
“The Wall Along Wilshire – Ten Sections of the Original Berlin Wall”

Tanja Barnes (a.k.a. @TanjaB on Flickr) started her interest in photography with a Kodak Instamatic and has fond memories of backpacking and riding the train through Europe in the ’80s. A moment during this trip ignited an ongoing love affair with urban art.

What was the moment that got you hooked with urban art?

I went through Checkpoint Charlie on my way to East Berlin. I was absolutely amazed at the west side of the Berlin Wall and its art. It was a stark contrast when you got to East Berlin, everything was so drab and gray. A good analogy is the scene when Dorothy lands in Oz and opens the door for the first time. Everything goes from black and white to Technicolor. Only in my East Berlin experience, the process is reversed — color to black and white.

Your recent panoramas of murals in Los Angeles are fascinating. What gear do you use for these shots?

My basic set-up consists of Canon T1i camera, Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, 360 Precision Atome panoramic head, and Oben ACM-2400L self-standing monopod. When I was first starting out, I used to shoot with a SIGMA 8mm F3.5 EX DG circular fisheye. Now that I’ve got the Canon 8-15, I’m exploring image capture at different focal lengths. Because of this, it has become necessary to upgrade my pano head, even though I absolutely love the Atome. In those instances where I’m shooting at 14-15mm, I’ll use either a Hejnar Photo panoramic head or a 360 Precision Adjuste. I’m still deciding which one I like better — both are good but for different reasons. Also, because of the glass upgrade and the need for a beefier head, in turn I need a full-on tripod, so my choice is the Manfrotto 055XPROB.

UTI Crew + MTO

Dennis Hopper Mural by Jonas Never  - Venice Beach, California

Damon Martin's  "5 Elements - Korean Mythology" in front of the District Gallery - Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Foster The People - "Supermodel" Mural in 360º Panorama

What draws you into capturing urban art?

As an Angeleno, I’m particularly interested in the current developments to the local mural art scene that are taking place right now. It’s really an exciting time! Mural art characterized the Los Angeles urban artscape that grew organically out of the Chicano movement in the ’70s. By the 1990s, advertisers appropriated murals by fabricating product placement that was designed to look like works of public art. It was considered so problematic that the Los Angeles City Council took action against this deception; and in 2002, imposed a blanket ban making all murals within the city limits illegal whether they were commercial or not. This stifled the L.A. community’s mural scene for over a decade. Earlier this year, the ban was lifted.

I think urban art, street art, graffiti art –- whatever you want to call it –- is the most powerful form of modern art. It’s like putting the printing press in everybody’s hands to say whatever they want and express it in any manner in which they choose.

But, as a documentarian (and not a creator) of street art it’s hard to have an opinion of what constitutes urban/street/graffiti art.

I mean all graffiti is not art, but some art is graffiti. I think Warhol said it best: “Art is anything you can get away with.”

QUEEN CALIFIA'S MAGICAL CIRCLE - Escondido, CA

“Archways” Commissioned Public Art by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector - Selected Sculpture for City of Santa Clarita, California

How did you get into panography?

It wasn’t until I started working in the visual effects industry providing massage therapy services to VFX artists and professionals that I started to grok DSLR photography. I mentioned to one of my clients one day that I had seen an amazing interactive panorama online and that the viewer could click their mouse and drag and zoom. I told him I just thought that was the coolest thing ever. And he goes: “It’s really easy, all you need is a fisheye lens and a Canon Rebel.” He went on to explain the process a bit more. And with that, I went online and learned everything I could about panoramic photography.

Salvation Mountain #7 (Yellow Brick Road) - Niland, California

What’s your experience like on Flickr?

At first, I would just follow my real-life friends on Flickr, but that’s when I had a point-and-shoot camera. When I got serious about panoramic photography, I began to notice other communities. These communities were tremendously helpful because they emphasized techniques or gear that I had, so I wanted to check out what the others were doing. Soon I was making friends with fellow panographers. Now I pretty much follow anybody whose work I admire. I’m not limiting myself to people I actually know or to just panographers. The thing is, just like a party conversation, sometimes you want to turn around and talk to somebody else. I absolutely love to study the works of other photographers. The best part of my Flickr experience is the ability to connect with others and ask for advice, tips and tricks, and feedback.

Griffith Observatory

Thank you, Tanja, for the interview.

If you’d like to discover more of @TanjaB’s photos, head over to her photostream.

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Vote for The Weekly Flickr at the Webby Awards

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You may have already heard that The Weekly Flickr is nominated for a Webby Award in the category of Online Film & Video Reality, and it’s your chance to cast your vote.

Every Friday, TWF showcases interesting, intriguing and beautiful photos and the Flickr members behind them here on FlickrBlog to to amaze and inspire you.

Since its launch in December 2012, TWF has posted over 70 episodes documenting the work of talented Flickr photographers from around the world. We feel very honored that TWF is nominated and need you to win.

Head over to the Webby Awards website and cast your vote!


Here’s a quick rundown of our most popular episodes to date:

Joel Robison – Young Photographer Lands Dream Job

 

Rosie Hardy – Maroon 5 Discovers Young Photographer

 

Whitney & Dave Tuttle – Whitney + David = Flickr Love Story

 

Christian Hopkins – “Photography was a form of therapy; probably saved my life.”

 

If you want to be featured on TWF, send a tweet to @flickr and @theweeklyflickr or submit your photos here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/yahoo-studios-the-weekly-flickr-photos/

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Monday Portrait Samplr

Alahnna Enkelhet

Windkissed. Under the night sky

Sean

What better way to start off your week than a samplr showcasing some of the great portraits uploaded to Flickr within the past couple of weeks. We hope you like them as much as we do. Happy Monday!

Photos from Caroline Alexander, HQheart, , nataliefongphotography, Ella Ruth, and Megan Wilson Photography.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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Combining old and new with tintypes

“Surreal time travel” is how many Flickr members describe Dinah DiNova’s photography. Dinah, known as knitbone on Flickr, masterfully combines the old and the new in a set of unique tintype photographs.

“My photographs really blurs the lines between the modern day and the past in this very confusing but beautiful way,” Dinah tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “I love it when people can’t figure out right away who these people are or what they’re doing. You have to sit with a photograph for some time and really let it sink in.”

Tintype photography was the first mainstream photographic process in the United States. Before 1850, photography was very expensive; available only to the very elite. Tintypes — which consisted of creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of cheap iron, coated with collodion (no tin involved whatsoever) — made the process very affordable; allowing a huge range of people to have their photographs taken.

Mardi Love Untitled

Suddenly tintype portraits were made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals. Because the lacquered iron support was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.

“It was this huge turning point in the history of photography, because all of a sudden, so many people could afford to have their photographs taken,” Dinah says. “And because they’re on metal, they have lasted for a long time, leaving us this very rich, beautiful lineage of different classes, races, genders, and people that otherwise would have really fallen through the cracks. Now [because of this process] we get to hold on to them and still have them in our cultural identity.”

Clara & Cosey Mo having their portrait taken on the coldest day of the year, Lower 9th Ward New Orleans

Growing up, Dinah was always drawn to the aesthetics from the 1800s and early 1900s. As a teenager, she remembers pawing through photography books being particularly fascinated by the old ones.

“What attracted me to tintype photography was this extreme ethereal, ghostly aesthetic that you get from these photographs,” Dinah explains. “In a way, it’s kind of running away from digital photography, running backwards to this handmade art.”

“To do one of these shoots, it really is a production,” Dinah admits. “It’s very involved, it’s very complicated, and you get one shot. So if the exposure is off, there’s a light leak in the camera, or if somebody moves too much and they’re not in focus, you just start over again. Typically a shoot day can be very long. Each photograph can take at least 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish, I generally do one at a time. You could probably do three or four an hour, maybe more.”

Dinah loves that this process allows her subjects to step back in time, giving people an appreciation for what people had to do 150 years ago, just to have one photograph taken.

“Today we can just take selfies all the time, and it’s so simple,” Dinah says. “But [back then] it was really your one shot and you really earned that picture when you took it because you’d sit there for a long time. So I like to tell people [I photograph] to really put yourself into that position of ‘if this is the only photograph I’m ever going to have taken, how do I want to present myself? How do I want to be remembered?’”

The long-term project Dinah has been working is called Tin Sin & KinShip — a tintype documentation of artists, musicians, travelers, and people who live outside of normal social boundaries.

”Everybody wants to know the lineage of their identity,” Dinah says. “Whether it’s your family lineage, if you’re kind of an outcast, you want to know the lineage of the outcasts that came before you. I think we don’t have a lot of that because you couldn’t be gay, you just didn’t have a lot of opportunity to express yourself, unless it was in hiding and in secret. It’s not that something people could be very open about, and it’s not something that you really had a chance to document.”

Abi & Shoog in realtree

“This project is really looking to say this community and these people are so beautiful and so important. We’ve always been here, we’ll always be here, and I want to leave a record of this for the future.”

Dinah started tintype photography six years ago and today admits she can’t stop. “It’s an obsession,” she says.

“There’s a huge amount of love and dedication that I put into this work; it’s a labor of love. I can only hope that that comes across, people see the magic that goes into it, and the heart that everybody puts into making one of these photographs.”

Andrew

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

Check out a previous episode: Photographer crafts scenes of iconic Americana

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#FlickrFriday: Yellow

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#FlickrFriday: Yellow | It's the color or spring when the sun becomes warmer and the buds start to blossom, of autumns when the leaves turn their colors. It's lemons and bananas, of canary melons and corn. Take a shot of something yellow and share it with

Our new #FlickrFriday theme, can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. We want to see something #Yellow. Whether you spot something yellow in an otherwise gloomy street scene, stage a lemon or banana, take a shot of a piece of butter, or stage a yellow item to portrait the color, it is up to you. Show us a beautiful, scary, fascinating or dangerous approach to yellow in your daily life.

Take a shot from today until next Friday when we announce the new theme, and submit it to the group for a chance to be featured. You can also invite your friends to participate by reteweeting us or sharing our status.

To see last week’s recap post, let us take you to our #IcebergAhead selection.

#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 past installations of the series.

CC-BY source photo from JD Hancock.

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#FlickrFriday: The #IcebergAhead Selection

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Iceberg Ahead

The Light Within De ce que l'on peut en voir | Iceberg Ahead | Flickr Friday

Iceberg Ahead!

#IcebergAhead 14/52 - spring melt

Ice meets Iceberg 'Lettuce' | IcebergAhead | FlickrFriday ICEBERG AHEAD iceberg ahead

iceberg2hd  #IcebergAhead for #FlickrFriday

Iceberg ahead

Just a Little Piece 04052014 Comme un iceberg

Isbjerget

Our last Flickr Friday theme was all about the cold, frozen water and arctic climates. The theme was #IcebergAhead, and these are some of our favorite submissions to the Flickr Friday group.

Many of you also took the time to pick your favorites and present them in the galleries of favorites thread that you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s never too late: We invite you to go through the pool and create a gallery with your faves to contribute it.

Photos from Sandra’s Weeds, jadzia0410, dinelo, Daveography.ca, Matt_Briston, carlamgk, londondesigner.com, Dondu.Small, seventeenflights, Facvil, Pixi Pics, johannekekroesbergen, Orange Barn, Yseult D., and Kakadu.

#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 past installations of the series.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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