Flickr – Refreshed

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A years late but never too late, Flickr has finally gotten a real make over, now it feels like Flickr loves pictures again. A lot of people have left Flickr, when it was the go to place for pictures in 2006/7/8 it fell back on the support for mobile use and totally disappeared with the rise of Instagram. Yahoo knows how to mess things up, I still hate using my yahoo ID to login, I’m trying to figure out a way to use my Google+ Sign In for that.

The phone App is very smooth, with uploads and edits/filters when uploading from your phone. Viewing pictures is smooth with a nice flow between contacts, people, and searching pictures. Its a vast difference then what it used to be to this current form and I’m really liking it, to the point that I have started using it again. You can easily comment and follow up on your activity on your phone, its great, for photographers this is much better for their pictures, Instagram has larger following but they were ahead of the game. Still if you liked Flickr before and hated that they went stagnant then you will love the much needed update of Flickr.

Link: Flickr

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Yahoo Killed Flickr

The best and first photo sharing site that came out was Flickr, everyone got on it and it really was a community of it’s own. Innovative and ahead of it’s game, everyone wanted a piece of it and they were courted by the Giants, surprisingly Yahoo got it at the end, I was hoping for Google at the time as they let services develop on their own to a degree, but when Yahoo got them I thought at least thats probably better then Microsoft, but it seems time has proven me very wrong.

I have linked below the excellent Gizmodo article on this matter and this describes it perfectly:

This is the story of Flickr. And how Yahoo bought it and murdered it and screwed itself out of relevance along the way.

Link: Gizmodo

Flickr had so much going for it and it was community driven the first thing that yahoo did that annoyed the hell out of me was that you had to log in with your Yahoo ID to get into Flickr, why couldn’t they just keep it on their own. When Flickr was new it kept on giving us more and more features, and I was hoping when its backed by a big guy like Yahoo they would have the ability to develop cool tools faster ways to use the cool site. They were at the forefront of the mobile photography revolution, now everyone snaps pictures with their phones thanks to Apple’s high quality camera’s in the iPhones, you could see the trend from back then, but Flickr couldn’t take a major advantage of this because of Yahoo. Yahoo paid the founders a good chunk of change but for the company (Flickr) to get any funding from Yahoo they had to achieve milestones and those milestones had nothing to do with developing Flickr and more to do with it integrating into Flickr (Yahoo Login Crap). I couldn’t believe that they still don’t have a decent iOS or Android App for Flickr, they could have easily dominated Instagram, they had the community base going with excellent photographers, Flickr had and still has the social networking tools built into it that can bring it back around but now it feels like Flickr is trying to do what it does best but Yahoo is going down and taking all it’s companies with it. It hasn’t really changed much in the last few years, personally I still love it but I want more out of it. Damn you Yahoo!

Same story with Delicious, Yahoo bought them out and years later they were killed off, a simple cool site that Yahoo smothered.

Droplet Art Photography

INCREDIBLE water droplet art photography of Heinz Maier is amazing, I wouldn’t know where to start with something like this. The work to get the lighting, colors, water, camera, and type of lens to get the perfect picture takes a lot of time to figure out and even longer time to tweak to get it just right. For now I am just admiring his work, and more can be found at his flickr account below for the full spectrum of his droplet art photography.

Link: Flickr


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Osaka Dog – Picture

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There is no denying that I am a huge fan of Japan, I always enjoying reading up about it and other things that are going on. I find their culture interesting as well as everything else they do when it comes to anime, manga, electronics, and food. This picture I love, taken in Osaka with an Akita hanging his owner from the rear while he is biking his way to their destination. An Amazing photo.

Link: Flickr

The White House has a Flickr Page

I have to say that its pretty cool that the President of the United States has a Flickr page. I think a lot of people like Obama and have hope in the guy, but he does throw in a few surprises here and there. It was mentioned that he refused to give up his Blackberry when he became President, and I really can’t blame him for it, now the NSA are working on a super Blackberry for him with all the security needed. Now they have this official Flickr page and there are some very nice pictures, I wonder what is the approval process to post up these pictures because it must be a security nightmare to have these up on the net, but he does seem to be a friendly guy.

These pictures are amazing, there is an amazing depth and clarity to them. There are a lot of photos that I liked and I think take a lot of skill to snap at that right moment, Pete Souza is one amazing photographer, I wonder how they choose him. Anyone notice that the official White House Dog “Bo” has white feet when the dog is totally black?

Link: Flickr

Moo Mosaic Frame

Moo is a printing company which produces a lot of very cool products, and it is attached to Flickr. I have seen it for years but didn’t bother making anything of it. Until recently I just started putting a few things together and one is the MiniCards from all the pictures and to be used in the Moo Mosaic Frame. Its a really interesting frame were you take 20 MiniCards to create a beautiful mosaic, I have just ordered my mini cards from some of my pictures and if it comes out nicely then I will be ordering another one with family pictures, you just have to make sure that the pictures can be cropped in a nice way.

Link: Moo

iPhone Picture Patchwork

The one thing or really one of the things that people complain about the iPhone is the camera and how crappy it is. But this guy took some interesting pictures and manually stitched them together to create these patchwork panoramas. I would try taking shots like these but it would be really tough to stitch them together to get the creative image because I am horrible at photoshop.

Link: Flickr

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