Over the past week or so, hundreds (maybe thousands) of users who dislike an impending photo page change (and in many cases, redesign changes from earlier this year) have organized and are protesting by posting black protest images to their Flickr accounts today, December 8th.
Here is why I don’t support this protest.
Flickr users have protested quite literally *everything* that has ever been changed to the site. Every change over the past decade or so that Flickr has been around, has been meet by strong resistance…
The “who moved my cheese” crowd is strong with Flickr.
“Why I Don’t Support ‘Black Day’ at Flickr” —Thomas Hawk
Okay, this video doesn’t necessarily have much to do with photography, but we could think of no better way to wake you up on a Monday morning than by sharing this gorgeous footage of creamer being poured into a cup of coffee at 2,000 frames per second.
Just think of it as 2,000 captivating photos taken every second, from the moment the first droplet of creamer canon-balls into the cup, to the final moments of the video when the creamer is swirling and combining with the coffee in a tumultuous froth of white-on-black.
If you don’t want a cup of coffee after this, we’ll be shocked… I don’t even drink coffee and I kind of want some.
We introduced you to F-Stop Gear’s ‘Life in Focus’ miniseries when it first debuted back in April. Since then, eight more inspirational episodes of the series have aired, and since we neglected to share them one by one over the last eight months, we thought we’d share them all here as a sort of motivational kick in the pants to end the year on. Read more…
“The 20 Happiest Cities Discovered By Studying Instagram” —Business Insider
Jetpac, a startup known for its beautiful “social travel” iPad app has been analyzing millions of Instagram photos to uncover all kinds of interesting things about life in the U.S.
For instance, it looked at pictures of people smiling and laughing to come up with this list of the 20 happiest cities in the U.S
The key to creating a good photo-based service is to fill a need that isn’t being filled by any other app or website — a task increasingly difficult as more and more players enter the market. Still, once in a while someone stumbles on an idea that is just the right mix of concepts to create a service really worth your while, and Exposure seems to be just that. Read more…
A portrait is a powerful thing. Programs like Help Portrait — which is dedicated to spreading joy, inspiration and hope by taking portraits of people who have never had one taken before — are easy proof of this. But just in case you find yourself in need of more proof, the If Only for a Second portrait project is here to provide it. Read more…
“A cautionary tale on the use of a photo” —The Seattle Times
Last week, The Seattle Times published a story headlined, “Women-only swim times spark emotional debate,” about a controversy over women-only hours at a pool in Tukwila. The women had requested the female-only swim times for both body-image and religious reasons.
The story was accompanied by a portrait I took of sisters Faisa Farole and Jamila Farole, who were trying to preserve female-only swim times.
This week, I learned that the Fox News network aired a story about a Minnesota swimming pool that was setting aside hours for Muslim women to swim. Fox suggested this was an example of the growing influence of Sharia law in the U.S., and included The Seattle Times photo from the Tukwila pool… The Seattle Times did not authorize use of this photograph on Fox News.
This is, as they say, an oldie but goodie. Put together all the way back in 2009, this self-portrait time-lapse chronicles one man’s journey walking almost all the way across China on his way to Germany. A journey as much about the physical challenge as it was about self-discovery. Read more…
Just in time for the holidays, Google+ Photos is updating its AutoAwesome tool to add a couple of holiday-themed effects:
Twinkle: upload a new photo of something that sparkles (like a Christmas tree or a chandelier), and we’ll gift you a version with lights that actually twinkle.
Snow: upload a new photo with snow to Google+, and we’ll gift you a version with snow that’s actually falling.