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WordPress.comVisual Memories of Family Moments

2017-11-22T18:32:31Z

When children enter school, parents often feel relieved, but also heartbroken and lonely. As a mother of three kids, ages eleven, nine, and five, Erica Montgomery knows the struggle very well. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but living in Los Angeles for many years now, this 43-year-old woman has built her life around her two passions: family and photography.Now that her youngest just started school, Erica has more time to shoot client sessions with other families. She welcomes and embraces this time as a transitional “incubation period,” and hopes for new opportunities and new beginnings. “Photography has always been the way in which I give my life new meaning — so I will continue shooting through this change. I’m not sure what’s waiting to emerge, but I’m excited to find out.” From an early age, Erica had an intrinsic motivation to document her life. Taking photos was her way to understand, process and experience the world, and scrapbooking the best method to keep all her memories organized, so that’s what she did for years. It wasn’t until after the birth of her second son, Kingston, that she got more serious about the way her photos looked. “In 2010, I enrolled in a beginner photography course at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. I was blown away by the difference in my pictures in just four weeks—I was hooked. I stopped scrapbooking and put all of my energy into the art of photography.” Like most people, Erica got interested in photography because of family, particularly after having her children. “My children are my greatest inspiration, and of course, my favorite subjects. When I first learned how to shoot in manual mode, my boys were only four and two, and my daughter wasn’t even a thought in my mind. I began practicing with my boys while they played. I never thought those early photos would mean much to me since most of them weren’t technically good. However, seven years later, I cherish them. I look back in awe realizing how fast time is flying, and how much our family has changed.” Taking photos of children can be a challenge, as every parent knows, but also a very rewarding experience. Kids are less self-conscious and more expressive than adults, and that makes them great photographic subjects. “I never know what expressions I am going to get from my children. I’m controlling the light, but I’m not controlling what they bring to the session. We usually just start talking and whatever they’re feeling that day is what I am thrilled to capture.” As a mom photographer, Erica is an expert at bringing out her kids’ unique personalities. “My oldest son, JT, is now 11 years old, and he is an amazing baseball player. He still completely ignores my camera, but sadly, I know my days of documenting him will soon be over as he inches closer to the teenage years.” She is also very proud of Kingston’s budding interest in photography. “I love when his memory card fills up, and I am able to upload all of his pictures and videos onto my external hard drive.” She says her middle son can’t go anywhere without his GoPro camera. “He recently filmed himself and his friends playing hide and seek around our neighborhood. The way he shot it reminded me of The Blair Witch Project. I loved it so much that, one night while he was sleeping, I edited it, and made it into a 4-minute documentary film.” To be able to document all these precious moments with her family, Erica carries her 35mm 1.4 lens around everywhere. “My desk is purposely set up in our main living area so that I am able to work on photos and be with my family. I keep my camera on the desk; charged, formatted, and ready to shoot.” She says she worked hard to learn her camera and to deal with different lighting situations until both things became second nature. That was the hard part. “From the beginning, I wanted to shoot from the heart, and not think about the gear. I wanted the confidence to know that I could shoot in any lighting situation. It took years of practice, [...]



Flickr Heroes of the Week

2017-11-21T00:16:10Z

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Blue Theme’ by Robert Elia on Facebook & Google+ and ‘My boy’ by Einir on Twitter & […]Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Blue Theme’ by Robert Elia on Facebook & Google+ and ‘My boy’ by Einir on Twitter & Tumblr. Here are some Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions: If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @Flickr where you share your photos! Flickr on Facebook Flickr on Twitter Flickr on Tumblr Flickr on Instagram Flickr on Google+ [...]



Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017 Opens Soon!

2017-11-17T19:05:41Z

It’s the Most. Wonderful. Time. of the year. Not the holidays, no no. Your Best Shot! We’re back with the Your Best Shot 2017 Flickr […](image)

It’s the Most. Wonderful. Time. of the year. Not the holidays, no no. Your Best Shot! We’re back with the Your Best Shot 2017 Flickr Group, opening on December 1st, and we invite you to add your best, favorite, most popular shot of the year.

You can join the group now, so go ahead and click on over! Submissions will be accepted from December 1st through January 3rd, 2017 (to give you time to edit those photos you took in the last couple days of the year). You can only add one photo to the group, so be sure it’s the one you most want to symbolize and showcase your work from the past year. Just to be clear, the group is for photos uploaded in 2017 — it doesn’t really matter when the photo was taken.

What qualifies as “best” is surely in the eye of the beholder (or the photographer), so it’s entirely up to you what you submit. That said, we’ll begin sifting through the awesomeness in the group pool in early December and publish selection galleries of our favorites on the Flickr Blog and our social media channels. We’ll select photos from various themes starting in mid-December and continue highlighting our favorites through January or February.

Please note in the Group Rules that by submitting your photos to the group, you are granting us permission in case we use your images to celebrate the group on social media, such as in Tweets, Facebook posts, Tumblr, etc. We won’t use your images to make money or for commercial purposes, but we include the legalese so that you are aware of the rights you grant us for this event.

So check out your portfolio and dust off those hard drives. We can’t wait to see the amazing photos you share in the Your Best Shot 2017 Group starting on December 1st.

Thanks,
Flickr Community Team


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Flickr Heroes of the Week

2017-11-13T23:46:36Z

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Old Hill Street Police Station~‘ by Saran on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Flying In The Fog‘ by […]Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Old Hill Street Police Station~‘ by Saran on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Flying In The Fog‘ by Robbi Falz on Twitter & Tumblr. Some #FlickrHero Honorable Mentions include: If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @Flickr where you share your photos! Flickr on Facebook Flickr on Twitter Flickr on Tumblr Flickr on Instagram Flickr on Google+ [...]



Flickr Friday – Let The Sunshine In

2017-11-13T23:41:14Z

Did you know about 1,300,000 Earths can fit in the sun? With the latest #LetTheSunshineIn theme for the week, Flickr Friday participants were reminded of […](image)

Did you know about 1,300,000 Earths can fit in the sun? With the latest #LetTheSunshineIn theme for the week, Flickr Friday participants were reminded of the power of the sun by creatively incorporating light in their photos! Sunshine was blatantly present in each and every one of the winning photos from this week, some even uniquely in black and white. Flickr members really pushed the envelope in terms of what sunshine truly looks like, but quality was never compromised. Below are some of the top photos from the 13 winning photos of the challenge.

We loved the many creative versions of sunshine, both literally and figuratively. Sunshine was royally defined in the photo below, horrifically depicted in the photo above, and each equally appreciated:)

As all photographers know, photos are all about light. Light is the key construct in any superior photograph of substance. Thank goodness for beautiful lighting, because it’s easier to come by than beautiful subjects. Sometimes, with good enough lighting, the subject doesn’t have to be jaw droppingly unique. It can be as commonplace as a sleeping pupper or a little girl. So how can a photo be stellar enough to incorporate light, yet still be black and white? It’s important to keep the idea of color and light completely distinct. The absence of color can sometimes enhance focus on other aspects of the photo, which includes light and shadow.

 

Winners of this week’s theme have been posted in a gallery available for viewing now! If you’re loving the focus on light as much as we are, be sure to check it out! Otherwise, if you’re getting heated because your photo didn’t make the cut, try again next week or add it to the comment section of Flickr Friday’s gallery using bracket formatting [FLICKR LINK].


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Masters of Origami

2017-11-13T23:40:13Z

Flickr is home to some of the most unique and innovative individuals on the web. Hubs of creativity are demonstrated in many of our groups […]Flickr is home to some of the most unique and innovative individuals on the web. Hubs of creativity are demonstrated in many of our groups so in honor of National Origami Day, we have composed a list of the best Origami groups to follow, plus a curated a gallery to check out of the most phenomenal origami pieces. Who would have thought you could do more than make ninja stars? The photos above can be found in the group Origami, our number one recommended group to follow with 77.3 thousand photos and over 4 thousand members.  The photos below can be found in our group rated second best for Origami art called Origami Around the World.   The photo below can be located our last recommended group called Origami Fun. With 9.8 thousand photos, it’s an obvious must. IF you’re interested in more, check out the hundreds of other Origami groups on Flickr and maybe even consider contributing to one! If you want to see more, make sure to take a look at our gallery! If you’re interested in having your origami photo posted, comment a picture of it by inserting your link as a comment using bracket formatting like this: [Flickr Link]. Happy Origami Day! [...]



The Emotion of Landscape

2017-11-08T00:00:53Z

Mikko Lagerstedt leaves Flickr starstruck with captivating images that make waves across the internet. For every photograph he takes, Mikko has two goals: inspire and impact individuals around the globe. He aims to make followers feel like they're in a different world. Sadly, we're not, but you've probably already come across his photos in Explore.Many people grow to love photography over time. Mikko’s love for photography sparked out of one experience. “I was driving on a summer’s eve to my relative’s cabin. After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog was rising in the fields. I just had to stop and watch.” After seeing the beauty transpire before him, he started seeing photographs in moments. This self-taught photographer began capturing these moments and sharing some of the world’s most beautiful locations around his home in Finland. Reaching this polished level of photography doesn’t come without struggle. Since a lot of Mikko’s photography takes place in the evening or at night, he has had to deal with wild Norwegian moose running into the road, accidentally hitting his body and camera against rocks in the dark, and the struggle of protecting himself and his gear in the harsh, dark, and often times cold natural elements of the night. It’s a wonderful and wonder filled adventure. Mikko describes his work as “atmospheric landscape photography.” He says, “I try to capture simplistic and emotionally strong pictures that capture feelings of the moment.” By trying to make every photo worthy of a minute’s stop and stare, he evokes sentimental responses from viewers who, for just a moment, are left with a sense of wonder. News feeds and smartphones overstimulate our senses. To grab your attention, Mikko goes big! He’s a lover of landscape photography but is  “certainly open to everything new. I try to keep on going and learning every day. Who knows if I will be a sport or event photographer in the future.” Can you imagine how insanely inventive photos taken during the NBA Finals would be if Mikko was in charge? Think of the possibilities! The picture above is Mikko’s personal favorite. He describes what it was like to first see this image himself, “I saw from my window that the sun had come out on that autumn evening while it had been raining the whole day, so I headed out. I knew there was a possibility of fog, so I ended in Tuusulanjärvi (lake). I saw this man fishing in the still lake and took several photographs. The moment, light and unique atmosphere the photo has was one of those moments that I knew I wanted to make more similar pictures.” It’s difficult not to be incredibly inspired by his work and it’s even more difficult not to want to run outside with your camera looking for expansive opportunities and awe. Before it’s too late and you realize that you should have given that impulse more thought, keep Mikko’s words of wisdom in mind: “I struggle like every artist to create new things. Sometimes I feel stuck and uninspired. These times I either just go out and explore or stay home and don’t force myself.” Um, #photographergoals much? If you need your daily dose of Mikko Lagerstedt, make sure to follow him on Flickr. His latest project includes creating a workshop in northern Finland and Norway with a few close colleagues. Keep your eyes peeled in the upcoming weeks for more work by Mikko on his website or his daily Instagram stories! [...]



Flickr Heroes of the Week

2017-11-06T22:14:30Z

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Likes~Lights~Night~’ by Gisele Yuen on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Drone’s eye view over Wiltshire’ by Andrea Heribanova […]Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Likes~Lights~Night~’ by Gisele Yuen on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Drone’s eye view over Wiltshire’ by Andrea Heribanova on Twitter & Tumblr. Here are some Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions: If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @Flickr where you share your photos! Flickr on Facebook Flickr on Twitter Flickr on Tumblr Flickr on Instagram Flickr on Google+ [...]



Flickr Inktober 2017 group closing soon!

2017-11-01T23:19:43Z

Hey illustrators, artists, and inky creatives of Flickr! It’s time to get those last sketches into the Flickr Inktober Group. #Inktober2017 has ended, but your […]Hey illustrators, artists, and inky creatives of Flickr! It’s time to get those last sketches into the Flickr Inktober Group. #Inktober2017 has ended, but your awesome ink drawings will continue to inspire us. We’ll leave the group pool open until November 3rd, for those of you who are a few days behind uploading your daily drawings. Hurry, hurry, hurry! We hope you had fun with the group and grew from the daily challenge! If this was your first time, congrats and thanks for participating. Your work, no matter how polished or sketchy (get it?), was great to see and we encourage you to nominate your favorite artists and/or put together a gallery of your favorite sketches from other artists throughout the month. We’ve curated a final selection of our favorite photos from the last week in this wrap-up post. For more beautiful ink drawings, check out our previous Inktober selections: Inktober – Week 1, Inktober – Week 2, Inktober – Week 3, and Inktober – Week 4. To continue your inky art on Flickr, we’d recommend joining the A Sketch-A-Day and Ink Drawings groups and to submit your work there. We look forward to seeing you all next year! [...]



Don’t Be A Hallo-Weenie

2017-11-01T23:29:15Z

There are many things to be scared of on Oct 31st. Ghouls, ghosts, and kids are everywhere. It’s easy to stay indoors all day (and […]There are many things to be scared of on Oct 31st. Ghouls, ghosts, and kids are everywhere. It’s easy to stay indoors all day (and all night). Horror movies and pranksters aside, Halloween isn’t as scary as it seems! If you want a bit of fun, take a look back at our Weekly Flickr series and our features on Amanda Chapman and her ’31 Looks of October’ series: The week of Halloween over 90 millions pounds of chocolate gets sold, which is twice as much as Valentines Day. The fats in chocolate have been scientifically linked to increases in heart disease, the leading cause of death for the majority of ethnicities in the United States killing 1 in 3 people per year. Now that’s pretty scary!!! Hallmark has ranked Halloween as the 6th most popular card-giving occasion, and we’re not talking about e-cards, folks. Approximately 20 million cards are sent for Halloween every year, meaning more trees are cut down. Although the majority of trees are cut for agricultural purposes, paper production accounts for 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions (due to deforestation) and contributes to the loss of some 100 species per day considering forests are the hub of terrestrial biodiversity. Children are scientifically proven to act differently, on this day in particular, according to studies in deindividuation, which is a psychologically coined term referencing pubescent individuals undergoing a loss of self-awareness in groups. Children in costume are also more likely to steal money and candy than non-costumed kids. BEWARE! On the bright side, if your child has no friends and likes their clothes as is, you’re in the clear. The world-renowned Harry Houdini couldn’t have gone out with more of a BANG. He passed on Halloween Day of 1926. Need we say more? Today just makes one’s skin crawl. We hope these facts made you feel better about going out tonight. Just kidding, we know they didn’t. Let this post serve as a warning. Be afraid…be very afraid.   [...]



Flickr Heroes of the Week

2017-11-06T22:09:53Z

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Untitled’ by Edge Lee on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Sparkling dew’ by gregor H on Twitter & […]Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Untitled’ by Edge Lee on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Sparkling dew’ by gregor H on Twitter & Tumblr. Here are some Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions: If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero (aka Cover Photo) feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow @Flickr where you share your photos! Flickr on Facebook Flickr on Twitter Flickr on Tumblr Flickr on Instagram Flickr on Google+ [...]



Inktober Week 4 – A Flickr Gallery

2017-10-27T20:41:56Z

The last full week of #Inktober2017 is here, and we’re getting ready to wrap-up the month. There have been so many great submissions this week: […](image)

The last full week of #Inktober2017 is here, and we’re getting ready to wrap-up the month. There have been so many great submissions this week: monsters, birds, calligraphy, beautiful still-life paintings … and we’ve highlighted some of our favorites in a new gallery. We invite you to add your comments and also to create your own galleries with your favorite illustrations!

VIEW THE FULL INKTOBER2017 WEEK 4 GALLERY HERE

We’d also love to see nominations for your favorite artist of #Inktober2017 in this discussion thread!


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