2016-09-30T17:17:04ZIn some places they’re as rare as a unicorn. In other communities they may be a large percentage of the population. To participate in this […](image)
In some places they’re as rare as a unicorn. In other communities they may be a large percentage of the population. To participate in this week’s Flickr Friday challenge you may even need to take a photo of an animal. We’re looking for photos of Redheads! Tag your photo #RedHeads and submit it to the Flickr Friday group pool. We’ll publish a selection of our favorites next week on the Flickr Blog and in a Flickr Gallery.
Original photo by Christian Philippe.
2016-09-29T20:54:09ZWe're excited to detail a number of new accessibility features enabled on Flickr. Read more here.Did you know that there are Flickr groups for blind photographers?. It’s true! We have many members of the Flickr community who are blind, and we’re proud to provide a product that can be enjoyed by our community regardless of their physical abilities. As part of our efforts to make the Flickr experience even better for the community, we are excited to announce that today you can access most Flickr content by keyboard navigation and by using a screen reader. Just using numbers from the United States, in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that over 8 million people in the U.S. had difficulty seeing, and 2 million of those were blind or unable to see. Additionally, over 19 million people had difficulty lifting and grasping, which could prevent them from using a mouse. Here’s an overview of some of the Flickr features that are now optimized for accessibility. Navigation Bars We’ve optimized the top navigation and sub-navigation bars to facilitate accessibility on Flickr. Details of these improvements include: The main navigation bar at the top of every page and the secondary navigation bar that appears on some pages (e.g. Explore, Camera Roll, Photostream, etc.) Navigate through top menu items and within dropdowns by tabbing back (tab + shift) and forward (tab), or by using the up and down arrows Expand/collapse dropdowns by pressing enter Collapse expanded dropdowns by pressing escape Screen reader (VoiceOver on Mac) Jump to the main or secondary navigation bar by turning on Quick Nav by Landmarks, navigating using the up and down arrows, and selecting Main Navigation or Secondary Navigation Alternatively, press Control-Option + U to bring up the list of Landmarks and select the landmark you wish to access Search Tools Navigate through search filters by tabbing back and forth (tab + shift, tab). Apply filters and expand dropdowns by pressing enter. Screen reader (VoiceOver on Mac): Search tools are now screen reader friendly. Options in the color picker and the style picker come with descriptions. Photo Page The photo page is now more keyboard friendly. Navigate through photo details by tabbing back and forth (tab + shift, tab) On your own photo page, edit photo details by pressing enter on the edit icon Photo Lists All pages that display a list of photos are accessible. These include your Photostream, Search, Explore, Trending, etc. Navigate through photos by tabbing back and forth (tab + shift, tab) Navigate to the photo page by pressing enter on a photo Fave a photo by pressing enter on the fave icon Screen reader (VoiceOver on Mac) Photos are defined as heading elements Jump between photos by turning on Quick Nav by Headings, navigating using the up and down arrows, and selecting the photo you wish to access Alternatively, press Control-Option + U to bring up the list of Headings and select the photo you wish to access Camera Roll For navigating through items in the toolbar, use the same method of navigation as the navigation bars Select a thumbnail by pressing enter. The focus will then shift to the tray and you can exit out of the tray by pressing tab + shift Zoom into a thumbnail by pressing enter on the zoom icon within each thumbnail Screen reader (VoiceOver on Mac) The categories that your thumbnails are sorted by are defined as heading elements. If you are sorting by date taken/uploaded, the dates are headings. If you are sorting by Magic View, the categories/autotags are headings. Jump between thumbnails by turning on Quick Nav by Headings, navigating using the up and down arrows, and selecting the thumbnail you wish to access. Alternatively, press Control-Option + U to bring up the list of Headings and select the date/category you wish to access. Share Your Thoughts Let us know your thoughts on the Help Forum! We’re especially looking to hearing from you if you regularly use keyboard navigation or a screen reader. :) Thanks[...]
2016-09-26T22:35:56ZWe're happy to Welcome the Liberaal Archief of Belgium to the Flickr Commons. Read more about their collection here.We’re happy to welcome The Liberaal Archief (Liberal Archive) to the Flickr Commons. Founded in 1982 and based in Ghent, in the Flemish part of Belgium, the Archive collects, preserves, and maintains the heritage of individuals and organizations. Its collections range from roughly 1800 to the present day, and include archives, books and periodicals (60,000 titles), as well as visual media, including photos (100,000), posters (6,600), banners (320), diplomas (400), porcelain cards, (5,000), medals (800), and a museum collection. “The Liberaal Archief is an independent scientific institution open for all,” said Marc Haegeman of the Archive. “Researchers are welcome in its reading room and the Liberaal Archief regularly publishes scientific studies and inventories, and organises exhibitions.” One photo collection noted by Haegeman is the World War I series from Jean Pecher, who served in the Belgian Army during the conflict. Another collection illustrates the diversity of organizations inspired by European liberal ideology, from the late 19th century until World War II, with topics such as politics, women, youth and students, charity and welfare, sports, unions, music, and the arts. You can also find the Liberaal Archief at their website, or on Twitter and Facebook. If you represent an organization that seeks to promote the free sharing of digital imagery without copyright, you can read more about the Flickr Commons here. You can also encourage your local historical, cultural, or arts organization to participate. Thanks and Welcome to the Flickr Commons, Liberaal Archief! Flickr Community Team [...]
2016-09-26T21:35:01ZIt’s the first week of Autumn and we’re excited for the season change. That means Halloween is just around the corner; that means pumpkin spice […]It’s the first week of Autumn and we’re excited for the season change. That means Halloween is just around the corner; that means pumpkin spice everything; that means cozy sweaters, cabin vacations, leaves, fog, comfort food and so much more. It also means beautiful photography! Without further adieu, we’re excited to announce this week’s Flickr Heroes: ‘Old and Young’ by Karl.T-Enigma on Facebook and Google+ and ‘The Conquerer’ by Dawid Żyła on Twitter and Tumblr. If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week! Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions: [...]
2016-09-24T00:52:59ZIt’s really interesting seeing what the Flickr Family from around the world cannot resist. Music, candy, popping bubble wrap – all are #SimplyIrresistible to some. […](image)
It’s really interesting seeing what the Flickr Family from around the world cannot resist. Music, candy, popping bubble wrap – all are #SimplyIrresistible to some. We loved viewing the images in the Flickr Friday Group Pool this week and putting together this Simply Irresistible Gallery. Go ahead, check out the full thing. We know you’re powerless to resist the allure of beautifully shot photos. We are too. :)
View the full Simply Irresistible Gallery. If you’d like to add some of your favorite images of what’s simply irresistible to you, post it in the comment section below with [FLICKR LINK] to display it with the Selects.
2016-09-23T21:53:59ZCross your Ts and dot your Is. It’s time to get precise with it. This week for Flickr Friday we’re looking to see you focus […](image)
Cross your Ts and dot your Is. It’s time to get precise with it. This week for Flickr Friday we’re looking to see you focus on #Precision details, both technically with your camera and photographically with your subject. Show us the precise details that make something special. It doesn’t have to be a macro photo, but should represent something that needs to be precise.
Tag your photo #Precision and submit it to the Flickr Friday group pool. We’ll publish a selection of our favorites next week on the Flickr Blog and in a Flickr Gallery.
Original photo by Mario Donati.
2016-09-22T01:11:50ZSome schools start earlier in the year and some start later, but now that summer is officially coming to a close we’re excited to share […](image)
Some schools start earlier in the year and some start later, but now that summer is officially coming to a close we’re excited to share our favorite images from the #BackToSchool Flickr Friday theme last week.
Do you have favorite school supplies photos or school photos you’d like to add to the gallery? Post it in the comment section below with [FLICKR LINK] to display it with the Selects.
2016-09-21T20:37:03ZAmid the din of clicking keys and the day to day lines of software code, George Pancescu’s spirit was slowly imploding as it clamored for a world more freeing than that of the machine. “We don’t belong here,” his spirit cooed. “Take us into the mountains.”“I was once afraid to walk barefoot in the grass,” he explained. “And now all I want is to spend as many nights as possible up on the mountains under the clear sky.” George calls Brasov, Romania, his home, a historic and picturesque city in the mountains of Transylvania, close to beautiful landscapes and dramatic natural spaces. Here he spends his days working in an office as a Senior Software Engineer and Architect, but his mind constantly wanders towards a different life, one where the only machine he’ll work with everyday is his Nikon D810. “Even though programming had been my first passion, as years passed by, my enthusiasm for this field started to fade and I was left with a continuously growing feeling of not belonging to this mechanical world,” he said. “That’s when I discovered nature, a place that seemed to have an answer for all of my questions, a place where I finally felt I belonged.” With about a year of self-education, he mastered some of the technical aspects of his camera. “After that is when the real journey began.” A few years later, having studied composition, light, and perspective, he says he is “evolving and maturing in respect to what art means.” Michael Frye books served as great instructional tools that helped George, “redefine landscape and nature photography.” Michael Freeman, Galen Rowell, Guy Tal, and Hans Strand have also been influential in his self-education and mastery of nature photography. Among George’s Romanian countrymen, Cosmin Ionescu has been a constructive influence on his work. And Dorin Bofan, whom George met through Cosmin, has both fascinated and motivated him to keep pushing the envelope. “Nature for me is a place of retreat, a place that brings peace and calmness to a world full of noise,” he said. “It’s a fuel that allows me to carry on. At its core, nature is a primordial concept that relates to the process of untainted evolution.” He added, “Unfortunately the natural course of life is interrupted soon after we are born and we are pushed further and further away from what nature intended.” When asked about his favorite place to shoot, George couldn’t tout enough the beauty of the Bucegi Mountains. “I have seen it so many times that I know it by heart, yet every time I come back to it I find something new to discover,” he said. “A certain connection has formed that I cannot put into words, but the feeling I get while being there is that I am home … more home [on that mountain] than my actual house.” Bucegi mountains are famous in Romania for their mystical and legendary folklore, George explained. The local legend speaks of mystical mountain powers where the sun refracts off rocks to create a sun pyramid in the sky, or small mountain lakes with healing water. “I actually planned to photograph the sunset from this place, and so I hiked there using an unmarked route — dangerous but worth it!” he explained about the photo above. “I got there just in time for the show, when sun was starting to illuminate the rugged face of Ocolasul Mare peak, while the sky was almost entirely covered by a thick blanket of clouds, with just a small space for the sun to shine its light.” Typically George doesn’t start a trek with particular shots in mind. He prefers to wander through nature, find trails or mountain views, and capture what speaks to him. “A watched pot never boils. I try to capture moments in time that once gone can never be reproduced again.” Beyond shooting nature and [...]
2016-09-20T16:46:59ZWe're happy to welcome the East Riding Archives to the Flickr Commons. Explore their digital collection and help us bring them into the family.We’re happy to welcome the East Riding Archives from the United Kingdom to the Flickr Commons. The Archives collect, preserve, and make accessible the cultural heritage of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Their collections originate from a variety of sources including, local government, courts, hospitals, churches, parish councils, businesses, societies, charities, landed estates, as well as private individuals and families. The Archives formed in 1953 and moved to their current location, called the Treasure House, in 2007. “One of our long-term goals is to enhance online access to our collections and we have begun to do that on social media,” said Sam Bartle, Archivist for the East Riding Archives. “By becoming a participating institution of The Commons we will continue our agenda for improving online access to our photographic collections, under the condition that there are ‘no known copyright restrictions’ on the content we publish.” The Archive is designated a ‘Place Of Deposit’ (POD) for public records in the county and holds over 3000 separate collections, which together contain a total in excess of 370,000 archival items. Their digital archive contains a further 150,000 digital files, equating to 825GB of data. An estimated 88% of this is digital photographs (a combination of born digital, and digital surrogates of originals). For people physically present in the region, the Archive has a research room facility where the collections can be used for a wide range of purposes, including family history, local history, buildings history, general interest, academic research, education, legal and official evidence-gathering. We look forward to seeing the growth of their digital collection on Flickr and we encourage the Flickr community to engage with their work, share with them, and enjoy the images they have made available. If you represent an organization that seeks to promote the free sharing of digital imagery without copyright, you can read more about the Flickr Commons here. You can also encourage your local historical, cultural, or arts organization to participate. [...]
2016-09-19T20:27:10ZSummer is about to come to a close in this hemisphere and officially begin in another. That means sun, and moon, and stars shift from […]Summer is about to come to a close in this hemisphere and officially begin in another. That means sun, and moon, and stars shift from our tiny little place on this rock. Keep celebrating the ever-changing seasons, places and faces in life, Flickr Fam. We’re excited to host and feature your work. In doing so, it’s another Monday. That means another time to announce this week’s Flickr Heroes. This week’s Flickr Heroes are ‘Awoken’ by Derek Coull on Twitter and Google+ and ‘Speed of Life’ by Alexander Dyachenko on Facebook and Tumblr. If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week! Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions: [...]
2016-09-16T23:27:14ZFire is one of the most beautiful and destructive forces in nature. On September 17 in San Francisco, “The Art of Fire” exhibit will open […]Fire is one of the most beautiful and destructive forces in nature. On September 17 in San Francisco, “The Art of Fire” exhibit will open at the Harvey Milk Photography Center, with a reception from 6:30 pm – 9 pm. The exhibition will feature photographs of San Francisco Fire Department firefighters combatting beastly blazes throughout the city and will run until October 16, 2016. “The Art of Fire” is a collaboration with featured work from photographers spanning many neighborhoods in the city and many years shooting. The images give a striking perspective, putting the viewer on the firehose, staring into the flames that threaten life and property. The exhibition was curated by Dwayne Newton, a 23-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department and Flickr member. There are also images from San Francisco Chronicle news photographers, Flickr photographers, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. As ‘The Art Of Fire’ started coming together, Dwayne said he dug into Flickr, browsing the site to amass a collection of photographs of San Francisco fires and the SFFD in action. He then reached out to photographers directly to invite them and their work to the exhibit. Soon he had an aesthetically magnificent collection of amateur and professional photographers and their work. ‘The Art of Fire’ sponsors include San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, S.F. Firefighters Local 798, the San Francisco Chronicle, and S.F. Recreation & Parks. The ‘Art of Fire’ images will also be featured in the inaugural gala for the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation on Saturday, March 4, 2017. For more information about the exhibit and a list of featured SF photographers, go to the Harvey Milk Photography Center site. [...]
2016-09-16T17:05:18ZIt’s time to indulge in all things #SimplyIrresistible. Everyday you need your fix. This week for #FlickrFriday we want to see your vice(s). Do you […](image)
It’s time to indulge in all things #SimplyIrresistible. Everyday you need your fix. This week for #FlickrFriday we want to see your vice(s). Do you have a sweet tooth that cannot be cured? Are you just so in love with your adorable kitten that you have to hug him every time you see him? Do you love sunshine or running so much that you have a pile of running shoes by the door?
What’s irresistible to you? Tag your photo #SimplyIrresistible and submit it to the Flickr Friday group pool. We’ll publish a selection of our favorites next week on the Flickr Blog and in a Flickr Gallery.
Original photo by Juan Ramírez.