The photo sharing site and service that I use, flickr has made a major update to its service and site.
I’ve been using flickr since 2005 and I’ve stuck with it even after Yahoo bought it and let it dwindle. Certainly the amount of time I’ve spent with the old user interface makes it difficult to look at any change with an open mind so I’ll reserve ultimate judgement for a while. But, Yahoo is attempting to bring itself and it’s popular properties back from the dead and this flickr update is part of that process (as is the buying of blogging platform tumblr.
My quick take: Too much information, too tightly packed. Here’s what my home screen looks like now: Richard-.
I hope over time they fold in some customization tools that make it possible to display a bit less information on one’s landing page. We’ll see.
Flickr member LBeckons took this great image of the Marina City condos in Chicago on the Chicago River with his Olympus OM-D. I’ve always loved these buildings: bottom part parking, upper part condos. Very futuristic looking and right on the river.
Salisbury, Connecticut. Hiking up to Bear Mountain across Paradise Lane we always stop at this little pool of water to check for interesting reflections. Today there was a nice group of frog egg clusters. Looks like they beamed down from another planet.
Bert Stephani does a video review of the Fuji X100s in Brussels. A very nice discussion and tour through the city shooting two women in various settings. His use of a small corded off-camera flash is brilliant.
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California. Trying the Sony RX1 out on a group of flowers with a slight breeze. It was cool out so the poppies were closed up but the colors were vivid and there were plenty of unopened buds to shoot. It was tough to get into a group of flowers like this with the RX1′s 35mm lens to get closeups and I longed for my longer macro lenses of years past.
Messing with some wide open, shallow depth of field shots with the RX1. It’s going to take some time to learn to use a 35mm lens to do these kinds of images, I’m used to shooting them at 100mm or longer.
My mother enjoyed these gardens quite a bit. The problem is there are few paved paths and pushing a wheelchair on dirt can be tiring. And, the day we were there it was cool so my mother kept nagging me to hurry up and take my ####ing pictures because she was freezing.
This is a great behind the scenes look at Christopher Wahl, one of the top portrait photographers shooting now. The piece by 16×9 is great as is Wahl’s work. The last piece of the show is on swelling ball bearings, another topic unrelated.
This is a wonderful look into the life (and house) of artist Gary Baseman. I’ve been following his graphical work for many years and no doubt some seeing this will recognize certain characters from illustration work he’s done for alternative and mainstream magazines.
The retrospective he’s talking about will be at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles April 25th through August 18th. I’m in Los Angeles as I post this but I’ll miss it on this trip. Next trip in May I hope to see this show.
West of Gaylordsville, Connecticut. We hiked from Bull’s Bridge south on the Appalachian trail over Ten Mile Mountain (ugh) and this small swamp/pond was right next to Rt. 55 on the southern end of our hike.
I had the bright idea to get some ripples going by tossing a stick in and at one point had two sets intersecting. I guess this is considered “moving the pyramids” but hey, I’m not selling this as “natural” to National Geographic and here I am giving you full disclosure.