Category Archives: Flickr

15 Examples of Environmental Portraits

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #5 was all about “environmental portraits” (chosen by the winner of the last round), and we had another great set of entries. This round was difficult for me to choose photos because environmental portraits share a blurry line with traditional portraits and street photography.

The winner this round was Carsten Fischer, also known as “topfloor” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #6: “CAMERA PORN”
FLICKR TAG: “EE-CAMERAPORN”

For those not familiar with the term, “camera porn” is a photo of cameras or other photography gear as the main subject. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-cameraporn”. Now for the environmental portraits, starting with my favorite:

counting fish
counting fish by topfloor

This photo is really catchy to me… though I can’t put my finger on a single reason for liking it so much. The low perspective gives a more intimate feel to the scene. The complimentary yellow hood and blue fins work well together as secondary focal points. The man himself is an interesting subject. All together, it works very well.

On with the other selections I made:

Risky
Risky by topfloor

Surfer and Board
Surfer and Board by Brian Auer

Mahout
Mahout by KBTimages.co.uk(uk_photo_art)

Cheesman Park and Grey Skies
Cheesman Park and Grey Skies by RussHeath

Dads with crazy cameras are hilarious!
Dads with crazy cameras are hilarious! by RussHeath

La hilandera
La hilandera by Miguel Aguilar

Name Forgotten
Name Forgotten by Brian Auer

Model for the masses
Model for the masses by topfloor

Sketch Artist
Sketch Artist by breischl

_MG_0168Monk
_MG_0168Monk by Joanie H

DSC_2450
DSC_2450 by joshuamorris15

Homeless, Names Unknown
Homeless, Names Unknown by Brian Auer

Master of Light - Joe McNally is blessing us
Master of Light – Joe McNally is blessing us by topfloor

Chamunda Devi 1_Chilam
hamunda Devi 1_Chilam by SaritsInOz

13 Night Photos You Never Thought You’d See

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #4 was all about “night” photos (chosen by the winner of the last round), and we had some nice looking entries once again.

The winner this round was Dustin Michelson, also known as “i_shoot_minolta” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #5: “ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-EPORTRAIT”

So basically a portrait, but taken in the subject’s natural environment (work, home, etc) — see Wikipedia for more explanation. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-eportrait”. Now for the vanishing point photos, starting with my favorite:

365.20
365.20 by i_shoot_minolta

This photo stood out for me because it’s very clean with strong lines and focal points. The light draws my attention, but the vertical lines lead me away. The window in the middle of the wall adds a nice little break in the lines, and the texture on the ground looks great with that light. Oh, and what’s that sign say? Let me look closer… “NOTICE: SOMETHING SOMETHING ONLY… Damn it!” So there you go, the light draws you in and the unknown sign keeps you interested.

On with the other selections I made:

Perspective.
Perspective. by Tomas Webb

driving home
driving home by topfloor

Color Alley
Color Alley by topfloor

Moonlight
Moonlight by RussHeath

Rockstar Teri
Rockstar Teri by cabbit

Cafe del Bokeh
Cafe del Bokeh by topfloor

Blurry Night
Blurry Night by RussHeath

San Diego Skyline
San Diego Skyline by i_shoot_minolta

The lights that never sleep
The lights that never sleep by photo_gratis

source of money
source of money by topfloor

Night time by the bay
Night time by the bay by nathanTHEchan

Autostadt nights
Autostadt nights by topfloor

Vanishing Point Photos That Just Keep Going and Going

[tweetmeme]Here are the results from another great round of Epic Edits Flickr Challenge! #3 was all about “vanishing point” photos (chosen by the winner), and we had some awesome entries. I think this round was the most difficult for me to choose a winner because at least 4 or 5 of them were so close.

The winner this round was Carsten Fischer, also known as “topfloor” on Flickr. As the winner, he gets to choose the next topic:

CHALLENGE #4: “NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-NIGHT”

So anything in the realm of night photography, and no other restrictions. Just remember that the photos must be in our Flickr pool and tagged with “ee-night”. Now for the vanishing point photos, starting with my favorite:

Spaceship V - up in the sky
Spaceship V – up in the sky by topfloor

I liked this one the best because it was just a bit different than the rest — it has a bit of a twist to it. Seriously though, you can see all sorts of different leading lines pointing to the same vanishing point and it’s quite interesting to explore. I also like the colors and the general composition of it.

OK, so now for the rest of the best!

Las Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Las Salinas Grandes, Argentina by Magical Places

Overcome your fear
Overcome your fear by Bryan Villarin

Vancouver Fog at Night 3
Vancouver Fog at Night 3 by cabbit

Boarding will start in 5 minutes
Boarding will start in 5 minutes by topfloor

Shift's Over
Shift’s Over by Roaming Vegas

Moody
Moody by Cherie S.

salinas grandes
salinas grandes by yellobagman

endless
endless by Victor Bezrukov

Millenium Bridge (5) - Photochallenge212 Repetition
Millenium Bridge (5) – Photochallenge212 Repetition by topfloor

Graphical subway
Graphical subway by topfloor

Reaching Far and Beyond
Reaching Far and Beyond by Devansh <Under House Arrest, forbidden to shoot>

Upgradable for air transit
Upgradable for air transit by Bryan Villarin

Trestle Bridge, Winters, CA
Trestle Bridge, Winters, CA by i_shoot_minolta

the message
the message by stachelpferdchen

The bridge
The bridge by joannapechmann

Tunnelview (Elbtunnel)
Tunnelview (Elbtunnel) by topfloor

Rovaniemi X
Rovaniemi X by Teemu Lahtinen

A Solitary Path
A Solitary Path by cabbit

17 Inspirational Analog Photos

[tweetmeme]We’re off to a good start with these Flickr Challenges… the first one was “Street” and the winner chose a new theme of “Analog”. I’m a sucker for film photos, so this one was particularly difficult for me to select the photos below (I wanted to pick a bunch more, but I’m trying to keep these things under 20 or 30 photos).

The favorite selection this week is from Rob LaRosa with his shot titled “Everything you need”. And as the winner, he gets to pick the theme for challenge #3.

Everything you need
Everything you need by Roaming Vegas

Rob has chosen the topic of “Vanishing Points” — so experiment with converging lines and leading the viewer’s eye to a distant point in the background. Here’s a video to help put things in perspective.

CHALLENGE #3: “VANISHING POINTS”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-VANISH”

And don’t forget that your photos must also be in the Epic Edits Flickr Pool. Winner of the next round picks the next topic. I’ll post my selections in about a week or two.

Here are the remaining selections from Challenge #2:

The Reprimand
The Reprimand by cliff2n

Untitled #30
Untitled #30 by Peepin Pixel Piker Pepper

Misty tree
Misty tree by Sascha Schröder

Relocate, please
Relocate, please by Bryan Villarin

Princeton Sheep
Princeton Sheep by cliff2n

1 minute past high noon
1 minute past high noon by topfloor

365.130
365.130 by i_shoot_minolta

Talk of the town
Talk of the town by Roaming Vegas

Blue Houses
Blue Houses by Bryan Davidson

Packed (229/366)
Packed (229/366) by Bryan Villarin

Pig
Pig by Amberture


Untitled by jasesim

The vapors
The vapors by pau.la

Pinhole Fábrica
Pinhole Fábrica by Ana Pratas

Five Dollar Hustler
Five Dollar Hustler by Eric Parks

Loch Raven
Loch Raven by cliff2n

New Feature: Epic Edits Flickr Challenge

[tweetmeme]I’ve been meaning to do this sort of thing for a while, so let’s see if we can get it going. How does a periodic photo challenge sound? You know — I post a topic/subject, you post photos to the Flickr pool, I pick out some good ones to exhibit in a blog post, you become rich and famous (no promises though).

A few other sites and forums do this sort of thing, so why shouldn’t we? Our Flickr group is getting quite large and we have a ton of great photos coming through each day. In addition to the PhotoDumps, I’d like to highlight some specific topics of interest. Here’s what you need to do in order to participate in these “assignments”:

[UPDATE 5/24/2010] This challenge is over and the results have been posted. Check there for the next assignment, or visit the Flickr group page.

CHALLENGE #1: “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY”

FLICKR TAG: “EE-STREET”

Interpret that as you will, it just needs to be in the realm of “street” and “photography”.

  1. JOIN THE EPIC EDITS FLICKR GROUP
    The only way to post photos to the pool is to join the group, so get on there if you’re not already.
  2. POST PHOTOS ON THE CURRENT TOPIC
    Get out and take some new photos, or find some old ones in your archive that relate to the current topic. Put them in the pool, and remember that you’re limited to one per day. Feel free to interpret the topic as you see fit.
  3. TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS: “EE-STREET”
    I need to have a good way of finding your submissions, so tag them correctly and make sure they’re in the pool.
  4. WAIT FOR THE SELECTIONS
    After a week or two, I’ll pull together some of the best submissions for a featured blog post.
  5. WINNER PICKS THE NEXT TOPIC
    Each round, I’ll pick out my absolute favorite from the bunch and that person will get to choose the next topic.

Submissions to any round can be new photos posted to the pool or old photos that you’ve already posted. Doesn’t matter — just make sure you tag your submissions appropriately. I’m also going to select photos for the post without notice, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Here’s what a selection might look like (these ones are just mine, the real post will come from you guys)…

Over the Can

Black and White

Battling Fuel Prices

Gangsta

Cigar Humor

Big White Boxes

3 Cops

I Poop Little People, Then Ride Away

Mexican Bus Stop

Fifteen Fabulous Fantasy Fotos from Flickr

[tweetmeme]Fantasy, fiction, surreal, conceptual, composite, Photoshop… call them what you will. I call them artistic and creative.

Photography in itself is artistic and creative, but using a photo (or photos) for a derivative work is no less appealing to me. I’m actually envious of people who can combine images or add to photos and create something completely new — I can’t do it… and I probably never will.

Jerry Uelsmann has been a favorite of mine for a long time because of his ability to combine images and produce fantastic works of art (and he does it old school — none of that digital stuff). If you’ve never seen his work, go look NOW.

Here are a few others kicking around Flickr, trying their hand at this type of thing. Great stuff in my opinion, and all very different styles and techniques.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Rayani Melo

Easy Going
Creative Commons License photo credit: h.koppdelaney

United Colors
Creative Commons License photo credit: kaneda99

TicTac
Creative Commons License photo credit: movimente

147 of 365 - just dandy
Creative Commons License photo credit: paul+photos=moody

November 15th 2008 - The Rope May Not Be Tight, But At Least It's Wide
Creative Commons License photo credit: Stephen Poff

Beach guardian
Creative Commons License photo credit: neeZhom

食べたい、食べたい...
Creative Commons License photo credit: pulpmojo

She's So Small, She's Cute!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Poe Tatum

Lunar Fantasy
Creative Commons License photo credit: Bill Gracey

elec'trick' Paint
Creative Commons License photo credit: ViaMoi

chim chim cheree...
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mara ~earth light~

Free your crows
Creative Commons License photo credit: Desirée Delgado

model actress fashion x ray hand photojournalism war photography and just plain strange dark evil unusual negative sandwich composite controversial dark sexy and completely new!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Zoriah


Creative Commons License photo credit: !borghetti

[tweetmeme]… oh wait, that last one isn’t a fantasy — you thought it was though, didn’t ya? I’d freak out if I caught something like that by chance.

So what do you guys think? Are you into this kind of stuff too, or are you a “purist”? Anybody have some examples of their own or links to other images like this that you find compelling? Let’s see them in the comments!

Birthday Gift #1 – Two Flickr Pro Accounts

January 12 marked the 2 year birthday of Epic Edits… and January 14 marked the beginning of my (much needed) vacation. So needless to say, we’ll be kicking off the birthday gifts a few weeks late this year.

To start things off, Antoine from All Day I Dream About Photography (or ADIDAP for us regulars) will be giving away the gift of Flickr with a Flickr Pro Account! Antoine also has a great Flickr Group where you can submit photos to be eligible for his yearly calendars. And Flickr Pro is such a great gift, I’m handing out a second to match Antoine! Here’s what you’ll get with a Flickr Pro Account:

  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Photo Sets
  • The Use of Collections
  • Ad-Free Interface
  • Photo Statistics
  • Video Uploads

TO ENTER THE RAFFLE…

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me that you’d like to be eligible for one of the two Flickr Pro Accounts. The winners will be chosen randomly from the comments and I’ll announce them after one week — so don’t miss out and leave a comment!

Flickr Resizer Photoshop Actions

I find resizing photos for web output to be one of the most boring and repetitive tasks in post-processing. My workflow consists of only creating JPEGs as needed, and deleting them when they’ve done their deed. My photo archive also consists of RAW (from the dSLR), TIFF (from film scans), and PSD files, in both AdobeRGB and grayscale color spaces.

So with all these requirements, I found that a Photoshop action is the way to go. I process a big batch of photos with Bridge/ACR, and I use a batch process to create all my Flickr files at once. The really cool thing about the action I’ve created is that it doesn’t care what kind of file you have or what color space it’s in. The output is always the same — 800 pixels on the long edge, sRGB, a quality of 12, etc.

HOW IT WORKS

The action was built to be fairly robust against an array of possible image settings and file types. The main idea behind the action is to be “hands free” so it can blast through a big set of photos with no interaction from the user.

The action first flattens any layers that may be present. Then it moves on to scale it down while still in the original color space and bit depth. After downsizing, the action converts to RGB mode just in case you were working in LAB or grayscale. And since the intent is to create images for the web, we then convert to sRGB color space. And so we can save as a JPEG, we then convert to 8 bits. Now it’s time for output, so the action saves the file to a set destination at high quality while maintaining the original file name and metadata. The last step is to close the image without saving so it can move on to the next one if using a batch process.

If you don’t have things like layers or other color spaces, the action just keeps going without warning you — it’s no big deal, those steps are just to make it more robust.

BEFORE YOU USE IT

The action is intended to be customized for each person using it. At a minimum, you’ll want to change the location of the saved file. I put my Flickr exports in a folder on my desktop, but you can put yours wherever you want.

To change the location of the saved files, first open up a file to work with. Then go into the action and uncheck the last two lines — “Save” and “Close”. Run the action. Now double-click on the “Save” command to modify it. When you do this, you’ll see a save dialog box. Simply navigate to the folder of your choice and press “Save” — don’t mess with the file name or you’ll end up saving every single image in the future with the same exact name. After you re-record this step, you can check the “Save” and “Close” lines and you should be in business.

You can also do the same type of thing with the “Image Size” command if you want something other than 800 pixels. Just make note of which action you’re editing (horizontal or vertical) because you have to type the values into the corresponding box (width or height, respectively).

HOW TO USE IT

As I just mentioned, there are two actions. This is to take care that vertical and horizontal images maintain a common maximum size. If you run a vertical image through the horizontal action, you’ll get a photo at 800 pixels on the short edge rather than the long edge. And square cropped photos don’t care which one you use.

You can run the action on single photos if you’d like — just be aware of the “Close” command at the end of the action. Uncheck it if you don’t want to close the image after exporting.

The best way to run this action is with a batch process. You can do this from Bridge by selecting the photos you want to export and clicking “Tools >> Photoshop >> Batch…” You can also do it straight from Photoshop by clicking “File >> Automate >> Batch…” Either method gets you the same dialog box. Then you pick the action from the drop-down menu. If you run it from Bridge, all you have to do is hit “OK” and it starts running. If you run it from Photoshop, you’ll have to tell it where to get the files from too.

DOWNLOAD THE ACTION

I hope some of you will find this useful with your workflow. I know it saves me a ton of time! This article is one of my own project submissions to the Action and Preset Extravaganza.

Keeping Up With Flickr Via RSS

If you have more than a handful of contacts on Flickr, you’ll have a hard time keeping up with all the new photos uploaded to their streams. It’s probably not the end of the world if you miss a few photos here and there, but it’s nice to have the ability to keep up with certain people of interest.

I recently started subscribing to the RSS feeds of a small group of close friends and other people whose photos I don’t want to miss. It’s really great not having to remember to visit every single person’s Flickr stream each and every day. Now, I just let the photos drop into my feed reader and I can quickly decide if I want to see it larger or leave a comment on the Flickr page.

You can subscribe to people’s Flickr feeds at the bottom of their photo stream — you should see something similar to the image above. You can also subscribe to the group pools or specific sets from your contacts.

Five More Fantastic Flickr Photographers

Some time ago, I wrote an article titled “Five Fantastic Flickr Photographers“. The five photographers featured were contacts of mine whose work I really appreciated. Since that time, I’ve encountered many more great photographers on Flickr, particularly those involved with the Epic Edits Flickr Group.

Week after week, as I go through our group pool, I encounter amazing photos from a select few photographers. Without even looking at the photo details, I know who it’s from and I know that I love it. But then again, these are folks that I’ve been following long before the formation of our Flickr group. So pay these artists a visit, add them as a contact, and let them know that their work is appreciated.

Mathias Pastwa

MATHIAS PASTWA

- Germany

100 possible ways don't go to work - that's one the-tube

I’ve been following Mathias for quite some time — I was following him on Zooomr before he even jumped over to Flickr. His work is absolutely captivating, often appearing as though it’s from a different world. He is well known for his eye-catching use of color and form via industrial landscapes. But he’s also well versed in street photography, urban & rural landscapes, abstracts, and many more genres. Mathias also has a way with film that sets him apart from the crowd. In addition to recently joining the Fine Art Photoblog, Mathias has a portfolio website filled with some of his best works.

Gregor Winter

GREGOR WINTER

- Germany

untitled subway moment

Gregor gives the impression that he’s a weathered street photographer from the mid-century past. His photos have a very unique and identifiable style, and they are a true testament to his abilities as an artists. Though Gregor doesn’t post a large quantity of photos, when he does post a photo it’s an instant favorite of mine — well thought out, well executed, and well presented. Having dabbled with street photography myself, I know just how difficult it can be to produce impressive photos such as Gregor’s.

Javier Yanes

JAVIER YANES

- Spain

family; Sailing Dreams Hi...Summer

Javi has one of the most unique and memorable styles. You can typically spot his work by his signature green-cast images — which suit his composition style well. Javier’s eye for composition is his strongest point; creating photos that are simple and interesting to look at. What really amazes me is that you can dig as deep as you’d like into his archives, and you won’t find anything of lesser quality or intrigue. If you do so, you’ll also notice that he’s done a fair amount of travel to some very interesting places. Oh… and he tends to show up underwater quite often — which is another really cool aspect of his work.

Victor Bezrukov

VICTOR BEZRUKOV

- Isreal

wooot on the swing

Victor’s photos come across as being very bold and intentional. With his images typically revolving around human subjects, he manages to capture personal and interesting features of his subjects. Victor’s portrait work is quite stunning, mainly because of the intimacy found in each photo. He also has a unique talent for capturing “portraits” of features other than the face — feet and hands in particular. And the color choice for most of his work — outstanding black and white, of course.

Tom Webb

TOM WEBB

- Australia

The viewing of creation. A ghostly self portrait with the unexpected bonus of a light trail.

Tom is fast becoming something of a “Flickr Legend” due to his amazing social interactions and for his work with film photography. Many of you probably only know him as “the_wolf_brigade” — and those who do know him understand what I’m talking about. His work with film has been a personal inspiration to me. Not only is Tom very good and very capable with film, he’s also very open to sharing that experience with anyone who asks. Lately, he’s been experimenting with long exposures and even a few double exposures. If Tom keeps going at film the way he has, he’ll be a force to reckon with in the very near future. You can also keep up with Tom on his photography blog: The Mediation of Life

Honorable Mentions

In addition to the five I’ve chosen to highlight, I wanted to pick out another five photographers from the Epic Edits Flickr Group who often catch my eye. It was actually a very difficult decision to choose the top five from all ten of these photographers.

Be sure to check out all these great photographers, add them as a friend, star their photos, leave comments on their work, let them know they are appreciated. Following the work of others is a great way to improve your own photography and it’s quite inspirational.