When Yahoo bought flickr it made many of us long time flickr folk cringe thinking that Yahoo would mess up this excellent property. When flickr’s founders Stewart Butterfield and Catarina Fake left many of us got nervous but flickr remained strong and continued to grow. However, the loss of Cal Henderson coupled with the fact that Yahoo continues to struggle to survive seems to be painting a picture of flickr floundering
Independent of these people leaving flickr, about a year ago it seemed to have peaked socially: the early members were burning out and new members were joining at a fast enough rate that there didn’t seem to be a core of long term users to hold things together. This isn’t true of all groups on flickr, many are run by serious folks who do a great job moderating and keeping energy high and civil at the same time, but it does seem to be true of many.
I can say that I’ve been slowly burning out on the social piece of it for the past year and now spend very little time with it. I still host my images there but the thrill of lots of new people seeing and commenting on my work has worn off. It was bound to happen and when you couple that with the news that Yahoo is floundering and flickr founders are leaving it seems that flickr may have peaked for more people than just me.
President Barack Obama takes aim with a photographer’s camera backstage prior to remarks about providing mortgage payment relief for responsible homeowners. Dobson High School. Mesa, Arizona 2/18/09. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Looks like a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L. Great choices. No doubt Pete Souza’s backup camera.
This is fantastic. Given that we watch PBS (Thirteen) more than any other station almost every show they broadcast is now available online in its entirety. While this doesn’t completely eliminate the need for a Tivo (we don’t have one) it certainly puts off the day when we might get one.
As one who flies United, likes window seats, and has been crushed by numerous overweight people on cross country flights, I have to say I support United’s attempt to deal with this. Their first solution may not be the right one but it’s important that they’re attempting to deal with it.
It’s tough enough to fly coach these days on full planes but if someone who is seriously overweight gets the seat next to you and has to put the armrests up to be comfortable, what does that mean for your comfort?
I don’t want to humiliate or make life difficult for folks who are overweight but all of us have to be able to sit comfortably together and it would seem to me that it’s up to the airline to find a way to make life bearable for all of us.
In another step in its transformation from an online jumble of amateur videos to a destination for mainstream TV programs and movies, YouTube said Thursday that it had signed deals with Hollywood studios to showcase thousands of TV episodes and hundreds of movies on its Web site.
I’m loving this convergence in yet another space. Works for me.
The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson
She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and typewriter in the depths of the Great Depression, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston transformed photography, and each other.
Now age 90, Charis Wilson recounts her years with Weston with great humor, candor, and some regret. Combining insight from leading scholars, rare archival images, and convincingly authentic reenactments, Eloquent Nude presents a remarkable true story of love and loss, travel and adventure, and an intimate look at the making of Modern photography.
This is an incredible documentary DVD on both the great photographer Edward Weston and his model and partner Charis Wilson. The extras on the DVD alone are worth the price, incredibly well done, beautiful and one of the few documentaries of one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century.
These days it’s becoming popular to do photographic printing on canvas and mount the canvas (stretch it) like a painting. This is a demo of a kit which makes this process near painless. I wish the sound was better but it’s worth putting up with as the demo is first rate.