I had the good fortune to time a business trip to the UK/Paris to coincide with the end of the Tour de France last month. It’s the second time I’ve been at the finish. It’s an epic…and very long day. Each time I’ve arrived very early to get a position at the top of the Champs-Élysées right were the peleton makes the turn and is at their slowest point. The nice thing about the final stage is that they also complete a number of laps of the circuit so you get to see the riders more than once. This year’s race was dominated by Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins, needless to say the Team Sky fans were out in force. The wait was worth it to get photos like this:
At the conclusion of the race all the teams do a slow lap to thank the fans allowing for the opportunity to get some up-close shots (and autographs).
I was lucky enough to be in Europe last month and visit Disneyland Paris on the day of its 20th anniversary. Here are a few select shots from that night.
It was my first time to this park. It’s always interesting to compare the overall experience and specific ride experiences to the parks in America. I have plenty of shots that I still need to process and post online. Stay tuned.
Plenty of discussion around Flickr recently, kicked off by Gizmodo’s in-depth ‘history’ of Flickr. Thomas Hawk also posted his detailed thoughts as a significant user and a outspoken critic of Flickr. All of these articles spurning plenty of comments and discussions across various social channels.
I agree with Thomas’ viewpoint that while there is plenty wrong, there is still plenty of good left in Flickr. As Mat pointed out in his article I too have seen the conversion of Flickr to an Instagram archive, but there are still plenty of dedicated, passionate photographers using the service. Like many of those folks I still see revenue generated from my photos on Flickr. That’s always a nice thing.
Moving forward my biggest concern is the integrity of my photo archive. I currently have over 26,000 images on the service and the thought of moving/losing them is tough to fathom.
I love Flickr through good times and bad. I hope they make it, I want them to make it. However, I’ll be spending time looking at alternatives.
This is a common sight now each time I browse my friend’s photos in Flickr. A large chunk of the photos are from Instagram. Looking below there are eight recent photos from Instagram. It’s a double-edged sword, first it’s great to see people getting back in the habit of sharing photos, but it’s an afterthought for Flickr.