Below are a few of the fantastic photos that were chosen as the winners of the National Geographic Travel Photo contest. The contest is open to anyone and the full gallery of submissions and winners is pretty amazing. The photo immediately below of a small fishing village in Greenland is just beautiful and one of my favorite photos.
2nd Avenue Subway
A pretty awesome compilation of photos (including the one above) from NYC’s MTA and their official photographer Patrick Cashin (I wonder if he’s related to Wall Street ‘soundbyte’ legend Art Cashin).
The 2nd Avenue Subway line is a project that actually goes back some 90 years but has been rife with delays and issues. Finally, the city is making some serious progress on the project. For anyone who has taken a ride on the 4-5-6 Lexington Ave. line during rush hour, the 2nd Avenue line can’t come soon enough.
Taken today with Instagram while I was at the NJ Historical Fair
Building The Titanic
Amazing set of photos from the construction of the Titanic. When you look at these photos, you can’t help but think about how much work would be needed just to build the scaffolding to then build the ship. And to think that all that work would go, ahem, down the drain.
Color Photos From 1930s-1940s
The corner of School St. and Main St. in Brockton, MA in the 1930’s
A set of color photos from the 1930s and 1940s on Flickr from the Library of Congress. No, the above photo is not from Instagram or Picplz. :)
Here is a view from “today” of the same corner as above at School and Main Streets in Brockton, MA
Photo I took this weekend of a box of keys at the Golden Nugget Auction in Lawrenceville, NJ.
I also picked up a bunch of 2nd hand albums (5 for $10) including Foo Fighters, Pete Yorn, Moby, and Bryan Ferry,
Tri Boro Bridge Token Machine
As seen at the NYC Subway Museum in Brooklyn, NY
The Last Polaroid Instamatic
The last of the Polaroid Instamatic cameras will be sold at Urban Outfitters. A set of 700 were produced and are being sold exclusively there.
Flickr Album Maker
Found this out on delicious. Its an amazing Flickr Album Maker that generates either a photo album/gallery or a slideshow simply by putting in different paramaters from your Flickr account. The super cool thing is that you can select photos that have multiple tags (steve AND/OR ond05). This is something I’ve been looking for to manage the multitude of photos on my Kids’ site. I guess the only downfall is that it does not automatically update when I post photos to Flickr since the HTML is static. Need to look into this.
Photos from Hurricane Katrina
On Flickr you can see a full photostream of Hurricane Katrina photos. Its really a pretty diverse stream of photos, including some showing the devistation of the storm, while others being a bit light hearted like this one of a family preparing for the storm. We can only hope they made it through
The Brilliance of Flickr
I don’t know how else to put it. Flickr is just a brilliant application. The reason for its brilliance is how easy it is for anyone to tap into its API in order to create new, innovative, and just amazing “add on” applications and features. Similar to how Google Maps has spawned combination applications like Housing Maps which combines Google Maps and CraigsList Real Estate listings, Flickr is spawning an entire sub-set of amazing photo sharing applications and features. Here are several that I have come across:
Flickr Tag Browser
Spell With Flickr
Flickr Magazine Cover
Flickr Photos on Black Background
Flickr Badge Maker
Flickr Screen Saver
Create A Photobook of Your Flickr Photos
And here is a list of many more such extensions of the Flickr application
I know there are many, many other such applications out there and I am sure I will add to this list in time. To think that I spent hours upon hours building my children’s web site and managing all the photos on that site. If Flickr could only have been around 3-4 years ago, I would have saved a boatload of time, energy, and headaches. At least I was able to teach myself how to build a web site out of the experience!
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