Since 2005 Flickr, a Yahoo-owned photo sharing site, has supported a relatively large community of 360º photographers with “tens of thousands” of 360º photographs uploaded to the site. So it came as no surprise when they announced an upcoming VR app in September. Now, three months later, Flickr has released Flickr VR for the Samsung Gear VR, but from my initial impressions it probably could have done with a little more time in the tank.
Source: Flickr Releases 360º Photo App for Gear VR With a Massive Content Library – Upload VR
Does not – yet – support stereoscopic viewing
Flickr has finally acknowledged that their new software update on their web site has broken photo uploads. Flickr Help Forum user comments.
Update: Official Flickr Forum thread on the upload failure. Apparently Flickr released a new “auto upload” feature in their Flickr apps that attempts to upload every picture on your device, by default (even if you do not want it uploaded). It seems this has overloaded the Flickr network (duh!) and Flickr was unprepared for the deluge they themselves unleashed as every device attempted to upload massive numbers of photos.
The symptom is that photo uploads time out – and you are unable to upload photos. Obviously, uploads work for some, but also did not work for many.
There are some neat features in the new software including automatic tag generation (for some of my photos, it did a surprisingly good job), and their new “Magic” album that automatically organizes photos by subjects. (It works really well!)
This orange tulip is in my backyard. Photographed with a Lumix GH-2 and a 20mm f/1.7 lens at f/2.2. Had to use my left hand to shade the lens from the backlit sunlight source.
Click the image to see the full size version on Flickr.
It is that time of the year now. Blossoms and flowers. Click on any photo for larger sizes at Flickr.
Nikon 1 V2, 1 Nikkor 30-110mm lens. Outside the public library building.
Nikon 1 V2, Minolta 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/4.0. Outside the public library building.
Lumix GH-2, Minolta 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/2.0. This photo taken during summer of 2014, outside city hall.
Lumix GH-2, Olympus 9-18mm wide angle lens. Photo taken at Zion National Park in April of 2014.
Nikon 1 J1, 1 Nikkor 30-110mm lens. Taken March 12, 2015, in my front yard.