Foto Flip Friday

Published on June 6th, 2014


Foto Flip Friday: Follow Your Dreams (Submit Week 1)

I’m EX.CITE.ED. I recently discovered a nifty new plugin that allows me to post fun “flip” photos like the one below:

(simply mouseover the image and watch the *magic!)

Foto Flip Friday Nepal Postcard photo Front

Foto Flip Friday Nepal Postcard photo Back

* Well o.k. for those viewing in IE, not so much a magical “flip” as a fading change. If you want to see the flip/flop, try viewing in Chrome or Firefox.

By some miracle I got the code to work sweetly, and I thought I’d use it to revive my long neglected “Random Photo Memory” series. As I’m a complete sucker when it comes to fiddling with anything digitally graphic, I figured maybe the novelty of the “flip postcard” notion might keep me on track – posting a photo of my past travels each week.

Then again… probably not.

But THEN, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be even more fun (and quite possibly actually keep me on track) if… I turned the “Foto Flip Friday” series into a friendly contest that YOU ALL could participate in. A little photo competition (with a monthly “theme”) where you could submit a photo, and I’d showcase the monthly winner’s image – like so:

(again, mouseover the image silly, so you can read the message on the back of the postcard)

Foto Flip Friday Sample Postcard photo Front, June 2014 Theme: Follow Your Dreams

Foto Flip Friday Sample Postcard photo Back

Imagine that – the chance for YOUR photo, happily flipping to ‘n fro here – with YOUR personal message on the back for all the gazillion TL readers (well o.k. maybe a smidge less than a million) to see! PLUS… for those who like – a link back to your website/blog (a kindly link back here to TravelnLass not required, but nonetheless appreciated) 😉

All you need do to participate in the new TravelnLass monthly Foto Flip Friday fun (yes, yes, I agree my penchant for alliteration gets a tad annoying at times.) ANYWAY, all you need do is:

  • Choose a pic (that YOU have taken!) that fits this month’s theme – one that’s in “landscape” orientation (to fit the “postcard” profile). Make sure it’s at least 700 pixels wide and in .jpg format. The pic needn’t be fabulous nor professional quality (mine surely aren’t!), but do choose one that showcases your best work (a bit of postprocessing is fine).
  • Upload your photo to the Web (in a blog post, on Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Instagram, Picasa, etc. – many options for photo hosting – just make sure wherever you put it, the privacy is set to “public”), and then…
  • In the comments below, post a link to your photo, plus…
  • A short (no more than 10 – 15 words) “postcard” message of the story behind the photo/why it fits the theme, and whatever name you want as a signature. This I will put on the flip side of the winning postcard(s).
  • Also include a short (1-3 short words) title (where the photo was taken or some such) that you want on the postcard front, plus a link to your website if you like.
  • The winning postcard(s) will remain displayed for the last week each month, and the following Friday I will launch a new theme. All the winning entries will be archived so you can view them any time.

Any questions? (do drop a note in the comments) Otherwise – the theme for this first month’s (June) Foto Flip Friday is…


e.g. any pic that you’ve taken that inspires you to follow your dreams (be they travel, or career, or art, hobby, sport, or whatever), *or an image (like me on that elephant in the sample above) that shows you gleefully enjoying your dream-come-true.

* Note: though normally your photo must be one that YOU took – for this “Follow Your Dreams” theme, we’ll let you slide if YOU are in the pic – and thus obviously didn’t have your finger on the shutter.

Here’s another example of what “Follow Your Dreams” might mean to you…

Foto Flip Friday Sample NYC Postcard photo Front, June 2014 Theme: Follow Your Dreams

Foto Flip Friday Sample NYC Postcard photo Back


Okay, let’s get started.

Starting today, you can submit a photo (one per person/website) for the June theme via the comments below, anytime during the next 2 weeks (til Friday, June 20th)

Note, photos submitted after the June 20 deadline, will NOT be considered.

Meanwhile, I’ll post a “Foto Flip Friday” pic or two of my own each Friday to give you ideas of the kind of photos that fit this month’s theme.

After submissions are closed, I’ll study all the entries and select up to 3 photos I fancy the most (I mean, this is MY blog after all, so I get to be the judge, no?) and whittle them into nifty digital flipping postcards.

On the last Friday of each month, I’ll post the winner(s) here on TravelnLass where they will sweetly flip to and fro for all the world to see.

Foto Flip Friday Winning Photo Badge Added bonus: The winners will be eligible to display a Foto Flip Friday Winner’s Badge on their site (linked back to their winning Flip Postcard here at TL), and…

ANYBODY that submits a photo (even if it’s not in the top 3) will get a link to their site beneath the winning postcards.

Ready? Get set… GO!

About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

34 Responses to Foto Flip Friday: Follow Your Dreams (Submit Week 1)

  1. Here’s my link:

    San Miguel de Allende

    I came to discover why every visitor wants to live here.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Great pic Irene, and most interesting you should ask that particular question of that particular place. For I too thought I might well end up in San Miguel on day.

      As I sat in Chiang Mai Thailand (the expat “darling” of Asia) last winter, pondering my options for a Spanish speaking place to call “home” a good while… San Miguel has long been the expat “darling” of Mexico, and… Cuenca is the pretty much the expat “darling” of Ecuador.

      Suffice, the long term visa requirements are more inviting here than Mexico, plus Ecuador is a fine jumping off place for the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, indeed all of South America. So I ended up here.

      But do tell me – you went there to find out why… what answer did you come with?

  2. Red Centre, Australia

    On my birthday (no less) I made it to the Garden of Eden oasis in Kings Canyon.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Absolutely BRILLIANT, Linda! My but your are very talented. Thanks for sharing your most artistic hand!

  3. This is a very unique and clever idea. I’m looking forward to the flip flop postcards when this is posted. I hope this attachment works, if not I can e-mail you the link.
    I an Adrenalin Junkie sailing with the birds.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Goodness Neva – that’s a beauty! Even for a profound agoraphobic like me – I’d be tempted to soar with the birds in that thing. Thanks for your entry!

  4. Hi Dyanne,

    I couldn’t figure out how to send a link to a particular photo from my blog.

    Any suggestions?

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    • Dyanne says:

      Good question Irene – if the image is already published in a post on your blog, you have lots of options. Simply right click on the image, and:

      Choose “Copy link address” – then just come here and paste it in your comment.
      Likewise choose “Copy image URL”, ditto paste here
      Choose “Open image/link in new tab” and then copy the url in the address bar of your browser
      Likewise “View image”, ditto copy .jpg url in your address bar.

      You also could grab the .jpg url in your blog’s media archive, but suffice one of the options above should work most easily. When you right click on an image, you might have slightly different options, but just choose one that gives your a .jpg url and then copy and paste it here in your comment.

      HTH, and do let me know (via fb message) if you have any problems.

      P.S. btw, those right click options above will work on most ANY image on the Web (though I don’t recommend anyone grab images willy-nilly w/o the photographer’s permission).

  5. Anxious to see the contest winners!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Me too, Irene. From the looks of things so far, I may well have to elect a dis/less-interested third party to be the judge! 😉

  6. Gail Snyder says:

    Okay sis, did a panorama of “My Tara,” my Oregon front yard.

    My message: Always loved a forest environment, so moved to Oregon 47 years ago and found “My Tara.”

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    • Dyanne says:

      I L.O.V.E. it, Gai!

      Clearly, when it comes to nomadic – we two sisters could not be less alike. While I seem to be hell-bent on gawking at every blessed corner of the globe – you have wisely long ago found your bliss right there in a a town of 16,000 souls.

      “Tara” indeed. A perfect example of “Follow Your Dreams”!

  7. Donna Janke says:

    I really like the flip photo. So cool. Contest sounds like fun.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Glad you like my little “flip-flop” digital photo plugin find, Donna. I hope you’ll submit your own example of how you “Follow Your Dreams”.

  8. Graefyl says:

    I gotta have one. What a neat idea. All kindsa possibilities come to mind. Nice find Dyanne.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Great Graefyl – yes, no doubt LOTS of possibilities. Can’t wait to see what you come with! 😉

  9. This flip-flop thing is a little complicated for my Boomeresque brain, but here’s my try at providing what you asked for.
    This is a photo of the windward side of Oahu in Hawaii taken from the Pali Lookout. I was able to take this photo because we followed our dream of my husband taking a sabbatical and having the chance to live in a new place. We were able to live in Hawaii during our hometown’s worst winter in many years.
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    • Dyanne says:

      That works just fine Suzanne! Thanks for sharing what “Follow Your Dreams” means to you. Indeed, a sabbatical in paradise is surely a dream-come-true.

      Only thing is… should you win, I need a bit shorter “message” (i.e. “no more than 10-15 words”) to “write” on the back of the digital flip postcard, so I may have to paraphrase your submission a bit. Thanks again for sharing your dream!

  10. Have fun with the contest! The hovering thing doesn’t work with an iPad, so I’ll have to check back in whenI’m back at my desk.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Oh dear. Sorry to hear it Doreen. I just checked my Galaxy Note and it flips – does it at least fade on your iPad as it does in the IE browser?

      In any case, yes – I hope it works on your computer at home, and I look forward to seeing what pic you come up with for “Follow Your Dreams”.

  11. Great idea! Now to wade through my photos to find and entry…!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Great Anita – can’t wait to see what you come up with. Clearly you are presently “Following Your Dreams” there in Central America!

  12. It will be cool to see what your fans produce. This one is often my laptop’s wallpaper:

    Title: Keep exploring
    Message: I’ve always wanted to know what’s up around the bend.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Nice one, FLN! That sunshine streaming ’round the bend surely fits the “Follow Your Dreams” theme – thanks for your entry!

  13. Sue Pearson says:

    Yeaaa, its Foto Flip Friday, now I better get busy and find my “dream” photo!!!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Yes indeed you’d better, Sue! But likely you’re far too busy this weekend, clearing out all your stuff in prep for “following” your own “dream” (moving here to Ecuador). But I do expect to see a photo of that empty storage shed and house soon! 😉

  14. Patti says:

    Fun! Love the flip-flop postcards. Will you post a reminder in the Boomer FB group each month? I’d love to participate, but need reminders. Brain-attled don’t ya know?!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Yes, Patti, I know aaall about the Boomer-brain-addle affliction. 😉 And likely I’ll post at least the first Friday’s FFF submit post to the Boomer’s group each month.

      Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing what photo you choose for this month’s theme “Follow Your Dreams”.

  15. James says:

    Cool plugin. I might have to steal it!

    Here’s my entry:

    Africa had been a dream for me for ages. Little did I know that I’d end up going twice (!), the second time for 2.5 months of epic overlanding from Cairo to Capetown.

    Africa + animals + photography = bliss.
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    • Dyanne says:

      I just KNEW you’d have a stunner, James.

      And oh my – 2.5 months traipsing from Cairo to Capetown? Must surely have been EPIC!

      Indeed, (as a lass w/ a surname of “Kruger”) my own skip around Kruger National Park in RSA proved likewise: Africa + animals + photog = pure bliss. I only wish I had another lifetime to overland the entire continent!

  16. sarah says:

    Love it and I will definitely participate!!
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    • Dyanne says:

      Great sarah – can’t wait to see what you come up with for “Follow Your Dreams”.

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