05 1 / 2014

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Local Lens: Exploring Rio de Janeiro with @ticianaporto

In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around their hometown. To explore more of Rio de Janeiro, follow @ticianaporto on Instagram.

As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

In the second of a two-part series of local guides to Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Instagrammer Ticiana Porto (@ticianaporto) shares her favorite places to capture in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). Ticiana has lived in Rio for 10 years and has challenged herself to take and share a different photo of the city each day since 2011.

To kick off your visit, Ticiana suggests cycling along the seaside, starting in the eastern beach community of Leblon. “Head west and you’ll reach the famous sidewalks of Ipanema and then Arpoador, a small peninsula with a great view. Stop for a photo and a coconut in Arpoador, then keep cycling along Copacabana Beach to the Leme neighborhood.” Not a fan of cycling? Ticiana also encourages visitors to stop and spend an afternoon on Ipanema Beach, drinking caipirinhas and admiring the fashions. “In Ipanema, everyone goes to the beach dressed and ready for their night out after.”

For some grand views of Rio de Janeiro, Ticiana has three favorite spots:

  1. See Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) atop Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf).
  2. From atop Corcovado, check out the view of Floresta Atlântica and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas extending out to sea.
  3. Spend an afternoon in Santa Teresa and take in the view of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) from Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park).

14 12 / 2013

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14 12 / 2013

14 12 / 2013

condenasttraveler:

Bogota Food “Bravo Bogota” (July 2013). Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

condenasttraveler:

Bogota Food “Bravo Bogota” (July 2013). Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

14 12 / 2013

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The Story of Darcy, the Flying Hedgehog (@darcytheflyinghedgehog)

To tune in to Darcy’s daily poses, be sure to follow her @darcytheflyinghedgehog.

"I want to make Darcy the most famous hedgehog in the world." With this in mind Tokyo Instagrammer Shota Tsukamoto started a unique series of photos of his pet hedgehog, Darcy. Darcy’s account quickly took off in a way Shota never expected and (@darcytheflyinghedgehog) is now one of the most-followed pet accounts on Instagram.

The three-year-old hedgehog takes her name from D’arcy Wretzky, the former bassist of the “The Smashing Pumpkins,” who Shota explains resembles “a pointy, edgy girl.” Despite the origin of her name, Darcy’s friendly, lovable nature shines through in the photos that Shota takes. “Hedgehogs are usually very cautious animals, but that is not the case with Darcy,” he says. She especially finds comfort in her owner’s palms and, once she’s there, she is fast asleep.

Aside from how adorable Darcy is, there is a distinctive artistry in Shota’s photos. “I imagine a page from a children’s picture book,” explains Shota. “I want (@darcytheflyinghedgehog) to be a surrealistic story and I even want people to question whether or not Darcy really exists in real life.” For example, his favorite shot of Darcy is of her sitting face-to-face with a skull object. “No matter how many times I look back at this shot, I can never seem to imagine what the two are talking about,” he says. He also does not add captions to his photos because he wants to encourage people to come up with their own stories about Darcy.

Want to take charming photos and videos of your pet? Here are some of Shota’s tips:

Camera iPhone 4s, iPhones 5s

Shooting

  • Think about the composition first. Then find props that would perfectly match that composition
  • Use consecutive shooting to make sure that you capture the best moments
  • Blow air on it, give it snacks or make it sleepy to bring out different expressions
  • Try not to force a pose on your pet. The more unexpected its actions and expressions are, the better the outcomes are

Editing Shota likes to use the Camera+ app. The app allows for consecutive shooting, which is essential to his work. He also uses the light-tone filter of this app to better capture Darcy’s soft pink skin, because he thinks that the native iPhone cameras tend to give off a yellowy color in the resulting images.

24 11 / 2013

24 11 / 2013

coolsampa:

Sampa chove ❤ #coolsampa #rua click lindo do @ilson_

coolsampa:

Sampa chove ❤ #coolsampa #rua click lindo do @ilson_

23 11 / 2013

filmbaker:

Architect Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan - 2012

23 11 / 2013

(Source: inspsession)

23 11 / 2013

taylorgarrison774:

Brief Encounter by Gregory Crewdson
Gregory closed down the main street of this small town just so he could have a perfect layer of snow. He set the traffic lights to yellow and changed the movie title on the billboard of the movie theater. This man and his crew go to great lengths to get a precise image. Some people explore the world with a photographer’s eye and take a picture the moment they catch the glimpse of a perfect picture. Others spend hours planning and setting up the perfect one. Art is beautiful because there are many ways to get to the many endings. 

taylorgarrison774:

Brief Encounter by Gregory Crewdson

Gregory closed down the main street of this small town just so he could have a perfect layer of snow. He set the traffic lights to yellow and changed the movie title on the billboard of the movie theater. This man and his crew go to great lengths to get a precise image. Some people explore the world with a photographer’s eye and take a picture the moment they catch the glimpse of a perfect picture. Others spend hours planning and setting up the perfect one. Art is beautiful because there are many ways to get to the many endings. 

(Source: im-ugly-n-im-proud)