I love looking back as some of my sketch photos. I use Instagram for this of course, testing out things before hauling out the “BIG CAMERA”. Truth be told as time has gone by, I almost tend to use my iPhone for more and more work. Here are a few photos of things I just love!
GENERALLY, I do Instagram Favorites by 1/4 or 1/3 year. I decided to break up January by itself last week because I went so many palaces on my Round the World Journey! Most all of this post is from my trip to Amsterdam. It was a special place for me. I have a strong affinity for Europe in general, but I can’t say I have ever been a place as open and accepting (maybe SF), nor perhaps as happy as Amsterdam. There are a number of black and white shots…it just seemed to fit the city.
Near catastrophe has struck! On the advice of a few travelers I decided to switch to T-Mobile for my provider. I don’t currently have any international trips planned, but I feel like I need to get one on the books in the next month or two just to try out the international roaming!
My catastrophe is sort of a perfect storm really. I moved to iCloud backup recently, and didn’t have my new photos syncing to iCloud correctly. When I moved to the new phone, I did a backup with the intent of restoring it. Low and behold, the backup was corrupt so I ended up starting over completely with my new phone (never a bad idea), but I am MISSING all my photos from Dec of last year! These of course include a round the world trip AND a separate journey to Amsterdam. Luckily I HAVE the backups and am trying to find software that will read these properly. It’s not been easy. Anyway, these photos were loaded to Instagram so go CLOUD!
Less, but Longer Travels
With the demise of some of my favorite travel schemes, I find myself in unknown territory as of late. In years past, I would have had to make a HUGE number of these instagram favorites posts, but this year I have only been on three international trips. I realize to many thing sounds like a LOT, but when you are used to doing six to ten, three is peanuts! The future for me seems to involve less loyalty to one airline (they seem to no longer care about this as a business decision) and less frequent, but longer trips. As always things change so maybe a new scheme will soon present itself to me! Pamela and I just returned from Beijing, China so here are a few of my favorite photos!
The other day Pamela asked my what “on fleek” meant. I guessed on point would be close, but had to look it up in truth to confirm my guess. Something that looks good, is sweet, perhaps it’s a stretch, but this is how I am feeling about being up to date with my Instagram Favorites posts! Maybe I should make up some new vernacular to express my pleasure at having my posts shared, like “mmmhum, we instage”! Regardless, these are a few of my favorite images posted on Instagram from January to April of 2016! Please hit up your favorites with a Heart!
Florence, Italy – January 2016
Rome, Italy – January 2016
Vatican City – January 2016
Tokyo, Japan – April 2016
Takaosan (Mount Takao), Japan – April 2016
More favorite posts from Instagram today and with this posting I have all of last year online! I am going to make a calendar point that three times a year I need to get these sorts of posts together. I really feel like the mobile phone camera revolution is one of the most important artistic exploration tools of our time. The iPhone and Instagram, for me, are a sort of sketchbook. You will often see some of my best Canon 5D images on the blog, first explored in real-time on Instagram months be they even make into a fully realized blog photo. I can play and explore, try things I wouldn’t, but on Instagram I feel more spontaneous and free.
Sept 2015 – Machu Picchu, Peru
October 2015 – Oahu/Maui/Kauai, Hawaii
Kyoto, Japan – November 2015
I realized I am WAY behind on sharing some Instragram images on my blog! Here are some from earlier in 2015. Please like your favorites! I think it’s so important to promote mobile phones as an excellent camera they are. So many people think you have to have an expensive camera, but the best camera is the one that is with you!
May 2015 – Kauai, Hawaii
June 2015 – Shanghai/Hangzhou, China
Hong Kong S.A.R- July 2015
New York, NY – August 2015
Instagram Personal Favorites
I always assume everyone is already following me on Instagram, but from my follower count compared to my blog hit count that just isn’t the case! Please follow me on Instagram…seriously you will be the first to see travels AS they happen! Quite a bit, my Instagram feed is a sketch book of things to come on the blog! I really should put together a regular, scheduled Instagram post. I have further been thinking about starting to process some of my iPhone photos off the iPhone. I have always saved those strictly for processing on the phone, but I recently realized there are some really interesting shots on there!
The images below are from my travels between January and April of 2015 were shot on and processed on the iPhone. I didn’t ONLY use Instagram, but that is my general tool for uploading my iPhone travel works when I am traveling! Enjoy!
The Best Camera…
I am always telling people how great the camera is on your iPhone (or even a Droid). I get into quite a lot of conversations with people about camera gear and inevitably they want to know what sort of gear I use. I tell them and they nod having decided my heavy camera is why I get good shots from time to time.
I will tell you exactly what I tell people in person…not true! Sure the 5D Mark II is a great camera, but it’s not the one true camera. Much of the time I am taking pictures with my iPhone using Instagram or Hipstamatic. In fact…why do you follow me on Instagram! Great photography isn’t about the gear you have, it’s about finding beauty and showing that in the best light possible. You can do that with any gear.
I wanted to share some of my favorite Instagram photos of 2013. These were all taken with the iPhone, usually just using the native Instagram iPhone app. Get out there, have fun and take some more photos in 2014!
Which Instagram or iPhone/Droid photos did you take in 2013 you are most proud of? Post them below!
Park Güell Barcelona by W. Brian Duncan
Red Leaf San Francisco by W. Brian Duncan
Embarcadero Center San Francisco by W. Brian Duncan
Byodo-In Temple Oahu by W. Brian Duncan
The Space Needle Seattle by W. Brian Duncan
Floralis Genérica Buenos Aires by W. Brian Duncan
Street Art Buenos Aires by W. Brian Duncan
Journey Orlando by W. Brian Duncan
EPCOT Orlando by W. Brian Duncan
A Friendly Reminder London by W. Brian Duncan
Morning Coffee is Happy Springfield by W. Brian Duncan
Buddha China by W. Brian Duncan
Feeding Koi China by W. Brian Duncan
Here Comes the Sun Tokyo by W. Brian Duncan
Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo by W. Brian Duncan