Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPinteractivegrams
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This weekend’s tag was #WHPinteractivegrams, which asked participants to capture photos and videos of hearts that match up with Instagram’s heart animation when double tapped. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.
How I Shoot: Capturing Fog in England’s Countryside
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Luke Cotton (@takemeonacruise) shares how he captures and edits foggy scenes from the English countryside.
Buckinghamshire, England, Instagrammer Luke Cotton (@takemeonacruise) doesn’t have to search hard for the beautiful foggy scenes he shares on Instagram. “I live in the English countryside and work as an agronomist, so I’m always outdoors in fields,” Luke says.
Capturing foggy landscapes is an art form, and Luke provided these tips for shooting and editing in foggy conditions:
"I always have my iPhone with me but just recently bought a Fuji x100s to make the most of low light situations.”
"Trees dominate the landscape where I live, so that’s why I have so many in my feed. I find myself constantly scouting out new solo trees or perspectives. I like vanishing points so try to make the most of what lanes, tracks, fences or hedges can add in terms of leading lines in a photo. I sometimes use a tripod and a timer to add myself to shots—anything to add interest really."
"I try to shoot at golden hour or in fog as it adds drama to the landscape. I follow the weather forecast very regularly looking for signs of mist or fog hopefully combined with some sun. I also track the time of sunrise and sunset. The light at dawn is my favorite, but you need to be up early to make the most of it. It can be frustrating if the conditions aren’t what you expected, but that makes it all the better when you get good shots. There are some lakes near where I live that attract fog so I often head there.”
For photo taking, “I tend to use the Camera+ (iOS) app as the stabilizer function gives a crisp photo.”
"I more often than not edit in VSCO (iOS and Android), but sometimes the filters are too much for the subtle light at dawn, so then I might just tweak the photo a little in Afterlight (iOS). I try and crop to the rule of thirds but sometimes just go with feel.”
Joining “The Wall Club” (#ザ壁部) with @ka_nai
"One of my followers once told me that all the photos I take on Instagram are of walls, so I decided to create a hashtag for it." This is how Tokyo Instagrammer Hisayuki Kanai (@ka_nai) came up with the idea for a unique hashtag to chronicle his wall photos: #ザ壁部, literally meaning “The Wall Club” in Japanese (the English equivalent of the hashtag is #straightfacades). Until very recently, the hashtag project became the center of his life as he searched for good walls to shoot whenever he went out.
"For me, taking wall photos is not meant to be ‘photography.’ I capture walls because it is something I can find anywhere to design a square frame in interesting ways," explains Hisayuki. "The trick to shooting wall photos is to just shoot straight!" he adds. "It takes a lot of patience aligning the camera in perfect parallel with the wall."
Hisayuki’s work quickly caught the imagination of other community members and the hashtag is now widely used by many Instagrammers across the world. “I’ve actually been thanked by other strange people like me who like to take photos of walls but didn’t know what to make of it,” he says.
Exploring the Clifftop Ruins of Scotland’s Dunnottar Castle
For more photos and videos from the ruins, explore the Dunnottar Castle location page.
On Scotland’s northeast coast, the ruins of Dunnottar Castle keep silent watch over the North Sea. Thought to have been built around the sixth century as Dùn Fhoithear, the fortress occupies 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres) on a clifftop 50 meters (160 feet) above the rocky coast below. A national landmark since 1970, the castle draws local and visiting Instagrammers alike to its scenic views and rich history.
From the 13th through the 18th century, Dunnottar was the home of the Keith family, Earls Marischal of Scotland—custodians of the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels, sword and scepter). When Charles II was crowned King in the Scottish Parliament during the height of the English Civil Wars, the crown jewels used during the coronation could not be returned to Edinburgh as Oliver Cromwell’s English forces advanced in the region. For safekeeping, they were carried to Dunnottar in sacks of wool, where they remained during Cromwell’s eight-month blockade of the castle. Though Cromwell was ultimately victorious in defeating the last remaining Scottish stronghold, the jewels were smuggled out and hidden under an old church in Kinneff where they remained until Charles II regained the throne in 1660.
In the Ceramics Studio with @shopmazama
"We take a design and production approach that blends both the technical and the organic," declares Mazama (@shopmazama), a collective of six craftspeople in Portland, Oregon, that produces a variety of ceramics by hand and shares the process on Instagram. “We take our inspiration from those studios and the people whose love of their craft was what fueled their commitment to creating.”
"We all have a creative background, ranging from industrial design to fashion and interior design," says Casey Keasler, one of the studio’s artists. "We were all on Instagram with personal accounts, so it only seemed natural to have a Mazama account."
Instagram gives Mazama a way to share everyday scenes from around the studio, and photos and videos of the creation process cultivate a deeper appreciation for their craft. Casey explains, “It’s been a wonderful tool to share our ceramics and the process with a wider community.”
Graced with Light
For more photos and videos from the Graced with Light installation, explore the Grace Cathedral location page.
Commissioned in 2013 as Grace Cathedral’s artist in residence, Patterson strung nearly 32 kilometers (20 miles) of multicolored ribbons from the Cathedral’s vaulted ceilings. Illuminated from above and by light streaming in through the cathedral’s windows, the ribbons represent pathways of light carrying the prayers and dreams of visitors skyward.
An Office Romance with @kathyryan1
"The ‘Office Romance’ (#officeromance) series started when I saw a zigzag of sunlight hit the stairs in our office one day. From that moment on I realized how extraordinary the light is in this building designed by Renzo Piano,” says New York Instagrammer Kathy Ryan (@kathyryan1), the Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine. “It is very crisp and bright because the windows are clear glass, with no green tint, and the building is sheathed in white ceramic rods, which reflect the light in such a way as to make it even more heightened and dramatic. I didn’t really see this remarkable light at first. The Instagramming opened my eyes.”
Capturing the light at the New York Times Building has become a passion and near-daily ritual for Kathy. “I am always looking for the poetic moments in office life. I never cease to be surprised by how light can transform the most ordinary objects into something special,” she says. “The office life is a huge part of many of our lives and yet it is rarely documented or celebrated.” Kathy often comes into work early or stays late to shoot the best quality of light in a calm office. “The photo department is on the east side of the building, so it is flooded with light first thing in the morning. Sometimes at the end of the day, I head up to the 14th and 15th floors on the western side of the building, where the light of the setting sun is amazing.”
Ten Years of Documenting Illegal Poaching with @patrickbrownphoto
Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownphoto) spent the past decade documenting the illicit animal trade around the world, but he actually honed his photography skills working with a different subject: dancers. “This was the best schooling if you ask me,” explains Patrick. “Well lit but low lighting, movement, pushing black and white film to its limits.”
Patrick’s focus shifted 12 years ago when he was asked to take photos for Black Market, a book documenting the trade of endangered species in Asia. “The book was completed in 18 months, but I knew I had only started to scratch the surface of this incredibly complex subject.” When Patrick’s photography won an award two years later, the prize money gave him the financial freedom to continue his work on the subject.
Trading to Extinction is the culmination of Patrick’s work, the goal of which is to stir people to action. “This is important not to me but to the subjects I photograph,” says Patrick, who turned to Instagram to give his work greater exposure. “There are a lot of people out there that won’t be able to get a copy of my book, but with Instagram I can quite literally touch tens of thousands of people. It’s a very powerful tool.”