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My Favorite Instagram Season

I was half good in September, because I went on a vacation and failed to take a single image for two weeks. Fortunately, returning home meant quickly falling into the same old routine of snapping pictures on my morning walks.
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I was lucky enough to catch a bee and it was quite by accident, I didn’t even realize she was there.

The leaves are still dark green, but soon they will start changing colors, from dark red to bright yellow.

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Experiencing all four seasons with my Instagram project, I concluded that the fall is my favorite season for taking pictures.

The combination of sunrise and the mist gives the most beautiful, dreamlike images. It is fascinating how it never gets old, photographing the same scenery over and over again.

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As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

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Instagram…I’ve Been Good

Since I basically failed my Instagram July, this month I put some more effort and here are the results.

The summer is slowly burning out and I am back to enjoying my mellow morning walks with much gentler sun…it shows in the colors. I got to spend some nice time down by the river, every weekend felt almost like a vacation. And after two years I finally managed to capture that heron…she (it must be she) has been avoiding me for so long, flying away just as I would set my camera. But no more! 🙂

Macro world offers some more surprises with flowers and plants that are not familiar to me. I especially like those little green bells, cute as a button. It is embarrassing how little I know about flora…plants and trees are a mystery to me.

And finally, Berta in a million different poses…she was very disappointed those ducks in last image got away from her. She surprised me this summer, not one dip in the river…probably saving her energy for our vacation on the Adriatic coast.

I think I did good in August…and with autumn approaching, I hope to get more interesting images from my morning walks. It will be fun comparing them to last years autumn images. I wonder if the colors will be the same…

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

Instagram…I have failed you

It finally happened, I slipped…Only six images in July. But I have a good excuse. The sun is too high on my morning walks and everything is too bright, scorched, flat…

And still…everything is here. My Berta, the bridge, the river bank, flowers…everything that makes my mornings beautiful.

The railway bridge is just perfect subject for this “Shock” filter, it makes it look so raw, harsh, exposed…I love it.

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Hopefully, August proves this was just a glitch and my fun with Instragram continues. As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

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Hey Instagram! Still here…

My June on Instagram proved more diverse than ever…From macro world to cityscapes to forces of nature.

I captured the image of basil leaves on my friend’s balcony in the middle of the day. It is always interesting how you can achieve different things by playing with light. And it is especially rewarding when you can manage to capture a little life on the flower.

Unfortunately, only two images of the Old town…I went to the theater the other day and couldn’t resist the beautiful sunset reflecting on the cathedral and the adjacent buildings. I might go to the city just for a photo session.

As usual, I posted few images of my part of the woods…or to be exact, riverbank. We experienced some extreme weather changes in the last month, stormy and sunny in the span of minutes.

My Instagram wouldn’t be complete without Berta, my trusted sidekick. She is really persistent in ignoring my photographic attempts. But, I am so used to it by now, it would be quite shocking if she decided to look straight at the camera.

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

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Instagraming Through May

I’ve been away from the blogosphere for few weeks, wish it was something fun and enjoyble…alas it was work related. But I managed to continue my Instagram project, with images from my walks with Berta.

I was lucky to capture few more dandelions in their ethereal form, before they turn into yellow rascals that defy all hardships. But I love them in both versions.

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My little piece of heaven still hides forgotten treasures, like this old rusty nut, half buried in sand. Things with Berta are still the same, meaning she is still ignoring me.

As usual, my botanic knowledge is non-existent, so I have no idea what kind of wild flower this is.

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I enjoyed some really beautiful mornings with bright sky and even managed to capture a sunset through some trees. Berta. Still. Ignoring. Me.

This last image was taken on my visit to my uncle and aunt in Bosnia. Their horses are so beautiful and powerful, it was a treat to capture them. Unfortunately, the sun already disappeared, so I haven’t had as much time as I would like.

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Well, that was my May on Instagram. I am starting to think you can’t have a serious presence on social media, unless you hire a help. I wonder if anyone has any experience with that?

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we connect on Instagram, too!

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Instagram Was Fun In April

It’s been six months since I started this Instagram project. Half way through each month I question the sanity and the purpose of it, because it seems I am posting the same images over and over again…and the sheer magnitude of the effort that has to be put into social media to get attention is sometimes daunting.

But then the end of the month comes and I put together this post with all the images and I can’t help but think it was worth it…because I remember the time and the place of each and every image I took, how was the weather, what was Berta doing, was I grumpy or in a good mood.
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It was a sunny Sunday morning and Berta was chasing birds…and I was captivated by one little dandelion.

Every morning I am greeted by familiar sight, the only place I call a home. I remember people swimming in this river a long, long time ago. I remember saving a drowning dog from this river a long time ago. I remember sitting at the wooden dock last summer.

When I remember to look down, a world of macro wonders wait for me.

But in the end, my morning walks revolve around her…come rain or shine, she always makes me smile. ❤

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Although I know one day we will part our ways, her paw prints will forever mark my heart.

Come…follow me on my Instagram journey…just look for snowlocked. I would love to follow you there, too.

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March Madness on Instagram

My Instragram adventure continued through the month of March, albeit with a bit of difficulty. The weather was really awful, cloudy and rainy, just like this first image bellow.

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Thankfully, spring decided to show up half way through and my focus shifted from landscape to flowers. Trying to capture macro world with my phone camera proved a challenging thing, but at least I provided some entertainment for my neighbours, squatting and kneeling and almost rolling in the grass.

 

In other news, Berta is still ignoring my photographic attempts. But if anything, I am persistent.

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One of the favorite images of the last month is Berta and Vilma playing “Catch me if you can”. They are just adorable and I am in awe of their friendship. My one and only indoor image is Berta finally posing for me.

And finally, my good old Hendrix bridge…With the daylight savings change, the sun is up much earlier, so that will provide me with quite different images from the fall/winter season.

2016-03-29_1459236545The adventure continues in April, the weather and the light changes every day, it will be interesting to see all those changes in my images. If you want to follow my daily antics, you can find me on Instagram if you look for snowlocked. I would love to follow you there, too.

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My February Instagram

I am a little bit late this month with posting my Instagram images from February. The flu left me exhausted and somewhat in a bad mood. The weather is not helping, either. Rainy, cloudy days are following one after another, keeping spring just out of the reach.
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Hopefully, sun will find its way through the clouds, making my morning walks beautiful again. For now, here are my February images.

 

I am still surprised how it all looks bright and colorful on my phone, but here everything is soft and mellow. It gives me a sense of novelty, like a new version of already published images. I managed to capture few precious moments of Berta and Vilma, they always make me smile.

Going through these galleries, it seems I managed to get quite a few sunny mornings in February. Strange, because if someone asked me how was the weather, I would say the entire month was just awful. Goes to show how we tend to linger on bad things, forgetting to enjoy all the wonderful moments.

With days getting longer, I hope to extend my afternoon walks and get a different set of images of those familiar places. With sunsets and bolder colors, different angles, I can’t wait to see what I’ll get.

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The “Hendrix” railway bridge is still one of my favorite subjects, I like how all those straight lines and steel make a contrast to soft morning light, abstractness of river and surrounding nature.

I posted only two images so far this month, but I hope to catch up with my regular schedule. Who knew a little bit of flu and fever could leave you so exhausted and spent….If you want to follow my daily antics, you can find me on Instagram if you look for snowlocked. I would love to follow you there, too.

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January on Instagram

Expanding your creative horizons can come from so many different directions. There is no real excuse to not challenge and push yourself every day. Because the world is around you, everywhere you look…It is not in a far away land that you dream of visiting, once you find a better job and save some money. The world is at your exposure every morning when you open your eyes.

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As you can see, my little Instagram project is still going strong. For almost 100 days I am taking pictures on my morning walks and I am still able to find something new. Weather it is a different subject or a different angle or a different light, I rediscover my little piece of heaven again and again. I don’t think I appreciated the beauty that surrounds me, until I saw all the images together.

There is even a fresh face this month, my best friends dog, a very irresistable Jack Russel named Vilma. Berta and I both adore her, I hope there will be some new images with the two of them. If I am able to catch them in the same frame. 😀

My beautiful railway bridge is officially named “Hendrix”! For over thirty years someone makes a graffiti at the side of the bridge and every time officials paint it over, but soon after the name “Hendrix” is proudly standing again. In the end, urban culture won. There might be hope for us…

I think Berta is warming up to my silly hobby, I managed to get few really beautiful images. She is still ignoring me, but at least she is still. 😛 I am quite taken by the colors in all these images, what a talented artist nature is. Looking at the collection, I am only inspired to continue with this Instagram project. Isn’t that something?

I got a wonderful Christmas present that arrived in the middle of January – Samsung Galaxy S6, the phone with the best camera. What a difference it makes, compared to my old iPhone 4S, a pure joy. You can find me on Instagram if you look for snowlocked, I would love to follow you there, too.

Lastly, I would like to share with you this heavenly piece of music, a beautiful soundtrack for my morning walks.

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Still Having Fun on Instagram

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Above are my most liked nine images on Instagram for 2015. Bearing in mind I started posting in November, I was very pleased to see how well my work has been received.

Bellow you can find all my Instagram images from December. All 36 were taken in my neighbourhood, mostly during my morning walks.

My favorite subjects are the same as for November, Berta and the railway bridge.

It can be challenging to find different things to photograph, but on the other hand that makes my walks even more interesting.
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Berta still gives her best to ignore me, but I gave up on focusing only on her, I just try to make her the part of the image. That approach gave me some nice images.

One problem I have with Instagram images is they look so nice on my small phone, but once I transfer them to my PC, they are grainy and blurry.  My iPhone 4 camera is so outdated, but hopefully that will change in the near future.

 

I still take photos and process them within Instagram settings and filters, posting them the minute I take them. It is so liberating not to fuss over them. The one exception is the space ship in the gallery bellow, my friend hijacked one of my images and played with it.

This last set of images was taken on the last week of December, I just can’t believe the weather was so nice, the morning skies were beautiful.

I am continuing to post images on Instagram every day,  still enjoying it very much. If you want to look for me, search for snowlocked. Till the next time…