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The Week on Instagram | 110

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Local Lens: Capturing Lines and Angles in Prague with @prazakj

Local Lens: In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot in their city. Experience Prague through the lens of a local by following @prazakj and explore some of his favorite locations through the links below.

"I’m fascinated by architecture and landscape," says Jan Pražák (@prazakj), who calls Prague home but travels often to all corners of the Czech Republic.

"I really enjoy the minimalist architecture, and Prague is filled with shapes and curves," says Jan. "I didn’t study architecture—I just look for forms I like."

For those visiting Prague and looking for unique architecture to shoot, Jan recommends running or skating along the scenic Vltava River. “From the river, you can see Danube House, Nile House, Amazon Court and Main Point.” For more adventurous folks willing to walk a little further, Jan recommends Prague Castle and nearby Stromovka Park.

"Prague is full of pretty places and I have little space to tell you about them, so just come and visit! My best tip for photo taking is to go out when the sun is rising or one hour before it goes down. That’s the best light for making shots."

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstoryinmotion

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 video announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

Earlier this week, we introduced you to the storytelling videos of Japanese Instagrammer @hamadahideaki. You’ve seen his videos and the tips he’s shared—now it’s your turn! The goal this weekend is to create a video with multiple clips to tell the story of a moment. Some tips to get you started:

  • Your story doesn’t have to be complex to be great. You have fifteen seconds, so aim to keep your subject matter simple.
  • Play with different angles in each clip to highlight different parts of your story. Try recording footage up-close to show details, moving far away to set the scene with a wide shot, or even filming from above and below to keep things interesting.
  • Don’t be afraid to record a lot of footage. The more you shoot, the more creative options you’ll have when you put your video together.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPstoryinmotion hashtag to videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own videos to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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A Visit to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats

To view more photos and videos from the Bonneville Salt Flats, be sure to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats location page.

Northwestern Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats is one of the largest salt flats in the United States. Instagrammers visit the white, crystalline natural wonder to capture scenes of its otherworldly landscape. The salt flats appear endless in the dry seasons, but when covered with rain water it becomes a giant mirror reflecting the sky and whatever stands on its surface.

In addition to providing an incredible photogenic draw for individuals, the Bonneville Salt Flats is also known for the many commercials filmed there and the numerous land speed records—the name for the highest speed achieved by a wheeled vehicle on land—that have been set there in recent history.

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Inhotim, Brazil’s Hidden Art Oasis

To see more photos and videos of the “Viewing Machine” and other artwork at Inhotim, browse the Instituto Inhotim location page.

In the hills of southeast Brazil hides Inhotim, a 3,000-acre contemporary-art complex founded by mining magnate Bernando Paz. About 1,000 employees, including curators, botanists and concrete pourers, work at Inhotim to preserve and display its more than 500 works by both foreign and Brazilian artists. Even Paz himself lives at Inhotim to be amidst the artwork that he loves.

Because of Inhotim’s sprawling scale, each artist is given an unusual amount of space for their projects. One of the more popular pieces on the site is Danish artist Olafur Eliasson’s “Viewing Machine”—an oversized kaleidoscope visitors can point at anything in Inhotim’s botanical gardens, including the friends who came with them.

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God’s Own Junkyard—where Neon Never Dies

For more photos and videos from God’s Own Junkyard, browse the #godsownjunkyard hashtag or visit the location page for the Junkyard’s previous premises.

God’s Own Junkyard is a little slice of heaven found in Walthamstow, North East London. Newly relocated to a new premises, the unique space on an industrial estate is the workshop and showroom of Chris Bracey, a neon artist who collects and hand-renovates neon signs for art, shows and collectors items.

Chris has been creating and collecting vintage neon signs, old movie props, found objects and waste light for the last 37 years, and his work has developed a cult following. Some of his most famous signs have appeared at Alexander McQueen shows and in Stanley Kubrick films. After a short period of closure, the new site continues to attract Instagrammers from around the world. One of his neon creations is currently on display at Selfridges in central London.

Photographer Adrienne Pitts (@hellopoe) recently visited the Junkyard before it closed to relocate. Here are her tips for getting the best from your photos in the Junkyard or of any neon signs:

  1. "Play with your exposure settings: by tapping on different parts of your screen, you can expose for lights or for darks. Neon is so dramatic and gives off such a beautiful colourful glow, it often looks best surrounded by darkness, so tap on a light area of your screen to make sure the rest of the scene is dark.
  2. "Play with scale and shadow: some of the pieces in God’s Own Junkyard are pretty big! To give a sense of scale, try including people or playing with creating interesting silhouettes against the colourful neon.
  3. "Get in close: a lot of beauty can be found in the detail—the curves of the neon, the hundreds of tiny lightbulbs and the gorgeous colourful glow that the neon gives off can all make for a beautiful image."

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Looking Back with the #TBTs of 2013

Want to see more blasts from the past or share a nostalgic photo or video of your own? Post with or browse the #TBT and #throwbackthursday hashtags.

With over 127 million posts shared using the #TBT (#throwbackthursday) hashtag, it’s little wonder that #TBT came in as one of the most-used hashtags of 2013 on Instagram. Throwback Thursdays provide Instagrammers with a weekly opportunity to share a special moment from the past. As this year has shown, the trend has expanded and attracted participation from actors, musicians, sports stars and even US First Lady Michelle Obama. To celebrate this trend and the moments of the past it commemorates, we’ve selected a few stand-out #TBT photos from 2013.

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Adventures in Snowy NYC with #brooklyndirectconnect

For more photos and videos from the meet-up, check out the #brooklyndirectconnect hashtag.

Just a day after the launch of Instagram Direct, New York City saw one of the first substantial snowfalls of this winter. Undeterred by the cold, a few intrepid Instagrammers decided to celebrate the snow by meeting up under the Manhattan Bridge.

As the snow began, NYC Instagrammer Danielle (@mimizinne) sent a video of herself walking through Prospect Park in the snow to a group of her friends with Instagram Direct. Her caption: “Bundle up guys. It’s cold outside.” In the span of a few minutes, the conversation around her video turned to ideas of getting together—and within a few hours, they had all gathered under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. As Danielle explains, “For a lot of the people, I don’t have their phone numbers. It was a way to reach out to a bunch of people who I know through Instagram.” People on the thread invited their friends in turn, bringing together a group of new people excited about the beautiful snow in their city.

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Around the Globe with the World’s Heads of State on Instagram

This past year, the world was granted an intimate look at the life of US President Barack Obama and his family through photos and videos shared on Instagram by The White House (@whitehouse), First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) and White House photographer Pete Souza (@petesouza). As the Instagram community continues to grow internationally, political leaders across the globe have increasingly adopted Instagram as a way to share and connect with the people they represent. Some, like the White House and Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, have even hosted Instameets.

If you’re curious about what life is like as the leader of a far away country, explore these Instagram accounts:

  • Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium — @eliodirupo
  • Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil — @palaciodoplanalto
  • Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada — @pmstephenharper
  • Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan — @queenrania
  • Ani Yudhoyono, First Lady of Indonesia — @aniyudhoyono
  • Shimon Peres, President of Israel — @shimonperes
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya — @ukenyatta
  • Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia — @najib_razak
  • Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico — @penanieto
  • Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay — @horaciocartespy
  • Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia — @damedvedev
  • Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore — @leehsienloong
  • Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia — @borutpahor
  • Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey — @cbabdullahgul
  • European Parliament — @europeanparliament
  • Clarence House — Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family including The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry — @clarencehouse

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Are you participating in an InstaMeet soon? Let us know by sending us a note through Tumblr.

Over the past several weeks, Instagrammers around the world gathered together to take photos and videos and share them on Instagram, including what was likely the first InstaMeet in the DPRK, an InstaMeet in remembrance of Nelson Mandela and a special holiday InstaMeet and toy drive for those in need in Los Angeles (#givingpeerpressure). To see what it’s like to attend an InstaMeet, browse the photos and videos for each meet’s hashtag page:

Want to host your own InstaMeet or photowalk? Be sure to check out our blog post with tips on how to organize and throw a great event.