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Local Lens: The Backstreets of Montmartre with @ruerodier

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. This time, we take a trip to Paris with Instagrammer Marissa Cox (@ruerodier)—a blogger who recently moved to the French capital. For more from Marissa’s adventures in Paris, follow @ruerodier on Instagram.

“For me, Paris is a feast for the eyes,” says Instagrammer and recently-arrived Paris resident Marissa Cox (@ruerodier). “From the narrow cobbled streets, medieval architecture and famous landmarks to the plethora of cute cafés and decadent patisseries, the city of lights is an Instagrammer’s dream.

"In Montmartre, the Sacré-Cœur is the main attraction. The angelic, ivory-white basilica towers over Paris just behind a flight of steps, which feature several levels of lookout points where you can capture beautiful views of the white and cream shades of the city. The best place to take Instagram photos of the basilica is from the little park below, which blooms with flowers in springtime and is near an equally beautiful and ornate carousel. I also love to wander the winding cobbled backstreets a little further off the beaten tourist track. I’m a big foodie and coffee addict, so I like to walk through the Place du Tertre and down Avenue Junot to Marcel for brunch or stop for a coffee at Soul Kitchen, just on the other side of the Sacré-Cœur, or Café Kooka Boora on my way back down to Rue des Martyrs.

"Rue des Martyrs, located to the south of the Sacré-Cœur, is a street of untapped treasures with a village feel to it. Be sure to shoot pretty bouquets at the many flower shops, the jewel-colored patisseries displayed in the window of Arnaud Delmontel and the rows of artisan cakes and chocolates lined up at chocolatier Sébastien Gaudard.”

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Local Lens: Paris outside the Postcard with @gflandre

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. This time round we take a trip to Paris with Instagrammer @gflandre

"I like to define Paris as a ‘living cliché,’" says Instagrammer Guillaume Flandre (@gflandre). “No matter how many times I have seen the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, le Louvre or Montmartre, I still look at these landmarks with the same amazement I had as a child. Paris actually looks like a postcard.”

Away from some of Paris’s most famous and beautiful landmarks, Guillaume likes to capture moments of everyday life in Paris on Instagram and he has found that places close to his home near Canal Saint-Martin make for great shooting locations.

"This canal has everything I like in a neighborhood: lots of young people as well as great restaurants and bars, parks. It’s also a great place to take pictures of people playing basketball, riding their skateboards or partying on the quay next to amazing graffiti-covered walls—and the setting sun reflecting in the water is something I will never get tired of photographing."

Stroll past the islands in the middle of the Seine, Île Saint-Louis and Notre Dame's Île de la Cité, and you could find yourself in the trendy neighborhood of le Marais.

"This part of Paris kind of looks like a village in many ways," says Guillaume. "With small parks, shops and small streets in which it’s easy to get lost. I like to go there to try to discover all the gems this neighborhood has to offer and, of course, snap pictures of it."

Le Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissements) is full of small boutiques and cool cafés. “This part of town is particularly interesting on Sundays when streets are closed to traffic and hip Parisians like to wander around.”

For more local views of Paris, Guillaume also recommends the following Paris Instagrammers: @monsieurlam for great architecture, @ilkflottante for graffiti around the city, @oliviathebaut for minimalism and @nathparis for postcard views of the city.

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Local Lens: Exploring the Nature of Belo Horizonte with @fredbandeira

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more photos and videos from Frederico’s favorite places around Belo Horizonte, explore the Savassi, Praça da Liberdade, Serra do Curral and Lagoa dos Ingleses location pages and follow @fredbandeira on Instagram.

“My city, Belo Horizonte, is certainly a huge creative inspiration. Like most people who live here, I am in love with this place. Belo Horizonte, affectionately called ‘BH,’ has a population of over 3 million but still has that welcoming, small town feel,” says Belo Horizonte Instagrammer Frederico Mattos (@fredbandeira), whose shots mostly capture his day-to-day life. “I could be driving, walking or biking somewhere and all of a sudden I’ll realize that I’m in front of a potentially beautiful shot—and I’ll stop to record that moment.”

Within the urban parts of the city, Frederico heads to Savassi, a local mall, to capture portraits of the eye-catching characters who hang out there. For a dose of the city’s rich culture, Frederico recommends Praça da Liberdade: “It is the city’s most charming square which also houses Brazil’s largest cultural center.”

To experience Belo Horizonte’s natural sights, Frederico hikes up to Serra do Curral. “One of the city’s landmarks, this mountain gives Belo Horizonte a very unique energy.” The Lagoa dos Ingleses is also among Frederico’s favorite spots in “a special corner of the city where nature and beautiful landscapes meet water sports.”

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Local Lens: Out and About in Belo Horizonte with @adaniella

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more photos and videos from Daniella’s favorite places around Belo Horizonte, explore the Mercado Central, Lagoa da Pampulha and Parque das Mangabeiras location pages and follow @adaniella on Instagram.

“I’m inspired by Belo Horizonte’s contrasts, from its breathtaking landscapes to the city’s colors, which speak for themselves,” says Belo Horizonte Instagrammer Daniella Cabizuca (@adaniella). Having lived in Belo Horizonte for the past 12 years, Daniella finds delight in capturing the city through images. “Belo Horizonte is an extremely photogenic city, no matter your taste or style.”

Daniella’s favorite place to take photos is the Mercado Central, a local market where you can find a large diversity of food and drinks. “The Mercado allows me to explore my fascination with colors and shapes.” When in the mood for landscapes, Daniella heads to the Lagoa da Pampulha, a beautiful lake where the famous São Francisco de Assis church is located. “The Lagoa’s amusement park is also really great. Its angles and colors make for wonderful photos.”

To experience the phenomenon behind the city’s name (Belo Horizonte translates to “beautiful horizon”), Daniella suggests visiting the Parque das Mangabeiras. “You can see the entire city from here. It’s a very interesting place to take pictures. Nature is all around, and that is very inspiring.”

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Local Lens: Finding Peace in Tokyo with @hirozzzz

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Tokyo, follow @hirozzzz on Instagram.

Tokyo Instagrammer Hiroaki Fukuda (@hirozzzz) is one of the many who have fallen in love with the dense crowds that populate the Tokyo cityscape. From the industrial areas of the Tokyo Bay to Tokyo Tower standing in the heart of the city, Tokyo’s dynamic scenery is one-of-a-kind. For Hiroaki, the beautiful constructions found all over the city fuel his creativity on Instagram.

Hiroaki likes to capture places like the tranquil Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the scenic route of the Yurikamome train line that rides along the Tokyo bay. “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of what Tokyo would feel like if it was emptier,” he says. “Whether it is an empty train, a passageway, an empty bench in a park or a street in a busy district, I feel like I’m always striving to create a sense of calm in what I know to be one of the most densely populated regions in the world.”

Other locations Hiroaki enjoys shooting are the narrow alleys found in the vibrant districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku, the architecture in Omotesando and Ginza and the chaos of the Tsukiji Fish Market. Even among the hustle and bustle of these places, Hiroaki finds and captures a moment of peace.

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Local Lens: An Authentic View of Tokyo with @airnude

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Tokyo, follow @airnude on Instagram.

"Being born and raised in Tokyo, there is no other charm about this place than all the stories I can find in it," says Tokyo Instagrammer Suguru Azuma (@airnude). For Suguru, these stories are mostly about his memories. “I like to shoot all over Itabashi Ward and Ikebukuro District. I haven’t really thought about why, but, come to think of it, these are areas around my hometown that I was able to explore by foot when I was in elementary school.”

Suguru finds inspiration in things that remind him of his childhood days. He often captures honest, everyday scenes which to others may seem trivial. Sculptures peeking out of a neighbor’s house that terrified him as a child, a wall of an elementary school that his friend used to attend, a parking lot where a friend’s house used to stand—these are some of the nostalgic locations that Suguru likes to shoot in old suburban areas of Tokyo.

Suguru also likes to discover simple, unembellished sceneries in huge entertainment districts like Shinjuku-Kabukicho, Shibuya, Harajuku and Ueno. “In these places, there is a high chance you will run into something unexpected. Tokyo has the modern, cosmopolitan areas as well as the old, traditional places like my hometown. I like to keep a mix of photos from both sides of the city,” he says.

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Local Lens: Scenes from Small-Town Poland with @ajkajk

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Poland, follow @ajkajk on Instagram.

"After I finish school I’d like to study photography," says Agata Jackowiak (@ajkajk), an 18-year-old Instagrammer from Oborniki Wielkopolskie, a small town in Poland. Agata captures a vivid snapshot of life in the Polish countryside.

Though it’s a town of only 18,000, Oborniki provides Agata with ample creative inspiration. “Many of my photographs show the streets of my town and the terraced houses I pass by while going to and from school,” Agata says. “A favorite spot here is Obornickie Łazienki by the Wełna River. It’s where people go for scenic walks and to spend time with their families. There is also the old Wroniecki Bridge, which is perfect for Instagramming.”

Outside of Oborniki, Agata suggests visiting Ustronie Morskie, a small town along the Baltic Sea. “There is a long wooden jetty on the beach where you can take pictures of amazing sunrises and sunsets. If the weather is good you can see a lighthouse 13 kilometers (8 miles) away in Kolobrzeg. It is absolutely breathtaking.”

In February, Agata will continue her exploration of Poland—first visiting Warsaw, then Krakow. “If you are interested in the next steps of my journey, follow along!”

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Local Lens: Exploring Poland with @trynidada

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Poland, follow @trynidada on Instagram.

Instagrammer Patryk Kuleta (@trynidada) is an artist and graphic designer living and working in the Polish capital of Warsaw. His moody, minimalist photos showcase the diversity of Poland’s scenery from Warsaw and its environs to his hometown in Poland’s northern Kaszuby region. He shares some of his favorite photo-taking locations for visitors and locals alike.

"I live in Warsaw, and most of my pictures on Instagram are from here or within a 50-mile radius. Some of my favorite spots in or around Warsaw include scenic Zalew Zegrzyński (Zegrze Lake), the photogenic bridge Most Gdański, an eerie abandoned factory called Zakłady mechaniczne Ursus and the beautifully woodsy Kampinoski Park Narodowy.”

While there are plenty of scenic spots in and around this area, Patryk suggests getting out to explore other areas of the country as well.

"The coast of the Baltic Sea is stunning and the Tri-City area, made up of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, is perfect for Instagramming. The Górki Zachodnie Plaża in Gdansk and Torpedownia in Gdynia are particularly worthy of a visit. I have even dedicated a hashtag—#houseofmissiles—to Torpedownia, which was a torpedo testing facility during World War II. It’s my favorite spot to shoot.”

Patryk has future adventures in store as well. “There are many other great places that are waiting for me to explore, like the Masurian Lake District in northeast Poland and the whole southern border, home to the Tatra Mountains.”

"I recently started a hashtag, #enjoymypoland,” says Patryk, “where I will continue to post photos from my beautiful country.”

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Local Lens: Going Grey with San Francisco’s @karlthefog

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more photos and videos from the San Francisco fog, follow @karlthefog and fog-photographing friends @lec101, @wesinthewild, @finn, @ravenreviews, @cafeaulei, @luciomx and @moonman415.

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 San Francisco, the city’s very own fog (@karlthefog) shows you the best spots to photograph him.

Below the Fog – Mt. Davidson

"Located near the geographical center of San Francisco and notable for being the highest hill in the city at 925ft (282m), Mt. Davidson is one of my favorite parks. What makes this place so special is the different types of landscapes found within its boundaries: small narrow paths covered by trees that lead up to open fields with panoramic views of the city. (If you’ve ever seen pictures of San Francisco that make you think ‘When did this city turn into a rainforest?’ they were probably taken here.) For the best shots, go on a foggy morning and capture the way the paths disappear in my cloudy presence. On a few lucky days, you’ll reach the top and realize you’re above the clouds, looking down on a sea of cotton candy covering an entire city below.”

Above the Fog – Mt. Tamalpais

"If you’re thinking ‘Mount Davidson is cool, but I wanna go somewhere with an even better view,’ then I have the place for you. One of the Bay Area’s hot spots for photo taking is Mt. Tamalpais. This place has everything: extremely windy roads, dense forests and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, California coast and the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Drive along the Panoramic Highway and stop at every vista you come across. Check the weather report before you go and plan your trip on a foggy day. Time your trip around dusk to watch the sun set over me. You’re welcome.”

In the Fog – Point Reyes

Point Reyes is a giant cape located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco. While many people know it because of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, it’s also the location of vast countryside, farms, lakes, beaches and incredible views. Even the hike to get to the lighthouse is filled with several photo opportunities: steep cliffs, paths covered by trees and staircases that disappear into the horizon. I might be biased, but I recommend going on a foggy day. Bundle up in multiple layers (it’s colder and windier than you think) and capture the way the trees hug the path to the lighthouse. It manages to make an ordinary road look simultaneously daunting and magical.

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Local Lens: Catching Sunsets along the Northern Californian Coast with @scottborerro

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more sunsets along the Northern California coast, follow @scottborrero and friends @robbydurler, @throughthetinylens, @daylachris, @stephaniecrown and @kristine_nicole 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 first of a two-part series of local guides to San Francisco, Instagrammer Scott Borrero (@scottborrero) takes us along the coasts of Northern California and shares his favorite spots for shooting sunsets.

"I feel like Thornton Beach is one of the most amazing and lesser-known beaches in SF. When you first walk up, you are greeted by a large tree that overlooks the Thornton cliffside. From there, several trails lead down to smaller bluffs and eventually the ocean. Thornton actually lies on the San Andreas Fault so the landscape is very dynamic and unlike other beaches. One thing I really enjoy is hiking down into the ‘canyons’ and crevices that most beaches don’t have. Thornton is a great spot for the adventurous if you want to hike, but also for a relaxing sunset view high above the ocean.

"If you’re looking for a great sunset, Mori Point is the spot. I first discovered Mori Point about 8 months ago with my friend Robby (@robbydurler). We followed a trail that started just off the Pacific Coast Highway, not having any idea what was in store. As we neared the point we couldn’t believe our eyes: the cliff drops off to one of the most amazing views of the Pacific. Mori Point also has tons of wildflowers, so during spring it’s a very special place to visit.

"My favorite location to shoot or show anyone visiting the city would have to be Sutro Baths Ruins. The second you walk down those stairs, it’s as if you are transported to a place lost in time. The ruins and natural landscape make for some of the most amazing photo locations. I love to use the natural ‘mirror’ qualities of the baths to get some reflections or head down to the beach and catch some wave shots. Depending on the time of year, spots which are usually inaccessible become available to explore as the tides change. Sutro Baths is also so huge that even after a year of exploring I am still finding places I’ve never seen.”