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Making it to the World Series with @punkpoint

To see more photos from the World Series, follow @punkpoint, @mlb, @sfgiants, @kcroyals and explore the #worldseries hashtag on Instagram.

“I never figured on a career path in photography,” says Andy Kuno (@punkpoint), “I always thought I’d be doing something else. Photography was just a hobby in high school.” A community of sports photographers, including Brad Mangin (@bmangin), helped him find his way as a young rookie.

As the team photographer for the San Francisco Giants, Andy uses Instagram to share behind-the-scenes moments of his hometown baseball team and their journey to the World Series. “My favorite time to capture images is during batting practice while the players are loose,” he says.

“I wanted to show stuff that would never make it to print,” he continues. “As social media has become an important outlet to our fans, we’ve hit Instagram pretty hard. I’ve been given autonomy to do what I need to show the team’s personality at its best.”

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The Mysterious and Melancholy Resin Figurines of @doubleparlour

To see more of Cassie and Ernie’s figurines come to life, follow @doubleparlour on Instagram.

“We like our characters to look as if they have a past that they may or may not be willing to share,” explains Ernie Velasco. He and his wife Cassie make up the San Francisco, California, artistic duo Doubleparlour (@doubleparlour). Their figurines, which radiate a mysterious sadness, are hand-sculpted from resin.

“We spend a lot of time discussing ideas and bouncing them off of each other,” explains Ernie. The two have a similar aesthetic, however, which aids the creative process. “We both like our characters to display personalities that are melancholy, dark, contemplative or mischievous.”

While Cassie and Ernie endow their creations with rich character, they hold back from illustrating any particular figure’s story. Ernie says, “We like to leave that up to the viewer.”

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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.”

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Shifting Perspective with @brycetron

For more tilted photos from the San Francisco hills, follow @brycetron and explore the series around the world by browsing his #sidewayscity hashtag.

Everyone who lives in a hilly area occasionally has a moment—usually while huffing and puffing up a hill with an armful of groceries—when they curse the steep inclines of their city. However, hills provided a new source of inspiration for a man in one of the United States’s hilliest cities: San Francisco.

Instagrammer Bryce Tron (@brycetron) moved to San Francisco in 2011 and, like any new resident to a city, found his bearings by visiting all of the top tourist destinations. Fun though they were, Bryce’s attention turned more to the city’s steep hills and the structures built upon them. Inspired by other photos from the San Francisco community, Bryce began rotating his photos so that the normally-steep hill appeared flat and all of the buildings leaned at an impossible tilt. “It makes your mind twist,” he says.

After venturing outside of San Francisco and continuing to take these photos, Bryce started the #sidewayscity hashtag to encourage a new way of looking at uneven terrain that anyone could use—not just San Franciscans.

Bryce is also the owner of one very energetic (and charismatic) pup, Ruby. For more photos and videos from their adventures in a sideways city, follow @brycetron.