Instagramming from North Korea, with @dguttenfelder
See more of David’s photos from the DPRK by following him on Instagram: @dguttenfelder.
It’s not every day that you see first-hand scenes from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and you’ll almost never see an Instagram Photo Map with images posted directly from Pyongyang.
David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder), the Associated Press Chief Photographer for Asia, is doing just that: sharing photos on Instagram while on assignment in North Korea. “I feel I can help open a window into a place that would otherwise rarely be seen by outsiders,” he says. “As one of the few international photographers who has ever had regular access to the country, I feel a huge responsibility to share what I see and to show it as accurately as I can.”
David is one of the first people to ever post real-time Instagram pictures from within North Korea. Most visitors to the DPRK don’t have access to internet and—until just a few weeks ago—foreigners were not allowed to bring mobile phones into the country. Now David can share personal iPhone and iPod Touch photos to Instagram as he captures them. “There are so many curious, strangely beautiful, or melancholy details around us here…These might not be typical of the news photos I usually transmit, but they offer fleeting glimpses of this country, and how it feels to be here.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s Final General Audience
Tens of thousands gathered today in Vatican City’s Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square) to bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI as he gave his final general audience. He was escorted through the crowd in his open-sided Popemobile to greet attendees before ascending to the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to present his final address. The pope announced his resignation two weeks ago, citing poor health as the reason for leaving the papal office. Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to step down in nearly 600 years.
The pope will officially leave office tomorrow, leaving the papacy vacant until the cardinals emerge from the sequestered election process known as conclave to announce who has been selected as the 266th pope.
How I Shoot: Levitating with @JunantoHerdiawan
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos. This week, @JunantoHerdiawan shares how he takes photos where he appears to be levitating.
Camera: iPhone & iPad.
Vantage Point: “Levitation is like philosophy. It’s not just a jump shot; it is a floating moment. I like to travel and see many interesting places in the world. My idea is to levitate in any interesting place or interesting moment. By doing that, I feel like I can float or fly in any place in the world.”
Shooting: Using an application that takes multiple photos at a time while you jump makes it easier to capture the perfect levitation photo. “I use the Fast Camera application on iPhone or iPad to capture the moment. It is a continuous-shoot application that can capture every second of my levitation.”
Editing: While Junanto may touch up the lighting or tones in his photos, there are no special apps or programs used to create the levitation effect. “I don’t use editing for my levitation photos, no special application. I only adjust for lighting and other effects.”
Follow Junanto’s levitating adventures in Jakarta, Indonesia, and throughout the world at instagram.com/junantoherdiawan.