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Screw Big Ben. Here's something new, something deep. Out-of-focus f/0.95 long expo. @depthobsessed === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + Zhongyi Mitakon 50 mm f/0.95 @ f/0.95, 2.5 s, ISO 50

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Nothing better than spending the weekend cleaning the flat and finding stuff you didn't even know you had. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/9, 60 s, ISO 100

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One of the most fascinating aspects of life in Norway is the natural light. Lying on 63°N, Trondheim is one of the northernmost major cities in the world. Except for the obvious harsh weather, this fact also brings great variations in daytime duration and sunrise/sunset positions between summer and winter months. To be more exact, the difference of daytime duration between June 21 and December 21, the longest and the shortest days of the year, is staggering 16 hours. For the southerners living here, the lack of daylight, and consequently Vitamin D deficiency, is usually the most difficult aspect to adjust to, forcing many to resort to desperate measures, like getting wasted on a regular or drinking the most disgusting liquid in existence – Vitamin D rich cod liver oil. However, from the photography perspective, those yearly variations are perfect, as they provide opportunities to shoot sunrise/sunset at almost any location and direction imaginable. This particular photo was taken during sunset in early July. Currently, the sun sets 7 hours earlier almost on the exact opposite side of the frame. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/5.6, 240 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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Now when Instagram stopped bombarding us with cringey Annie Leibovitz's @Masterclass ads, we can finally go back to our usual routine. So, here are some good old houses by the river for you. Hope you enjoy.

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Denmark. Definitely not a shithole country. #moodygrams === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 20 mm, f/14, 1/30 s, ISO 50

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The inevitable has finally happened and I hereby declare yet another season of falling on ice officially open. I started this winter with high expectations, applying my new penguin-style walking technique, wearing proper boots, and my peripheral vision sharper than ever before. It seemed that it was finally going to be my year, especially after surviving a few very close calls. However, despite all my hopes and efforts, just one moment of lost focus was enough to get punished. Luckily enough, this time all that was hurt by the fall was my ego. If any of you bastards from Trondheim snow removal service are reading this, I hope you enjoyed your taxpayer's funded, carefree weekend. Trondheim - @bibomun 4:0 === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/16, 6 s, ISO 50

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Summer sunrises and sunsets in Norway are amongst the most beautiful simple things in life I have experienced. Their only downside is that you have to sacrifice some sleep. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/11, 0.8 s, ISO 50

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I never liked travelling alone. Not because of my safety or any other reasonable concern, but because I always considered it to be a social activity, an experience to be shared with friends. Whenever I'd met solo travellers, a weird mix of admiration and pity would form inside me. I would listen about their adventures and envy them, but deep down I thought they were just weirdoes with no real friends. I had that feeling until I started earning my first money. At that point, all the dream places slowly started becoming realistic options. And suddenly, excuses started replacing all the plans previously made with my friends. Eventually, after spending my student days for the most part sitting at home instead of travelling, I started looking at things in a different light. My first solo trip was Dresden, where I met more people than in the whole year of living in Norway. Ever since, solo travelling helped to shine a whole new perspective on understanding myself and life in general, and opened my eyes in more ways than I can count. Sure, I would still prefer travelling with someone, but at some point, you just realise that waiting for others will get you nowhere. This photo was taken during my last trip. The locals didn’t understand why anyone would spend Christmas in Gdansk - alone. In their eyes, I was that weirdo. === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 27 mm, f/5.6, 120 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 100

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Hamburg 101 and no inspiration for writing. #moodygrams === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 35 mm, f/4, 1/40 s, ISO 100

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I came to Gdansk with no expectations. I left blown away by its beauty, history, atmosphere and the amount of rain that my camera was able to withstand. === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/7.1, 1/60 s, ISO 100

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It was another regular day in Speicherstadt, Hamburg's historic warehouse district and its prime photo location. @aakimun and I had just spent 6+ hours there chillaxing and taking photos, for the third day in a row. We were on our usual quest — to find a new cool angle that would separate us from the other 2000 people photographing this place every single day. We fully understood the absurdity of it, and that our chances were lower than those of winning the lottery. But hey, everything seems reasonable when you're in need of some not only new, but also 🔥 Instagram content. And just as we were about to shoot the sunset from the same two locations we always do, a miracle happened. Its name was @jan.scholle, also known as the Keymaster of Speicherstadt. With one turn of the key, he opened the massive warehouse doors and blessed us with this million bitcoin view. Life was beautiful again. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 25 mm, f/10, 30 s, ISO 100

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There are all kinds of symmetries in this world, and probably there is even an institution in charge of all of them. I just discovered a colour symmetry, and would like to patent it. If you happen to have a contact through which this usually goes, please let us know. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 33 mm, f/9, 60 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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One of the last views of the Big Ben before it fell silent and got covered in scaffolding. I don't know what kind of repair work takes four years to complete, but I'm surely looking forward to seeing this beauty shining brighter than ever. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 25 mm, f/22, 210 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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Employees of every clothing store around the world: Jeans too tight: "They fit you perfectly. That's 100% premium cotton, it will stretch out one size." Jeans too loose: "They fit you perfectly. That's 100% premium cotton, it will shrink down one size." Jeans fit perfectly: "They fit you perfectly. That's 100% premium cotton, so it neither stretches nor shrinks, and it's very easy to iron. Here, touch it!" 🤷‍♂️ === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/4, 1/8 s, ISO 100

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It seems that Trondheim and I are crossing paths again. The never-ending romantic saga that started back in 2012 just got another chapter. What does that mean for you? Well, certainly a lot of picturesque houses and silly, solitude-induced, existentialist stories. The High North, I'm all yours. === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/11, 240 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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With the shame and hangover of the "craziest" night of the year slowly retreating, it's the perfect time to create another doomsday New Year's resolutions list. The new beginning is upon us, with 12 chapters, 52 sections, and 365 ways to fail and continue going with the flow. Here's to life 🥂. Happy New Year peeps! === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/11, 3.2 s, ISO 100

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Every city has that one classic photo spot it is famous for. In Hamburg, well, this isn't the spot, but it somehow always finds a way to my camera sensor. The view of sneaky Nikolaifleet canal warehouses. Once city’s major trading centre, these half-timbered houses are one of the few pockets in the city centre that miraculously survived the 1943 Allied bombing, that destroyed over 250.000 homes and killed 40.000 people. I witnessed more dawns there than I can even count; smoking cigarettes and patiently waiting for the magic morning light to appear on the horizon - mostly without success. Nonetheless, Nikolaifleet continues to be one of my favourite places in Hamburg and a constant reminder of why I love this city. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 17 mm, f/14, 240 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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One of the highlights of our year on Instagram was that time when @aakimun visited The Netherlands and got possessed by a demon that made him take nothing but terrible photos throughout the trip. Luckily, on this particular evening in Groningen, the poor demon had to pick up his kids from kindergarten, which allowed Sandro to restore his honour with this trademark 320-second shot of the Reitdiephaven pier. === @SonyAlpha 7R + Voigtländer Heliar III 15 mm f/4.5 @ f/22, 320 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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