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I’ve been sitting in front of this photo for at least half an hour now, trying to find inspiration for this caption. Despite the great morning light, the fairy-tale houses or the mysterious look in her eyes, nothing comes to mind. I can feel the nothingness creeping through my brain, a terrifying feeling I’ve crossed paths with lately. I’m sure that last night and mixing whiskey with vodka didn’t help. I fucking hate vodka shots, but they somehow always find a way to my stomach. This is not the life I ordered. === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 35 mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, 1/2500 s, ISO 100

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On this day back in 1961, Yuri Gagarin carried out the first human space flight. His 90-minute orbit around the Earth marked the beginning of the new chapter for space exploration and is considered as one of the biggest technological achievements in the history of mankind (i.e. peoplekind for Canadians). Today, 57 years later, The Flat Earth Society gathers almost 150 thousand free-thinkers on Facebook, organises conventions, and even runs its own podcast. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 26 mm, f/4, 0.6 s, ISO 100

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Sunrise at the magical Trocadero square. Cliché or not, it’s still the most spectacular photo location I've ever seen. In rare moments like this, when not overrun by tourists, Paris is a very enjoyable place. Special thanks to the wonderful @rhuizi and the pigeons for playing along. === @SonyAlpha 7R + Voigtländer Heliar III 15 mm f/4.5 @ f/4.5, 1/250 s, ISO 200

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April has begun and spring has finally arrived to Europe. Trees are blooming, honeybees are back from hibernation, and people all across the continent are buying barbecue accessories and preparing for the first open air festivals this year. And in Trondheim? Here, believe it or not, it’s snowing. === @SonyAlpha 7R + Voigtländer Heliar III 15 mm f/4.5 @ f/4.5, 240 s, ISO 200

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The heart of Paris as seen from Tour Montparnasse, a 210-metre skyscraper, a popular observation deck, and hands down the ugliest building in the city. The tower’s architecture and proportions have been a favorite topic of criticism and ridicule, with many locals stating that it is a place with the most beautiful view in Paris, because it’s the only spot in the city from where the tower itself cannot be seen. Do you think this view is worth the 17 EUR admission fee? My advice would be to go for the observation deck on top of Arc de Triomphe for a more authentic experience instead. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/22, 5 s, ISO 100

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Last summer your favorite fine art photographers chose a different kind of vacation – a campervan trip along the famous Croatian coast. For the occasion, we teamed up with @lowridersrental, who provided us with their finest stealth mini camper, which became our home during two exciting and at times challenging weeks, primarily due to the size of our two egos. Now that @aakimun and I finally managed to forgive each other all the things said, we want to share with you three lessons we learnt along the way: 1) Pack light Think about how much stuff you really need. When you’ve done that, leave half of it at home. Summers in the Mediterranean are consistent weather-wise, and clean underwear highly overrated. Instead, opt for a flashlight and a mosquito spray. They might save your life. In case you have caring mothers, make sure they don't slip something into your bags when you're not watching. 2) Peace, love and understanding It is widely known that travelling is, next to winning the lottery, the best friendship test. Sharing a campervan 24/7 two weeks straight requires tolerance and patience so make sure you pack some of those as well. On the other hand, such endeavor provides a unique environment to get to know your co-travelers profoundly and genuinely, thus creating a unique bond you wouldn’t get elsewhere. After all, if you manage to survive the smell of someone’s socks and live through their nervous outbursts, you’ll be friends for life. 3) Don’t stress about the schedule Planning to visit 10 places in 10 days? Forget about it. I get it, maybe you’ve been saving money for years or maybe it’s your only chance to visit the country, but the memories you’ll keep by slowing down and truly enjoying your trip are more valuable than rushing and barely scratching the surface of the culture. Talk to the locals, drink rakija together, and go outside the usual routes to experience the true heartbeat of the country. === Photo by the talented, but inconsistent @vchoiii.

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It was lovely to see all your support in our last post; there were more worms than we could even count. Despite being marketed as an inclusive and community-first platform, Instagram can be a tough and unforgiving place for creators, requiring constant engagement and often giving very little in return. That's why such meaningful feedback is so valuable and is probably the only thing that still keeps many of us around. So thank you for all your comments and messages, we're doing our best to catch up. For those of you who generously offered your legal advice, mob enforcer services, or were only worried about our sanity - the worm store was just a joke stolen from our favorite movie - Dumb and Dumber. As a sign of appreciation, here's yet another cliché photo for you. May the algorithm have mercy on our souls. === @SonyAlpha 7R + Voigtländer Heliar III 15 mm f/4.5 @ f/11, 3.2 s, ISO 100

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Hey there busy stranger! How’s it going? No, your mind is not playing tricks on you. Your favorite photographers are back, with no less than these delicate, yet courageous houses by the water. It’s been almost two months since our last post. We used the well-needed break to focus on our true passion and a childhood dream — opening the world’s first specialized worm store, a place where aspiring fishermen and other worm enthusiasts can exchange expertize, ideas, and experiences, as well as get high-quality worm products. Unfortunately, after all the hustle and bustle, the pressure from the plastic bait lobby turned out too much to handle, so our startup will have to wait for better days. Please comment 🐛 to show us that you care! [1 worm = 1 care] That said, what’s new on Instagram? How’s the algorithm treating you? Any new 🔥 locations? Any gossip worth knowing? === @SonyAlpha 7R + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm [cropped], f/22, 60 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

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@bibomun, the writing powerhouse of @brotherside and my little brother, has turned 28 today, stepping well into the late twenties crisis. Now, I have to admit, I wouldn’t have remembered it if he hadn’t reminded me. He took it with a little disappointment, even after I had shown him this 🔥 edit and laid out my most convincing work- and mental health-related excuses. Ungrateful bastard. === No camera settings today out of respect for my little brother.

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My first time in Bergen left quite an impression. It was sunny, warm, and vibrant, everything that Trondheim is usually not. It had a real city feel to it, with tall, modern buildings and traditional Norwegian houses intertwining for many kilometres around the city. In addition, the area around Bergen offers some of the most fabulous nature in the world, like Trolltunga and Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That’s why it seemed like a reasonable idea to invest time and money and stay there for the whole week, and in June of 2017, I did exactly that. This time, however, I ended up having 7 straight days of rain and wind, another thing that Bergen is famous for. I spent my days in a local caffe, drinking 5 EUR coffee, cursing my luck, and unsuccessfully praying for the rain to stop. Locals didn't seem to mind though. Recently named the happiest people in the world, they were rocking their summer clothes, sunglasses and vitamin D deficiency. I envied them and their ability to be happy. It was the most frustrating trip of my life. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 16 mm, f/4, 1/320 s, ISO 100

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The beautiful collision of humans and nature. === @SonyAlpha 7R + Voigtländer Heliar III 15 mm f/4.5 @ f/11, 30 s, ISO 160

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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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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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