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The beauty of glass and brick rose high, making me feel small and unimportant. The new queen of Hamburg skyline, the pride of its people, commanded respect. “It just feels too modern for my taste,” I thought, looking at her contours. I prefer the old and classic; tradition and authenticity. But the day will come when I will no longer be around; and she, she will still be here, defying the passing of time, as elegant as ever. And someone else will be standing on this very spot, marvelling at her beauty, romaticizing about the good old times when people were kinder and the architecture was classier. === Fourth photo from our series for @jackdaniels_de #sponsored #werbung 18+

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I remember the exact day when I took this photo. It was Christmas, and I was alone in Gdańsk. After overcoming the initial awkwardness about being the only solo person in the old town, I consumed my festive burger and mulled wine, and hit the city. Now, photographers often like to complain about the weather — ugly cloud formations, boring sunsets, grey sky; some even complain when the weather is too good. But on that day, I discovered drizzle, liquid water drops so small and annoying that even the gentlest breeze can carry them in any direction. And of course, the most popular one seemed to be my lens and the ND filter. After nervously wiping the lens for probably the 50th time, I reluctantly decided to call it a day. On my way to the hotel, I saw this puddle. It seemed interesting, but I cared so little that I only took two snaps. No tripods, no filters, not even properly adjusting the frame nor settings. Only after returning to Norway, I realized how nice the photos actually looked. In disbelief, I needed something to cheer me up — “Screw it,” I said, “no photo is worth getting a stress-induced ulcer. Not on Christmas.” === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 mm f/4.0 @ f/7.1, 1/125 s, ISO 200

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Hamburg’s tribute to brotherly love: Brüderstraße — or translated — Brothers Street. Naturally, this street was destined to find its way into our feed sooner or later. === @SonyAlpha 7iii + @voigtlander 15 mm @ f/22, 1/50 s, ISO 200

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Can you believe that some people have views like this every single day from their offices? I often think about those lucky bastards — do they appreciate it in all its beauty or they get bored seeing it every day; do they ever stay late at work just to enjoy the sunset; are they aware that there are quite a few people that would pay to have the same chance only for 10 minutes? For the rest of us whose office windows face parking lots and Asian restaurants' kitchen ventilation systems, these opportunities come only by pure luck. And that’s precisely what we had when @bennobelle's act of kindness gave us access to one of the most spectacular spots in the city, helped by some top-class lobbying of @nurielmolcho. Thanks for the dopamine rush and a fun rooftop session, guys. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 mm f/4.0, @ 23 mm, f/6.3, 1/125 s, ISO 100

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We are in Rijeka, Croatia next week, visiting our family and stuffing ourselves with greasy food. If you're around and want to meet up, let us know. 🔥 === 18 mm, f/5.6, 3.2 s, ISO 100

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The deal was to post this photo at 21:50 the latest. I should've had a story about how nice Lüneburg was, despite being a bit boring at the same time. But instead, I got drunk so much that I cannot really walk straight, let alone come up with something coherent. For all the kids out there, stay away from booze and #keepcreating. And yeah, Lüneburg is a nice town. You should definitely visit. === @ 15 mm, f/5, 8 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 100

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Moments before the storm. I was lucky enough to be on Arc de Triomphe observation deck just as this ridiculously dark cloud took over the Paris sky. I did my best capturing it, despite an unhealthy amount of rain on my camera, but no photo can really do justice to the surreality of the scene. I don’t really watch movies, but I can imagine this is exactly how a high-budget Hollywood apocalypse would look like. === @ 84 mm, f/4.0, 1/160, ISO 4000

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Top 3 tips for successful inflatable boat photography: 1) Go shoot early in the morning when there are few people around. Also, make sure you choose one of the coldest days of the year, after having the boat stored at home the entire summer. 2) Do not test beforehand if the boat is pierced or if the paddles and pump work properly. This will make your endeavour much more exciting and get that adrenaline pumping. 3) By all means, ignore the rain warning on your weather forecast app and do not bring waterproof clothes or spare socks. Not catching a cold is nice, but being stylish while cruising in your Challenger 2 is paramount. Hope you’ve found these tips useful, and remember — you only live once. === @ 22 mm, f/4, 1/80 s, ISO 4000

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Shooting car trails is a game of precision and patience. Precision in setting the frame in a way that the trails cover the ugliest objects in the image and patience in waiting for those goddamn cars to pass, which often takes a long time. Besides the interesting motion effects, this technique also allows you to sit on the curb, drink a beer, observe the world around you and occasionally be mistaken for a beggar. === 15 mm, f/4.5, 120 s (10-stop ND), ISO 1000

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Today we celebrate. I don’t exactly know what, since we haven’t done anything productive the entire week, but still. For the occasion, we got the cheapest white wine that money can buy, which we’re gonna mix with coke (beverage), to the horror of our German friends. I’m pretty sure that the reason is gonna find itself as the night unfolds. Hope you’re having fun wherever you are and we wish a happy Teachers’ Day to those who celebrate. === @ 15 mm, f/5.6, 120 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 100 [cropped]

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Moments like these make me believe that Speicherstadt is the most beautiful man-made place on the planet. It still baffles me how this complex isn’t a world-famous tourist attraction, because it surely belongs on the very top. On the other hand, when I think about the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks overran by tourists, I am beyond happy to keep it the way it is. === @ 30 mm, f/13, 1/30 s, ISO 100

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I always firmly believed that summer is officially over only when Instagram starts showing close-ups of white people’s hands holding out fallen leaves. Now that we got that covered, it’s time to enjoy the beauty of it: the changing colors, fresh air, puddles, hot drinks, cozy time in front of the TV, and my favorite — not having to hold in my stomach to look skinnier when around girls. #blessed === 15 mm, f/8.0, 1/20, ISO 100

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The alarm went off at 5:30 AM. Knowing my snoozing habits, I set five more alarms in the next ten minutes and another one on my tablet, intentionally placed far beyond the reach of my sloppy arm. Having to wake up before the birds caused my weary body excruciating pain. Untypical for September in Hamburg, there were no clouds in the sky. In other words, a boring sunrise. Our morning mission didn’t seem like such a good idea anymore. With no drama in the sky, we turned to more earthly things — delivery trucks’ light trails. === 💥 16 mm, f/20, 6 s, ISO 50

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This is a new photo hotspot in Hamburg. Ever since @jhs.brgr posted it, we’ve seen dozens of different takes, ranging from ultra wide to very tight perspectives. We don’t know whether he discovered it first, but that really isn’t the point now. As photographers, we get inspired by many things — vision, creativity, dedication, consistency, editing, just to name a few. But only once in a while, you run across someone who inspires you to become a better photographer and @jhs.brgr has done exactly that — by tirelessly producing brilliant content and constantly finding new perspectives in what has been perceived as well-known and familiar. So, this one is for you Johannes. Thank you for reminding us that Hamburg still has a lot to offer and inspiring us to go back out and shoot. === @ 85 mm, f/13, 30 s, ISO 50

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I always liked this lookup. It was one of the first “hidden” spots that I discovered in Hamburg. I still remember how proud that made me feel, being a stranger to a new city. I used to bring all my visiting friends here when touring Hamburg; they didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm and would only take a photo when I threatened them. After joining Instagram, I realized the spot was not as hidden, but it didn’t matter much. It still remained my lookup. A reminder of my beginnings in this city that I grew to love so much. === 15 mm, f/4.5, 30 s (10-stop ND), ISO 200

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We hereby inform you that there will be no stories until further notice as our chief creative writer @bibomun has suffered a somewhat serious eye-poking injury during the recent drinking session. He is currently receiving the finest free-of-charge medical treatment in all of Europe and is expected to be back behind the typewriter shortly. === 16 mm, f/5.6, 60 s (10-stop ND), ISO 50

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During the brotherside research team annual board meeting, @aakimun and I agreed on the new direction in our photography that will be less-banger oriented and focus more on showcasing different perspectives of Hamburg. As a part of the resolution, we gave an oath that we won't be taking any photos of this spot for at least the next 90 days. As you can see, that didn't work well. The temptation of capturing the movement of these clouds was just too big, and on Day 3, it all went down the drain. === 16 mm, f/22, 2x120 s (mean stacked in @photoshop), ISO 50

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This is my favorite view in Venice. For me, Gran Canal perfectly encapsulates the essence of the city - the bond between its glorious history and the bustle of today. The layers of buildings so ran down, yet perfectly harmonic and aesthetically impeccable. Venice is one of the few cities I visited that, despite absurd amounts of visitors, still managed to keep that authentic feel that draws me back time and time again. === @ 50 mm, f/~1.15, 1/2500 s, ISO 200 (makes very little sense, we know)

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