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Photo by @smallstepsaregiantleaps Greetings earthlings. This is 7-year-old kid astronaut and first-grader Harrison Sheldon. 🚀He’s the star of @smallstepsaregiantleaps, a photo project that his dad, editorial photographer and nonprofit media consultant Aaron Sheldon, started when Harrison was 4 years old. Instagram: Aaron, is there a game attached to the project? Aaron: When we decide to visit a place for the project, we talk about what we might see there. During our visit, I have Harry compare what we thought we might see with the actual experience. My favorite part of each shoot is hearing his thoughts about the places and what he liked about each place as we look at the pictures together over a post-mission doughnut, cookie or ice-cream cone. IG: Astronaut Harrison, what’s the best part of being an astronaut? Harrison: Exploring places, meeting astronauts, bouncing on hotel beds, having cool exploring gear and snacks. IG: Astronaut Harrison, what do you want to be when you grow up? Harrison: Superhero. Aaron: What if your plan to create your own superpowers doesn’t work out? What would you be if you can’t be a superhero? Harrison: Police officer and construction worker in space. Check out today’s story to explore along with Harrison and Aaron on some of their adventures.


Featured photo by @hirokingraphy Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPNaturalLight This weekend the challenge is to make images and videos that are illuminated with natural light, as in this photo from Hiroki (@hirokingraphy). Start with the light source. Sunlight, moonlight or even starlight set the tone for different images, whether a landscape under the star-filled sky or a beach scene on a bright sunny day. More abstract effects of light can be found in rainbow light or a mass of fireflies dancing in the dark. Scout your location. Look for places where light has a more dramatic effect, whether coming in shards through trees in a forest, bouncing off of a reflective building, glistening on the surface of a lake or pool, or simply coming through a window to add shape and contrast to your subject. Time it right. Think about the time of day and how the quality of light affects your subject or scene. Whether the soft hazy light at dawn, the hard shadows of the midday sun or the colors at sunset, use these qualities of light to set the mood and atmosphere of your images or video. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPNaturalLight hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPNaturalLight hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPNaturalLight hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.


Photo by @jsnjnr Rising to the occasion for #WHPLayers


Photo by @freyaeverafter_ The birds roam free in Rupa Sutton’s (@freyaeverafter_) bedroom. “While the feathers on the surface are absolutely beautiful to see, there’s a whole layer underneath that’s hidden until they fluff up for preening or bathing,” says Rupa of her birds Sprig and Willow. “The hidden colors are some of the most intense. It’s truly a special treat to get a glimpse of them.” #WHPLayers


Photo by @rkrkrk After multiple attempts to capture Mount Fuji over the years, Ryosuke Kosuge (@rkrkrk) captured his dream shot. 🗻 “My photography style is ‘dense,’” says the photographer from Tokyo, “which predominantly captures lots of information and density.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPLayers.


Photo by @pingoeninadalmatians Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff stars two spotted pals: Pingo and Nina (@pingoeninadalmatians). They have some big differences: Pingo hates to get dirty and Nina loves the mud. Pingo loves to sleep; Nina loves cognitive games. But, even still, they’re best friends. “Dalmatians are happy dogs,” explains Pingo and Nina’s human, Adriana, “full of personality and always ready to adventure, whether on the beach, in the mud, in the grass, with a ball or with just a twig.” Check out today’s story and our IGTV channel to see what life is like in Rio for this pair.


Photo illustration by @sophiejanephoto Sophie Jane (@sophiejanephoto) captured this photo of her son after a trip to Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve, a former military defense site in Auckland, New Zealand, with a series of underground tunnels. “My son had been soaking up all the history of the place and was standing inside one of the forts afterwards quietly considering it all,” says the photographer. “The underground tunnels are very eerie, and I wanted to bring some of that feeling to the image. I knew superimposing a reflection of the scene my son might have been imagining would be perfect for adding dimension and telling a story.” #WHPLayers


Photo by @david.sowa The annual Chicago Transit Authority’s holiday train stars in photographer David Sowa’s (@david.sowa) #WHPLayers photo. “Watching the train light up its surroundings combined with the added ‘layer’ of snow really made it that much more magical,” says David, who waited for about 30 minutes on a parking garage for the perfect shot.


Photo by @ivanbaaaaah “Makeup has definitely helped me realize who I am and who I want to be,” says Ivan Lam (@ivanbaaaaah). “It’s helped me express what I truly feel inside on the outside. That’s super important to me. I think everybody should be able to express themselves fully without judgment. I’m so glad that I got to do this with makeup. It’s been a journey, and it’s definitely helped me a lot as a person.” 💄💋 Watch Ivan’s #howtoselfie tutorial on today’s story, and learn more about his connection to makeup on IGTV.