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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPgoldenhour

The goal this weekend is to capture photographs of the first or last hour of sunlight during the day, also known as the golden hour. You can take photos of the sky, buildings, portraits of friends, or even inside your home washed in this light. Be sure to notice how the lighting is softer when illumination comes from indirect light and how it's often a warmer hue, appearing more reddish.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured on the Instagram blog at blog.instagram.com on Monday morning!

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User Image instagram Posted: Nov 24, 2017 9:17 PM (UTC)
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Featured photo by @mihailonaca
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPlikealocal
This weekend, the goal of #WHPlikealocal is to celebrate what you love about where you live.
Share hidden gems. What are the best and most beautiful spots in your city only a local would know? Let us in on the best-kept secrets.
Celebrate everyday scenes. Show us your daily activities that are unique to where you live — like rising early with animals on a farm or boarding a crowded city train at sunset.
Honor the legends. Is there a local baker who mixes up your all-time favorite treat? A muralist who gave your downtown’s walls a makeover? Make images of the people who love your town, and make it great a place to live.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPlikealocal hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 23, 2017 7:45 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @hailethomas
Sixteen-year-old vegan chef and health activist Haile Thomas (@hailethomas) received the nickname “Hurricane Haile” as a baby — she was notorious for throwing pots and pans all over the place. “In some ways I still live up to that name. I always make a huge mess when I’m in my creative cooking zone!” she says. Today, the 12th-grade student from New York City is constantly mixing up fresh recipes and offering new nutrition tips. “I really try to send messages that bring awareness to the many topics that are important to me, but also hopefully contribute to the health, happiness and overall positive growth of our global community.”
This year, Haile is celebrating #Thanksgiving with her extended family. “My mom, dad, sister and I have been doing a plant-based dinner for the past three years,” she explains. “We are so glad to get a commitment from our aunts, uncles and cousins to go veg-based this year and celebrate together.”
Check out our story to see Haile in action in the kitchen.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 22, 2017 11:53 PM (UTC)
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Photos by @malikesidibe
“Being from Africa and moving to New York City, I feel like there’s so much inspiration everywhere. I spend half my time walking down the street just looking around,” says 20-year-old photography student Malike Sidibe (@malikesidibe). “When I’m creating, I try to go out of my comfort zone. Do something I’ve never done just to see where it takes me.” At 13, Malike moved from a strict household in Guinea to the US, without speaking a word of English. “When I first moved, I never knew that I was interested in becoming a photographer, but it was something I’ve always appreciated,” says Malike. “My dad wants me to be a cab driver, but I’ve decided to follow my dream of becoming a fashion photographer instead. I feel like my whole goal is to show my little brothers: don’t be afraid to try anything you want. You have the freedom to do so.” #WhereIComeFrom
Watch our story to see more of Malike’s portrait photography.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @j_kreiss
Jared Kreiss (@j_kreiss ) ran down to the beach to take this photo of a surfer and his beloved pup heading toward the waves. “Cherish all moments,” says Jared. “There is so much to be thankful for.” #WHPthankful
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 11:14 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @nathparisfood
Thankful for this autumn bounty. 🍁 #WHPthankful
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 9:51 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @minmohd
Photographer Min Mohd (@minmohd) captured a rare occasion: all four of her children together. “It’s really easy to focus on the negative, but I want to train my heart and eyes to see and feel the good in everything,” she says. “#WHPthankful inspired me to slowly look around and see what is really important in life.”
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 7:24 PM (UTC)
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Video by @bosunthefrenchie
Eeek! No, no... hello, world! 😱 It’s time for #WeeklyFluff. Hailing from New York City, Bosun (@bosunthefrenchie) loves to hang with his humans, take in the sights and break in new toys. And as you can see from this video, it’s easy to relate to this 2-year-old Frenchie.
Follow @bosunthefrenchie to make sure you never miss out on this pup’s adventures.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 4:35 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @pilotmaria
Taking in the sunrise from high above the clouds, pilot Maria Pettersson (@pilotmaria) gives thanks for the beautiful Earth below her. #WHPthankful
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:46 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @wild.rocks
In Warsaw, Poland, @wild.rocks is thankful for books. “I have experienced hundreds of adventures, met amazing people and visited the most distant places,” she writes in her caption. #WHPthankful
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 21, 2017 12:54 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @turtledove.a
“So grateful that they found each other,” writes Turtle Williams (@turtledove.a) of a young girl and her four-legged friend. 🐶
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPthankful.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 19, 2017 7:58 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @laura_makeup
Whether it’s a hairstyle or a new palette, beauty vlogger Laura Sanchez (@laura_makeup) isn’t afraid to experiment with color. “I love that you can express different emotions through different colors,” says the 25-year-old from Colombia, who now lives in Los Angeles. “At the end of the day, makeup comes off. And it doesn’t hurt trying new things. You might just like it.”
Watch Laura apply a new look. Her tutorial is on our Instagram story right now. 💕
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 18, 2017 7:21 PM (UTC)
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On our story: yo-yo champion Thawhir Iqbal (@thawhir) — and his friends Ian (@iansorandom) and Marcus (@marcusk0h) — show off their skills in Singapore. 🌀 “Apart from winning competitions, the best part of yo-yoing is to be able to make friends and connections with other people who share the same passion as me worldwide,” says 19-year-old Thawhir, who is a six-time Singapore national champion. “I do love to share my passion to non-yo-yo players whenever they ask about it. It makes me happy when I see the amazement on their faces when I showcase to them what modern yo-yoing looks like.”
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 18, 2017 6:13 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @kaji_nori06
In Japan, it’s the season for rainy days and yellow ginkgo leaves. #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 18, 2017 5:42 PM (UTC)
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User Image instagram Posted: Nov 18, 2017 5:02 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @xavierreycolors
We’re all smiles seaside for the #TheWeekOnInstagram.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 18, 2017 12:29 AM (UTC)
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#Boomerang by @chu_morr
We’re jumping for joy with today’s #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Teresa Argudo (@chu_morr) captured this lovely leap of her daughter’s new rhythmic gymnastics team. “After three months training together, this #Boomerang was made after her first participation in a local festival.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. It might show up here on @instagram.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 17, 2017 11:04 PM (UTC)
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Featured photo by @natchitwood
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthankful
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of the people, places and things you are most grateful for in your everyday life, as in this featured photo by Natalie Chitwood (@natchitwood). Here are some tips to get you started:
Make portraits of the people that matter to you most — from a best friend to a mentor, a coach or a parent. Furry companions count, too!
How do you express your thankfulness through action? Capture the ways you show that you’re grateful to those around you, like baking cookies for family or volunteering time to help your community.
Use your captions to give meaning and context to your photos and videos. Well-chosen words can make a photograph even more powerful.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPthankful hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 17, 2017 8:10 PM (UTC)
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It wasn’t an easy decision for Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño, better known as Maluma (@maluma), to give up soccer as a teenager in order to pursue music. But last night as he performed at the Latin Grammys (@latingrammys) in Las Vegas, where he was nominated for multiple awards, the choice felt increasingly right. “It is an honor,” says Maluma. “Having those multiple nominations makes me reflect on what a great year 2017 has been, and how far I’ve come.”
From the dressing room to the stage, spend the evening at the Latin Grammys with Maluma — all on our Instagram story. 🎶
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:44 PM (UTC)
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Video by @_pizzicato_
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Buona (@_pizzicato_), an exotic shorthair cat from Japan. This 2-year old fierce feline is equal parts sulky and sweet. She’s known to turn up her tail to treats if she’s not in the mood, but also loves making little sounds and curling up close to get your attention.
Watch today’s story to see learn more about Buona’s world — not to mention, her chic style. 🐱💕
User Image instagram Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:40 PM (UTC)
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Photo of @juliomorel94 and @scarguemez by @omarzrobles
When photographer Omar Robles (@omarzrobles) thinks of Latin American culture, “solidarity” is the word that comes to mind. “We generally seek each other and try to help each other as much as we can,” says the New York City-based photographer, who is originally from Puerto Rico. Before he worked as a photographer, Omar studied mime in Europe under French actor Marcel Marceau. “You can create stories in photography without using words,” Omar notes, of the connection between his past and present pursuits.
These days, he’s busy bringing visibility to another group of artists: ballet dancers. “Whenever people think of ballet and dance in general, hardly anyone thinks about Latin America. What’s interesting is that many of the major companies in the world have actually had principal dancers that are from Latin American countries. There is a strong tradition and there is a lot of talent,” he says.
For a closer look at Omar’s dance photography series, check out our Instagram story.