I LOVE Instagram.
I didn’t at first, though. As with most new social media outlets, it took me a little while to understand the point of it. When I first downloaded it in 2011 (I think?), I thought it was just an app to share old photos that you edited and added funky filters to. I used a handful of different photo editors outside of Instagram that added light leaks and filters called “summer mist” or “ethereal moon.” Looking back, those first 20 or so photos I posted while figuring the app out are, honestly, kinda ugly.
Backing away from standard filters and, instead, learning how to actually edit has brought my photos to a whole new level. Plus, Instagram has added so many more practical functions since I first started using it, like the geotag and map function. Man, do I LOVE it. I think that’s when it finally clicked for me when they added a map to it – of course! I love being able to share photos from trips I took 10 years ago!
Upgrades to Instagram, as well as my photo editing skills, has helped me increase my blog audience and reach. So, I thought I would share my top 10 Instagrams of 2015, along with a heartfelt appreciation of everyone who has supported me this year. THANK YOU!
Here are my 10 most double-tapped photos of the year.
First, I’ll share a little background with you. Up to today, I’ve shared 104 photos in 2015. I will probably share a few more before the end of the year, but I couldn’t wait until then! No canned filters were used, a few were only slightly enhanced with Afterlight (my preferred photo editing app), and several of them weren’t touched up at all. Of course, I included where in the world each photo was taken, too! All but two photos were shot this year.
10. Luffenholtz Beach – Trinidad, California
9. Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
8. Cape Cod Food Truck Festival – Falmouth, Massachusetts
7. Donovan Frankenreiter at the Beachcomber – Wellfleet, Massachusetts
6. Antique globes at Uncommon Objects – Austin, Texas
5. Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) in Millenium Park – Chicago, Illinois
4. Sunset at Ryder Beach – Truro, Massachusetts
3. Snack time at District Donuts in the Garden District – New Orleans, Louisiana
2. Sunrise in the Skyline District – Houston, Texas
1. Kayaking in Punta Gorda, Belize
Thank you to everyone who follows along, likes my photos, and leaves comments, whether it’s been from the beginning or just recently. I truly appreciate the support! I look forward to sharing even more with you in 2016 and seeing where the year takes me!
To see ALL my photos head on over to my Instagram account!
For behind the scenes sort of things, follow along on Snapchat: TransformedThruTravel (b.quaglieri)
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