The word “Instagram” is now familiar to many. Official data says that as of February 12, 2012, this program was used by 27 million people. I have discovered the application more than a year ago, when it had “only” 6 million users :)

I wouldn’t claim to be a big fan of Instagram, even if, originally, I liked a lot taking photos with its use. Then I got over it, and for some time, did not take any pictures with the mobile phone at all. But still, every time now and then, especially when traveling, I take out my iPhone, and open up Instagram. And that, despite the fact that at least two cameras – Canon 1Ds Mark III and Canon 5D Mark II with top L-optics are hanging down from my neck at all times. Friends are laughing, when they see me geared like that, and with an iPhone in my hands.

Many like Instagram for the good retro-color, but in fact it’s not a big deal for me to get that color with post-processing techniques. This is not to say that the colors in Instagram are not good. Just that for me personally, the most valuable part is the somewhat non-serious attitude towards the pictures you take on iPhone. And, of course, the ability to process it fast and well, so that they’re ready to be shown to your friends almost instantly. I do often use iPhone as a sketchbook, for taking pictures “on the run”. They often come up fresh and lively. I like to use Instagram for practicing the “photographic intuition”.

Not aspiring for them to be considered highly artistic, let me still share with you a selection of the favorite instagram-photos, taken by me in different parts of the world during the past year.

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Turkey, Istanbul

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Russia, Tomsk

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Russia, Ryazan region

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Russia, Moscow

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Russia, St. Petersburg

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Sri Lanka, Colombo

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Sri Lanka, Galle

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Sri Lanka, Kandy

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Sri Lanka, Kandy

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Sri Lanka, Kandy

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Sri Lanka, Kandy

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Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura

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Sri Lanka, Negombo

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Turkey, Istnmbul

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Turkey, Istanbul

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Russia, Moscow

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Vietnam, Saigon

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Vietnam, Mui Ne

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Vietnam, Mui Ne

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Vietnam, Mui Ne

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Cambodia, Phnom Penh

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Cambodia, Phnom Penh

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Cambodia, Beng Melea

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Cambodia, Siem Reap

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Vietnam, Halong

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Vietnam, Sa Pa

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Vietnam, Sa Pa

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Vietnam, Cao Bang

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Vietnam, Cao Bang

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Vietnam, Ha Noi

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Vietnam, Phan Tiet

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Vietnam, Mui Ne

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Lebanon, Byblos

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Lebanon, Beirut

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Oman, Muscat

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Ukraine, Kiev

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Ukraine, Kiev

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Switzerland, Montreux

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Russia, St. Petersburg

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Venezuela, Santa Elena

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Armenia, Khor Virap

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Kyrhyzstan, Bishkek

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Russia, Moscow

P.S. If you are interested, you can find me on Instagram: @pavelkosenko.

My thanks to Karen Hovhannisian for translating this post in English.