I’ve discovered Instagram

Taking a break from my Retrospective posts tonight because I’ve been wrapped up in an argument between Instagram, my new Android phone and my iPad. But before I rave about what is going wrong, I have to say something about what is going right.

I’ve discovered Instagram. Having been prodded with it from several friends, I finally took the dive and added the app to my iPad. And I’m loving it. Trying to not be one of those who is so snap happy they have a photo relationship with their food and their mirror, I’ve been experimenting with how a simple photo can go beyond traditional photography and make a small statement related to my life or my art. Well, truthfully it started with photos, but has since spread to video and inspiredby Suzi Poland‘s Minutes by the Sea, I’ve begun taking 15 sec videos of moments and finding that motion adds so much more depth to a photo.

There have been moving photographs of flowers…


And birds…


Tonight’s example is a little different, focussing on the evening sky and asking the viewer to listen…


It can be a little hit and miss in quality of video, after all, I’m brand new to this stuff, but it is fun and arty, and a challenge to think of new things to photograph and film that might be ordinary, but also a little out of the ordinary.

One of the things I particularly like about Suzi’s Minutes by the Sea is they give you the opportunity to just stop and look at the moment. We are often so busy dashing around, we neglect to stop and look and take in the beauty, or the interest, or the simplicity of a place or time. We miss so much. Suzi focusses on the sea, so you get to see lots of waves. Waves have moods and each one is unique. She captures them for a time so we can relive that moment.

I intend to continue with this little project at random. It’s fun and interesting and exploratory. Feel free to follow me on Instagram. There is art over there as well 😀

Best wishes,

PS: My argument – I’ve recently bought a brand new phone, my first Android toy – Samsung Galaxy III. I immediately installed Insatgram on it as it has a great camera and is much more portable than my iPad. I’ve taken a photo or two with no problem, but tonight I chose video. Well, no matter what I do, I can’t seem to get the videos off the phone and onto Instagram. The Instagram app freezes solid each time I try and I have gotten extremely frustrated (there were multiple expletives involved). So it turns out, to get a video from my phone onto Instagram I have to Dropbox it, download  it onto my desktop computer, crank up iTunes (which is always a long waiting saga), plug in my iPad (which creates the saga since I don’t do it very often and it syncs forever), upload the video to my Photo Manager app, export it to my Camera Roll and finally import it into Instagram on my iPad. Far from the quick snapshot, anywhere, I had anticipated when I bought the phone. So quite a bit of disappointment here. Instagram obviously prefers iOS devices. (It should be noted that my iPad is wi-fi only, hence the thought of a phone that could do it for me.) /whinge


3 responses to “I’ve discovered Instagram”

  1. Well thank you Liz, for your kind comments I am so happy to have inspired you. I absolutely capturing my Moving Photograph series “Minutes by the Sea” and am absolutely thrilled you have caught this bug too. I love how you are experimenting with flowers and birds as well, but I adore your pelican. he’s almost moving backwards! They definitely add more to a photograph, it’s more like looking through a window.

    As for your techie problems, the first time I tried to post a whole “Minute by the Sea” to Instagram I was disappointed to find it was reduced down to 15 seconds, Instagram’s movie limit. It also chewed up a chunk of my download allowance too. Ouch! So now I am filming them and uploading as I have always done to my Vimeo channel and film Seconds by the Sea directly through Instagram. I do have an iphone so that maybe it’s different, but I simply change the Instagram camera to movie setting and film from there. Love to hear how you go. If you have any trouble, be in touch.

  2. Hi Liz,
    I enjoyed reading your post. I’m IN love with Instagram also. And Suzi’s videos are lovely. I’ve only joined recently with my Samsung Galaxy 3. I have uploaded one video of my lil miss dancing in a tutu. I didn’t notice any problems in uploading it though? So maybe there’s a small glich with your phone. Perhaps you don’t need to go through such a long process. Do you know anyone close by with an android phone who can perhaps have a look?

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    Sandy King

    Great videos Liz, but you know that already from my comments on your instagram :). But just have to say it here too. And my favourite is the night sky. I have been loving Suzi’s too and will be along shortly to add my clips .