Here’s your monthly dose of “but why can’t I take photos like this?”. Don’t worry, I can’t either. God, these posts depress me… ? but in the best possible way!

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I never consciously choose themed or similar shots for these monthly collections, yet there are a lot of things these pictures all have in common. They’re all DSLR, and show a proficient level of technical skill. But what stands out to me more is the effort. For every one of these, someone had to go the extra mile – trudge through the snow, get up at dawn, make a special trip to a special location. Wait for hours for the animal to show up. Take her top off in the street.

There’s a tendency by the masses to belittle planned photography as being automatically “fake”. I think shots like this speak to the incredible value of setting out with a picture in mind, and not quitting until you’ve found it.
& though we might not all have the camera, or the skill, or the energy (me! me!), we can all expend a little extra effort in our work, sometimes. So if like me you’re inspired by these photographers, that’s your challenge this month. Go out of your way to take a really great picture.

What’s your Instagram Inspiration this month? Want to share your ‘extra mile’ photo with me? Comment below.

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  • zoritoler imol

  • August 20, 2023

Appreciate it for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info .

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  • zoritoler imol

  • January 28, 2023

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  • Kayleigh Wright

  • January 13, 2017

Words cannot describe how beautiful these photos are. I love each and every one of them, it’s really inspiring to see how much effort these photographers give to create something so beautiful. I’m definitely inspired to make that extra little effort to go out there, go for it and take a really great photo!

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  • Miranda | Miranda's Notebook

  • January 13, 2017

That photo with the bird is just incredible!! What lovely accounts to be inspired by; thank you for sharing! xxx

  • Lindsay Eryn

  • January 13, 2017

Oh my word, @kpunkka’s feed has me just in awe. I called my husband over to look, and we kept saying “oh look at that one!” “No, look at this one!” Thank you for the introduction!

  • MyCustardPie

  • January 12, 2017

These all take my breath away… and you’re right. I’ve been meaning to get up at 5 and take a picture of the sun rising over the new canal here… but haven’t. I love Instagram for helping me to notice the little things every day, the light on ordinary things, the accidental beauty… but there’s a story behind all those images that draws you in and inspires you. It expands my mind and catapults my imagination and creativity away from a nice flatlay, a pretty sky, to … well .. who know what. Thanks as always for lighting the touch paper Sara.

  • Paula Solar

  • January 12, 2017

I love this section because it leads me to so many talented photographers to learn from! I mean, for example, of all the impressive people here I only know (and follow) Delfina Carmona, I must check the others, and well it wouldn’t surprise me if I ended following them, it wouldn’t be the first time! So thank you for connecting us (the artists and your readers, like me).

My favourite here is the one with the bird (sparrow?) by @KPUNKKA, oh good I need to work harder even though I will never be half this good.


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