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boris & sandro erceg Let me tell you about my most memorable barber experience. Due to the

Hamburg, Germany

  • 14.08.2018 22:50
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Let me tell you about my most memorable barber experience. Due to the ridiculously hot Hamburg summer, I reluctantly decided to do something about my hair. Of course, I didn’t book an appointment, which is a tricky thing in Hamburg, so reputable salons were not an option. After a 20-minute stroll and a few rejections, I stumbled upon a place that looked more like a political party headquarter than a barber shop. Old Turkish music was blasting from the radio hidden behind what seemed to be a set of old coffee pots. Photos of the owner posing with various people covered 95% of the walls. They all looked like important people since he was always wearing a suit, but I didn’t recognize any. He soon saw me standing at the entrance and welcomed me in with a smile. He was in his sixties and had a respectable mustache. A better look on the walls revealed that he has had it for the last 30 years, to say the least. I sat down and he covered me with that plastic cloth. It must have been 40 degrees under that thing. He didn’t speak a word of English, so I used all of my ten German words to explain what I wanted. He just nodded and got to work. His movements were professional and precise, skillfully changing between a razor and scissors. Soon, five Turkish guys came in. He stopped with the work and kissed each one twice on the cheek. A discussion started immediately, and eventually, it got really heated. Some guy whose eyes resembled a praying mantis was standing in the middle of the shop, aggressively waving his arms and shouting even louder than the music. He had a threatening tone and was visibly upset with the others. “I must be in the middle of a gang dispute,” I thought, as my sweating only intensified, so I made sure I was looking only at myself in the mirror. It was only around five minutes in that I heard the word “Galatasaray,” a famous Turkish football club. I sighed in relief, realizing I wasn’t going to die that day. The barber caught my eyes and gave me another smile, as if he knew what I was going through. I got up, paid, and left a 2 EUR tip — partly out of fear and partly as a sign of appreciation for a true Istanbul experience in the middle of Germany.

boris & sandro erceg Wise people say that nothing in life comes easy, and that is certainly

Hamburg, Germany

  • 09.08.2018 23:55
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Wise people say that nothing in life comes easy, and that is certainly true for this photo. We had been planning to do a boat ride in Hamburg canals for a very long time and, finally, on this day, it all aligned — @bibomun was in Hamburg, and it was cold and windy; perfect conditions for testing out our brand new Challenger 2. We arrived at Speicherstadt with the first rays of light, constantly looking behind our shoulders and trying to avoid being spotted by some law-abiding German that might take an issue with our endeavor. After inflating the boat, I used my best persuasion skills to convince @aakimun that he was a highly skilled paddler and thus a more fitting candidate for the task. The moment he jumped into the Challenger, we realized that we had underestimated the water currents. Only for this photo, it took him five minutes to get the boat somewhat close to the middle of the frame. And just as @aakimun was starting to get comfortable with paddling, a bunch of sirens began making the loudest and most annoying sound I’ve heard, followed by a voice that sounded like the war had just started. Some seconds after, a bunch of firetrucks arrived and parked right in front of us. Thinking that someone called the cops on us, Sandro instinctively hid under the closest bridge, and I pretended that I was a tourist minding my own business. It turned out they weren’t interested in us. The public announcement was warning about the incoming flood, one of the worst in recent times. Soon after, the already high water level rose well above the windows and entrances to some buildings. The roads were completely flooded, and some people even got stranded in between. The water damage was probably measured in millions, but we didn’t care. We had our Challenger 2 and despite not getting good photos — life was great.

boris & sandro erceg First 500 people who spot the Eiffel Tower in this photo will get a co

Musée du Louvre

  • 07.08.2018 23:35
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First 500 people who spot the Eiffel Tower in this photo will get a copy of our latest Instagram handbook — Guidelines for Pseudo-Influencers, Volume 1 — How to steal photo ideas without anyone noticing. We will start shipping out the handbooks after the 500th contestant has completed the challenge. === 20 mm, f/22, 120 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

boris & sandro erceg The artery of Paris, Champs-Élysées, from atop the Arc de Triomphe.

Paris, France

  • 05.08.2018 23:37
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The artery of Paris, Champs-Élysées, from atop the Arc de Triomphe. Whoever designed this city did a damn good job. The second-ever photo on our feed taken with a lens longer than 50 mm. === 195 mm, f/4, 1/200 s, ISO 400

boris & sandro erceg There are some places in this world where every new sunset is more bea

Hamburg, Germany

  • 02.08.2018 23:14
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There are some places in this world where every new sunset is more beautiful than the last one, where every ray of light is a story worth sharing. This one is ours. We named it the Sunset Bridge. === Another photo from our series for @jackdaniels_de #sponsored #werbung 18+

boris & sandro erceg The linearity of time

Berlin, Germany

  • 01.08.2018 23:09
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The linearity of time

boris & sandro erceg This is the very first photo I took using a Neutral Density filter, ba

Trondheim, Norway

  • 30.07.2018 23:32
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This is the very first photo I took using a Neutral Density filter, back in January 2017. I still remember the feeling of happiness and amazement after seeing the end result. Although I had been taking photos before, daytime long exposure was the first thing that got me genuinely passionate about photography. A lot has changed since and photography has, very unexpectedly, become a major part of my life. And who would’ve thought that it would all start with one small, dark piece of glass? B. === 16 mm, f/4, 30 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 80

boris & sandro erceg While we're trying to survive this tropical North European summer with

Lüneburg, Germany

  • 26.07.2018 23:03
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While we're trying to survive this tropical North European summer without the help of air conditioners, here's a reminder of some cooler days. If you haven't been to Lüneburg yet, make sure you do. It's a pretty little town and has some killer whirlpools, too. === 15 mm, f/16, 120 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

boris & sandro erceg I am obsessed with symmetries and geometrical regularities. Maybe beca

London, United Kingdom

  • 24.07.2018 23:20
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I am obsessed with symmetries and geometrical regularities. Maybe because I’m an engineer. Or that’s why I am an engineer. Anyhow, I tried to crop this photo so that the “bigger” tower sits exactly in the horizontal center of the frame, but it didn’t work. My eye didn’t let me. Now, it's time to post. The tower still isn’t centered, but it feels like it is. Am I finally becoming emotional? Am I learning to compromise? === 15 mm, f/22, 15 s (no filter hehe), ISO 50

boris & sandro erceg Over the years, Trondheim has given me a lot of memorable sunsets, mom

Trondheim, Norway

  • 22.07.2018 23:12
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Over the years, Trondheim has given me a lot of memorable sunsets, moments, and experiences that I will forever remember. In a place so remote and cold, happiness comes in different ways. Solitude, tranquility and self-reflection first come to mind. If there is one thing I have learnt from life in such environment, it is to appreciate every sunny moment, because you never know when you will have it again. And nothing better encapsulates those thoughts than this very day, when the sun managed to peek from behind the clouds for the very first time after yet another long, cold winter. === 16 mm, f/11, 240 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 50

boris & sandro erceg Here’s a photo for you. We worked very hard for this one, especially

Venice, Italy

  • 19.07.2018 23:42
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Here’s a photo for you. We worked very hard for this one, especially on finding a boat captain willing to help us with the composition. So give it a like. It will mean a lot to him, and you won’t even feel it. 1 like = 1 happy captain ⚓ === 18 mm, f/7.1, 4 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 160

boris & sandro erceg I came home welcomed with tireless screaming. That could mean only one

London, United Kingdom

  • 17.07.2018 23:16
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I came home welcomed with tireless screaming. That could mean only one thing — my roommate's kids were back for the week. An invisible drop of sweat formed on my forehead, knowing that I won’t get much sleep in the next seven days. My roommate was sitting on the floor with a tired look on his face. The kids were running around in circles, playing some silly made-up game. Our eyes met for a moment, but instead of greeting me, he just released a quiet sigh. I stayed there for a bit, joining the party, but it wasn’t long before I retreated to my room, completely drained of any energy. A few hours later, I came back to fetch some food. The kids were riding their dad as a horse, with sounds of laughter and happiness filling out the room. I woke up around 7 in the morning to the same sounds of screaming piercing through the walls. It was kindergarten time, and the little one was throwing some food-related tantrum. I put my headphones on and played Ludovico Einaudi, in an attempt to cancel the noise. Needless to say, it didn't help. Instead of being annoyed as I usually would, a strong feeling of respect for my roommate overwhelmed me; respect that I rarely felt or showed to my parents, just because I had never really understood how much effort and love is needed to raise a child. I quickly grabbed my phone feeling a strong urge to write to my mom, only to see that her message had already been waiting for me. "You could sometimes call your mother, you know," it said. Happy birthday, mom. This is for all the times I didn't call you. === 15 mm, f/4.5, 120 s (10-stop ND filter), ISO 1000 (yes, 1000)

boris & sandro erceg You did well boys. It's nice to be a Croat these days. 🇭🇷

Rovinj, Croatia

  • 15.07.2018 20:01
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You did well boys. It's nice to be a Croat these days. 🇭🇷

boris & sandro erceg This is the only photo on our entire feed taken with a lens longer tha

Trondheim, Norway

  • 13.07.2018 22:30
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This is the only photo on our entire feed taken with a lens longer than 50 mm. Although we got it primarily for video, 70-200 mm focal lengths are a lot of fun for photography too, providing new perspectives and a lot of room for creativity. It’s just funny how, after years of shooting wide-angle, it’s somehow weird to get used to it, as if you forgot all you knew about photography. We couldn’t help but notice that, due to its size, a lot of passersby thought that we must be hardcore professionals, giving us that look of (unearned) respect. Also, the amount of people that would sneak behind us to take photos from the exact same spot increased exponentially. Despite the new pseudo-influencer status, lens' weak auto focus combined with the dimensions and weight of a brick didn’t justify the 1.5k EUR price tag. Gotta thank Jahve for Norwegian return policy laws! The plan? In theory, eating pasta and tomato sauce for 6 months straight and go for the f/2.8, 3k EUR version. 😰 In practice, though, eating pasta and tomato sauce for 6 months straight and rent the lens when needed for 40 EUR/day. === See before & after in our Stories. === 166 mm, f/10, 30 s, ISO 100

boris & sandro erceg I imagine this is how Croatia looks right now. Tonight is one of those

Rijeka, Croatia

  • 11.07.2018 23:40
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I imagine this is how Croatia looks right now. Tonight is one of those rare moments when I would love to be home and celebrate with my own people. Of course, football is not the solution to their struggles and will in no way make the future any brighter. However, in a country so broken and robbed, it is probably the only thing that can unite the nation, and at least for a brief moment help us forget the reality. === No camera settings because it's coming home.

boris & sandro erceg It was the winter of 2015, and Sandro and I had just moved to Hamburg.

Hamburg, Germany

  • 09.07.2018 23:22
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It was the winter of 2015, and Sandro and I had just moved to Hamburg. As we didn’t know anyone, we would spend our time walking around with our cameras and exploring the city. Every day we would pick a different metro station, grab a few beers and just go wherever the road would take us. I remember often thinking about how great it would be to have some friends to share those moments with, but meeting new people in Germany was everything but easy. Last Saturday, we hosted our seventh PhotoBeerWalk and walked some of those same streets together with 38 other people. Looking back, it feels almost surreal that all of that happened because two Croatians felt lonely and liked German beer. Instagram has unfortunately become a game of numbers, but every once in a while something like this reminds us what it’s really all about. So grab your camera, overcome your social anxiety, and go out and meet people. It could be a start of something special. === A huge thank you to all the cool people who joined the walk and to @st_michaelis for providing a unique experience of their church. === #PhotoBeerWalk7

boris & sandro erceg Still in love with this ridiculously beautiful and expensive city. I

Copenhagen

  • 06.07.2018 23:10
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Still in love with this ridiculously beautiful and expensive city. I just hope that the Danish Krone will depreciate soon so we can finally visit again and maybe even afford something more than a bed in a 12-person dorm and two McDonald's cheeseburgers each. === We’ve added before & after version of this photo to our Story highlights, together with the step-by-step Lightroom editing procedure. === 15 mm, f/13, 1 s, ISO 50

boris & sandro erceg Happy 4th of July to all our American friends and followers (and there

Strasbourg, France

  • 04.07.2018 22:52
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Happy 4th of July to all our American friends and followers (and there is over 5k of you). We wish you plenty of fireworks, barbecues, family reunions and yet another successful year for your beautiful country. For the next birthday, it would be lovely if you could consider including sales tax in the total price of products and services. 🙏 P.S. We had no photos from the US so here’s this Strasbourg sunset for you. Sorry about that. === @SonyAlpha 7Sii + @ZeissCameraLenses 16-35 f/4 @ 18 mm, f/9, 120 s (@LeeFilters 10-stop ND filter), ISO 100