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Photo by @andy_mann || i'll never forget this moment when i slipped into heavy seas off the azores and drifted quietly into a dream.

the current slowly pulled me into the middle of a s***m whale aggregation, and i quickly found myself eye-to-eye with our planets largest carnivore, the s***m whale. it was slightly unnerving when we realized there were several calves in the pod, but the gentle giants gave no bother, and the moment disappeared as quickly as it arrived. i am eternally humbled and grateful for the experiences given to me by the ocean. it continues to drive my passion for conservation.

the murky and cloudy waters make for tough editing scenarios and i often rely heavily on contrast tools to pull out my subjects. see my edits in today’s instagram stories!

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Photo by @andy_mann || while out searching for a new dive, we stumbled upon this amazing wave near selvagem pequena island in the middle of the atlantic ocean. the wave had a mind of its own: one moment, glass calm and the next it's a true sea monster, rising from the deep. i've never seen anything like it.

we decided to have a look under it and found an amazing reef full of life. jacques-yves cousteau once found what he believed to be "the cleanest waters in the world" around this minor archipelago. always expect the unexpected out in the deep blue.

for more on how i created this photograph, see today’s instagram stories!

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Photo by @andy_mann || female polar bears give birth to their cubs inside of snow caves and the cubs will usually remain with their mother until they are two years old. a polar bear’s diet in this region consists mainly of ringed seal and they will swim more than 200 kilometers without rest in search of their food.

nipping at mama’s heels as they travel across sea ice, this polar bear cub was all play and no work. i can relate. if you wait patiently enough there is always a little moment that makes an image stand out amongst the others. if i’m smiling behind the camera, that’s usually it.

balancing the highlights and textures of sea ice can be tricky at times, so sometimes a high-key approach is a good, artistic alternative. see how i edited this photograph in today’s instagram stories!

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Photo by @bee.elle.wildlife || for wildlife conservation day, we sat down with wildlife photographer and advocate bee elle to talk about some of the issues facing our planet, from massive habitat destruction through deforestation to poaching elephants for their ivory.

read on at the link in our bio to see what you can do to make an impact, and let us know in the comments what steps you take to protect the world’s wildlife!

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Photo by @andy_mann || hi all! i’m andy mann, and i’m excited to be taking over the @lightroom instagram this week!

tabular icebergs act as colossal gateways to the antarctic. their nearly vertical sides and flat plateau top characterize these frozen spectacles, giving them their second name, ice islands. these monolithic slabs of ice are formed by breaking off of ice shelves around the antarctic peninsula. but they are retreating rapidly due to the warming ocean currents thinning them from below. the natural, icy blue tones from this part of the world make for fun, crunchy processing.

watch today’s instagram stories to see how i created this image.

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Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here! welcome back to #lightroomlessons. if you post photos to instagram a lot, you might be tempted to set your camera app to capture pictures in a square format. don’t do it! there’s a very good reason to crop your photos to square in lightroom after the fact, rather than capturing them as square originally. swipe through to find out why, and to learn some tips and tricks for the lightroom crop tool!

step 1:
if you set your camera to capture square photos, it’s cropping off the edges of the photo to make a square, and you can never get that part of the picture back. but cropping in lightroom is non-destructive, like all the editing in lightroom. this means that if you change your mind later, you can always go back and edit the crop at any time, you never lose anything. to access the crop tool, make sure you’re in edit mode…

step 2:
…and then tap on the crop icon.

step 3:
here’s what this photo looked like before i cropped it. since i want to send it to instagram, the first thing i want to do is make it square. to specify a particular aspect ratio, tap the aspect ratio icon.

step 4:
from the pop-up menu, select the aspect ratio you want, in this case “1 x 1 square”.

step 5:
for this photo, i also want to crop out the window frame, so i tap and drag on the crop border until the crop looks the way i want.  you can tap and drag on any side, or corner, of the crop border to resize the crop.

step 6:
i also wanted to rotate this photo slightly. to rotate the photo, tap and drag anywhere outside of the crop border.

step 7:
when you’re done cropping, tap the checkbox. nothing ever gets thrown away, you can always reenter the crop tool later to change the crop again.

bonus tip 1:
to completely reset the crop, just double-tap anywhere on the crop border.

bonus tip 2:
if your photo has a clear horizon line you can just tap on the straighten icon to straighten the picture automatically.

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Take a walk with us through melbourne’s art scene in our latest installment of creative layover. on this tour, we explore the works of three local artists! link in bio. image by @waynequilliam.

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Photo for #lr_portrait by @ev8pix || i was standing right in the middle of the doorway to mozart’s birthplace in salzburg, austria. this noble-looking couple came into my sight and walked towards me from afar like they were a king and queen. everyone was staring at them. as they eventually came my way, i asked if i could take their picture, right there, in mozart's doorway! they posed, proud of their identity, proud to be from salzburg, proud of their culture, of what and who they are. you can see it in their faces. after i took their picture, they gave me a simple nod, and they continued on their way.

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Photo for #lr_portrait by @iamtajavas || this is a photograph of my five-year-old son, ikhwezi. i caught him staring out the window, looking at the birds on the power lines. he is so fascinated by birds. he often asks me why the birds always fly away when he wants to play with them. while standing at the window, he said, “when i'm here, i can look at them nicely without them flying away.”

after i heard those words, i reached for my camera to capture that moment of fascination and wonder in his eyes. one of the reasons i love photography so much is because it grants us the ability to capture any moment in its purest form.

a week later i took my son to a bird park, and i've never seen him that happy.

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Photo for #lr_portrait by @alessia.travaglini || this photo is part of a series called women of burma which i shot during my journey to burma in january. i was there with 15 other italian travelers. it was very interesting to see how the people there look at us, especially the children, because they had never seen european people before.

this woman was selling traditional clothes and headscarves. she showed us how to wear them, all with her baby on her back.

the women in burma are so beautiful and they are so proud and excited to show you what they or their family business has to offer.

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Photo by @ishaan.jaiswal || i took this photograph in the beautiful nubra valley. we were on a short expedition from the city of leh to the last frontier village of turtuk. along this trek lies the village of hundar which is famous for two things – sand dunes and bactrian camel.

as we approached hundar on the high mountain road, the path ahead of us suddenly rose into a steep climb. when we reached the top, there were sand dunes as far as the eye could see. sand dunes at 12,000 feet above sea level? it felt unreal. in the distance, i saw small specks that looked like ants moving in formation across the sand dunes. my driver pointed in their direction and told us that they were the camels of hundar – the most famous inhabitants of the area.

the camels in hundar are one of the last generations of the double-humped bactrian camels from mongolia that were brought to the nubra valley during the silk road era. remnants of an era long gone, they are now used to educate and entertain kids and tourists that pass by nubra.

that day, i found my desert in the sky and made some new friends that i’ll never forget.

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Photo for #lr_portrait by @sushant_kulkarni || meet lee. he owns a tiny restaurant on the way to sohra from shillong in india.

i was backpacking across the northeast state of india. i had never been there before so everything was new (and a bit confusing) to me. along my travels, i stopped for a quick meal at this small restaurant – it really is as small as it seems is in the picture.

while i ate, lee and i got to talking. as i started to tell him about my travels, he took a notebook from his desk and started scribbling something. i assumed he was writing something related to his restaurant, but as i stood up to leave after that delicious meal, he handed me the notebook. it was filled with details of places to see with mapped directions. meeting people like lee is what i love about traveling. he certainly made my journey better.

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