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The Hyperrealist Sculptures of Ron Mueck

To view works from Ron Mueck’s current exhibit in Buenos Aires, visit the Fundación Proa location page.

Australian-born sculptor Ron Mueck has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for the past several decades, where he has gained global notoriety for his hyperrealist sculptures fashioned from fiberglass, silicon and resin. By replicating human anatomy in excruciating detail, Mueck dramatizes and explores themes of life and death through sculptures both miniature and massive.

Mueck’s latest works, which debuted in April at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France, recently made their way to Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March, the show will continue its tour through South America at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.

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How I Shoot: @sweatengine on Capturing the Perfect Time-Lapse Video

How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Kevin Lu (@sweatengine) shares how he captures time-lapse videos. See more of Kevin’s tips on his website.

Since the launch of video on Instagram last year, New York Instagrammer Kevin Lu (@sweatengine) has been on a quest to perfect the art of capturing time-lapse videos with his iPhone. “Time-lapse" describes the technique of creating a video by stitching together a large sequence of photos taken over time, which makes slow changes appear to happen faster. These days, Kevin’s feed is full of spectacular time-lapse videos from around New York City.

For those interested in trying their hand at capturing a time-lapse video, Kevin provides these tips:

Device

iPhone (4 or later recommended)

Vantage Point

"Choosing an appropriate vantage point is crucial to the success of the result. Often the subject of a time-lapse video is movement itself. Pick a subject that changes, moves slowly over time or makes intermittent, unpredictable movements for interesting results.

"As a rule of thumb, each frame of a time-lapse video should also be as good as a still photograph."

Shooting

"There are many time-lapse apps available in the App Store. I personally prefer TimeLapse (iOS, $4.99) for its user interface and control settings. Lapse It (iOS and Android, Free) is another popular choice. They all do similar things—the difference is usually in control or output resolution.

"When shooting a time-lapse video, pay attention to the following technical details:

  • Secure the iPhone (on a small tripod or solid object) to eliminate camera shake.
  • Turn off iPhone’s auto-lock feature.
  • Make sure the iPhone has enough battery power.
  • If possible, from your time-lapse app lock the exposure settings before you start shooting. This will get rid of a distracting effect called ‘flickering’.

"The shoot duration, final length, and shutter speed all contribute to how the final video will look. For a final video length of 15 seconds, I typically use the following shoot settings for duration:

  • 5-10 minutes for slow to average city traffic
  • 10-15 minutes for pedestrian traffic
  • 15-20 minutes for clouds
  • 20 minutes or longer for sunrise/sunset

"Of course, as I mentioned earlier, these are not strict rules for this is a dynamic and creative process. It takes patience and practice to get it just right. Some apps let you adjust shutter speed as well. In general you can leave shutter speed on ‘auto.’"

Editing

"I do the majority of my editing with an app called Videon (iOS, $4.99). Videon allows me to straighten and sharpen my videos, as well as make adjustments to important parameters such as exposure, contrast, temperature and saturation.

"My editing usually begins with straightening my video, followed by slight sharpening and brightening underexposed shadowy areas. After these adjustments, I trim the video to 15 seconds before exporting it to camera roll. I then use another app called Lumify (iOS, Free) to pair my video with appropriate background music. Frequently I put on an Instagram video filter before I share.”

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPresolutions2014

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

To celebrate the new year, we’re bringing back our annual resolutions Weekend Hashtag Project. The goal this weekend is to capture photos and videos that symbolize your resolution for 2014. Some tips to get you started:

  • Spend some time thinking about your resolutions and how you can show them creatively. Some resolutions can be captured in a very straightforward manner, but don’t be afraid to get abstract to express something more complex.
  • If you’ve needed a little inspiration to get started on your resolution, use this project as a chance to jumpstart your new habits! Go visit that friend, pick up that instrument or explore that new part of town.
  • Be sure to include the story and details of your resolution in your caption.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPresolutions2014 hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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Local Lens: Exploring Rio de Janeiro with @ticianaporto

In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around their hometown. To explore more of Rio de Janeiro, follow @ticianaporto on Instagram.

As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

In the second of a two-part series of local guides to Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Instagrammer Ticiana Porto (@ticianaporto) shares her favorite places to capture in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). Ticiana has lived in Rio for 10 years and has challenged herself to take and share a different photo of the city each day since 2011.

To kick off your visit, Ticiana suggests cycling along the seaside, starting in the eastern beach community of Leblon. “Head west and you’ll reach the famous sidewalks of Ipanema and then Arpoador, a small peninsula with a great view. Stop for a photo and a coconut in Arpoador, then keep cycling along Copacabana Beach to the Leme neighborhood.” Not a fan of cycling? Ticiana also encourages visitors to stop and spend an afternoon on Ipanema Beach, drinking caipirinhas and admiring the fashions. “In Ipanema, everyone goes to the beach dressed and ready for their night out after.”

For some grand views of Rio de Janeiro, Ticiana has three favorite spots:

  1. See Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) atop Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf).
  2. From atop Corcovado, check out the view of Floresta Atlântica and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas extending out to sea.
  3. Spend an afternoon in Santa Teresa and take in the view of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) from Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park).

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Lu kira lu aja cing? Gue juga! – View on Path.

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Lu kira lu aja cing? Gue juga! – View on Path.

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A Look Inside Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey

For more photos and videos from the Castle and grounds, explore the Highclere Castle location page.

112km (70mi) east of London lies Highclere Castle, the Victorian palace that serves as the inspiration and setting for the award-winning British television show Downton Abbey. Long before Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith graced its halls, however, the Castle held deep acclaim of its own.

Seated atop the manicured 1,000 acres that comprise Highclere Park, the Castle stands upon the foundations of an 8th-century medieval palace. From 1679 forward, Highclere has served as home to the Carnarvon family—even unto the present eighth Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert.

The Castle as it is known today was built in the mid 1800s for the third Earl of Carnarvon by architect Sir Charles Barry, who just years earlier had finished construction on London’s Houses of Parliament and their famed clock tower, Big Ben.

Nowadays, the castle sees more visitors than ever due to Downton Abbey's worldwide popularity. Increased ticket sales are helping to restore long-forgotten rooms as visitors explore the castle's ground floor and surrounding park in summer months.

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Day 70: Christmas Penguin

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Day 70: Christmas Penguin

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Day 71: Christmas Candy Cane

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Day 71: Christmas Candy Cane

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Day 72: Christmas Moose

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Day 72: Christmas Moose

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Day 73: Christmas Snowflake

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Day 73: Christmas Snowflake

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Day 74: Christmas Stocking

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Day 74: Christmas Stocking

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Day 75: Frosty the Snowman

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Day 75: Frosty the Snowman

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Day 76: Christmas Bells

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Day 76: Christmas Bells

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Day 77: Christmas Nutcracker

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Day 77: Christmas Nutcracker