Instagram’s a wild, addictive world full of fascinating people, places, animals and, of course, food. Everybody on Instagram’s a photographer in one way or another, but some are just a liittttllleee better at it than others.
OK, some are actually a sh** load better. And we’ve combed through the far reaches of Insta to select seven of our favorite photogs for your enjoyment. Seriously, these guys are good. But don’t just take our word for it….
1. Daniel Kordan (@danielkordan)
A next-level landscape photographer, Daniel describes the above as an “epic moment of our Kamchatka expedition.” Why so epic? Look closely. The Klyuchevskaya volcano is actually erupting as a freaking shooting star whizzes by. How’s that for serendipity?
2. Ira Block (@irablockphoto)
Ira focuses on capturing the interplay between people and their environment as a photographer for National Geographic. Here, you can see an elephant and his mahout (a person that works with the pachyderm) taking a cool dip in a river on the Thai Island of Ko Samui. We really dig the realness of Ira’s work.
3. Simone Bramante (@brahmino)
Describing himself as a “storyteller first,” Simone specializes in human subjects immersed within breathtaking landscapes. This can be witnessed to an absolutely wicked degree above in Rebirth After the Earthquake.
4. Halno Kujiraoka (@halno)
Talk about getting creative. Every single one of Halno’s shots involves himself (and sometimes a friend) immortalized in a picture while airborne—usually on a broom Harry Potter style (sup, Nimbus 2000), although sometimes with balloons. Impressively, Halno discloses that all images have been unedited.
5. Eelco Roos (@croyable)
Shooting with the iPhone’s native camera app and editing with VSCO Cam and Snapseed, Norwegian Eelco Roos produces some astounding travel shots, such as this one flying out of New York City. Dope!
6. Zak Shelhamer (@zakshelhamer)
Leveraging a trusty combo of iPhone and GoPro cameras, Zak pulls off an electric showcase of exotic locales. Like the lone figure captured above, you can get absolutely lost just looking at those stars. Quite the feat.
7. Quin Schrock (@everchanginghorizon)
Palpable sense of adventure? Check.
Quin is out there doing the most—just take the above photo. He says, “It took 12 hrs of planes, 15 hrs of busses, 4 days trekking to get to this spot. I remember looking up to @jess.wandering on the trail, as the clouds cleared… and I thought to myself, ‘This is exactly where I am supposed to be—15,000 ft. in the Andes.’”
Not sure where you’re supposed to be? Get some time off, pack some bags, throw on your sunglasses and take a trip somewhere. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up with a killer shot like the ones above—and even find yourself in the process. As Quin says, “It's never too late to feel a little more alive.”