Instagram Diptych

Last night I had the most vivid dream. I dreamt that I drove something that resembled a Las Vegas theme park. All of the lights, sounds and games were there. The differences became quickly apparent. There were families, and happiness; laughter spread throughout the park.

In addition, it seemed that there was a Kodachrome haze that layered over the park. Colors were more vibrant, and it seemed that I had stepped back into the 70s. It was beautiful, and everyone was happy.

This morning, when I was getting ready, I took Rush downstairs to get some breakfast with me. He was quiet, playing in the front room and I got a little suspicious. When I arrived, he was sitting quietly, playing with a nativity toy set near the tree.

This is Christmas

I have been using Instagram for a little while, and I have to admit, I am smitten. Many have written on what is great, but I just want to add my two cents. This morning, when I saw Rush, I had my iPhone in my pocket, and my DSLR on the counter right next to me. To shoot the photo, I had a few options.

  1. Take camera from bag
  2. Take flash out
  3. Meter the flash
  4. Replace 18-135mm with f1.8 50mm
  5. Try to compose a nice photo
  6. Take another one with some different flash settings
  7. Try to wrangle Rush back into the spot
  8. Sync camera with computer
  9. iPhoto to Photoshop for editing
  10. Upload to Flickr
  11. Upload to Facebook
  12. Upload to Tumblr
  13. Tweet off a link

Now, with Instagram

  1. Pull out phone, and take photo.
  2. Add a filter
  3. Blast that photo to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and Twitter (and Instagram too).

The dreamy landscape that I saw in my deep in my sleep, quickly became the photo that I took with my phone. The ability to simply share a photo is something that other apps will do, but the community of Instagram, coupled with the ease of use makes this a winner in my book.


  1. Jake, great post. I love the shot. I too use Instagram, and find it faster for one off photos. I love the ability to apply filters and post to many different sites. Wish we could do some photo editing along with the filter. But hey, it works great. Thanks for sharing.

    1. So, my normal workflow…

      1. Snap the photo with the camera app. (I use the HDR for most photos.)
      2. Do basic edits in Tilt Shift Generator
      3. Bring it into Instagram for filters and sharing.
  2. I love the pic. You’re one talented dude. Your wife is very lucky to have you. And that little boy (not baby) in the photo is pretty adorable!

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