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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from February 2016


Capturing light proved to be a focal point in this month’s Instagram round up, with captures from Myanmar to Galicia.

Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting Instagrams from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for February.

Bagan, Myanmar

A photo posted by James Kelley (@escapingabroad) on

‘This shot shows the sun's rays shine inside one of Bagan's ancient pagodas, casting a beautiful silhouette of two young monks as they stand in meditation.’ - James, Escaping Abroad.

Why we like it: This capture is all about the lighting and the perfect framing of its subject, the monks. An inspiring photo.

Yuanyang County, Yunnan Province, China

A photo posted by Jordan Hammond (@jordhammond) on

‘The Yuanyang County is home to the spectacular rice-paddy terracing. After setting an early alarm, I began the walk to the Duoyishu sunrise viewing platform, famed for being the village's best spot to catch the sea of clouds and sunrise. After noticing the severe crowding ahead of me, I found this far superior alternative viewing spot nestled directly within the terraces.’ - Jordan, JordHammond.

Why we like it: We know just how busy sunrise and sunset viewing platforms can get, but we like how the lighting in this shot makes this particular experience seem tranquil.

Bagan, Myanmar

We hired cheap (and dodgy!) bicycles to explore the 2200+ temples of Bagan and it turned out to be one of our favourite travel experiences! Getting up in time for sunrise every morning and surrounded by nothing but peaceful temples is a really soul-cleansing experience.’ - Patrick and Lucy, A Backpacker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Why we like it: The framing of this photo is spot on and plays by the golden ‘rule of thirds’. Not to mention a great capture of the sunrise through the trees.

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.

Some people say Santiago de Compostela can't be understood without the regular wet weather that keeps the city stone shiny all year round. Some others call it art. But everyone agrees that it is where its beauty lies. This shot is of Hortas Street, captured from Obradoiro square.’ - Inma, A World to Travel.

Why we like it: The way in which the light is captured with the rain gives this shot an almost ‘gritty’ feel, which we find intriguing.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

‘Our moment of unbelievable luck — three black rhinos in the same frame in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania! There are so few of them left living there and we had the privilege to see four of them altogether. We managed to see all of the Big 5 on our first time in Africa and I can consider us extremely lucky.’ - Piritta, Bizzare Globe Hopper.

Why we like it: What’s not to love about this photo? We especially like the way the way the shade of the green grassland pops out against the misty mountains in the background.

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