WEBSTA DIARIES

Websta In WWIM, Japan

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Joe, our founder, was snapping photos with fellow Instagramers last weekend at the 10th Worlwide Instameet in Kobe, Japan! 

When asked how different it was from his previous Worldwide Instameets, he talks about the environment.

While last year’s #WWIM9_Osaka and #WWIM9_壁 (in Tokyo) involved walks in the city, this year’s #WWIM10_Kobe, he says, brought him nearer to Nature. 

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His favorite part about the event? When someone decided to bail - we’re talking about a deadly typhoon! 

Thanks to the unexpected weather, the beautiful red sunset became the star of the event and many ended up taking impressive silhouette photos.

What did the rest of the world post? Visit them at

#WWIM10

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WEEKEND WEBSTAPICK #19
“I chose @mariustomuta because i love nature photos and he captures his nature shots and does an amazing job editing them as well. Beautiful stuff.”- @praniski on why he picked @mariustomuta’s photo.
During the weekends, we give past Webstapick winners a chance to take on the role of Guest Pickers (or guest judges). 
This weekend’s Guest Picker is William Praniski (@praniski), from São Paulo, Brazil who’s a graphic designer, filmmaker and photographer. 
More About Our Guest Picker 

1. What/who inspires you? 
What inspires me is exploring new places. Weather it is in the city or in the wild, my mind just goes crazy when I’m exploring new places. It’s like, I get that eternal feeling in my bones every time I’m exploring new places.




2. What’s one tip you can give our readers when it comes to taking photos (or videos) on their smartphones? 
I guess my best tip would be to just experiment; take photos of things you like or feel inspired and then experiment with them. Try different things, different apps, and you’ll find your workflow.
3. Favorite photo or video editing apps
I like Filterstorm a lot; Afterlight, Vscocam, Mextures, Skrwt, and Snapseed.
4. Favorite Instagramers 
Some of my favorites are @jasonmpeterson @koci @13thwitness @swopes @coryrichards and @jordanherschel. I like them because they have something in their art that balances what I feel, or what I seek in other works of art.



5. Are you part of any photo community on Instagram? 

Yes, i often contribute to the @transportepublico feed, which gathers photos of public transportation all over the globe, but mostly from Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have an amazing community in Sao Paulo and they share photos from people who use the public transportation in the city. Therefore, showing a little bit of everyone’s version of their everyday life in the big city, or just showing something that people often don’t notice because they’re in a hurry.

Thanks William and congrats to our Weekend Webstapick winner!  :)Get more familiar about Webstapick by joining our community!

WEEKEND WEBSTAPICK #19

I chose @mariustomuta because i love nature photos and he captures his nature shots and does an amazing job editing them as well. Beautiful stuff.”
- @praniski on why he picked @mariustomuta’s photo.

  • During the weekends, we give past Webstapick winners a chance to take on the role of Guest Pickers (or guest judges). 
  • This weekend’s Guest Picker is William Praniski (@praniski), from São Paulo, Brazil who’s a graphic designer, filmmaker and photographer. 

More About Our Guest Picker 

1. What/who inspires you? 

  • What inspires me is exploring new places. Weather it is in the city or in the wild, my mind just goes crazy when I’m exploring new places. It’s like, I get that eternal feeling in my bones every time I’m exploring new places.

2. What’s one tip you can give our readers when it comes to taking photos (or videos) on their smartphones? 

  • I guess my best tip would be to just experiment; take photos of things you like or feel inspired and then experiment with them. Try different things, different apps, and you’ll find your workflow.

3. Favorite photo or video editing apps

  • I like Filterstorm a lot; Afterlight, Vscocam, Mextures, Skrwt, and Snapseed.

4. Favorite Instagramers 

5. Are you part of any photo community on Instagram? 
  • Yes, i often contribute to the @transportepublico feed, which gathers photos of public transportation all over the globe, but mostly from Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have an amazing community in Sao Paulo and they share photos from people who use the public transportation in the city. Therefore, showing a little bit of everyone’s version of their everyday life in the big city, or just showing something that people often don’t notice because they’re in a hurry.
Thanks William and congrats to our Weekend Webstapick winner!  :)
Get more familiar about Webstapick by joining our community!

CREATIVE USER OF THE MONTH: @hyemi.jeong 

1. How did you end up doing this?

I just needed a place to save my drawings. Also, I wanted to share my drawings with others who have similar interests with me. Although I have an account on Facebook, it is a space that is too personal. Moreover, the features of instagram attracted my attention particularly the hash tag and the square format.

2.  Favorite post on your account? Why?  

http://wbsta.me/gHscnk

It’s my fourth work. I love it, because I think that it’s the best creative work among all of my drawings. This pasta goes perfectly well with squeezing a wet towel!

3. Your favorite thing about Canada so far? 

I can’t only choose one, because I really like Canada! If I must choose only one, I would say that I love ‘ICE CAPP’ in Tim Hortons, although I can’t sleep after I drink coffee.

4. Your favorite Korean food? 

My favorite Korean food is Jeyuk Bokkeum! It’s a very delicious Korean spicy pork dish. My mom is especially good at cooking this. When I go back to Korea, it’s the first food that I would eat.

5. Tell us something that you recently learned?

Recently, I learned how my parents trust me. I have been preparing to move to Vancouver. When I told my parents that I wanted to move from Toronto to Vancouver, they understood what I wanted and they just respected my decision. Even though I will go back to Korea in December and need more money to move there, my parents permitted me to live in Vancouver for 2 months. They always trust me very much and they don’t push me around.

6. Name one thing you find boring.

I would say TTC subway, which is the name of the public transportation in Toronto. It stops frequently, and I have nothing to do in the subway when it stops for a long time. Unlike in Korea, people can’t use their mobile phones in the subway in Toronto. It is the one thing I find boring in Toronto.

7. What do you think is the secret to world peace? 

It’s quite a hard question…I have no idea.

8. Name one country you want to visit? Why?

I really want to visit France. I’ve been to Quebec in Canada, and It was really beautiful. I can feel the ambiance of France in Quebec. Therefore, I’m curious about the difference between France and Quebec.

9. What inspires you?

All of the ordinary things that I find. When I find something small, I can just associate it with another thing. I don’t know how and why. I’ve drawn a knight, a water dispenser, a player, etc. and I’ve never drawn these things before.

10. What’s your message to your fans? 

Dear fans (epecially my followers on Instagram) -

Thank you for your interest in my drawings! I’m so happy because I can share my happiness through my drawings with you although I’ve never studied art. Thanks to you, I’ve got many friends from many different countries. Because of your interest, I am motivated to draw. Please enjoy my drawings. Again, thanks.

@hyemi.jeong whose real name is Hyemi Jeong, is a 21-year old student from South Korea. She majored in Computer Science and Engineering in Sogang university Korea, and is now studying English in Canada as an international student. She has been in the latter for less than a year. 

At the end of the interview we ask her to pose a random question to our next Creative User of the month. Here’s what she asks: 

"What period of your life were you the happiest?"

Watch out for @hyemi.jeong as she posts her newest creations on our Instagram account during the weekends! 

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