@serenavsworld takeover of @CanonAustralia

Merry Christmas! That’s another year done and dusted and boy, has it been amazing.

At the beginning of December, I had the opportunity to “takeover” the Canon Australia Instagram feed. It was a pretty fun endeavour, where I was able to showcase my favourite photos, as well as those of other photographers who have inspired me. If you missed it on Instagram, check out the feed below! Thanks to everyone who followed along for the week. It was such a blast.

Head on over to @serenavsworld to see more of my work on Instagram!

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#TAKEOVER: ‘I have spent a lot of time in Iceland and am very grateful for the fact that I can continue to visit every year. As a photography tour guide, I run several Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops through @iceland_photo_tours. We visit many different ice caves during the winter but this one has to be my favourite. This photo was taken on a snowy morning after climbing into the Katla ice cave. There was nowhere flat to stand and it was quite difficult to balance but our trusty Icelandic MacGyver carved out a ledge with an ice-pick on the spot for me to stand on! The experience of being dwarfed within one of nature’s creations – the silence and the isolation, taking in the textures of your surroundings and running your fingers over the grooves of solid, frozen ice – is just spellbinding. It’s a state of tranquility … a sort of shelter from the harsh elements that could in itself engulf you in a moment of collapse.’ @serenavsworld, who’s taking over our account this week. Shot Notes: EOS 5D Mark III mounted on a tripod. ISO 100 | f/2.8 | 1/8″ | 14mm

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#TAKEOVER: ‘Tonight, I’d like to share with you another one of my favourite photos from my portfolio. It didn’t originally have a place within my heart, though I took a leap of faith and flew to Germany in late 2016 to see what I would find. It was there that the jigsaw puzzle pieces began falling into place. The landscape soon became my second world – a home away from home. My journey into its existence was only just beginning. The enchanting Bavarian winter landscape spoke of long-lost tales buried deep within the undulating tableau. Somewhere there, I found what I had long been searching for. It unravelled in a plume of tranquility from the inside out.’ -@serenavsworld, who’s taking over our account this week. Shot Notes: EOS 5DsR handheld with a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lengs ISO 100 | f/9| 1/200″ | 155mm

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#TAKEOVER: ‘I’m super chuffed to continue my takeover of the @canonaustralia Instagram feed this week. Today, I would like to share with you a photo I took of the Northern Lights in Norway. Nothing ever quite prepares you to see the Aurora. I have spent a lot of time in the Arctic and am very grateful for the fact that I can continue to visit every year. As a photography tour guide, I run several Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops through @iceland_photo_tours. I have seen the Northern Lights many times, but this night was quite memorable. As I gazed up at the night sky, it felt like the secret door to our private universe was swinging closed behind us.’ – @serenavsworld Shot Notes: EOS 5DsR mounted on a tripod ISO 1600 | f/2.8 | 6″ | 14mm

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#TAKEOVER: ‘This is another of my favourite photos, showing what it’s like during Finnish Lapland in the heart of winter. What usually comes to mind when most people think about the Arctic is mounds of snow, dog- sledding and perhaps an Aurora lighting up the night sky. These are generally the things you would expect to see when you’re in Lapland. However, if you venture high enough into the mountains during the midst of winter, then you might just find yourself immersed in a very strange fantasy world where wizard-like creatures rule the land. This photo was taken at the peak of Riisitunturi National Park in Finnish Lapland. There had been very heavy snowfall over many weeks, resulting in deep snow- covered spruce trees. The weather was constantly changing, with very fickle light swallowed by swathes of fog. It felt so unearthly to be up there in the frosty cold, without a single sound but my own breath as I stumbled through the snow.’ – @serenavsworld, who’s taking over our account this week. my own breath as I stumbled through the snow.

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#TAKEOVER: ‘Hey everyone! This photo is by a photographer who has inspired me time and time again, @iuriebelegurschi. When I first saw Iurie’s photos of Iceland, it felt like my heart had been hijacked and I had to go and see it for myself. That was many years ago now. Today, I am incredibly grateful to be part of his team at @iceland_photo_tours, showing people to these magnificent places and teaching them how to photograph and to connect with the landscape. There are few people who have touched my life in this way and who have influenced my path so strongly. Although we have completely different photographic styles, I am always learning from Iurie and I strongly admire his creativity, vision and work ethic. This is someone whose work keeps me motivated to continually improve upon my art.’- @serenavsworld, who’s taking over our account this week.

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#TAKEOVER: ‘This photo by a photographer whom I admire very much and who inspires me immensely, @kilianschoenberger. Kilian is a true explorer. He has an aura about him that is so charismatic, so unequivocally quirky and eccentric that it makes me want to pack up my life and follow him out into the world to explore. Kilian is constantly searching for the unknown, which he captures in his own unique way to bring back to the world. His drive is what motivates me to keep going and to leave no stone unturned in my quest for whatever it is that I’m looking for. I don’t know what it looks like. It’s not just one thing… it’s many. It shapeshifts, it slips through my fingers. Sometimes I can see it and then it’s gone again. I’m in pursuit of a dream. I know that I can make it real. It weaves its way through my very existence.’ – @serenavsworld, who’s taking over our account this week.

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#TAKEOVER: ‘Hello everyone! @serenavsworld here. It’s the end of the week and the end of my @canonaustralia Instagram takeover. To finish up, I would like to share with you a photo of me, taken by my best friend @albertdrosphotography during a trip to Iceland earlier this year. Albert is one of the most amazing people I know and without him, I wouldn’t be here today. Although our work is drastically different, he inspires me from the inside out to continue on my journey and to find what is out there for me. We’ve done a lot together in the short time that we have known one another and hopefully, our art will continue to grow and to inspire others. So keep on exploring, people! Get out there and love the world around you. Don’t let anybody or anything hold you down. In a place as beautiful as this, creativity knows no bounds.’

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