Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Madrid is set to impose direct rule unless Catalonia’s leader abandons an independence bid.


Elena Volotova Photography

Natural beauty portraits by Russian photographer Elena Volotova.

Today I want to introduce you to Elena Volotova, a Russian photographer who lives and works between Moscow, Russia and Vienna, Austria. She mainly specializes in fashion and beauty portraits. Due to the useof natural light and everyday surroundings, her images provide a casual look ofunadulterated beauty. It seems like there is a quite personal connection between each model and the photographer.Elena Volotova always manages to capture the unmistakable uniqueness of each person or a single moment. Just have a look at the following images. For more, please visitElena’s portfolio on Behance or follow her on Instagram.

An intimate portrait of Elena.
An intimate portrait of Elena.
Close up of Elena.
Close up of Elena’s bright eyes.
Close up of Ksenia.
Close up of Ksenia. The focus on her eyes creates a very personal touch.
Glamorous portrait of model Stays.
A glamorous portrait of model Stays.
Natural beauty portraits by Elena Volotova.
Natural beauty portraits shot by Elena Volotova.
Portrait of Elena.
Another beautiful portrait of Elena.

All images by Elena Volotova. Do not hesitate to have a look at our Photography section to find more inspiring images. On WE AND THE COLOR, we feature the work of talented photographers from all over the world. WE AND THE COLOR is your place for the daily dose of creative inspiration!

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This free app finally lets you post to Instagram from your computer

Photographer and programmer Felix Sun has designed an app called Windowed that finally allows you to post images to your Instagram account straight from your computer-no tablet, smartphone, or strange loophole workaround required.

Instagram is a great way to build an audience and even earn yourself a commission or two, but the app’s mobile-only upload has been a thorn in every professional photographer’s side from the very beginning. Most of us don’t shoot our best photos on our phones, and many camera brands don’t have the best systems (read: some downright suck) in place for getting those photos off of your main camera and onto your smartphone.

Enter Windowed, a simple app that allows you to upload images straight to Instagram from your Mac or PC. And best of all, the application is open source and “100% free.”

The app is able to provide this functionality thanks to a semi-recent update to Instagram that allows you to post photos from a mobile browser. Under normal circumstances, you’re unable to access this functionality from your Mac or PC; Windowed pretends to be a mobile browser to get around this limitation.

There have been workarounds posted online for ages that make it possible to post to Instagram from your desktop, but this is the first implementation we’ve seen that’s truly easy. In fact, it’s no different than posting to IG using Chrome or Safari on your smartphone.

To learn more about Windowed, see the source code, or download it for yourself, head over to the app’s website by clicking here.