City of Surprises by Hanni Gharib in Copenhagen, Denmark

Hanni Gharib’s feed offers beautiful imagery from Denmark and around the world. With an eye for symmetry and an appreciation for light and shadow he captures striking landscapes and cityscapes! Check out more of Gharib’s work on his site and follow his feed @justhanni.

Name:Hanni Gharib

Place you live: Copenhagen

Place your Instagrams were taken? Copenhagen is so diverse – within a two mile radius you can find open fields, dense urban areas, historical buildings and top notch modern architecture. Many of my shots are taken in the new district of Copenhagen called Ørestad as well as around the historic buildings downtown.

Can you sum up Copenhagen? In one word: surprising. I think many visitors get that “how did I miss this city?” feeling when visiting. There’s really something for every interest: history, architecture, nature, food, drinks, nightlife, culture, events – all wrapped up in a compact, cohesive package.

What is a perfect day in Copenhagen? Biking around the city with friends, taking a few snaps and then exchanging stories and having a meal somewhere by the water.

If Copenhagen was a person or character who would it be and why? Gary Oldman – classy and versatile.

How long have you been using Instagram? Almost four years now.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? Until 2015 I was shooting strictly mobile. Lately I’ve been mixing it up with DSLR shots.

What is your editing process? When I edit on my iPhone, it’s nearly always the classic Snapseed and VSCOcam combo. Two powerful tools that I’ve been using for years now.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? Yes, I also create images for my website, Tumblr and VSCO Grid.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Definitely! Besides honing my eye for good motifs, I’ve become more attentive to what makes a good shot better. For example, using different perspectives, good lighting or adding interesting elements to it.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Practice, practice, practice. It’s a cliche, but you don’t get good by taking 100 shots. Or even 1.000. Spend time breaking down your photos to find out what works and what doesn’t. And last but not least, find inspiration amongst the many talented people out there.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? Wow, three only? You’re making me omit so many talented people! But I can warmly recommend @maldemar – all his shots are oozing with class and depth. For stunning landscapes I definitely have to mention @alexstrohl and for moody urban shots check out @ilitchpeters. All three post top notch images and are so consistent.

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Name:Hanni Gharib


Best place to eat:


Best place to drink:


Best outdoor activity:

Biking around the city!

Must do:

If the weather’s half decent, jump on one of the canal boat tours. It’s touristy, yes, but gives you a good overview of the city for later explorations.

Local tip:

Don’t waste your calories on the restaurants on the main shopping street. Copenhagen’s best restaurants are found in the side streets and scattered just outside the centre of the city.