#NorthWest by Dylan Furst in Bellingham, Washington

Dylan Furst knows how to capture the best of the Pacific Northwest. His photos of misty forests, fog-shrouded mountains and remote beaches make us want to grab our hiking boots and explore. Check out his feed and we bet you’ll feel the same way: @fursty

Name:Dylan Furst

Place you live: Bellingham, WA

Place your Instagrams were taken? Bellingham, WA

Can you sum up Bellingham? I live in Bellingham. It’s a quiet town in northwest Washington. It’s not small by any means, but there is not much to do unless you love the outdoors. It’s definitely a nice place to live if you love nature.

What is a perfect day in your spot? A perfect day in my spot would be one covered in a thick fog, but I don’t mind cloudy or rainy days either. Those are my ideal conditions for taking photos.

If Bellingham was a character who would it be? Probably Sleepy from Snow White. My town is quiet and often feels like a sleeper town. Plus Sleepy lives in a cottage, which totally suits the Northwest.

How long have you been using Instagram? I have been using Instagram since the first few weeks after it came out. A few months after that I started using it as a serious platform for my photography.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? I used to shoot purely with my iPhone, but now I almost always use my DSLR and an old film camera.

What is your editing process? My editing process is done in Lightroom 5. I use programs and presets that I have created and I always adjust the curves to achieve a dark film look to my photos.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? I create images every day outside of Instagram. I feel that I am selective and only share my favorite photos from my excursions. I like to print my photos and share them with friends and family, including many that I have never released on Instagram.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? It most definitely has. Shooting with my iPhone challenged me before diving into the DSLR world. It allowed me to be much more selective in what I shoot and it has made me realize that taking my time is important to produce my best work.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Only post something you’re proud of. If you have any doubts about the photo then don’t post it. You should also never feel obligated to post something, just follow your creative vision and it will all come together.  Always thank people for their feedback and share your own.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? My three favorite Instagrammers would be @JaredChambers, @AlexStrohl and a good friend of mine I met through Instagram, @Jovell



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Name:Dylan Furst

City:Bellingham, Washington

Best place to eat:

Taco Lobo

Best place to drink:

Elizabeth Station

Best outdoor activity:

Catching the sunrise at Samish Overlook.

Must do:

Take a drive down Chuckanut Drive.

Local tip:

Hike up the clear cut above Lost Lake for views of Mt. Baker and Bellingham Bay.