Kirsten Alana

NYC-based pro travel photographer, mostly iPhone/Lumia here. Co-founder #GrittyCity.
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I've got latergrams aplenty from my trip to California that I still want to share but today I woke up with the sound of bagpipes in my head and an awful yearning for my bonnie Scotland. It's vote day there and a very important one in their story, no matter which way the vote goes. I'm thinking of all my friends there, all the people I know who are from there and all the lovely people I've met who make Scotland one of my favorite places on earth: Ye have my heart today especially. πŸ’™
ruanaich : @kirstenalana Just returned from the polling centre having cast my vote. It's too close to call but well know tomorrow.
kirstenalana : @ruanaich Oh my!!! I'm on pins and needles wanting to know. I cannot even fathom how anxious you must all be over there. Thanks for filling me in.
kirstenalana : @mafiakiller777 Thank you so much!
passionandapen : Loved Scotland when I went. Anxious to hear the results
kirstenalana : Same here!! @passionandapen
adventurecom : Love Scotland! Wishing all the best to friends over there.
kirstenalana : Glad to hear you are as well!! @adventurecom
aileenlamb1 : Beautiful image from my beautiful country. Today we've made a momentous choice. The people have voted no. We'll remain in the union. The highest turnout to vote ever in Scotland.
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Found out a crazy nature factoid while on our @RedJeepTours ride around the San Andreas Fault: it's actually one of the most naturally fertile areas in the whole of greater Palm Springs. But not in the way of rolling green fields or lush gardens. Instead, its about palm trees. We began to see them dotting the landscape in what looked like a line. When questioned, our guide explained that the palms are how you denote where the actual fault line is. With the activity beneath the earth's surface, water is forced to the surface in a relatively small amount all things considered, but enough that the palm trees can grow. This group of them forms a small oasis but otherwise they are seen, as in my last photo, as less of a group and more of a solo act! 🌴 #PalmSpringsUSA #PoweredByLumia
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kirstenalana : @sarahsloboda Truly. Such is this life. Any plans to be in NYC this fall?? I don't think I'll be back on the west coast.
1crazywriter : That's very interesting! Now I'm going to have to go see that.
kirstenalana : I hope you do! Glad you like this, thanks! @1crazywriter
sarahsloboda : Yes! Oct 8-15. :)
muhamed_jatan : Nice
kirstenalana : Thank you! @muhamed_jatan
kirstenalana : Yay!!!!!! @sarahsloboda
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I've wanted to @VisitPalmSprings for as long as I can remember and while my visit isn't turning out to be quite what I'd for so long envisioned and expected -- I'm finding that the surprises are not bad at all! This photo was taken during a ride all around the San Andreas Fault with @RedJeepTours where we found a literal oasis and where we hiked through a canyon and I felt a bit like a female Indiana Jones. It's HOT here but I'm really diggin' the vibe. #PoweredByLumia
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @bornintheeu
paintthenight : Just remember Feb. in NYC
visitpalmsprings : Need to have you come back here and stay in downtown Palm Springs. January?
kirstenalana : I think you make a very good case. Winter not in NYC? Sold. My birthday is Feb 2, might be a nice angle ;) @visitpalmsprings
kirstenalana : @paintthenight Exactly. I'm relishing the heat because I know what we'll be braving soon.
visitpalmsprings : K...will be in touch!
jason_chick_ : great pic..
kirstenalana : Thank you! @jason_chick_
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If you get the chance to #VisitCarlsbad, you most definitely should!! People here are just fantastic, the pace of life is so well balanced, nature is always a part of the flow and the sunshine...the sunshine!! This lovely alley leads from the beach to the Carlsbad Inn where I've just done yoga. As soon as I began walking the stairs, I thought it would be interesting for @Instagram's #WHPbwlandscapes. ((Shot on my Lumia1020 and edited with OneLens.))
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bornintheeu : πŸ‘
kirstenalana : Thank you! @bornintheeu
izcarus : @kirstenalana idk if this was a snapshot but your composition is great. Love the bank of white offset by the dark lines πŸ‘πŸ‘
dun03045 : This picture gave me a many things to me
kirstenalana : Thank you! @dun03045
kirstenalana : I'm not sure what you mean. I took it with care as I do all my images. It was composed and thought out. My camera was the Lumia 1020 in this case. @izcarus
izcarus : I didn't mean it derisively @kirstenalana . I guess I just meant that you probably can compose these without even really thinking much about it. Basically it took me a few seconds to look at this photo and see how good it really was. To simplify it: great photo thank you for sharing and hopefully I can get to be as good as you are one day
kirstenalana : Oh ok. I definitely get it now. Thank you!! I'm glad you like it and honored you feel that way about my work. @izcarus
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I'm so grateful to my Microsoft friends for bringing me to one of my "Bucket List" places in Los Angeles. This is Union Station, celebrating it's 75th birthday this year because it debuted in May 1939. It was partially designed by John and Donald B. Parkinson who also designed City Hall. I had but a few moments to take photographs of the stunning architectural details that decorate this landmark train station and I'll be doing a blog post of photos later but now our #PoweredByLumia group is headed down to Carlsbad via @Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner service.
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jennaberrybean : Beautiful architecture, indeed! πŸ’™πŸ’™
kirstenalana : I'm so glad you think so as well! 😊 @jennaberrybean
sandradimitri12 : Love this station as well..especially the interior.
kirstenalana : The interior is just spectacular. I'll probably share a latergram of that as well. Haha. @sandradimitri12
foodphilosophy : Still can't get over the blue on the ceiling. Lurve.
kirstenalana : First of all: Lurve = best word. Second of all, that blue is my spirit animal. Third, SO glad this trip allowed us to finally meet. @foodphilosophy
pjglez : I was there last August and loved this building a lot, so classy!!!
kirstenalana : It is indeed. Very classy. @pjglez
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Today is the first full day of my adventure with @visitcalifornia and Microsoft where we're using Lumia devices to aid our exploration of Southern California. A lovely boat ride in @marinadelrey_ca with @hornblowerlaoc produced this image and I can't wait to see what other adventures we get up to. I think it's going to be awfully difficult by the end of this to want to leave California... (((While my trip is #sponsored, all opinions are entirely my own.)))
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mrsoaroundworld : Nice! How is the phone?
amberdegrace : Gorgeous photos. I'm happy to see Microsoft doing this with respected photographers, to show off what their phone's camera is capable of producing. I'd like to see what the Amazon Fire phone can do. Have you tried it out at all?
kirstenalana : @mrsoaroundworld I'm quite impressed by it to be honest. Especially the camera of course.
kirstenalana : @amberdegrace I haven't tried that out. But I'd like the chance to. I'm so grateful Microsoft has asked me to be a part of their testing because it's really opened my eyes and helped me grow to appreciating tech more generally. Rather than only being an Apple cheerleader.
noellenotnoel : Beautiful shot. George Strait has an awesome song called "Marina Del Rey," check it out. It's romantic. 😊
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! Awww I will have to check that out. @noellenotnoel
amyshop789 : Very nice!Welcome to my home!
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Speaking of where to eat in LA, I must not leave out my home of the last 3 days: @fslosangeles and their fantastic restaurant: @CulinaLA. Actually, all the food at the hotel is beyond reproach and if you visit the Windows Bar make sure you order their Five Spice Chicken Tatsoi. Also, don't skip the Hibiscus Julep cocktail. Pictured here from my truly lovely breakfast at Culina with @sararoderickla & @luxehotelier: the classic Eggs Benedict, Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes & Pomegranate Maple Syrup (and of course a side of bacon!) with fresh pressed Green Juice. They even have a Fresh Pressed Juice Menu so you can create your own! #FStaste
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culinala : @liseelees @yummypamcakes16 we're ready when you are!
culinala : @24k Cheers!
culinala : @rachelroams we've got to get you back here soon! Dinner is next!
culinala : @kirstenalana @luxehotelier we'll have endless plates of bacon waiting for you the next time you're in town! Ciao πŸ–πŸ΄
sararoderickla : @kirstenalana @luxehotelier @24k @rachelroams feeling all sorts of fancy! Can't wait to see you all again soon!
rachelroams : @culinala yes, please! Catch up with @sararoderickla & @luxehotelier over some of your gorgeous eats. :)
moomandan : Sure would be yummy πŸ˜‹
kirstenalana : It was indeed. @moomandan
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This lovely, soaring space in the heart of LA on LaBrea is now @republiquela but it was built in 1929 to be Charlie Chaplin’s offices. Later it was transformed into La Brea Bakery and Campanile, now it is Republique. Building on its storied past, the current gastronomic incarnation is as grand as the space it occupies while still being comfortable enough for casual drinks or a quick lunch. Like so much of LA (I'm discovering), it's unpretentious and welcoming. Make sure you try their fresh pressed juices and -- if you're not gluten free or skipping carbs -- don't miss the pastries. Great drinks menu and wine vault too! #LAstory
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tonyburtt : Gotta love LA.....
kirstenalana : Truly! @tonyburtt
ajtravel : @3_almansoori check it out when your there!
juliaisabella1 : I was here yesterday!
kirstenalana : Nice!! @juliaisabella1
republiquela : Great write-up! Thank you for sharing! We look forward to seeing you again soon! πŸ‘
_mandoooks_ : @jennie.jen.jen follow. #yourwelcur
jennie.jen.jen : @_mandoooks_ are you taking me here on Friday!
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Because I've been so busy during this trip to LA, my images have been mostly latergrams. (Which I hate doing but couldn't help this time.) Since I decided to slow down today, I figured I'd show you an in-the-moment photo and also state my commitment to the movement I've seen going round IG: #bringthephoneback. Though I love my cameras, I try to make my feed mobile only so I can showcase what can truly be done with a mobile camera when you push it to the limit. By the way, we should all slow down more. Does the mind and body good. Last note: if you've not yet been to LA, the September issue of @townandcountrymag would be a fantastic place for you to start your education on this fascinating & oft-misunderstood place. I love the guest editorial section by @goldilocksg!! That's my #LAstory for today, now back to some R&R...
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ssshams : That's right, yes ma'am. :)
intuitiveartist : @kirstenalana Nice! Raining here like crazy! Two days back from vacation! Hahaha, U2's new song titled California is nice!
sathya_n07 : Not bad...
kirstenalana : Thank you! @sathya_n07
kirstenalana : @intuitiveartist Oh dear. Rain after the sun of CA would be such a bummer. Dreading going back east myself. I'll check out the U2 album. I heard it's a totally free download!!
kirstenalana : @ssshams Ahhhh. Ok, no these are just cheapies from a street vendor in NYC.
unconventionalveteran : That's what's up!!
kirstenalana : :) :) @unconventionalveteran
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It's been a while since I did a #fromwhereistand image and what better place than @farmersmarketla. I can't seem to stop visiting this Los Angeles landmark. I think it's the vintage-lover in me that's obsessed with the old lunch counters, the bottled sodas, the French cheese emporium, the little bars perfect for Happy Hour and the colorful fresh produce everywhere that reminds me of a time before cold, sterile grocery stores. It's been "at the corner of Third and Fairfax since 1934" and it still feels new to me even though it's old. A not-quite-hidden-but-definite-gem, in my LA play book. #DiscoverLA
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kirstenalana : Thanks!! My havaianas are the only summer sandals I wear. Have them in two colors and would like a third. They're the BEST. @havaianasusa
twinsmaj : Great shot, great composition. Neat!
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @twinsmaj
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flambe88 : Cool shot ! πŸ’›πŸ‘Œ
kirstenalana : Thank you! @flambe88 @moomandan
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