Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway

Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway

Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway

Instagram is home to many, many photographers whose work really shines and I’ve been a fan ever since I spent the time to really give it a chance. Unlike most travel/photography bloggers, I rarely use it myself. I tend to either shoot with my DSLR or enjoy the travel experience without worrying about taking even more pictures. Still, every now and then I make the conscious effort to bust out my cell phone and snap a few shots. Besides Instagram, I also use a very good app called Retro Camera which simulates different kinds of old school film cameras. Nothing quite replaces the fun and nostalgia of actually shooting film, but Retro Camera still yields surprisingly good results and the app is completely free to download.

Between Instagram and Retro Camera, here’s what I came up with this winter on the Trans Siberian Railway:

 

Tallinn, Estonia

Our first stop was Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn will be a repeat trip for me – I loved the quaint beauty of the old town area.

Sunset on the flight over

Sunset on the flight over

 

Pictures over Tallinn, Estonia

Taking pictures over Tallinn, Estonia

 

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg was fantastic. The locals are far friendlier than Moscow, and the city is jam packed with beautiful architecture, sights, and culture.

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood

Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Inside the Mariinsky Theatre

Inside the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg

 

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Funny sign in St. Petersburg

Funny sign in St. Petersburg

 

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg

 

Tyumen, Siberian Russia

Tyumen is a bit of a strange place. The churches and architecture are as beautiful as any Siberian city, but there are few “must sees” and I was left wondering why the city exists at all, given it’s remote location and horrendously cold climate.

Sunrise from the train

Sunrise from the train

 

Sunset in Tyumen

Sunset in Tyumen

 

Church in Tyumen

Church in Tyumen

 

Tomsk, Siberian Russia

Tomsk is a small college town with a lot to offer. The public transportation is the best I’ve ever seen in any city, ever. Public buses continually fly by within seconds of each other so Siberian locals never have to stand out in the cold for very long.

Cold day in Tomsk

Cold day in Tomsk

 

People's bar in Tomsk

People’s bar in Tomsk

 

Blue hour in Tomsk

Blue hour in Tomsk, as seen from a bar

 

Siberian Snowstorm

Siberian Snowstorm

 

Enroute to Lake Baikal

Time passes surprisingly quickly on the train. The view, the other passengers, and of course the food and drink all help.

Baikal Vodka

Baikal Vodka

 

Sunset over Omsk

Sunset over Omsk as seen from the train

 

Bacon chips

Bacon chips – they’re amazing

 

A cold morning in Irkutsk

A cold morning in Irkutsk, this is -25 Celsius

 

Moving through Siberia

Moving through Siberia, shot on Retro Camera

 

A train shot on Retro Camera

A train shot on Retro Camera

 

Glazov, Russia

Glazov, Russia shot on Retro Camera

 

Lake Baikal, Siberian Russia

It’s hard to describe the beauty of Lake Baikal in wintertime. If you’re a spicy food lover like I am, perhaps the best comparison is that of extremely spicy food. The burn is painful, but rewarding and delicious at the same time. Baikal’s weather, wind, and ice make you work to appreciate the beauty, but those who can put aside the painful cold of being there will give themselves the chance to appreciate Baikal’s stunning scenery and quiet serenity.

Frozen Lake Baikal

Frozen Lake Baikal

 

Self portrait

Self portrait, standing on Lake Baikal on a windy afternoon

 

Lake Baikal Sunset

Lake Baikal Sunset

 

Cracks in the Ice on lake Baikal

Cracks in the Ice on lake Baikal

 

Ice on Lake Baikal

Ice on Lake Baikal

 

Sunrise on the southeastern edge of Lake Baikal

Sunrise on the southeastern edge of Lake Baikal

 

Khabarovsk, Russia

Khabarovsk is either well inside Siberia or it’s just outside Siberia’s eastern boarder depending on which map you’re looking at. Siberia’s boarders are ill defined, but nevertheless Khabarovsk is one of the coldest inhabited places on Earth.

Ulan Ude, Russia

Ulan Ude, Russia, enroute to Khabarovsk

 

Cold in Khabarovsk

Cold in Khabarovsk, eastern Russia

 

Church in Omsk

Church in Khabarovsk

 

Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok is an industrial city with a view. It’s been compared to San Francisco and in many ways that’s a fair comparison. Both cities are situated on hilly terrain, and both places are home to terribly cold coastal weather. Surprisingly, Vladivostok is also nearly as cosmopolitan as San Francisco with plenty of restaurants, culture, and sights on offer.

Shooting the sunrise in Vladivostok

Shooting the sunrise in Vladivostok

 

Photographing Vladivostok

Photographing Vladivostok with my trusty Canon 5D

 

Shooting the sunset over Vladivostok

Shooting the sunset over Vladivostok

 

Russian Sunrise

Our final sunrise in Russia after a month

 

Here’s where I should probably ask you to follow me on Instagram, but to be honest I hardly ever post anything (these shots aside) and I’m not particularly worth following! But hey, if you really want to, have at it: Instagram

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