Forget Instagram Pop-Ups, Try a Sunflower Maze

Forget Instagram Pop-Ups, Try a Sunflower Maze

FYI: Whoever supports the pictures of you posing in a giant neon bathtub is not your real friend.

As two people who will literally do anything for the ‘gram, after hearing about the Hanes Corn Maze and Tiny Shop Bakery, we knew that we needed to check it out.

Located in Hamilton, Ontario, not only are their sunflower fields an amazing spot for Instagram photos, but they double as an engaging maze, as well. With clues to collect as you go through the maze, there is a surprise theme at the end that you have to try and decode. Though, we won’t tell you what the theme is in this article– not because we don’t want to spoil it, but because we didn’t finish the maze.

That being said, there are many benefits of taking your Instagram photos at a location like this instead of paying to go to an Instagram pop-up shop. To fully convince you of this, we’ve compiled a list of reasons to spare you the embarrassment of looking back at streams of cringe-worthy photos.

1. Contrary to an Instagram pop-up shop, taking photos in this sunflower field was not embarrassing at all.

Everyone is walking around with professional cameras and there are so many different paths you can take that you don’t need to be near a bunch of other people to take a photo. This is truly a judgement-free zone, filled with wannabe influencers and the odd child who’s truly there to make their way through the maze.

2. This one is pretty self-explanatory, however, the natural lighting and backdrop of the sunflower field make for amazing photos.

This day and age, people are looking to take more candid and natural photos. Walking around in these fields is the perfect opportunity to snap that million-dollar shot. Even though this might be a little staged, I’m sure your followers would rather see you sauntering around the sunflower fields than sitting in a ball pit filled with emojiis.

3. As of right now, these sunflower pictures don’t seem to be very mainstream–yet.

All of you Insta-thots, please stop reading this article and find somewhere else to take pictures.

4. This activity was actually very reasonably priced and makes for a nice excuse to get out of the house.

For $15 each, we received a pass to access the maze for the entire day, which is an incredibly fair price compared to the $40 you’d pay just to go once inside of a pop-up shop. Quarantine friendly, the maze is not only outside, but most people are wearing masks and remain socially distant from each other.

If you really want to step up your sunflower maze game, you can even bring a blanket, some snacks for a picnic, or a speaker to enhance your overall experience. However, if you do choose to go to a sunflower maze, please be respectful. There should be a limit to what you would do for the ‘gram and that involves refraining from stepping on or breaking the sunflowers just to get the perfect angle.

We loved our experience and highly recommend that you go check out the maze! There’s truly nothing better than coming here at golden hour to try and subtly flex on your followers.

Our Obsessions: Disposable Cameras

Our Obsessions: Disposable Cameras

Because like every other basic girl I think I’m ~quirky~ when I post disposable photos on Instagram.

Disclaimer: I can’t take credit for any of these photos because my insanely talented friend Qi Di Zheng took all of these (on the off chance that anybody actually reads these, check out her insta @qidizheng)

It’s no secret that disposable photos have come back into trend. Within the past two years, I’ve seen every VSCO girl switch from the C1 filter (don’t lie I know you used this at one point or another) to filters that give a vintage/ disposable look to them. Lucky for you, I interviewed the queen of the disposable, Qi Di Zheng, on everything under the sun related to disposable cameras.

What was the first disposable camera that you started using?

The first disposable I ever used was made by Fuji– a classic. I got a two-pack from Amazon the week before Gov Ball in 2017. I didn’t finish it until the very end of senior year, and I never got it developed. It’s still sitting in my room collecting dust. I believe the other one from the two pack was used for my freshman year at college and it really made me fall in love with vintage film.

What is the difference between a film camera and a disposable camera?

A disposable camera is essentially a film camera. A film camera is any camera that requires films rather than an SD cord, like most modern digital cameras. A disposable is a single-use film camera.

What made you want to switch to the film camera?

I switched from disposable cameras to a film camera because it was more cost efficient to invest in a single camera and constantly buy film than to constantly buy single use cameras. Also, disposables aren’t great for the environment.

Do you have any advice to ensure that your film/disposable photos don’t come out overexposed/ underexposed?

I personally think it’s always better to have it overexposed as opposed to underexposed. I usually set my camera to a standard 4.0 aperture and a 1/250 shutter speed since most of the pictures I take on an old fashion film camera are usually in the day time with adequate lighting. I like to carry around a more digitized film camera at night because it is more portable and there’s a flash built in. I personally love taking pictures with flash– it really adds to the “old-timey” look.

What do you use as inspiration for your photos?

Inspiration wise, I think I developed a certain taste in photos from my pre- teen years as an avid Tumblr user. I’ve noticed that I have very specific preferences in aesthetics and subject matter. I also follow film accounts on Instagram and I occasionally go on VSCO– whenever I remember that I have the app– to check out some cool pictures. I also think people forget– me included– that VSCO was originally used as a place to share professional photography. I also get inspiration from my friends. I really love taking pictures of them because I see these pictures as a time capsule that I can’t wait to look back on.

Do you have any advice for those looking to get into taking more film photos?

I think any advice I would give is to start off with disposables, it is less complicated and very easy to use. To this day, some of my favorite pictures are taken on disposables. I feel like the best film pictures are the ones that aren’t as posed and taken very nonchalantly.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to spend money on disposable cameras and getting the photos developed, check out David Dobrik’s app David’s Disposable for a free alternative.