There’s a new photography post going around at the moment, started by Hostelbookers.com. It asks bloggers to select their ‘Seven Super Shots’, one for each of the following categories. I love an excuse to dig through my old photos, so when Suzanne, aka The Travel Bunny, nominated me how could I refuse? I’ve already seen some fantastic photos from other bloggers so hope my choices will live up to them. After years of getting more and more interested in photography, I finally got a Nikon D5000 DSLR a couple of years ago and love it, but some of my best shots were taken on my old Fuji compact – great photos aren’t about the camera, but a magic combination of timing, light and a bit of luck.
1. A photo that… takes my breath away
Staying in Gili Trawangan in Indonesia last year, we took a day trip over to a neighbouring island, Gili Air. We got a lift back on a traditional local boat, where one of the guys on the boat clambered up onto the bow. With the sun starting to set over Gili Trawangan, he made a great silhouette, and this photo always brings back memories of the heat and smells of the tropics.
2. A photo that… makes me laugh or smile
So you’re opening a new restaurant in Hong Kong and looking for a theme for it, what’s top of your list… toilets of course! On the way from the airport on a stopover in Hong Kong, I was flicking through a guide to the city and came across this advert for the ‘Modern Toilet’ restaurant. Toilet bowl chairs, ice cream in a mini urinal, soup in a wash basin – can you think of anything less appetising? Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go and try it out but the idea still cracks me up.
3. A photo that… makes me dream
I loved this picture of a lighthouse so much that I have a big print of it hanging on the wall opposite my bed, so it’s the first thing I see in the morning. It was taken in the harbour of St Ives in Cornwall and looks so peaceful, it always makes me dream of relaxing by the sea.
4. A photo that… makes me think
I took this in the British Museum when I was trying out my new DSLR. Most of the visitors and students scurrying by didn’t notice the Tennyson quote beneath their feet, but it made me think about how things change through time, and of all the artefacts in the museum that have existed for years and will go on existing long after we’re gone.
5. A photo that… makes my mouth water
You can’t beat a good cake, and these gorgeous tarts in the famous Betty’s Tea Room in York were some of the best, along with a big pot of tea.
6. A photo that… tells a story
I studied geology for a while, and one of the places where it really comes to life is in Lulworth Cove in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast here is home to 150 million years of geological history and you can see it all around you – from the horseshoe-shaped cove, the layers of different rock and the arch of Durdle Door, to the fossils scattered along the shore.
7. A photo that… I am most proud of (aka my National Geographic shot)
This was such a tough one as it changes from day to day, but in the end I decided on this this shot of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last autumn. I love the way the afternoon sun makes a dappled pattern on the wall through the leaves.
So there we are! Thanks again to Suzanne for the nomination. The idea now is to nominate other bloggers to join in, but I’ve totally lost track as to who has and hasn’t already been nominated, but if you’d like to have a go, then consider yourself nominated! Look forward to seeing photos from anyone who’d like to take up the challenge…