2004. My first big trip to Europe. 6 countries. 28 days. A total of 121 photos.
1995 and 1996. My first two trips outside of North America. My second and third plane rides. The beautiful country of Estonia. I came home with less than 50 photos. (I did develop a crush on an Estonian girl though).
I’ve realized that when I am traveling I get too caught up in my experiences and forget to take photos. My travel experiences were 3D and involved all five senses. However, I didn’t capture many of them in 2D.
I’m getting much better at the photography thing now and am starting to take more photos. However, I will come home with a bunch of photos and realize 1) that I am hardly in any of them and 2) I still take a lot of bad photos.
So when I was nominated to be a part of Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots project, I was part relieved, part apprehensive.
For one, I wouldn’t have to look a through quite as many photos as other people because obviously I don’t take as many as I should. However, finding 7 photos from my travels that fit the theme was going to be a little more difficult.
So here’s to better travel photos in the future and my best 7 super shots.
A photo that take my breath away
Wailua Falls in Lihue, Kauai were made famous by the TV show Fantasy Island. In my experience, they were made ever more beautiful by this rainbow. This is one of my favorites and one of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever taken.
A photo that makes me laugh or smile
This is what happens when you’ve had too much wine in Hungary, a Roma (gypsy) violinist plays beautiful music, you’re the youngest guy on this wine tasting, and the owner of the winery in Recsk Hungary asks you to dance.
A photo that makes me dream
Without a doubt, I love Slovenia. The beauty, culture, and geography of this place inspired me to create the ultimate travel guide to Slovenia. This photo is from the Alpine town of Lake Bled, just outside of Ljubljana. One day, I want to spend an entire summer exploring this country.
A photo that makes me think
When traveling through the former countries of Yugoslavia, there are still reminders of the war there. And the impact these places can have are quite emotional. This photo inspired my thoughts on the Yugoslavia war and basketball.
However, places like Auschwitz and Recsk, Hungary have reminded me of the dark days during World War II and Communist Hungary.
A photo that makes my mouth water
I love Thai food and one of the best Thai food places (Thai Tom) is a small hole in the wall place in Seattle located on The Ave at the University of Washington. Good food is just one of the many aspects of my College Football Travel Tour.
A photo that tells a story
Just beyond this beach is a nude beach in Figueira, Portugal (out of respect, not going to include a photo of the actual beach). While hiking along the coast from Salema, I wandered upon this beach by mistake – and had my first nude beach experience.
A photo I am most proud of (aka my National Geographic shot)
Of those 121 photos I took in Europe, I managed to get a fantastic shot. I don’t think any shot has topped this one even though I’ve had some great ones. I was able to capture the Eiffel Tower perfectly (check out my 10 travel tips to save money in Paris).
Looking ahead to my travels, I just upgraded my camera from a point and shoot. So I am looking forward to better quality photos from my travels – provided I remember to pull the camera out of my pocket and take them.
For my nominations, I am selecting a number of others to show me their photos from around the world. These five have covered a number of countries from nearly every continent on the planet.
Jenna from This Is My Happiness
Michela from My Battered Suitcase
Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps
Wes from Johnny Vagabond
Chris from The Aussie Nomad
Thanks to BonBon’s Travel Tips for the nomination!