A photo that…


A photo that means the world to me..

The Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots photo challenge was held in January 2012. I wasn’t blogging back then but someone sent me the link thinking I might enjoy the challenge and they were correct.  The photos highlighted on that site were amazing.  I’m not competing in the contest obviously, but it was just a fun way to go back over some of the photos I have taken over the past few years and see what would fit where in each of the following 7 categories.

Even though I know that the contest is over, and you should also be aware of this, I wanted to participate whole-heartedly in this past contest that will reap me no reward other than my own personal satisfaction.  So here goes. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them and revisiting them.

For the purpose of the contest I had to choose 7 of my own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away

Takes my breath away- This was taken during my 6 week hike through Cambodia.  It was an amazing adventure with tons of great photos, but this particular photo took my breath away for more than one reason.  Going up just for breathing and going down because it was a bit frightening as the stairs were no tiny.

  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Makes me smile – Both of my daughters always make me smile, but this picture in particular makes me smile largely in part because it’s such a fun, candid,carefree shot.

  • A photo that…makes me dream

Makes me dream-  I love the painted feel of this picture.  It was taken during my recent wine-tasting vacation to Chile with a good friend of mine.  It’s a bit surreal and dreamy with the front colors being so vibrant and the hind pictures looking a bit painted in.

  • A photo that…makes me think

Makes me think – I love, love, love this picture of my sister taken during her recent visit to Venezuela.  We took a 5 day hike that took us from Merida to Barinas through Los Andes.  There’s something about this photo that always draws me to it.  It fell into a couple different categories but I think it fit this one especially because when I look at it, I wonder what she is thinking.

  • A photo that…makes my mouth water

Mouth Watering – I had several photos of food that could have fit into this category, however, the remnant of what I remember to be the best of the best out of all of the wineries we visited in Chile got my mouth to watering just by looking at the picture.

  • A photo that…tells a story

Tells a Story – I found so many pictures that fit into this category and for some reason most of those pictures that speak a story to me are in black and white.  I chose this picture of one of the boat guides that led is through the Delta Orinoco in Venezuela.  This picture in particular spoke to me because I know the whole story behind the photo, but if I were to look at it through fresh eyes, I might imagine the story a bit differently.

  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

Makes me proud-  When I first thought of a picture that would be “National Geographic” material, I pictured one of the hundreds I had taken of magnificent vistas throughout the U.S. and abroad.  However, this is one of my favorites and one that I am most proud of because it represented one of my favorite countries.  It shows movement, color and calmness and expresses just one glance, a little peek at the many beautiful people and festivals of Korea.

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The original contest also stipulated that you should nominate/include (5) other blogs that you felt were worthy of this challenge. I wanted to show homage to some of my favorite photo and food blogs that have inspired and motivated me to keep posting.  It is my humble opinion that these specific blogs are pretty awesome and I feel each fits into one or more of the following categories.

I like some of the following blogs for their amazing photographs and style, others for their incredible wit and ability to entertain.  Other’s largely because they offer guidance on some topics I am interested in, like food, travel and photography reviews. Finally, I feel these particular blogs have something to contribute to the blogging world and the world in general.  So in no particular order, here are some of my favorites.  I will probably edit the list to add more, but these are just off the top of my head.  Thanks for reading all.

Emma’s Life Unravel, I Miss Me Too, Utesmile, Tahiras,  Beyond Paisley, Where’s my Backpack, Grandmother’s Musings, Sued 51  

20 thoughts on “A photo that…

    • Thanks for stopping by.. it was fun to do even though the challenge or contest is over.. I like the idea of having a focus or theme.. it’s like doing a puzzle.. and just fun to look over old pics.

  1. I love your photos and your courage to continue with the contest even though it is over. I wish you had been able to enter, but I am grateful that you were able to share all your great shots with us. The Photo that takes your Breath away is stunning. The angle of the photo make it look as if the steps go on forever.

    Thank you for including Grandmother Musings in your list of eight. How sweet you are and how honored I feel to be a part of your blog and this blogging world. Blessings.🙂 Jamie

    • Thanks.. igualmente.. your photos as well were inspiring. I find this entire experience pretty enlightening and inspiring. It’s so amazing to be connected to so many.. even if it’s a spiderweb connection.. the world is small. Thanks for checking out this site.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I love digital photography because you can see what you are going to be working with before you even get home. Even from the first click I was attracted to this photo. Thanks for recognizing it. Every new visiter leads me to a new favorite blog.. I will have to put a blog reading time limit on myself.. way too addictive.

  2. I’ve been blogging almost a year now and it’s amazing how much ground I’ve covered looking back. Your post reminded me that I had in fact nominated Francine for this challenge back in April. Nevertheless it was lovely to reread both hers and mine. Memory Lane’s a wonderful place. http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/seven-super-shots/ Hope you don’t mind my including the link?
    One of the hardest things is keeping up with reading other people’s blogs as you acquire more friends, but it’s always a pleasure when you can make some time. I love your first shot down those steps. I don’t have vertigo but could easily acquire it looking at this!

    • Yeah.. very cool. it is tough to keep up.. I get a little OCD with things.. reading and exploring is one of the things.. I’m trying to learn to pace myself..ha… we’ll see how that goes.. thanks for stopping by and I’m honored you would want to include mine.. it was a fun challenge.. I was very impressed with the stair shot… and honestly.. even being there it felt that steep.. it was crazy..they do not measure stair sizes the same as in the U.S.

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    • Thanks. I took the idea from a “contest” that had already passed but the idea stuck in my head. Sort of one of my favorite blogs. I keep looking for another similar one that I like to follow as well.. I had another fun one that was 31 days of randomness.. and it was super fun.. and sometimes difficult to keep up with.. my 31 days was random.. but others had different themes.. was very fun to follow

  4. Reblogged this on rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity and commented:

    Well, I usually don’t do this but I’m re-blogging one of my old favorite posts. This post was put together based on a contest that had already passed. I liked the idea so much that I decided to follow the post challenge and submit this blog based on that challenge. It’s still one of my favorite posts and I’m actually inspired to try to follow this idea on an annual basis. It was fun looking back and I want to thank the most recent commenter on this post who reminded me about it. Thank you blueribbonfair…

    I hope you enjoy.

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