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