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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Favourite Travel Photos - My 7 Super Shots


A couple of days ago, a fellow travel blogger from “I Wander” tagged me in his blog post entitled “Favorite Travel Photos - My 7 Super Shots”. I have to be honest here. I have mixed feelings about it. Happy and flattered. Nervous and worried. And not to forget feeling a bit stressed out too! :-) The idea (or the game that I'm now taking part in), from HostelBookers 7 Super Shots, is to select 7 of your best travel photos that fit into a certain category or theme, share them all in one blog post, and then nominate 5 other travel bloggers to do the same by including a link to their blog in that same post.

Having hundreds of folders and thousands of photos to choose from made the photo selection process quite tricky. Having categories and themes to consider, made it worse :-S  Not that I have many good photos in the first place :-D  It’s just that I have to scour through most of them, which took a bit of time. Going through them brought me back memories. Not just memories of places and people. But also of some other things long forgotten. Bad and good. Which nevertheless still brought a smile to my face... But I digress... :-) 

So... before I wander off the track any further, here they are, my 7 favourite shots – which I think fit their respective theme – from some of my previous trips.


#1 – Takes my breath away


There’re some competitions for this theme but to me this photo just edged it a bit. Not in terms of photo quality. But in terms of experience. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is nothing short of grand. The first time I was there, I had arrived late in the afternoon and went on to spend some time inside the masjid. It was already dark when I went out again. To walk down its “courtyard” and then to turn around to face the masjid in such a clear night really took my breath away.

[Click here for more photos of the masjid]


#2 – Makes me dream


Not exactly the best photo of Paris that I have in my collection. It was winter. It was cold and a bit foggy. And I was almost frozen standing on top of Arc de Triomphe. So Eiffel Tower doesn’t look as sharp in the photo as some might have liked. But I like this photo. Cheesy as it may sound, it makes me dream of Paris.




#3 – Makes me think


What?  Who?  How?  When?  Why?

(Among them: Is this really where the Tomb of the Primes was hidden? ;-) How would I manage to walk back down the mountain in such a heat? ;-) )

[Click here for more photos of Petra]


#4 – Makes me laugh or smile


Again, not exactly the best of photos but when I first saw this tooth pick holder in a novelty shop in Brussels, I sure laughed out loud. What a cool idea. Although definitely not cool if you do it for real.




#5 – Makes my mouth water


*gone to have some hot waffles*




#6 – Tells a story


Yes, I know, I know... this is definitely a cliché to most but I am sure it fits the theme, right? I just wish that I could have taken a symmetrical one but it was quite hard actually as there were lots and lots of people around, all trying to take the same photos. Next time, remind me to do it differently, please?




#7 – My most proud of (aka most worthy of National Geographic shot)


Funny that I have chosen this one as my most proud of (can’t bear to write aka most worthy of... here :-) ) even though I actually tend to prefer to take photos of places rather than of people. I took this in the Corniche in Mutrah area in Muscat while taking a break after a long walk along the Corniche.




So what do you think of these photos?  There're a few competitions for some categories while for one or two other categories, it's totally the opposite.  I have problems too in identifying a correct theme for some of my favourite photos, they eventually didn't make the cut.  For example, the photo of Florence above makes me laugh because it reminds me of the day trip a few friends and I had made while we were in Rome some time late last year.  It would take a bit of writing though to explain why the photo would fall under "makes me laugh or smile"...

In the end, I have chosen these based on them being my favourites for each theme, which means they are not necessarily the best.  But still, I would love to hear some feedback from you guys.

In the meantime, I'm tagging the following fellow travel bloggers to see if they are up to this task as well because I'd really love to see what they consider as their best or most favourite shots :-)

In alphabetical order:
2.  CK @ CK Go Places
3.  Devi @ Devi da Lil' Devil
4.  Sarah @ The Hedonista
5.  Amer @ Tend to Travel 


45 comments:

Comments and feedback are always appreciated. So do leave one or two if you have the time. Thank you!

  1. They're all great photos! My favorite is #1 - it is superb! I've seen several shots of that mosque in Abu Dhabi and that's the best shot I've encountered

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    1. Thanks. I feel humbled with such a kind comment ;-)
      Thanks for sharing your best photos in the first place by the way.

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  2. Great shots Cik R.. wish I have the same talent ;)

    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Kak Ida. Your photos are good what? Thought of tagging you as well but was afraid of getting more photos of food. Takut kempunan nanti, hehe ;-)

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  3. Wow great pics. Same with wanderme my favorite is the 1st pic, it is really superb!

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    1. Thanks. A few people have actually commented the same about photo #1.
      I however think most are more in awe of the masjid than of the photo, eheh!

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  4. Hey RAW.

    Your photos are amazing! I love the one with the waffles and it's making me hungry now! Thanks for giving me the heads up in email. Alternatively you can add me on Twitter for easier communication. :p

    I'm gonna go do my assignment now.

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    1. Hiya there! Thanks for the compliment. I keep thinking about waffles too whenever I look at the photo, haha! Re twitter: will do that. Still trying to work out how to send out one *gulps*

      Looking forward to seeing your photos :-)

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    2. Okay you did well in tweeting today. I'm going to have massive problem going through the photos for this assignment. He he.

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    3. I _love_ creating problems to others. Shall I give you a deadline, say midnight tonight? ;-D

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  5. Your pics are amazing ! I really like your first picture, I stare at it for a few seconds before reading! Love your Paris & Taj Mahal. Remind me of my India trip when I was in Taj Mahal last year, I could not take my eyes off them, was there until it was closed...I can't forget how sunset makes the white marbles changed to slightly pinkish..!

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    1. Hi there, Jess! Thanks for dropping by and for the compliment on the photos. When you said the first picture, did you mean the Florence one or the mosque one? (I know, it's actually my fault for the confusion ;-))

      Re: Taj Mahal at sunset. That must have been really beautiful. I can only imagine it now. My friend and I spent only a short time there in Agra one morning/ early afternoon before driving off to Jaipur.

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  6. wow...ur photos are amazing. love all the shots! Taj mahal..another dream destination of mine..hope to go there someday and bring my parents along. :)

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    1. Hi Devi! Thanks. Yes, you should go to Taj Mahal. And if you have the time, combine the trip with Delhi and Jaipur as well. Amazing places!

      Looking forward to seeing your photo selection soon! :-)

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  7. it's amazing! I love the taj mahal, mannn...it's still a long long way before am able to get to Jaipur!

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    1. Hi, Rayyan! Thanks. Jaipur is just a few hours drive away from Taj Mahal. You can combine New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in one trip if you have 5 days to spare. For me, it's totally worth it! :-)

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  8. For the number 6, tells a story I myself also thought of Taj Mahal but unfortunately havent been there yet. Hopefully someday. All your photo are amazing

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    1. Hi, Diana! Thanks for the compliment. I'm sure you'll be visiting India soon enough! Perhaps can initiate a bloggers' trip there? :-)

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  9. gawking.... in awe..... speechless

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  10. now that i ahve recovered fully. you pics are amazing!!!! enuf said! faint.

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    1. Hi, Lily! Haha! Very funny. Thanks for the compliment though. I'm thoroughly humbled with all the comments here.

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  11. Envy u...Envy u....ha..ha..very impressive RAW...All yr photos like postcard photos...beautiful! Dunno which to choose as my fav as all are beautiful...no 5...droooliinnggg.... The 1st time i looked at photo 7, i remembered mano maniam, the actor...got resemblance la.. I don't really like Paris (no offence, ya) but pic no 2 is my fav.. Looks a bit mysterious gitu... The only thing i like about Paris is Disneyland..ha..ha...!

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    1. Hi, Farikica! Thanks for the compliment. Mano Maniam? Hahaha! I can see some slight resemblance now that you mentioned it, heheh!

      I can understand that Paris is not exactly everyone's cup of tea. Personally I find it too crowded with tourists. I do however love its offering of art museums... taking a stroll along the Seine... sitting outside a cafe, sipping coffee while people watching... shopping... and many other activities too ;-) Unfortunately haven't got the chance to go to Paris Disneyland yet though! :-S

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  12. You, waffle kat atas tu sama macam yang I makan. Oh god... Rindu pulak bumi brussel. hehe

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    1. I have the same problem. Everytime I see photos of places that I have been to, I long to go back and see those places again and again...

      Think I may need to go and have a slow talk with my bank ;-)

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    2. A few of my friends also took exactly the same photo as the waffle photo.. I bet it's from the same shop... How come i didn't notice the waffle shop when i was there..? Perhaps i was too busy tasting the chocs...;)

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    3. Farikica, there is a possibility that they come from the same shop :-D I took this one at a small shop somewhere between Grand Place and Manneken Pis. There were at least a couple more waffles outlets nearby the area though. Not sure how you could have missed them if you had walked from Grand Palace to Manneken Pis through the shortest possible route. But like you said, you were probably too preoccupied with chocolates. I remember there's a big chocolate shop almost right in front of this waffles outlet :-D

      I also love the thin-wafer-like biscuits that they have there in Belgium *drools*

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  13. uiiiii, all pics here are incredible OHSEM! ALL, ok. ALL!

    nevertheless, my favorite is the last pic. i cant explain y, but i love it. Kuddos!

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    1. Hi, MasZuber! Eh, hang on! Have you actually looked at your own photos? Those are examples of what one would define as OHSEM, haha! Thanks for the compliment though. Really appreciate it :-)

      By the way, yes, #7 is one of my favourites too. I don't know why but there is just something about the photo and the guy himself...

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  14. waffles! huh! jealous! want some pliss!

    awesome pics :)

    I've been in Petra, u walk??? Huh hebat! Panas!

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    1. Hi, masMZ! *passes some waffles* ;-) Thanks for the compliment.

      Yup, I walked in Petra. Went there in the morning and then climbed the hill under direct summer sunlight. By end of the day, I was sunburned :-S But I still enjoyed the trip!

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  15. The waffles pic is LOVELY!! Really really nice. My favourite is the last one, the one of the old man in Muscat. That's a really nice shot!

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    1. Hi, Anis! Thanks for the compliment. The B&W shot of the old guy is definitely one of my favourites too. There's just something about him being lost in thought while staring at the pitch black sky...

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  16. The first picture really took my breath away! Loving it!! ;)

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    1. Hi there, BlueEwoke! Glad that you like it!

      P/S: Oh oh! Just checked. So this is the famous Chawanna! :-)

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  17. hi R.a.W,
    amazing shots. hard to pick which one the best bcoz each have their own quality, but i love them all :)

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    1. Hi there, Fatt! There really is no need to choose. Just enjoy all the photos :-) Thanks for the compliment & dropping by, by the way :-)

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  18. RBA,

    Is this my first time commenting at this blog?

    Hey, all your photos look like postcards. Maybe you can send me a postcard of one of these pictures above? That would be great! A postcard from Dubai (in which I don't think will ever visit. lol)

    Regards,
    Jard

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    1. Hello there, Jard! Yup, I think it is! :-D Thanks for the compliment. You collect postcards? Re Dubai: You can easily include Dubai as a stopover destination while on the way to Europe or somewhere else in the Middle East, just by flying with Emirates. It's a good holiday destination in itself too! So you should never say no ;-)

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  19. Foto-fotonya bang Rusli bikin "mupeng" :D

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    1. Hahaha kamu mupeng apa sih, Hijrah? Waffles atau jalan2? ;-)

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  20. #1 is always better than other. I loved to see that pict -Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque-. Anyways, photos of bang RAW ni no doubt beauty lah.. :)

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    1. Hihi Dicko, that masjid is really jaw dropping. Excessively grand but still can't compete with the feeling that one gets when one visit Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi :-)

      Thanks for the compliment. Foto-foto kamu keren juga sih! :-)

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  21. I love the last picture, nice it is

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