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Photography: 7 Super Shots

I've only gotten into photography in the last seven years and probably only seriously in the last two. I'm thrilled that our blog has forced me to work on taking better photos and I know I have heaps of room to grow. Only in the last year am I starting to be really happy with what I'm producing. So I felt honoured that the talented Juno of RunawayJuno nominated us to take part in the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots meme. It forced me to look through my photos and celebrate a few of the ones I'm most proud of.

We don't have all our pictures with us at the moment as we're in transit and preparing to move to Norway, but here is a small collection of favourites in the following categories.

A photo that…takes my breath away

Chile's Volcan Villarrica did literally take our breaths away when we climbed it last year. This is one of my favourite photos from the hike as it reminds me of how daunting it was to face the smoking cone and climb up to it in the snow and wind. Learn more about the climb and view the rest of the photos in our post about climbing Volcan Villarrica.

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

These playful bears stole our hearts from their enclosure in Bern, Switzerland. See more of them in this post about the Bern bears.

A photo that…makes me dream

patagonia sunriseWe got up pretty early during our time at Torres del Paine and the early morning sky was mesmerizing. There's something about being up early and having a fresh day in front of you and since I'm so rarely up at the crack of dawn, this view was really something special for me. Our time in Chilean Patagonia is documented in this post about the Torres del Paine National Park.

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A photo that…makes me think

The hikers in this post look pretty contemplative but it also makes me think about the earth. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing took us across a volcanic wasteland where we were confronted by steaming geothermal pools and the intense colours that the earth can produce. It reminds me of how small we are as individual humans in the grand scheme of things and how we're merely guests of this planet. Check out our post on the Tongariro Crossing for more photos and information - I highly recommend this day hike if you're in New Zealand.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

kaisespaetzleThis isn't a technically brilliant photograph or anything but it's probably safe to say that I am obsessed with cheese, particularly the melted kind that is served with carbs. This is kaisespaetzle at an Austrian fair and it was insanely good. Check out more of our food photography in our Gulps and Gobbles section.

A photo that…tells a story

friendly kiwisSeen on a bench just after the Christmas holidays in the middle of Auckland city centre. Seriously...New Zealanders have to be some of the friendliest people in the world. Check out more of our stories from New Zealand.

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

That's a big call and I think I have a long way to go before a photo of mine would come close to landing in National Geographic, but a talented friend said this photo is magazine-worthy and I quite like it so I'll go with it. This is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi at sunset and we have a guest post coming up on visiting this incredible building very soon.

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What's your favourite photo? Did I miss one that you think I should have included?


  1. Sofie 27 December, 2012 at 10:14 Reply

    Loving the pictures! I still have soooooo much to learn about photography. I’m just using a small digital camera when I travel and although it’s functionalities are limited, I’m sure I can get it to do more if I play around with it a bit.

    • inspiringtravellers 27 December, 2012 at 14:53

      Until the start of 2012 I was shooting with a little Canon Ixus 980IS and I got some amazing pictures with that – great way to start! =)

    • Sofie 27 December, 2012 at 16:35

      That’s good to know. I’m using a Canon Ixus 105. I actually had to go and check with model it was:D
      I don’t think I’ll be expanding my photo gear soon, but I do plan on finally getting a smartphone so that I can take picture at ANY moment. I so often forget to take my camera with me, you see…:-)

    • inspiringtravellers 31 December, 2012 at 04:24

      There are so many levels of photographic equipment – I am learning something new every day! I think it’s just about finding something you’re comfortable with and then not upgrading until you outgrow it.

  2. Carolyn 20 February, 2012 at 21:07 Reply

    Great photos!  The volcano in Chile looks like an amazing experience.   Nothing beats the feeling of climbing up a mountain, but that would be particularly special! I agree that the last photo is magazine-worthy!  

  3. Ali 20 February, 2012 at 15:35 Reply

    Great photos, really beautiful! The note in Auckland reminded me – when Andy and I were in Dunedin, NZ we saw a sign someone had posted looking for their lost mitten. Hilarious.

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 20 February, 2012 at 20:50

      Thanks so much, Debbie! I have a lot of room for improvement too but I find photography gets easier the more you work on it. When I started learning on a SLR it was all film and that’s so expensive to make mistakes with. Now that we have digital, it’s free to experiment =)

  4. Sabrina 20 February, 2012 at 12:01 Reply

    These are beautiful! The mosque is my favorite. And the Spaetzle totally made my mouth water. I’ve been thinking about trying to give Kaesspaetzle a try ever since I bought a thing to make homemade spaetzle… I think I’m gonna have to google some recipes now that you made me hungry :)

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 20 February, 2012 at 04:16

      I wish!! Have never tried to make it but a German friend made it for me and some friends once and it was delicious. I think they hand-make the noodles so it probably is a bit more work than regular macaroni and cheese. Would be worth looking for a recipe online…

  5. Randy Kalp 19 February, 2012 at 20:00 Reply

    Nice work! I dig all the photos you chose and really enjoyed reading your thoughts about each picture. As a big fan of cheese too, I’m definitely curious about kaisespaetzle. I’ve never heard of that dish before, but will definitely be looking for it the next time we visit Austria.

  6. Flipnomad 19 February, 2012 at 19:43 Reply

    gorgeous photos!!! cant wait to buy a dslr… i love the last pic and the pic of the bears, really worth publishing!

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 20 February, 2012 at 04:11

      Aha! The big reveal is that every one of these photos was shot with a little Canon Ixus 980…I only have a film SLR and there’s no way I was taking that travelling and dealing with film – didn’t want to invest in a DSLR yet because I was afraid I’d lose or break it travelling for a year. I’m getting a DSLR tomorrow though – more on that in a post to come =) Thanks so much, Flip!

    • Nate Robert 20 February, 2012 at 08:49

      haha! Excellent! My Nat Geo photo was taken with a $10 camera, even though I have a DSLR, it’s not the camera that matters by any means.
      PS, my favourite photo is the last one, what an incredible looking Mosque. I have seen a model of that mosque at the Islamic Museum in KL, it must be spectacular in real life!

  7. jillacox 19 February, 2012 at 08:56 Reply

    Yes Yes Yes! That last shot is definitely NG worthy! You somehow made the most beautiful building in Abu Dhabi even more gorgeous. I love the purples and oranges. It’s such a contrast to the white and blue you usually see in photos of SZGM.

  8. Amer @TendToTravel 19 February, 2012 at 08:23 Reply

    Fantastic photos guys! I think your friend was correct about the NG photo. That photo of the Zayed Mosque is stunning. Where did you photographed this angle from. Been to Abu Dhabi a few times and never recall the mosque to be next to a body of water. 

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 19 February, 2012 at 08:50

      Thanks so much, Amer! We stayed at the Shangri-La hotel when we were there and shot it from across the water on our balcony. I know what you mean though – when we went past the mosque in a vehicle it did not appear to be near the water.

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