My 7 Super Shots

I love taking photographs when I travel and although I’m not a brilliant photographer, once in a while I get the chance to show off my snapshots. About four months ago, HostelBookers started a sort of game where you were supposed to publish seven of your best photos under specific categories, and then tag other travel bloggers to do the same.

Aaron of The Adventures of the elatlboy tagged me a while back (thanks Aaron!), so here are are my ‘7 Super Shots’.

1- A photo that takes my breath away.

I can never get over how beautiful Lake Tekapo in New Zealand is. I’ve seen dozens of photos like this- that same shade of blue, that same little church and the same mountains in the background, and every photo is just perfect. When my bus arrived in Tekapo that day, I got down and walked to the lake so that I could spend a few more minutes there until the bus finally rumbled up to the shore. Those precious extra minutes were worth it.


2- Makes me laugh or smile

This was taken on a hot day in Hanoi and I was outside one of its museums when I saw this group of old men taking a break and chilling out. These guys looked so relaxed and happy. Every time I see this photo I’m reminded of how hot it was and how I zoomed in on them, hoping that they wouldn’t notice I was taking their photo.


3- Makes me dream

Another New Zealand snapshot, but this time in Kaikoura. This was early one morning in winter and I was walking by the coast towards town when I saw this amazing view. This photo just calms me down and takes me back to that day.

4-Makes me think

Not an easy photo to look at, even after all these years, and maybe not ever. This was in Choeung Ek in Cambodia, better known as the ‘Killing Fields’. I shot this in black and white, thinking that it would work on an image such as this, and I guess it did. Visiting this site was extremely distressing but necessary as a reminder of the atrocities that the Cambodians were put through. I went with a friend and it was some time before we could actually speak to each other after that.


5- Makes my mouth water

Ah, Turkey and its wonderful, wonderful food. I’d been wandering around Eminonu in Istanbul since the morning and was planning to take the tram back to Sultanahmet for lunch when I chanced upon this restaurant by the roadside. I wouldn’t have missed it even if I’d tried – a man was roasting whole chickens on a spit outside the restaurant and there was this amazing aroma which was impossible to ignore. I didn’t have the chicken but I ordered some meatballs, which were delicious. Definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had on my travels.


6- Tells a story

This was taken in a village outside Luang Prabang. I was walking along this river (probably the Nam Khan) with my hiking group when the girl in the photo ran onto the bridge. She then climbed down and to our surprise, locked her ankles around the stilts and hung upside down, lowering herself and splashing her hair into the water several times. At first we didn’t know what she was doing. It was only when she took out a bottle of shampoo from her shorts pocket that we realised she was washing her hair. That’s what she’s doing in the photo, lathering her hair.


7- Most proud of (ie. my ‘National Geographic’ shot)

Whoa, talk about the pressure involved in choosing this last photo! This is one of my favourites because it’s such a simple shot. I was in one of the temples in Angkor when this barefooted kid appeared out of nowhere and dashed up the steps. I followed him with my camera and suddenly he stopped and turned to look at me. I called for him to come down, but he ran off.

So there you go, those are my ‘7 Super Shots’ which I’m required to post as part of the deal. And since we’re still in the game, I’m tagging Nisha of Le Monde, Amer, the travelling architect of Tend To Travel and Farah of ThatSoFarah. They’re now officially IT.


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15 Responses

  1. elatlboy says:

    Your welcome. 🙂 Great pics! Those meatballs look delicious. Lake Tekapo is one of my favorite spots anywhere. I can see why lots of people would like to get married in the lakeside church.

  2. Nisha says:

    Awesome pictures, Anis! I saw this tag playing around for sometime and always wished to be tagged for this! Who will tag me? 🙂

    P.S.- I was in Malaysia for Tourism bloggers conference, met David Jr and others but could not meet you. 🙁

  3. Anis says:

    Thanks Aaron! Tell me about it, Lake Tekapo is just beautiful 🙂

    Nisha- I didn’t know you were in town, what a shame :(. Anyway, I’ve just edited the post and included you, so you’re tagged!!

  4. Nisha says:

    Thanks for tagging me, Anis. Will do it soon & let you know. 🙂

  5. An awesome selection of photos Anis. The black and white shot of the Killing Fields is especially well done.

  6. Anis says:

    Thank you so much, Ted 🙂

  7. Nisha says:

    Anis, here is my link for 7 super shots.

    Hope you like them. 🙂

  8. Hi there, Anis!

    First time leaving a comment here. I especially love the shots taken in NZ. (Every time I see one, it stresses me out actually, simply for the reason that I have yet to experience the country *gulps*).

  9. Anis says:

    Hi, thanks for dropping by! New Zealand is one country I would recommend to anyone because it’s a beautiful place. Not only that, it’s very conducive for independent travel- there’s a good hostel and public transport network. I’ve written about it somewhere here if you have the time :).

  10. Johor Kaki says:

    I like photo 1 and photo 7 best. Super Shots ;D

  11. Anis says:

    Thanks Johor Kaki 🙂 I’ll be dropping by your site soon!

  12. Svetlana says:

    Hey, Anis, you have awesome pictures. How about joining our photo game?

  13. jay jamil says:

    nice shot. my favourite will be the kofta meatballs 🙂

    • Anis says:

      *sigh* I will always remember that day in Istanbul. It was cold, it was raining, I was hungry, and then I found that cafe!

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