You might have noticed that I recently joined Instagram for the first time (a bit late to join the “Smart Phone” generation so I was) and that I have been having a play with Fotor, a free photo platform. But despite all my time taking photos, I’ve realised that I’m more of a “capture the moment” photographer than a good or expert photographer and I’ll be honest – I don’t want to ever be an expert photographer. I’m a writer and a backpacker first and foremost. Photos are just to enhance the memory and give my stories some visual output.
Photographs that capture the moment are pivotal for me and I don’t care much for the quality – it’s more the spontaneous nature of the photo, the meaning behind it, where it was taken, what I was doing etc. But sometimes other travel blogs and sites are all about the photo quality and their photos blow me away. I thought I’d share this excellent post from Custom Canvas Store today and some of the best images from around the world. When you see images like these five, you realise what a beautiful world it is.
1. Northern Lights, ICELAND
2. Isle of Skye Waterfall, SCOTLAND
3. Tokyo Street View, JAPAN
4. New York City Rainbow, USA
5. Mountains, ANTARCTICA
And I thought I’d throw in a few of my favourite photos into the mix today since choosing the best ones is something I’ve never done before, or even considered, though you can see my latest photos on my Facebook Page.
1. My Favourite Photo I took: Point Wild, Elephant Island, ANTARCTICA
While touring Antarctica in 2010, for me it was all about the experience and the madness of it all. For others on my cruise, it seemed it was all about the photography and winning the onboard competition. Though I entered with the photo below, I didn’t win but have since got to love the art of photography through shots like this. It’s the bird that I was lucky to get, the blur and the Pardo statue behind, taken at Point Wild in Elephant Island.
2. My Favourite Photo Someone Took of Me In It: Eluanbi, TAIWAN
This photo of me kind of sums up my early travelling days and when I look at it, I always remember that day – the time, the place, the people, the joys of travel. Days were long, sweaty, often lonesome and in obscure places. This was taken at “the Beacon of South East Asia” on our trip to Eluanbi and the South China Seas. It was taken either by my best mate Millwall Neil or my travel buddy Natalja (I can’t remember which of them took it). At the time we were just chilling out from a hot sun, before watching the sun sink with a beer and a glass of iced wine on Eluanbi Beach.
3. My Favourite Photo with No Movement In It: Salar de Uyuni, BOLIVIA
On a hot morning after a swim in the geysirs and some nudity with my travel buddies from the Salar de Uyuni tour, I put my shorts on the car bonnet and hung them out to try while admiring the landscape in behind. I snapped an arty shot of the only shorts I have worn in every continent.