Thanks to Christina Hegele’s kind nomination in her post, I’m participating in “7 Supershots”, organized by the folks at HostelBookers.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this exercise, as I’ve had to peruse and think, select and ruminate through a truckload of photos. I hope you enjoy my “super seven”!
1. “A photo that … takes my breath away”
Míšeňská, Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic – 9 October 2009
This has always been one of my favourites, because the photo always evokes memories of the “open city that is the museum itself”. At night, the place calms down, and visitors and residents head back inside. In my view, the late hour is the best time to explore the beautifully illuminated parts of Prague.
2. “A photo that … makes me laugh or smile”
Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany – 2 October 2011
As the sun set over Hamburg harbour, I caught sight of this young family in silhouette on one of the bridges in the Sandtorhafen district. I like the juxtaposition of living people big and small with the mechanical cranes of the working port in the background.
3. “A photo that … makes me dream”
Vaxholm, Sweden – 26 June 2008
It’s summertime in Stockholm’s archipelago – long hours in the warm sun, beautiful blue skies, smooth calm waters, cozy cottages on little islands, with boats darting here and there. I dream of spending summers in Scandinavia – how about you?
4. “A photo that … makes me think”
Tiles on the Opera House, Sydney, Australia – 8 October 2010
When you hear the words “Sydney Opera House”, the curved shells which make up the roof come to mind. But you don’t often think about the details. The symmetry and geometry shown here come from the individual glazed ceramic tiles which make up the shell-roof surface.
5. “A photo that … makes my mouth water”
Hon’s Wun-tun House, Vancouver, Canada – 4 May 2010
It seems all too simple: pork and shrimp dumplings, soft thin egg noodles, chopped green onions, all in a light savory broth. Once a favourite meal as a boy, I’ll now devour bowls of wun-tun noodle soup. That is, if I’m not distracted by the BBQ-pork rice-plate …
6. “A photo that … tells a story”
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, Canada – 7 February 2012
The “blind” skiier is at the top of the downhill run called “The Cut” (easy-level); their seeing-guide is in front and off to the left. Did blindness come early or later in life? Has this person always skiied? If not, how did they learn? What other senses are accentuated while skiing?
7. “A photo about which I am most proud (a.k.a. shot worthy of National Geographic)”
The lights of Coquimbo from La Serena, Chile – 7 May 2011
By experimenting with “focus-pull” on a zoom-lens and a steady tripod, I wanted to see how the lights in neighbouring Coquimbo would appear on photographs with minute-long exposure times. As you can see here, I was satisfied with the result.
What do you think? If you have any favourite(s), please take a moment and leave your impressions in the comments below.
Although they may already have existing requests, I’m still passing the torch to the following people:
- A Dangerous Business – Amanda Williams
- Cheryl Howard
- Monkeys, Mountains and Maultaschen – Laurel Robbins
- Nomadic Samuel – Samuel Jeffery
I made all of the photos shown above with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).