My 7 Super Shots

I was recently approached by the site Hostelbookers.com to participate in a round robin style blog post. Yes, another one, but this one is fun. They assembled seven bloggers, including myself, and asked us to contribute one photo and story for seven categories. You can see the post here with my entry and the entries of the other participating bloggers.

To kick off the merry-go-round of photographic awesomeness, here are my submissions for each of the seven categories, and at the end of the post I’ve asked five other bloggers to contribute their own 7 Super Shots. I hope you enjoy a stroll through some of my favorite photos and experiences.

1. Photo that takes my breath away – I took this photo while flying over the Franz Josef glacier in a helicopter, on the way to an icy landing. New Zealand made a huge impact on me, due in large part to scenes of natural brilliance like this one. Every time I see this photo, I smile and think back to that marvelous experience.

2. Photo that makes me laugh/smile – I’m smiling as I write this, so I guess this photo was the best choice for the category. I snapped this shot of a baby Rhino snacking while visiting the Singapore Zoo, one of the best zoos in the world. This big/little guy was so ridiculous, he had all the visitors smiling and laughing. Even though he was intimidating, he was as playful as any baby, head butting the adults and annoying his mom until she let him participate in the snack session.

Eiffel tower at night

3. Photo that makes me dream – If I didn’t live in DC, I would without a doubt live in Paris. Since my first visit there nearly 20 years ago, it has been a constant feature in my travel dreams. Some cities just grab you and don’t let go, which is what Paris did to me. Looking at this photo makes me wistful and happy, reflective on what a great city Paris really is.

4. Photo that makes me thinkย  – The Western Wall, or Kotel, in Jerusalem is one of the great religious sites of the world. Millions have journeyed there to pray and to seek solace. I was struck in particular by the many people who go to the wall every day, wondering what they think as they commune with God.


5. Photo that makes my mouth water – I found myself in the middle of the main tourist zone in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and desperately wanted to escape. The city was lovely, but the souvenir hawkers were getting on my last nerve. I wandered down a few side streets closer to the malecon, the new boardwalk in town. Gulls soared overhead and the sound of the sea crashing captivated my senses, except that instead of salt spray I smelled the unmistakable aroma of grilled meats wafting by. It was lunchtime, I was hungry and I followed the smell of meaty goodness until I found Maria.

Maria owns a small taqueria not far from the tourist zone, but just far enough to lure locales along with curious tourists. She was preparing for the lunch rush when I plopped down on one of the stools facing the street and, through a somewhat confusing mix of Spanglish and effusive pointing, managed to assemble the perfect taco. The carne asada was grilled before my eyes, combined with a sharp Mexican cheese and all placed expertly onto a fresh tortilla and served up with great flourish. The meat was succulent and I struggled to make sure not a drop of the juicy goodness escaped the tortilla. The delectable treat didn’t last long, but I walked away happy and content, not just for the taco but for my luck at finding Maria and a little bit of real Mexico amidst all the tourist chaos.

Petra Dog

6. Photo that tells a story – I found this cute guy seeking shade amongst the ruins at the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. He looked tired and haggard, and was missing an eye from a past accident. But he had strength, and in that strength beauty, both of which I admired. I think he has a story to tell, but this picture is likely to be all we’ll ever know of it.

Kingmik Dogsled

7. Photo that I am most proud of (aka my National Geographic photo) – Maybe it’s because I just took this photo recently, but I am extraordinarily proud of it. We were dogsledding in the back woods of Alberta, when suddenly the dog pack erupted into this field of pristine snow. This photo not only captures the natural beauty of the moment, but it captures our feeling of being in a very special place at just the right time.

I hope you enjoyed these photos, but now I want to see these travel bloggers complete the same challenge:

Twenty-Something Travel
EuroTravelogue
Mallory On Travel
My View from the Middle Seat
Our Tasty Travels

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By: Matt Long

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14 Responses

  1. Cam

    Great photos Matt! I love the first one. The glacier looks like its from another planet!

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    • Matt Long

      Thanks Cam! it was a surreal moment up there, no doubt.

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  2. Unisse

    Ooh! I love the fourth and seventh photos. It’s such a great collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Brett

    Wow, these are some awesome photos! Always great when you manage to get that perfect shot.

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  4. Anja

    I can understand your choice! I am feeling like having tortillas in a helicopter, which is bringing me to a Husky sledge on Franz Josef glacier right now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Jeremy (The Travel Apprentice)

    The deep blue on face of that mountain glacier looks so surreal. I’d love to see that, it’s a great shot but I bet the camera doesn’t do it justice compared to what you saw with your own eyes… and i like the snow dogs too! I hope to take a photo just like that some day…

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    • Matt Long

      Very kind of you to say Jeremy, thank you.

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  6. Andy

    Really like that dog sledding photo, the way you got the curve of the track to lead in from the bottom corner into the centre is just what they teach you to do in photography courses. Whether intentional or not it’s a great effect – quite a few times I get this effect out of luck but this looks like it was well planned!

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    • Matt Long

      Well I wish I could say it was planned, but it wasn’t. I was bumping along in the sled when I took it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Anwar

    Fantastic Photos! Love the glacier photo! Really well done. Also really like the dog sledding photo! Something I have always wanted to do. The western wall photo is so interesting too. Actually all the photos are great, makes me want to travel more!

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  8. Saravana

    Of all the photos, I like the Baby Rhino photo.. good one.

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  9. Sophie

    Thanks for your entry Matt! I love the rhino picture. I’d love to see one that close up!

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