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In pictures: Seven Super Shots

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There’s a new photography post going around at the moment, started by Hostelbookers.com. It asks bloggers to select their ‘Seven Super Shots’, one for each of the following categories. I love an excuse to dig through my old photos, so when Suzanne, aka The Travel Bunny, nominated me how could I refuse? I’ve already seen some fantastic photos from other bloggers so hope my choices will live up to them. After years of getting more and more interested in photography, I finally got a Nikon D5000 DSLR a couple of years ago and love it, but some of my best shots were taken on my old Fuji compact – great photos aren’t about the camera, but a magic combination of timing, light and a bit of luck.

1. A photo that… takes my breath away

Staying in Gili Trawangan in Indonesia last year, we took a day trip over to a neighbouring island, Gili Air. We got a lift back on a traditional local boat, where one of the guys on the boat clambered up onto the bow. With the sun starting to set over Gili Trawangan, he made a great silhouette, and this photo always brings back memories of the heat and smells of the tropics.

Sunset on the boat back from Gili Air, Indonesia

2. A photo that… makes me laugh or smile

So you’re opening a new restaurant in Hong Kong and looking for a theme for it, what’s top of your list…  toilets of course! On the way from the airport on a stopover in Hong Kong, I was flicking through a guide to the city and came across this advert for the ‘Modern Toilet’ restaurant. Toilet bowl chairs, ice cream in a mini urinal, soup in a wash basin – can you think of anything less appetising? Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go and try it out but the idea still cracks me up.

Toilet-themed restaurant in Hong Kong

3. A photo that… makes me dream

I loved this picture of a lighthouse so much that I have a big print of it hanging on the wall opposite my bed, so it’s the first thing I see in the morning. It was taken in the harbour of St Ives in Cornwall and looks so peaceful, it always makes me dream of relaxing by the sea.

Lighthouse in St Ives, Cornwall

4. A photo that… makes me think

I took this in the British Museum when I was trying out my new DSLR. Most of the visitors and students scurrying by didn’t notice the Tennyson quote beneath their feet, but it made me think about how things change through time, and of all the artefacts in the museum that have existed for years and will go on existing long after we’re gone.

Tennyson quote on the floor of the British Museum, London

5. A photo that… makes my mouth water

You can’t beat a good cake, and these gorgeous tarts in the famous Betty’s Tea Room in York were some of the best, along with a big pot of tea.

Cakes at Betty's Tea Room in York

6. A photo that… tells a story

I studied geology for a while, and one of the places where it really comes to life is in Lulworth Cove in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast here is home to 150 million years of geological history and you can see it all around you – from the horseshoe-shaped cove, the layers of different rock and the arch of Durdle Door, to the fossils scattered along the shore.

Lulworth Cove in Dorset

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

This was such a tough one as it changes from day to day, but in the end I decided on this this shot of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last autumn. I love the way the afternoon sun makes a dappled pattern on the wall through the leaves.

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

So there we are! Thanks again to Suzanne for the nomination. The idea now is to nominate other bloggers to join in, but I’ve totally lost track as to who has and hasn’t already been nominated, but if you’d like to have a go, then consider yourself nominated! Look forward to seeing photos from anyone who’d like to take up the challenge…

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  1. Amazing collection. Definitely something to be proud of. Well done.

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks Anita, hope you’ll give it a go too, you have some great photos!

      February 27, 2012
    • Anita, I second Lucy’s suggestion that you should take up the baton on this one.

      February 27, 2012
  2. Beautiful photos Lucy. The last too are particularly stunning. So pleased Suzanne nominated you.
    … and as for the toilet restaurant – so funny – I wonder if there are any photos out there!

    February 27, 2012
  3. Lovely photos Lucy – as I knew they would be! I particulary like the ones of Lulworth Cove and the British Museum.

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks for the nomination Suzanne – really enjoyed going through my old photos and struggled to narrow it down to seven!

      February 27, 2012
  4. Very good collection of images

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks Kevin. I’ve been checking out your site and you have some beautiful photos, I especially love the Paris ones.

      February 27, 2012
  5. Great collection – the toilet restaurant is hilarious, and made me smile.

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks, you do wonder what was going through their head when they came up with the concept – only in Asia!

      February 27, 2012
  6. Lulworth Cove brings back memories of childhood family holidays – thanks for the memory nudge!

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks Andrew, my childhood holidays were always North Devon or South Wales, I didn’t make it to Dorset for the first time until a couple of years ago but love the scenery down there.

      February 27, 2012
  7. Fantastic photos Lucy. My favourite has to be of Lulworth Cove. There’s so much of Britain I’ve yet to explore. Thanks for sharing this!

    February 27, 2012
    • Thanks Amer, the coastline around Lulworth Cove is really beautiful, definitely worth a visit.

      February 27, 2012
  8. Wonderful choices! You certaintly have a talent and an eye for photography .

    February 28, 2012
    • Thanks Amy, would be great to see your choices too as you’ve got some lovely shots!

      February 28, 2012
  9. Diana #

    Great pictures … I especially love the one of Notre Dame Cathedral. Thanks for sharing

    February 28, 2012
    • Thanks Diana, I did get lucky with some perfect weather in Paris which helped to get some good shots.

      February 28, 2012
  10. great shots – I especially like the one taken in the British Museum. Great scene filled with light, shadows, words, people!

    February 28, 2012
    • Thanks Marina, I think you should have a go too, would love to see your choices!

      February 28, 2012
  11. linlijuan9 #

    Reblogged this on linlijuan9.

    February 28, 2012
  12. Cressida Howard #

    Freud would have had a field day with the toilet themed restaurant. That one was voted my favourite (by my inner three year old!).

    February 28, 2012
    • It’s such a bizarre choice of theme – made me giggle all the way back from the airport though!

      February 28, 2012
  13. #1 & #4 are out of this world… world class in every way. Great post

    February 29, 2012
    • Thanks – you should take up the challenge too, would be great to see your picks!

      March 1, 2012
  14. I LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS! AMAZING.
    follow me?
    im a newbie and looking for help.
    glimmerandglamour.com

    March 2, 2012
    • Hi Kayley, thanks – and welcome to the world of blogging! Have followed your site and look forward to seeing how you get on!

      March 2, 2012
    • thanks lucy!! :)

      March 2, 2012
  15. Hi Lucy

    Just stumbled upon your blog and love the 7 super shots item you have done here.
    Especially the first one, taken in Indonesia, looks stunning to me.
    I will not have National Geographic quality photo’s but have made a blog post anyway….
    Let’s see if we can get dutch photographers involved here too.

    Greetz,
    Marcellinho

    March 10, 2012
    • Hi Marcel
      Thanks for stopping by – and for taking part in the Seven Super Shots. I really like your first mountain photo, I love shots of snowy mountains. Good luck with the photography and blogging!
      Lucy

      March 12, 2012
  16. Hi Lucy! That first shot is a stunner and I love the British Museum one too. I’ve come late to this because, guess what- I was looking for people to nominate. I was pretty sure you’d have taken part but needed to check.

    Don’t quite understand “The blogs that I follow” on WordPress. It says at the top of screen that I’m following you but you don’t appear anywhere in my drop down menu. I’ve recently changed to using “Read blogs” instead of getting emails in as they flood your Inbox don’t they? And I’ve seen you on there so problem solved- I think???

    April 9, 2012
    • Thanks – yes it’s hard to keep up with who has been nominated for what already! The ‘blogs I follow’ bit confuses me too, and I’m doing the ‘read blogs’ option too because of all the emails. Usually find out what people have published somehow, a combination of WordPress, Twitter and Facebook covers most things!

      April 10, 2012
  17. Nice shots. Here is my 7 photos
    http://www.shorttraveltips.com/7-super-shots/

    June 22, 2012

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