Travel photos: my seven super shots

Travel photos: my seven super shots

Amanda of A Dangerous Business recently nominated me to take part in My 7 Super Shots, and I figured it would be a fun way to look at some of my travel photos over the past couple of years:

Single sailboat in sepia-toned Glebe, Sydney, Australia

What’s your favorite? 

A photo that…takes my breath away: 

Melbourne hot-air balloons at sunrise, Picture This Ballooning in Australia

It’s no secret I fell in love with Melbourne. I took a hot-air balloon flight at sunrise on my last Friday in the city: it was an absolutely incredible and serene experience and best possible way to say goodbye to a city that stole my heart.

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile: 

Ice skating at Bondi Beach, Sydney winter festival, Australia

Australia tries really hard to get into the winter spirit–ice skating, hot chocolate, a crowd around the fireplace–but it’s a little hard to take it seriously with the sun shining and waves crashing. Still, twirling around the ice while watching the surfers out at sea and children of the sun try to manage on ice skates is one of my favorite Australian memories.

A photo that…makes me dream: 

Provence countryside on a sunny day, Maillane, France

My first extended stay in France was a summer with family friends in Provence when I was 16. I fell in love with picking figs straight off the tree, cycling into the village to buy a baguette, evening walks around the surrounding fields. I still dream about living a simple life in the south of France: gorgeous scenery, delicious food and plenty of fresh air.

A photo that…makes me think: 

Be Free street art in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

Be Free was one of my favorite Melbourne street artists, and I particularly love this piece in Collingwood. Remember being a kid, when you thought absolutely anything was possible and you had no worries in the world? Go back there.

A photo that…makes my mouth water: 

Pozzetto Gelato in Paris, France

My ice cream obsession went to a whole new level in Nice with the challenge of the cornet, and in Sydney where I discovered Gelato Messina (best gelato in the world, hands down). But I still lust after afternoons in the Marais, eating Pozzetto Gelato on a sunny stoop and watching the fashionable world go by.

A photo that…tells a story: 

A young couple and an old couple stare at the sea, Nice, France

Young love, old love: it’s all love! I like to wonder about what their relationships are like, whether the young couple will last a lifetime or whether the old couple has been together their whole lives. I guess the young couple seems be in the midst of a serious discussion, the elderly couple is probably chatting about flights to Florida and retirement plans. But don’t they all just seem happy and serene, gazing out at the Mediterranean?

A photo that…I’m most proud of (aka my National Geographic shot): 

Man with bubbles at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

This man held in his hands the power to create joy. The children were gleeful, running and jumping to pop the bubbles, and even the adolescents couldn’t resist a smile as an enormous bubble floated over their head. One of my favorite moments in Paris.

  • Beautiful shots!

  • There are several great images in here Christine but I cannot get over the hot air balloon image from Melbourne. Not only because I want to go there but also because my heart longs so deeply to ride in a hot air balloon and I feel like that image just complimented my longing in such a profound way. I can see myself doing that, there and I look forward to that day.

    Thanks for sharing these!

  • I really thought all of these images are great but I especially liked the first two.  They were both fantastic.  I love seeing boats floating on water and balloons are always so majestic floating in the sky.

  • These are ALL exceptional, but the last 2 are absolute perfection! I can’t believe you were able to catch that last shot!!!!!!

  • LostInCheeseland

    LOVE these shots!! 

  • jennaebert

    you know my fave 🙂 dog + italian man ! out of these, i love the bubble shot.

  • Awesome photos! I was just nominated, but I don’t think my photos can even compare to some of the others I have seen! Which is awesome cause it just motivates me to go out and improve my photography!

  • camorose


  • camorose

    Honestly, a sunrise ride over Melbourne was such a perfect experience. It’s an absolutely beautiful city to experience that way–highly recommend!

  • camorose

    Thanks! The boat was in Glebe in Sydney and the balloons in Melbourne–just can’t beat the beauty of Australia!

  • camorose

    Such good timing–was a wonderful thing to walk out of the Centre Pompidou into that! The children were all just so joyful–and even the adults couldn’t resist smiling at the giant bubbles!

  • camorose

    Thanks–always love your photos as well 🙂

  • camorose

    Haha that’s definitely always one of my faves–really wish I had a) taken it in color and b) had the original file still!

  • camorose

    Ahh yes–nothing beats wandering around for a day with a camera 🙂

  • Wow! I always thought the other similar photos of your last pic were edited! Fantastic shot!  

  • camorose

    Nope! Just excellent timing 🙂

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  • Awesome photos Christine! I really love the hot air balloon one — what a scene — but the others are fantastic too. And wasn’t the Winter Festival cool? I hope they keep going with it…it was so bizarre but so much fun too 🙂

  • camorose

    I know! Ice skating at Bondi was ridiculous, but I absolutely loved it–should definitely become a Sydney tradition!

  • honestly you are great it was a nice shot ill understand you cause i love to take a picture well more power 

  • LOVE the hot air balloon in Melbourne! Beautiful city. Great story behind each one.

  • Swiesinger

    Young love, old love. :-)-

  • camorose

    Glad you liked them 🙂

  • camorose

    One of my absolute favorites 🙂

  • nice shots 😀

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • H.

    hi there..! I was reading anthony’s blog (man vs clock)  moments ago, clicked your name from comments site and wow…you have such a great blog! And these photos are amazing!
    mind if i ask what type of camera do u use?  Amazing shots indeed…

  • camorose

    That’s awesome! Anthony’s is one of my favorites–really enjoyed meeting up with him in Chiang Mai. I shoot on a Canon Rebel Xsi–although the one of the Sydney Winter Festival was on my point-and-shoot, a Canon Powershot 🙂

  • BakoymaTravels

    That hot air balloon image is absolutely captivating!

  • camorose

    I have it framed in my room 🙂