My 7 Super Shots: New Zealand, Japan and China

Today, let’s have a photo session. Sabrina from Country Skipper and Mark from Migrationology nominated me to participate in a photo project organised by HostelBookers: The 7 Super Shots.

Why not unearth my favourite travel photos from the depths of the external hard drive and have others join the photographic journey?

So I was asked to contribute one photo each for seven categories – see below. I had to discipline myself first though, before diving into all my favourite photgraphs from all over the world. In the interest of time, I decided to focus on pictures from New Zealand, Japan and China, otherwise it would have taken ages. Special thanks to New Zealand – you really do make it easy to provide great scenes for photography. So easy in fact that it is very difficult to choose.

Here is my contribution. Let me know what you think in the comments section! Enjoy the photographic journey.

A photo that…takes my breath away

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

I could stand there all day, pondering whether the view from the cruise boat is more magnificent than from the shore. Of course, the views of Mitre Peak when you’re on a cruise in Milford Sound are just as spectacular. You just don’t want to turn away. Fjordland is stunning!

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Woman at news stand, Nanjing, China

Woman at news stand, Nanjing, China

How could you not smile at the sight of this woman’s kind face? This picture was taken a few years ago when I was working in Nanjing, China. Her stand was on my regular route to work. Still makes me smile and reminisce today.

A photo that…makes me dream

Moke Lake, Otago, New Zealand

Moke Lake, Otago, New Zealand

Those fluffy white clouds were quite a sight. I took the photo at Moke Lake in Otago, New Zealand, and they looked quite… alien! Moke Lake is part of the Department of Conservation camp sites and a fantastic place to picnic, camp or hike. It is just 6km from Queenstown.

A photo that…makes me think

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

I absolutely adore Lake Tekapo. The incredibly blue lake, the snow-capped mountains in the background, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and the observatory on Mount John nearby. I could sit there all day thinking about everything and nothing.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Sushi in Kyoto, Japan

Sushi in Kyoto, Japan

When I was in Kyoto I went to this small sushi bar that was recommended in my Lonely Planet. It was in the middle of nowhere and really hard to find, but the search definitely paid off. We had a great experience and absolutely delicious sushi. And sake.

A photo that…tells a story

The Republic of Whangamomona, North Island, New Zealand

The Republic of Whangamomona, North Island, New Zealand

Now, that is really something I should have included in my article on all things odd in New Zealand. Located in a corner on New Zealand’s North Island that is often overlooked by visitors, Whangamomona is a tiny settlement that declared itself a republic in 1989 as a form of protest when the village became part of a different district. Residents and thousands of visitors celebrate Republic Day biannually in January and commemorate their independence day with hilarious activities such as gumboot throwing, gutbuster races and whip cracking! Next time you’re in New Zealand, just drive the Forgotten World Highway and you can stop in Whangamomona on your way to Taranaki’s surf beaches.

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

West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, near Haast

West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, near Haast

I really like this shot. I spent way too little time on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Everything is so wild there – the rainforest, the glaciers, the vast stoney beaches and the thundering waves. A very isolated region, and such a rewarding drive.

I hope you enjoyed these photos. And now, let’s pass on the baton to a few other travel bloggers!

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About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  17 comments for “My 7 Super Shots: New Zealand, Japan and China

  1. Cathy
    29 April, 2012 at 20:31

    I like the Moke Lake one best – amazing clouds and a beautiful looking place. Good luck with the competition!

    • Christina
      1 May, 2012 at 21:13

      Thanks Cathy! Moke Lake is special. what a place to camp. And few people know about it.

  2. 30 April, 2012 at 03:57

    Wonderful selection of photos, Christina. They’re perfect for the categories – so interesting and beautiful. The one of the woman in China definitely put a smile on my face, too.

    • Christina
      1 May, 2012 at 21:15

      Thanks Cathy, appreciate your comment.

  3. 1 May, 2012 at 15:24

    great photos! i love the clouds from that new zealand photo of yours… they’re so cottony! LOL

    • Christina
      1 May, 2012 at 21:20

      Haha! they were quite a sight. Like UFOs.

  4. 3 May, 2012 at 04:09

    The clouds in the Moke Lake photo look like two UFO discs on the sky XDD haha.

    The first photo is my favorite though! Looks very poetic.

    • Christina
      7 May, 2012 at 10:41

      You’re right Annie, that’s what I thought – UFOs! We had just arrived at Moke Lake and I couldn’t jump out of the car fast enough to take tons of pictures of these weird clouds.

  5. 7 May, 2012 at 00:50

    Christina, thanks for your nomination – that was really nice of you! 🙂

    My favourite of yours is the “dream” with the nice round puffy clouds up in the blue sky over Moke Lake. I hadn’t read the comments here below, but it’s interesting how your readers have already pointed to that very same photo, too.

    • Christina
      7 May, 2012 at 10:44

      Henry, the nomination was very selfish – I just want to see your phototgraphy! And I am actually surprised about the popularity of the Moke Lake picture – I didn’t even want to include it first. Glad I did!

  6. 7 May, 2012 at 04:29

    I love that last photo of yours! It’s absolutely perfect! I knew Moke Lake as soon as I saw that photo, as well. Such a unique place. Great shots!

    • Christina
      7 May, 2012 at 10:47

      Looks like we are both obsessed with Lake Tekapo AND Moke Lake! 😀 Thanks for the comment on my last photo. I was overwhelmed by how wild the west coast was!

  7. 8 June, 2012 at 11:23

    Yes the beach shot is stunning and I also like the slightly different Milford pic. NZ is certainly a pretty place 🙂

  8. Vi
    25 June, 2012 at 06:47

    Nice shots. Here are my 7 photos

  9. amr
    1 July, 2012 at 11:27

    new zealand is absolutely a stunning place

    • Christina
      1 July, 2012 at 11:29

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Amr! Glad you liked the post. Have a look around here if you like New Zealand 🙂

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