a note of gratitude and thank you – Liebster, Kreative Blogger, Versatile Blogger & 7 super shots
Over the last few months, many of you have been very kind to me and my blog and showered it with quite a few nominations – the ‘Liebster’, ‘Kreative Blogger’, ‘Versatile Blogger’ and ‘7 Super Shots’ (this category might seem out-of-place, but read on for why I grouped along). I am extremely honored and delighted that you chose my blog in your lists. Special thanks go to Otto Von Munchow, Emilino Emloile, Ashely Paige, Kathryn, David Heilman, Mufidah Kassalias and every other person who remembered me (forgive me if forgot to mention you – blame it on my fading memory)
That I took so long to respond, means nothing other than that I am lazy and while I like to think I am quite adept at photos, I am quite challenged when it comes to writing. In fact, statistically speaking this will be the most I’ve ever written here – my lengthiest post ever :)
I know I am probably being lazy in bunching all of these together, but if you look at it one way, all of these awards aim to acknowledge fellow bloggers out there and contribute to help them get connected with something they might like or love as much as I do. The other objective (and this is the part I don’t like and the real reason why I was procrastinating ;)) is to give out my secrets. The 7 Super Shots is a bit of revealing that – especially for a ‘picture taker’ and hence I grouped it here. Not a convincing enough ?
It is hard work to come up with a list of bloggers and their blogs that I would like to nominate (will try to hopefully stick with some of the rules for these awards but don’t kill me if I missed or broke any rule here, please). Before I do, I wanted to clarify a few things. I read and follow many creative and interesting blogs and it would be wrong to judge that only these below in the list are good. What is good, what I think is good is all subjective and dynamic. It is also not fair to try and classify them in the order of their importance or creativity or any such criterion. Like each person, each blog is unique and I love the diversity that comes along with it. If I had only blogs like mine to read, I would have been bored to death by now. With this in mind, here are my nominations:
- Jona Bering | Backpacking with a Book
- Lemony (Gr)Egghead
- Steve Schwartzman
- Steven Tze
- Verena Fischer
- alicia scott photographer
- James Brandon O’Shea
- Mufidah Kassalias
- Sophie L. Meunier Photography
I would highly recommend checking out these bloggers and their work. They inspire me and I am sure you will enjoy browsing their work. One of the rules was to try and nominate those who are not yet nominated , so if your blog doesn’t list here, don’t lose heart, it either means that you are already recognized and/or will be recognized soon or I am a lousy judge !
Moving onto the 7 Super Shots, HostelBookers.com put out the call to select 7 of your favorite photographs, one for each of the following categories, then tag 5 bloggers that you would like to take part. Here are my 7 shots with a small-sized preview (to keep this unusually long post by now from getting any longer). I have put links in the description should you be tempted to to check out the individual blogs entries.
1. A photo that…takes my breath away
I have had the fortune of witnessing many a breath taking moments, sunrises, sunsets and in-between’s that it is hard to pick just one. But a job has to be done, so here I chose a photo of Picture Lake before sunrise when it was bathed in beautiful Light.
2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
this one made me really search long. There are a few portraits that might fall in the ‘makes me smile’ category but not many in the ‘makes me laugh’ category. Point to self – search for humor in photographs more often. In the end I came up with this wall graffiti from Fremantle, Perth
3. A photo that…makes me dream
It will probably sound cliched and unsurprising if I mention a Taj Mahal photograph in this category here. It is a thing of beauty and a dream ‘must-visit’ for many. What makes it more apt here is that I had the misfortune of being in Agra on a Friday- the only day when Taj is closed from public viewing. Hence it remained elusive and this BW silhouette of Taj from banks of Yamuna, haunts me in my dreams to come visit it soon :)
4. A photo that…makes me thinkth
a lot of photos gets me thinking. I would like to think almost all photos makes me think :) but then when I come down to really thinking what makes me think, I interpret this as an image that has some mystery. This candid, taken in Sikkim is of a school going boy who lived in the house next to where we stayed. It is hard to say looking at this, if he loves or hates going to his school.
5. A photo that…makes my mouth water
Finding this was easy and hard. Hard because I hardly ever shoot food photos. Time to take out the notebook to take notes again :) I could find only one post that came close. Having nothing to compare against, it was easy to pick. Summer in India can be punishing and dollops of Water Melon on a hot day can do wonders, including watering your mouth even before u dig in
6. A photo that…tells a story
There is a story in this candid of kids in Fatehpur Sikri for sure. The story however is subject to your own interpretation and imagination.
7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
Nat-Geo worthy – no way. none, the next picture I am going to take maybe :) Photos that I am proud of, now that’s a different story altogether. There are many and the choice for ‘the one’ depends on the time of the day, the day of the year and among many things what theme dominates my mind at that moment. These days I’ve been gradually getting more interested in documentary and human stories so my answer will tend to have a bias. I looked really hard and went back to the landscapes (which is where I began with) and there were many contenders. I finally chose one what brings back memories of a warm summer day in Australia
That concludes my post (yay ! finally). Thank you Kathryn for tagging me for the 7 super shots series. It turned out to be a lot of fun, more than I expected . I am not going to tag anybody specifically for this, but I would encourage everybody I’ve nominated above to come up with your ‘top 7 shots’, your own time and convenience.