Now, I am no photographer but I do have a habit of getting flash happy when I am on my travels. Below are a selection of what I consider to be some of my better photographs. I’ve been meaning to do a photography course for years now and it is something that I will definitely one day do, but until that point I’d welcome any feedback from any talented photographers out there who can spot the school boy errors in these shots.
China Town, Bangkok, Thailand
This was in the first week of my trip and Bangkok was a complete assault on my senses. However, I remember this day well and the delight I felt to be away from Khao San Road. It was hot and so busy you could barely move along the street, but there were so many wonderful sights and smells in every direction that I didn’t mind one bit.
Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
I have a thing about photographing boats on the water and I personally love this picture, even if I do say so myself. This beach is considered the back entrance to Railay where deliveries are made, which meant no area for swimming. As a result it was fairly deserted, just how I like it for taking some scenic shots.
Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
A rare moment of serenity in a city that quite frankly made me feel ill. One afternoon wandering the streets of Jakarta left me with a stinking headache and a sore throat, so bad is the congestion and pollution. But in a back street near the canal, we stumbled across these guys, taking some time out to play a game of chess.
Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Thailand
The classic Koh Phi Phi shot and I believe also the location that various scenes from the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach were filmed. There are some truly beautiful parts to Phi Phi and also some parts that for me were too crowded and touristic. Having said that though no one can argue with the colour of that water!
Melaka (or Malacca) was one of my all time favourite places, a beautiful city that felt more like a town. The length of this winding river was flanked by buildings covered in the most beautiful art. This picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice, but hopefully gives you a flavour.
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
I couldn’t do this post without including a picture of the rice fields in Ubud. One of the things I loved most about the rice fields were the large amounts of ducks you would see feeding on the water.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This shot of KL was taken at the top of Kuala Lumpur Tower which despite being visible from almost anywhere in the city took me and my friend an age to actually find. I have to admit I prefer looking at Kuala Lumpur from on high rather than from within, but then it’s no secret that I’m not really a city girl. Give me mountains, forests and surf over city any day.
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
This shot was taken when I should have blatantly been in bed. We left our guesthouse at 3am to watch the sun rise over Bromo and then spent some time walking around its huge rim. In case you don’t know Mount Bromo is the flatter volcano to the left with the large crater, oh yes and it’s still active.
Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
According to Wikipedia, Lake Toba is both a lake and supervolcano. The lake is 100 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, and 505 metres (1,666 ft) at its deepest point. All I know is that it’s bloody gorgeous and the thought of staying on an Island on a lake, on an Island in the sea made me smile more than once.
Koh Lanta, Thailand
This picture was taken on one of my favourite days of this trip, in one of my favourite places of this trip with one of the best friends I’ve made on this trip. So whilst it might just look like another beach shot to you, when I look at this picture, my heart smiles.
Monkey Beach on Penang Island in Malaysia
This picture should have been replaced with one of the incredible monkey shots I took this morning in Monkey Forest in Ubud but alas my laptop decided to die on me this afternoon (not great timing in light of my 30 day challenge) so I don’t have the picture to upload. The monkeys on Monkey Beach in Malaysia were nowhere as near as bold as those in Ubud but still just as cute, plus I took this shot after hiking for 90 minutes through forest and jungle to get to the beach so it’s worthy of inclusion methinks.
Well that’s it for now folks, I’m sure there will be more travel shots in the future but for now I’ll leave you with a reminder to send me any photography tips you might have up your sleeve. I’m always keen to learn! If you liked this post, please share by hitting one of the buttons below.