7 Super Shots: The New Zealand Edition

Omapere Sunset

After traveling for two years, I have amassed an incredulous number of photos; I get a bit click-happy when I'm exploring new areas and traveling to new places. Some are off center, some a bit out of focus and some, well, they're just perfect. I fancy myself to be a bit of an amateur photographer and I'm happy to present some of my favorites.

I was thrilled to be nominated (twice!) by Noel of Wander2Nowhere and the lovely Devon of Answering Oliver to participate in HostelBookers' 7 Super Shots! Having thousands upon thousands of photos, my decisions to select these photos were difficult. I think 70 Super Shots sounds more suitable (say that five times fast!).

Essentially, I chose one photo that fits each of seven pre-selected categories. Due to the recent influx of new photos, each photo showcased here has been taken within the past year in New Zealand. Here are my seven superest shots.

A photo that…takes my breath away

The particular arrangement of clouds over Lake Tekapo on that day was impressive. This was the perfect place to stop for lunch and a few passages out of Dickens. And an hour long photo-shoot, of course. I simply couldn't get enough of this sky!

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Bungy Jumping Naked!

So I obviously didn't take this photo, but it still makes me smile (and a lot of girls laugh–or giggle at least). I went bungy jumping with AJ Hackett in Queenstown, NZ last year and somehow got talked into jumping naked. OK, so the girls at the desk were cute…and I have a hard time saying no!

A photo that…makes me dream

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago in far north New Zealand. I swear, at this very moment, heaven and earth collided. It sure looks that way, at least.

A photo that…makes me think

Abel Tasman

Taken in the Abel Tasman National Park, this photo calls to mind the particular vastness of this world. The rippling of the water, the undulation of the sand and the calamity of the clouds have come together in the perfect moment.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

I recently spent some time on Waiheke Island, a small island just outside of Auckland, NZ, dotted with beaches and vineyards. Because Waiheke is most known for its wine, a luxury wine tour seemed to be in order. I spent the day gallivanting through fields of grapes, sampling each vineyard's finest selection of wines.

Though I wasn't fully impressed with Mudbrick's wine, the restaurant (both the food and the venue) were outstanding. Pictured here is a New Zealand lamb back strap with dried grapes and capsicum with a harissa spiced lamb jus. It is supplemented by a cucumber tzatziki with mint and a saffron cous cous with almonds and dried apricots. The golden ball is a lamb nugget with oxtail and lamb sweetbreads. Delish!

A photo that…tells a story

The story of a Frenchman and a Brazilian “mulher” who came to New Zealand and found love.

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

I was most impressed by the Franz Josef Glacier's rugged skyline. I'm in love with the lines, colors and contrast in this photo! It perfectly represents the personality of the ice. For the full story, click through to this photo essay.

I'm nominating the following bloggers to keep this going!

OK, bloggers. Get going!


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22 Responses to 7 Super Shots: The New Zealand Edition

  1. Gerard ~ GQ trippin April 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Word up. Brings me back!

    • Jeremy April 26, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      You miss it, dontcha!? 😉

  2. Amanda April 26, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    Awesome shots!! Your photo that makes you dream is my favorite of these, I think. Though, it’s hard to pick since I love NZ so much!

    • Jeremy April 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks, Amanda! I think that may be one of my favorites as well! It was such a surreal scene!

  3. Vincent April 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Awesome pics! I love the one in black and white…so romantic! Was it good the meal? it looks delicious but I don’t know If I would try it..too much different ingredients mixed all together!

    • Jeremy May 11, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Yeah, they were having a little moment. I don’t think they even realized I was taking photos 🙂 The lamb was DELICIOUS. I was particularly impressed with the oxtail. YUM!

  4. crazy sexy fun traveler May 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Really nice shots! Nature is just the best, it gives us everything!

    • Jeremy May 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      It’s my favorite thing to photograph!

  5. Bobbi Lee Hitchon May 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Awh great shots!! I really want to do this. Any nominees care to nominate me????

    • Jeremy May 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Bobbi, you can be an honorary nominee! Let’s see your seven!

  6. Noel May 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Amazing photos Jeremy. They made me want to go to NZ right now. I just love your first and the black and white shots.

    • Jeremy May 5, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Thanks, Noel! You should go! It’s a beautiful country.

  7. Christina May 7, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Love your NZ shots! I am just as obsessed with Lake Tekapo – I took so many pictures there. Really like your 3rd shot as well – where in the north did you take it?

    • Jeremy May 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Yeah, Lake Tekapo was beaaautiful! I spent loads of time taking photos, climbing up and over things to get the pictures I wanted. I can’t remember the exact name of the town I was in (3rd photo) but I’ll do some research and get back to you!

    • Jeremy May 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      It was a tiny little town called Omapere!

  8. Nomadic Samuel May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    These are phenomenal shots! I’ve seen this series run on a number of blogs but what I like about yours is that you’ve featured a specific country and that it happens to be a place I’ve never visited before.

    • Jeremy May 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      Thanks, Samuel! Really glad you liked the photos! I’m proud of these ones 🙂

  9. Simon P June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Wicked photos! They’ve made me feel quite a bit homesick – and that’s coming from a guy lounging on a beach in Bali

    • Jeremy June 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Then I’ve done my job well! Although it’s raining here at the moment. Beach in Bali sounds quite nice right about now!

  10. tiwi June 6, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    What an amazing trip you had in NZ, jeremy…envy you…! hahaha..it’s naturally beautiful…

    but, I dare you to visit wakatobi island, komodo island and raja ampat island in Indonesia. Much more like paradise…hehehe

    Cheers,

    Tiwi

    • Jeremy June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Don’t you worry, my friend! Indonesia is on the list! I’ll make it there soon enough. And until then, this will have to do!

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