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Well, Evie agrees with Mummy and Daddy. She can stay.




jess - 9th Nov 2013, 20:17 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 selfie evie

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The other day the SMH Backpacker blog by Ben Groundwater listed travel photography's biggest cliches. They were: holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, pinching the top of the Taj Mahal, the sparkling Eiffel Tower, any sunset... anywhere, Christ (the Redeemer)-MCA, depth perception at the Uyuni Salt Flats, the jumping photo, "that spot" at Machu Picchu, eating a huge burger in the US, imitating a statue, hot dogs or legs?, Abbey Road, wearing a keffiyeh at the pyramids and any selfie, anywhere.

When I search back through our travel photos; we're guilty of more than a few of these. If we've been there then we've probably taken the cliched shot. And you know what! I say Boo to Ben Groundwater. People take these photos because they are fun to do. Just because a million people have taken them before doesn't mean it's not fun to do them yourself.

I especially love the jumping shots and selfie shots because it adds the element of the unknown back into the photograph. We used to take photos with film and not know how they would turn out until the film was developed. When you take jumping or selfie shots you never know quite how they are going to turn out.

Here we are holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa...
Jess Andrew

The Eiffel Tower as a disco ball.
Disco Ball

Here are a few of our many sunset shots.
Sunset on Christmas Day
Ice-skating at Sunset
Sunset at Oia

A selection of our jump shots.
Jump @ Giant's Causeway
Jump: Jess is levitating

Jess and the Lady Jump!
Here we are at "that spot" at Machu Picchu.
Peru: Machu Picchu

We've also imitated statues.
The missing Ramses

This one is a double whammy. Jumping and imitating a statue!
Jump shot

Andrew wearing a keffiyeh in Egypt (not at the Pyramids but it is a selfie so maybe that makes up for it).

And you all know that we LOVE a selfie.
Italy: Venice
Selfie: group photo
Empire State Building: Brrr, we look cold
Welcome back to London

(We're missing is Abbey road. I think we felt sorry for the bus drivers who travel down Abbey Route. Always having to stop for tourists taking the classic Beatles photo.)

jess - 8th Nov 2013, 14:55 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 photography travel


Hope she's not claustrophobic...
Spare room
Spare room
(Andrew actually did all the cleaning. Thanks hunni!)

jess - 7th Nov 2013, 21:58 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13

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This is the view from our terrace. Rows and rows of apartments. The crane in the background is helping build the latest tower of apartments for our area. Our area is definitely high density living.

It doesn't feel crowded though. We don't hear our neighbours very often so living in our apartment feels just like living in a house. We've got a bike path to Bicentennial Park and the river right next to us. We've got a few parks and green spaces within walking distance from our house.
Photo: Skyline

jess - 6th Nov 2013, 20:43 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 photography

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Melbourne / Sydney: Friday lunch time
Project5213 Week 34

"Yes, I'm one of those mums. One of the mums who puts money in the little rides at the shopping centres.

I never used to be. It used to be enough for Evie to have a little play on the ride. That's when she didn't know what they could do. Then one day, someone put some money in to make a ride go. Now she always asks me "
Mummy, can you put some money in please?" And I give in.

I do use the possibility of a ride as a reward (read: bribery). We always do it at the end of a shopping visit. I can stall her wanting to play on every single ride at the centre by mentioning that we'll have a go on one at the end. She can have a go on one if she sits nicely in the trolley and doesn't whinge.

I tell myself that I'm teaching her delayed gratification. But really, I do it because she enjoys it. I feel like $2 isn't much to spend when she gets such joy out of the experience. Look at that happy smile in the photo above.

Check out Tash's day at jouljet.

Today, I'm linking with Essentially Jess's I Blog On Tuesdays (IBOT).

jess - 5th Nov 2013, 20:35 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 evie project52 project5213


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