In the 5 years I’ve been abroad, I’ve traveled to more than 20 countries. Most of these trips, thanks to my girlfriend, have been hashed with the very clever HoliShay tag.

I’ve used #HoliShay during trips to Malta, Turkey, Cyprus, Tenerife, Spain, China, South Korea and many other countries and cities around the world. It’s been a blast.

During that time, I’ve seen a lot –  protests in the streets of Brussels, Europe’s only wild monkeys in Gibraltar, home-brewers in Germany and the last days of the Azure Window on the island of Gozo in Malta.

RIP Azure Window

All of these moments, to the best of my ability, have been captured by either photo or video, with hopes that others would view and enjoy them.

During these times, some more serious than others, I’ve learned about the technical and artistic aspects of what makes a great photo or video. Emotion, angle, light, color – just some of the things to watch out for when taking images. These details, when done correctly, can really help make an image or video shine – and don’t necessarily need a lot of editing.

A beautiful rock shrine garden near Playa Jardin beach in Puerto de la Cruz by Canarian artist, César Manrique

Though, learning to edit and applying appropriate filters can really help images shine even brighter. And because of that, I’ve decided to pursue programs and purchase a better camera (ok, my first camera) so that I can take and publish worthwhile photos.

A picture really is worth more than a thousand words.

Uploading to Flickr

To learn more, I’ve also begun uploading pictures to Flickr, with an aim to better showcase what I think are my best photos and hopefully connect with likeminded photographers.

My goal is to eventually learn more about the artistic and technical aspects of photography, and connect with fellow photographers to learn more about techniques and opportunities.

I also plan to write more about my photo taking experiences, so that you can learn (and I can experience again) about the preceding and following events of capturing such sights, which finally leads to the point of this blog post:

My favorite photo so far

Without a doubt, hands down, my favorite photo so far has to be from the Rock of Gibraltar – the tiny British territory off Spain’s south coast, where wild monkeys live free and steal food from unsuspecting tourists, which is exactly what happened to me.

Monkeys in Gibraltar
My favorite photo – Monkeys (Barbary macaque) atop the Rock of Gibraltar

And although these aren’t the two that opened my bag and dug out some peanuts, I’m sure in their lifetime they’ve taken a few items of food. Though, I don’t blame them.

In years past, the Barbary macaque population saw a major decline, with some experts suggesting that they were headed for extinction.

But now, because of better handling and awareness, these famous primates have seen an increase in numbers and seem to live in harmony with people and other animals atop The Rock, which is what I hoped to capture while I was there.

I hope you enjoy the picture! If so, feel free to share and inform others of these magnificent monkeys. They’re worth the trip!

Here are the rest of my favorite photos so far

Show me your favorite photos

As part of this post, I’m also interested in seeing your photos and knowing more about what it took to take your favorite picture.

So, if you like, leave links of your (or someone else’s) favorite picture in the comment section below. If you’d like to leave technical information (camera, lens, etc), even better!

I look forward to seeing your favorite photos!

What image hosting site do you use? Which site would you recommend? What is your goal with using these image hosting sites? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!


Published by Shay

International journalist, writer, editor, radio host and TV reporter with experience working in the US, Germany and South Korea.

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