Life,  Travel

#hellostrangers: The Quirky Travel Photos

When we travel, we want to freeze that happy moment through our lenses. After all, we’ve come from far far away and been waiting for the holiday! For me who often travel solo, I’m always a bit anxious if I would meet people who can handle my DSLR.

Even though I always join a tour group or book private drivers and guides (which most people I meet can handle the camera), there will be times when I’ll be roaming the street alone.

I used to believe that anyone can handle DSLR as long as I taught them the basics – how to hold the camera and which button to press. Nevertheless, when it comes to photography, it takes more than a camera to create great photos.

The timing may be off, the photos may be tilted and so on, but those photos carry the personal touch of the strangers behind the lens.

If you love to take travel photos, have you ever feel frustrated because nobody seems to able to capture the moment the way you want? Also, you’re not the type of person who likes to bring selfie stick and not a fan of selfies? If yes, I know how you feel.

However, after a while, when I look at those photos, they amuse me. The timing may be off, the photos may be tilted and so on, but they carry the personal touch of the strangers behind the lens.

Moreover, not all strangers will give you a clue when they’ll press the button, and as the result, you get candid, quirky travel photos!

Here are some of my quirky travel photos:

In front of the tomb of Fidel Castro, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Everyone had to queue and only given 3 seconds to take photos. I asked the security guard to take mine and this is the result, with an additional touch of his hand LOL – Cuba
Hi, please let me know before you press… oh, ok. – Cuba
Ok, I’ll just move to the back seat… eh, are you taking photos of me? – Cuba
Tee-hee-hee… – Beijing
 In my vision, the photo will exude serenity – Beijing

Moreover, not all strangers will give you a clue when they’ll press the button, as the result, you get candid, quirky travel photos!

When you want to imitate Ariel and the ocean wave suddenly stop coming – Bali
Untitled – Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali
Watch out, Mr Hendrik, there’s a cow coming behind you! – Toraja
When you look gluttony AF over the famous pineapple bun – Hong Kong airport

I think the two most challenging countries to ask strangers to take photo for you are China and Cuba. China because of the language barrier, sometimes the locals also feel reluctant to help. However, most of the young generation will gladly help you.

In Cuba, people are very friendly even though I speak broken Spanish (“Hola… fotografia, por favor?”). They will find difficulties handling DSLR and more comfortable with mobile phone camera.

I feel so happy and grateful to meet strangers who’re willing to spend their time to take my photos. I like the photos! Thank you again!

If any of you who helped me with the photo read this and want to keep in touch, just contact me 🙂

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