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  1. Travel like a 12 year old - Grounded Traveler
    September 28, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    […] “You are a goof,” Ali tells me 100 times on average a day. Ok, maybe I am. I like strange things and sometimes find reality a bit too drab and constraining. […]

  2. Pinhão Tiled Train Station - Ctrl Alt Travel
    February 17, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    […] yeah, I like to take goofy self portraits while we travel. Somehow the idea of just aiming the camera at myself is fun. This is pretty much […]

  3. Noah
    August 19, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    The best is when you take self-portraits with the timer on and then you forget to shut it off for the next non-self-portrait shot. Then when you take the next photo, you’re standing there like a fool for ten seconds trying to hold your shot. It’s best when it’s an action shot and you’re trying to follow the moving object.

    • Andrew
      August 21, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

      Hah.. Yes I often forget to reset settings like that on my camera. I have several of Venice that are all blue because I forgot to reset the white balance.

  4. Andrea
    August 16, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Haha- John loves taking these. His are generally photos of him making funny faces – we have some classics…

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

      The ability to make funny faces is the main reason to do these even with other people you are traveling. Then you can do as many goofy things as you want, just enjoying being a place.

  5. Jaime
    August 14, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Jajajaja love this! I was thinking of writing a post like this at the end of my RTW trip because trust me I have many photos of me that are horrible…lol. Ahh the beauty of solo travel. I have done everything you mentioned in this post… sad but true. I think the whole world has been there…lol!!!

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

      You really should do a round up like this. Alternate jumping and self-portrait pics.

  6. Brooke vs. the World
    August 14, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I have gotten a lot better at this over the years, but it’s not easy. I love the ones where the flash goes off and I look like a sick pale monster… or if you take from the wrong angle and your face looks fat and unrecognizable!

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

      Hence always the last tip. Take tons and ditch the unpleasant ones. My problem with the flash is that it turns my glasses into shiny white circles.

  7. Jeremy Branham
    August 14, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Yep, just screwed up photos of myself this past weekend – getting my head in the way of the object I wanted people to see in the background, cutting off my head, taking photos looking into the sun. I still do this stuff today.

    This also reminds me of my “How to make a travel video while traveling” where I share all my mistakes, outtakes, and screw ups as I can’t get my words right. Yep, I can relate.

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

      I like the head cut off ones usually more than the standard photos. Somehow just half of a head smiling is entertaining to me. Check out the ones on Facebook for my favorites.

  8. Jennifer
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    Good tips! I am almost never happy with the photo when I ask some random tourist to take it for me. But I certainly have not mastered the self portrait either, even with my iPhone. Maybe I’ll give it another go with your tips.

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

      Ali and I have that problem when people take pictures of us. Always seems to end up dark or light or something. I would think the iPhone would make things much easier. At least able to hold it straighter without getting fingers in the lens.

  9. Erik
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    My wife calls them idiot photos- I left a link on your Facebook Page to the post I did about these last year!

    GREAT POST!!!

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

      I saw that link. Thanks. Funny how we all do those kind of things. Though “Idiot photos” sounds big harsh. I did them mostly when I was traveling solo, but I like the effect sometimes so will still do them when with Ali.

  10. Kent @ NVR
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    This is great. Love the part on Positioning. Happens in NVR world all of the time.

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

      Yeah, that seems the hardest to get right. Maybe need to mount a laser pointer to the top of the camera to help.

  11. Ali
    August 13, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    I know I saw you putting this post together, but reading it is so much funnier! I love this one :-)

    • Andrew
      August 16, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

      Thanks, my love. It was fun to do.