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Around Europe through Jumping Photos

August 4, 2011
Stonehenge Jump


For most of  my travels in Europe, I’ve tried to do a bit of a novelty (well, it was sort of a novelty then) by doing jump shot photos. We had loads of fun doing it and often people would stare at us and laugh at our every attempt. It takes a lot of jumps to take a good one, often times it will take several shots before you get a shot where everyone is off the ground.  It’s somewhat of a science with a camera that I’m proud I had mastered. Even my mom has been proud of my jumping shots, telling her friends that I started the jumping photo craze.

I’ve taken jump shots from 13 out of 14 countries I got to see in Europe. I’ve only missed taking one when I was in Slovakia because I lost my camera the day before I went there.

I’ve taken jumping photos seriously that I’ve even won Don’t Ever Look Back’s jumping photo contest.

Here’s a good round-up of some of the photos I’ve amassed during my travels.


Brussels, Belgium - Jumping shot

Brussels, Belgium: Took me and my friend Rasha more than 40 photos to take a perfect jump shot while on a visit at the Atomium in Brussels.

Paris, France - Jumping Shot

Paris, France: Wow, this was one of my big dreams! To jump next to Eiffel Tower – definitely one of my most iconic and my personal favourite.

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Jumping Shot

Amsterdam, the Netherlands; In front of the Iamsterdam sign – this photo won me that jumping photo contest. 🙂

Koln, Germany - Jumping Shot

Köln, Germany:We tried doing a Bruce Lee kung fu shot in front of the famous Köln cathedral, it wasn’t the best one though.

Prague, Czech Republic - Jumping shot

Prague, Czech Republic: We were a big group when we went there for New Year’s Eve back in 2008. And doing a jump shot with a huge group of people is an ordeal. We tried several times across different places to get a good one, and we got stuck on getting the good shot at our hostel the day we were leaving the city.

Vienna, Austria - Jumping Shot

Vienna, Austria: In front of Schonbrunn Castle, Vienna. I heard this place is beautiful during summer, but we went there in February so it wasn’t that good.
Madrid, Spain - Jumping shot

Madrid, Spain: While waiting for the bullfight to start, I decided to do some crazy leaps with my friend’s scarf as bullfighter flag – good thing it wasn’t red.
Stonehenge, UK - Jumping shot

Stonehenge, United Kingdom: Despite the crowds, we manage to steal a few jump shots in front of Stonehenge.

Luxembourg Jumping Shot

Luxembourg, Luxembourg: By this time, we were so used to taking these photos that we were taking some organised jump shot to kick in some novelty. Here we are at a park in Luxembourg city.

Krakow, Poland - Jumping shot

Krakow, Poland: This was taken at the square in Krakow, Poland – one of my favourite places in Europe.

Rome, Italy - Jumping shot

Rome, Italy: I had some of hostel mates take this photo, it’s not one of my best, but a jumping shot to say the least.

Vatican City - Jumping shot

Vatican City, Vatican: Hope the Pope wasn’t looking at me when I was jumping up and down St. Paul’s Cathedral just to get this photo up
Budapest, Hungary - jumping shot
Budapest, Hungary: This one is taken at Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary.


What crazy photos have you taken on your trips? Have you taken some great jump shots? share the links below!

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  • Reply Serena Star Leonard August 6, 2013 at 17:56

    Ah my secret shame!! I have a few of my own although in different posts!

    One here:

    And one here:

    It made a big difference once we realised you can take a few shots at once on autotimer!
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  • Reply Raghav December 2, 2011 at 09:25

    Great post ! Loved it.
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  • Reply Kieu September 18, 2011 at 01:59

    Looks like we have something in common! 😀

    Love your jumping pictures and I have no doubt you’ll reach your goal of 25 countries before 25!! Can’t wait to see where you go next.
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  • Reply walkflypinoy August 14, 2011 at 17:34

    great set you got here! inspired me to do some crazy antics in the places i’ll be visiting from now on. hmmmm.
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  • Reply Aleja August 5, 2011 at 16:04

    LOVE IT! 🙂
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  • Reply Neil August 4, 2011 at 15:53

    You got some serious air in that Amsterdam photo! Illegal use of springs maybe?

    Been to Portugal? I’ve seen a lot of eastern europe, but need to start working on the classics like Paris and Brussels.
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    • Reply Jerick August 4, 2011 at 18:13

      All natural, mate! Those are real leg action (with the help of the ledge actually).

      Never been to Portugal, I was supposed to be there in ’09 but had to cancel last minute. But it’s on my list! And will definitely hit more Eastern Europe soon (Romania, Bulgaria, Slavic countries)
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