With the winners of the Capture The Colour contest to be announced this week, I’d like to share some of my favourites with you.
I can’t claim to have viewed every entry but I have spent the last few days visiting hundreds of travel bloggers around the web and there’s a lot of talent out there; with some very good collective sets, in a variety of themes – all around colour, of course.
As well as following links to blog posts from the #capturethecolour twitter tag and the Travel Supermarket Facebook page, I also browsed the images on the Travelsupermarket Pinterest Boards; almost 600 in each colour category.
As their boards didn’t seem to be followed by much more than 70 people, perhaps it won’t hurt to share the blogger love a little further.
The number of images I collected are about ten to twelve in each category. I wasn’t aiming for a ‘top ten’, it’s just how it turned out.
The selection of these images does not attempt to pick a winner, nor influence the judging process in any way. Entering the competition was a lot of fun; the taking part enhanced by travelling around the world through the eyes of others.
Let’s run through my favourites, in the order I pinned them.
Favourite Blue Travel Photography, inspired by Capture The Colour
I’ve been over and under Lánchíd (Széchenyi Chain Bridge) in Budapest many times but have never seen it in this light before. I also appreciate the low angle, getting nice and low to the floating ice – from Kat Clay.
I like the ‘portrait of a vendor in East Jerusalem‘ because it’s so far away from the common sky and sea images, yet the wonderful shades of blue still give it an East Mediterranean feel – from Travel Reportage.
Favourite Green Travel Photography, inspired by Capture The Colour
Maybe it’s because I like waiting for trains and the Trans Siberian Railroad is still on my list; maybe it’s because I’ve never been to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; or maybe it’s that I wish I’d taken the photo myself. Green with envy – from The Polar Route.
With so many pictures of nature associated with green it’s nice to see something different as these boys splash into the algae-green pools of the Mughal-built Fatehpur Sikhri, an hour’s bus ride from Agra – from Wanderings.
With so many green submissions capturing nature this green grabber at a metal recycling plant on the Bronx River in New York City really grabs attention; and what a vivid green it is – from Wind Against Current.
Favourite Yellow Travel Photography, inspired by Capture The Colour
Looming over the skyline of Yangon is the Shwedagon Paya, also known as the Golden Pagoda. The pagoda lights up the entire city with its golden glow, a beautiful sight visible from almost anywhere in the city – from Wild Junket.
Dallol, Danakil Depression (Ethiopia). The lowest point in the African continent and claimed to be the hottest spot on earth. It may look awesome but be warned, it smells of rotten eggs – from La Puerta Entornada.
Favourite White Travel Photography, inspired by Capture The Colour
Favourite Red Travel Photography, inspired by Capture The Colour
Eating Out in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I like the bold red background of the passing songthaew. Often we see a sharp (panned) red with a blurred background, like Ferrais in F1 racing, so this works (for me) as an opposite of that – from Wanderlust and Lipstick.
Drinking red wine from the floating bar on a party-boat trip from Nha Trang, Vietnam. The photo is sharp, tight, full of character and the Vietnamese host even has a red strap to his hat. Probably a good job he’s fitted snuggly into a rubber ring – from i Backpacker Travel.
While I usually like to see tight composition and graphic elements in photographs, this example of red – which is clearly focused on the lady – beautifully captures the atmosphere of a single moment on a hot summer night in a Chinese street market – from Life on Nanchang Lu.
Adding a fresh lick of paint to the Red Fort in Agra, India. I like the feel to this photograph: the home-made ladders, the enthusiam of the boys and the chap on the ledge without any shoes on. His friend in red shorts has no shoes either. Great story – from Globe Scribbler.
Off to Lunch – Chimi Lhakhang Monastery in Bhutan. I also like the depth of field background blur, where the seated boy looks back out of the doorway towards our main subject – from Mira Terra Travel.
Indian wedding in Jodhpur, India. There’s a lot going on here and I might have been inclined to crop in closer. It appears the main subject – the bride – is the lady on the left while the photographer has chosen to follow her gaze and bring our attention to the passer-by. Intriguing – from Snaps and Blabs.
I thoroughly enjoyed finding new travel blogs to keep an eye on and I hope you do too.
Sorry if I didn’t add your photograph to the collection, even if I commented on the blog. There are about five to ten very strong sets which could quite easily pick up points with all five judges. Fingers crossed that yours, or one that you like, is among them.