Her Photos that “Capture the Colour”

Her Photos that “Capture the Colour”

When I saw the Capture the Color photo contest I was excited to start digging through the hundreds of photos from our trip.  Of course we had trouble agreeing on the best photos for each color so we’re giving you a he said/she said view of our favorites (read our He Said/She Said on our different photo style here).  I’m sure that you will agree with me in my selection of photos (you can check out thinkCHUA’s here), but feel free to vote in the comments or on our facebook page if you disagree…

Not only did this contest give me an opportunity to reminisce about all the places we’ve been by reliving memories through our photos but I love the theme, it’s so simple, capture the colors Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red in your photos.  I have to admit the deal was sweetened knowing I wouldn’t be competing against some of the travel blogosphere’s most talented photographers: Ken Kaminesky, Abi King,  Dave from the Planet D, Christine Gilbert and Daniel Nahabedian, because they are the judges.

WHITE

Cholatse, Cho La Pass, Nepal
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On our second pass of the three passes trek in Nepal we were on the sixth consecutive day spent over 5,000 meters (16,500 feet).  I was lagging behind thinkCHUA a little bit and kept thinking about how nice it would be to just sit down for awhile.  When I came to a dry rock I took a short rest and was able to really take in my surroundings with a stunning 360 degree view of the snowy Himalayas.  Had I not stopped at that moment I might have missed this breathtaking shot of white-capped Cholatse, and I certainly wouldn’t have gotten the full perspective of the rocks if I were standing up.  Sometimes it really pays to take a moment to breathe in the fresh mountain air.

YELLOW

Graffiti, Shanghai, China
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This sultry piece of art caught my eye not only because of the bright yellow coloring and her come hither look, but because it’s in China. I, as many others often do, assummed there wasn’t much freedom of expression when it comes to art.  This piece of art proves that blondes really do have more fun.  Not only did I find beautiful graffiti, but a plethora of galleries concentrated into art districts in many of the major cities throughout China.  To learn more about the art districts in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen click here.

GREEN

Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is one of the densest cities in the world, but I couldn’t help but notice as a Parks and Recreation professional how many gorgeous parks they have. Like a mirage in a city of concrete Nan Lian Gardens offers a respite in Diamond Hill’s sea of high-rise apartments.  This  tranquil public park embodies the entire idea of being green. The varied shades of green in the meticulously landscaped 3.5 hectare garden, in which every hill, rock and building has been placed according to specific rules and methods is a stunning example of urban planning at it’s best.

BLUE

Hardware Store, Yangon, Myanmar
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My eyes were immediately drawn to this blue corner in Yangon, Myanmar.  From a distance I couldn’t even tell what the man dressed in blue was selling and as I got closer I was impressed with his selection.  I wasn’t in the market for any tools, but I loved his cool demeanor and the blue colors that pervaded this calm “corner store”.

RED

Arirang Games, Pyongyang, North Korea
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This scene is as red as it gets in every sense of the word.  Not only is it from our trip to North Korea, the most communist country in the world, but it depicts the North Koreans prevailing over the Americans during the Korean War.  The most amazing part of this photo is that it only captures a fraction of the 100,000 people in the stadium for the annual Arirang Games.  The stands behind the field where they are proudly waving the North Korean flag is filled with 30,000 school children holding up cards to create the image of the soldier you see.  This is truly a show you have to see to believe and is quite an interesting performance as an American.

NOMINATIONS

Another highlight of this competition is seeing fellow bloggers photos, below are five travelers that I would love to see highlight their pictures:

  • twoOregonians: A couple that has recently traveled Eastern Europe and with Bethany a trained landscape architect I’d love to see what has caught her eye and how those years of education gives her a different perspective!
  • The Everywhereist: how would recently having brain surgery change your view of colors?  Let’s find out.  Seriously though I hope her a speedy recovery and cupcakes in every color.
  • Legal Nomads: Food is her forte and I’d love to see the colorful dishes she may have captured in her years of traveling or in her recent work for her upcoming book.
  • Wandering Earl: I’m certain Earl will have some colorful shots from several years of cruising around the world and his recent Eastern Europe escapades.
  • Captain and Clark: I know they focus mainly on video, but they clearly have some skill behind the lens, so I would love to see what they would enter in a still photo competition.
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» Anu :
Aug 17, 2012

excellent Matt……NO words

» Annette | Bucket List Journey :
Aug 20, 2012

I love everything about the blue; the display of tools, the mans expression and the shades of blue. Lovely!
Read Annette | Bucket List Journey’s awesome post Facing Pineapple Gluttony in Hali’imaile, Hawaii

LOCAVORista Reply:

Annette, thanks so much for the compliments the blue is one of my favorite photos from our time in Myanmar, which was just magical.

» Steph | DiscoveringIce.com :
Aug 27, 2012

Wow I really love these photos! Such a great entry! I can’t decide between the blue, white and yellow! Great stuff and best of luck! :)
Read Steph | DiscoveringIce.com’s awesome post Photo of the Week | Baby Monkey, Kathmandu, Nepal

LOCAVORista Reply:

Thanks Steph, we had fun going through all of our photos to pick the best for each category!

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