His Photos that “Capture the Colour”

His Photos that “Capture the Colour”

One of the first questions people ask us is: what are you going to do with all these photos?  We honestly don’t know.  Then we came across the Capture the Color photo contest and thought, yes, that’s what we’ll do, we’ll enter a photo contest.  As married people will understand, we had differing opinions on whose photos were the best, so as we do, we’re submitting a his and hers (read our He Said/She Said on our different photo style here).  I am quite certain that you’ll prefer my photos, but feel free to vote in the comments (see her’s here) or on our facebook page if you disagree…

OK, this isn’t a long-term plan for us, so we’re not going to quit our day jobs to become professional photo contest contestants (just kidding, we don’t have day jobs), but this contest stood out with it’s theme of photos that capture Blue, Green, Yellow, White, and Red, so I’m throwing my hat in the ring.  LOCAVORista’s will appear on Friday, but don’t just watch, you can enter too.  



Got Milk? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo
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A mother with her baby swinging by the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo.  Due to deforestation the orangutans have a much reduced range, but are probably happy to get free lunches and protection from park rangers.  This is one of my favorite photos, for technical and emotional reasons.  The clarity of the mother’s face, human-like, dripping with milk amazes me, but how close the baby clings to his mother wins me over.  Watching them for several minutes the baby never strayed far and when spotting me taking photos he reached out and offered to share his fruit.  Read more about our Orangutan experience and see more photos in All in the Family.


A child lighting a candle on a family grave for All Souls Day, Sagada, Philippines
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As the sun set over Sagada we noticed smoke rising from the cemetery and set off to see it.  When we arrived we found the entire cemetery ablaze with fires set by families remembering their loved ones that have passed on.  Witnessing this child lighting candles over a family grave brought stillness to the chaotic scene around him as he carefully lighted the cross in remembrance.  This is a scene and a photo that we’ll never forget as a poignant portrait of how we respect those that came before us.  Check out more photos of Sagada and plan a trip for yourself by visiting our Philippines Travel Guide.


Kimono clad women passing through the forest in Arashiyama, Japan.
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Finishing our day visiting the forest temples of Arashiyama we decided to take a stroll through the stunning bamboo forest where we came across two beautiful women in kimonos.  While it would have been easy to crop out the forest surrounding them I felt the photo in its entirety, especially the bright green bamboo trees, captured a timeless scene of Japan.  Click here to see more photos of Japan.


The sunrise over Mount Everest (center) during spring climbing season.  Kala Patthar, Nepal.
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Waking well before sunrise we hiked to over 18,000 feet to watch the sunrise over Mount Everest.  Undoubtedly as the sun climbed the mountain from the east climbers were ascending to the summit from the west.  What struck me about this photo are the surreal details of the glaciers on the Lhotse wall, the snow blowing from the peak of Lhotse on a seemingly calm day, and the stark blackness of the summit of Everest, appearing smaller than snow-capped Lhotse.  This is just one photo from our 40 days of hiking through the Himalayas, to check out more click here.


A monk meditating on U Bien’s Bridge in Amarapura, Myanmar.
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This is my single favorite photo, taken on U Bien Bridge in Myanmar.  Silently admiring the perfectly reflecting tree, this solitary monk’s red robe begs the question, “what is he thinking about?”  Sharp from corner to corner, this is a picture I go back to, consistently pausing to consider how no matter where, there are are peaceful scenes and people.  Myanmar was one of the favorite countries I’ve visited.  To learn more about it and find out how you can visit it yourself click here.


A great part of this contest is nominating others.  Here are a few fellow blogs that I’d love to see their photos that capture the color:

  • Leave Your Daily Hell: This is the only blog I read all the posts as he offers a different perspective from the normal traveler fare.  Loving his colorful take on things that most of us wouldn’t dare write about, I want to see if his photos push the envelope as far as his writing does…
  • Bohemian Trails: Possibly as honest as Leave Your Daily Hell, but with a less flamboyant life, this is also one of the few travel blogs I check out regularly as she’s probably the best writer amongst the travel bloggers.  Hopefully this contest gives some of her excellent photos, generally used as illustrations, the stage they deserve.
  • The World of Deej: Sometimes it’s hard for me to read Deej because the places he stays are way nicer than I am subjected to as I fight off cockroaches in the third-world.  That said, the photos beautiful places he stays and things he eats are sure to delight.
  • So Many Places.  Kim is the official blogger of this travel couple and like many of my nominations uses photography as an illustration rather than a central aspect of the site.  I would love to see her pull out some of her best USA shots and highlight them for the competition.
  • Traveled Earth: You think we’re cheap?  These two managed to travel for a year on almost half of what we did!  Granted they were in a different region and stayed places longer, but every time I wake up staying cheaply in India I wonder how they did it.  Bring a bunch of unique experiences to the competition I’m excited to see their best shots from their first year of RTW travel.
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» Bka :
Aug 16, 2012

Incredible photos…..we just bought a new Nikon point and shoot as I broke the canon in Sturgis….i think you have a ” shot” at winning this one….remain safe…..peace….Bruce

» Megan Eileen :
Aug 22, 2012

Thanks so much for the kind words! Not sure if I’ll be entering this contest but I really appreciate the nomination! :)
Read Megan Eileen’s awesome post Neighborhood Guide to Berlin

» Michel :
Aug 28, 2012

Awesome submission!
Read Michel’s awesome post Capture The Colour and Win £2,000 to Spend on Travel

thinkCHUA Reply:

Thanks Michel for the compliment!

» rupam { xhobdo } :
Sep 13, 2012

Nice to visit your blog. Great to know about your photography won 1st place in “Capture The Color Contest” in YELLOW Category. Great to saw your photos, Beautiful.

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thinkCHUA: Photographing and documenting the world on a 3 year round-the-world trip to help future travelers discover new places, travel longer and enjoy the world's great experiences.

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thinkCHUA: Photographing and documenting the world on a 3 year round-the-world trip to help future travelers discover new places, travel longer and enjoy the world's great experiences.


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