LashWorldTour Entries for ‘Capture the Color’ Bloggers Photography Competition
I’m hoping that everyone in the travel / blogging / photography sphere who wants to know about ‘Capture the Color’ photo contest at Travel Supermarket already knows about it: the deadline is August 29. Hopefully everyone who would like to join has had their chance to submit.
I’m squeezing my submission in at the last minute here, though I’ve actually been gathering and pondering over my potential photo entries for a few weeks, truth be told.
What will be considered stand-out phenomenal photos of the colors green, red, blue, yellow and white? I have plenty of color specific photos! But which ones are ‘great’ – by professional photographers’ eyes?
And so I researched: I read the judges suggestions, checked out their own sample entries and flipped through some other key photo submissions, all to get a better sense of what are considered fantastic photos of color. That helped immensely.
Back to my photos. I slowly narrowed them down to a few best in each color. Then more pondering, waiting til the next day to look at them all a-new. Deadline drawing closer. Wanting to go travel. Finally, I had to chose.
Let’s see how I did…
WHITE – Fresh Salt in Amed, Bali
Making salt from sea water is a traditional livelihood in Amed, Bali’s remote northeast coast. Intriguing salt fields, drying troughs and salt-making apparatus bake under a hot tropical sun beside the vast Bali Sea, all under the watchful eye of sacred Mt. Agung volcano.
Salt-making is a laborious, time-consuming affair that takes five days to produce the final salt crystals. One day I happened to visit the fields on a salt harvesting day, so I was fortunate to capture these lovely over-flowing baskets of fresh salt.
GREEN – Elevated Forest Walkways in Singapore
Everyone knows Singapore city’s striking blend of sky-scrapers, colonial buildings, harbor and famous city mascot, the Merlion. But few people realize that Singapore also offers a multitude of natural escapes: Pretty beaches, steep forested hills, sleepy islands, serene lakes and a variety of hiking / cycling trails are splashed all over the tiny island nation.
Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)chas a long-term Master Plan for Singapore’s development that they started more than 50 years ago. Detailed plans include extensive and ever-expanding use of nature, gardens, green spaces and ecologically-tech projects in order to attain their goal of making Singapore a great place to live.
I discovered this creatively-designed forest walk near Fraser Hill last time I visited my favorite city in the world. It’s a superb combination of modern technology meets the great outdoors.
RED – Chinese flags march down a Shanghai street during a national holiday
While I was living in Shanghai for four months, one such holiday sprouted up.
I was already in the habit of cycling around the city exploring. I visited Shanghai’s few remaining traditional temples, historic neighborhoods, large parks and intriguing museums. Shanghai is also where I bought my first real camera. I spent all my spare time cycling and photographing the city, particularly Shanghai’s mind-boggling modern architecture and skyscrapers- some of the tallest in the world.
One day while cycling through People’s Square, I found the wide avenues completely decked-out in vibrant red flags. They were rendered even more striking by hanging just above the fluffy green tree tops.
BLUE – Helix Bridge and SpaceArt Museum at Dusk – Singapore
Singapore’s new helix bridge creates incredible views of SpaceArt Museum and the Marina Bay area. One day at dusk, walking across a bridge adjacent to Helix Bridge, I was stopped in my tracks by these mind-blowing visuals. I was carrying my tripod specifically on a mission to shoot Singapore at night. As dusk rapidly deepened, I snapped off as many shots as possible.
I absolutely love Singapore’s varied architecture and I visit as often as possible to admire all the stunning buildings, but this evening the helix bridge added an extra special perspective that I hadn’t anticipated.
YELLOW- unusual golden glass lanterns at a Chinese Temple in Butterworth, Malaysia
While visiting an elaborately decorated Chinese temple in Butterworth, Malaysia, I came upon these very unusual golden glass lanterns hanging along a back hallway. Lanterns at Chinese temples are usually red. I’ve visited hundreds of Chinese temples during my travels, but this is the only time I’ve ever found golden lanterns.
They were so charming that I spent quite a long time photographing them from various angles as they swayed in a gentle afternoon breeze.
New Nominations for ‘Capture the Color’ competition:
Quite luckily, drawing close to the contest’s deadline, I’ve been able to drum up five new nominations:
Big thanks to Travel Supermarket who are sponsoring the contest and giving away some awesome prizes: 2000 GBP to the overall winner and an iPad 3 to each color category winner.
Thanks also to the judges for taking the time to view at all the entries and make some tough decisions on final winners. Good luck with that task!
Ken Keminsky- blue
Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab – green
Christine Gilbert of Almost Fearless – white
Dave Bouskill of The Planet D – yellow
Daniel Nahabedian of Canvas of Light – red
Finally, good luck to everyone. May the best photos win!