Capture the Colour

Capture the Colour


I love to go through my travel photos to re-live past trips and experiences so when Kathryn from Travel with Kat nominated me to take part in a photo competition run by  it gave me the perfect opportunity to dive in – thanks Kathryn! Bloggers were asked to submit a photo blog post with up to five photos which really Capture the Colour’.  The colours in question are Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red and each photo should feature one of these colours prominently, preferably with a unique twist.

I have thousands of photos and it’s been difficult, to the point of painful, to choose one over another but, finally, here are my choices and I hope I’ve managed to capture both the colour and the moment…


If you know my blog then you’ll be expecting a shot of Vietnam – so for my first image we’re heading for SE Asia.   Hoi An is an ancient trading town which sits on the South Central coast of Vietnam.  The vibrant blue of the old woman’s tunic really stands out against the faded, sun-scorched wood of the sam pan but to me this image also conveys a feeling of sadness.


You’d think an image of sunflowers would come under the yellow heading wouldn’t you?  Whilst staying with friends near Poitier in France I was delighted by fields of gorgeous sunflowers – guaranteed to make me smile!  I took heaps of photos but this image shot from a less obvious angle appealed.


It’s all yellow! – the wall, the dress, the jewellery, the flower in her hair…  Shot in Havana, Cuba this woman was smoking a large cigar and had three more lined up on the table to last the afternoon.  I loved the way this colour-conscious, coordinated woman set up her stall and sat waiting for custom with that very knowing smile on her face.  The dog looked pretty laid-back too.


The Taj Mahal, Agra, India.  When I first set eyes on The Taj Mahal its beauty took my breath away.   India’s most visited monument is a white, marble mausoleum; built by Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child.  Close up the intricacy of the carvings and detail are exquisite and I think the serene whiteness of the building contrasts beautifully with the vibrancy and colour of India as a nation.  More from India…


Back to the Caribbean and Havana, one of the most colourful cities I’ve visited and one of the most musical too with its ever-present salsa back-beat.  These old American cars thrumble through the city their sparkling chrome and glossy paintwork a stark distinction against the faded facades and crumbling buildings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my colour captures; if you’d like to enter you can find full details  here at Capture the Colour.  You don’t need a nomination to enter but to take part you have to be a blogger and submit a blog post with photos that showcase the above colours by 29 August 2012 nominating five other travel blogger to take part.  Notify TravelSupermarket that you’ve entered the competition by either posting a link to your blog post on Facebook mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the Facebook page.  You can also link to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour hashtag.

Here’s whose Capture the Colour entries I’d like to see:


Seven Super Shots

Seven Super Shots

There’s an interesting photography post doing the rounds at the moment called ’7 Super Shots’. put out the call to select 7 of your favourite photographs, one each for the following categories, then tag 5 bloggers that you would like to take part.  I was really pleased but slightly nervous when Travel with Kat nominated me – she sets the bar high!  I’m still very much a beginner having made the jump to DSLR last year so most of my photographs below are taken on a point and click, one on the DSLR and one on a mobile phone – any ideas which one – you might be surprised…

1. A photo that…takes my breath away

Just outside Poitier, France in July are field upon field of sunflowers and we arrived when they were at their most stunning.  Not only did they take my breath away they made me smile too.   I  was captivated and took loads of shots but I like this one from a less obvious perspective.

2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Smiling’s infectious don’t you think?

3. A photo that…makes me dream

I dream of being able to keep up with the others!  I was a late starter to skiing and it still slightly terrifies me – in an exhilarating sort of way!  We’d stopped for a vin chaud when I noticed the bright colours and lines of the skis against the backdrop of the mountains.  Taken in the Alps on the French, Swiss border.

4. A photo that…makes me think

This old woman was selling clay whistles in Hoi An, Vietnam.  I was quite intrigued by her. She didn’t let anything on about herself.  She didn’t speak and her expression barely changed with just a vague smile playing about her lips; I’m really not sure what she was thinking.  She didn’t seem to mind me snapping away and if you’re wondering, yes, I did buy a whistle…

5. A photo that…makes my mouth water

My favourite fruit is raspberries and I have a bit of a penchant for puddings so this summer-fruit cheesecake is right up there in the mouth-watering stakes.  It tasted as good as it looked. Thanks Beccy!

6. A photo that…tells a story

Technically this is just a snapshot but I like this photo because there’s so much going on; The woman selling trinkets, the colourful saris but my favourite part is the monk taking a peek at the young women…

7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

I have a few favourites but I keep coming back to this one.  I think it’s the bird’s nest that does it – the fact that there’s a chance for new life in the middle of all that dust, sand and heat.  I like the tones of the sky too – no idea how that happened!

Thanks again Kat for nominating me; I thoroughly enjoyed going through my photos and I hope my five nominees below enjoy compiling their ’7 Super Shots’ just as much.

Dave, Dave’s Photo Musings

Lucy, On the Luce

Ana, 1001Scribbles

Steve, Steve Barnes

Elena, Ms Elena on Travelling

France, friends and fabulous food….

France, friends and fabulous food….


Fields of Sunshine

In the peaceful French countryside, 40 minutes drive from Poitier, is a tiny village called Saint Martin L’Ars; and if, like us, you visit in July you’ll be warmly welcomed by field upon field of beaming sunflowers.  (more…)