Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Capturing Colour at Home and on the Road

I was absolutely stoked to be nominated by two fantastic photographers: Amber who also takes drool-worthy food photos and is a fellow craft beer junkie, and Kymri who just radiates California cool through her photos and writing.  I’m still on my Ireland/Copenhagen jaunt so I fell a bit behind in picking out photos.

The contest has five judges, one for each color.  I’m a fan of breaking it down by color for each judge to keep it from being completely overwhelming.  To read more about the judges, contest, and prizes offered through Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour PhotoBlogging Contest, go here.

Without further ado, here are my entries:



The interior of Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is quite stark when it comes to color.  Most of the interior is a light stone with a few peaks of color from the stained glass windows that have been installed so far.  I love how the minimalist color scheme highlights the organic architectural elements.  It was cold and rainy the day we visited, so the bits of color were even more muted from the lack of bright sunlight.  For more about La Sagrada Familia and my adventures around Barcelona, read on.



Of course I had to highlight the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for the blue category.  Rather than being an in-your-face blue, the tile work had bits of gold, red, and white to temper it.  The blue is dominant but not over the top.  Sinan echoed the shapes of Hagia Sophia (located directly across from it) but made it more light, elegant, and airy.  We visited just after an afternoon prayer service.  I still can’t shut up about our 6 days in Istanbul; to read all about it, click here.



I’m not drawn to warm colors so it was harder to find a yellow photo submission than the other colors.  Yes, another building choice.  The colored glass at the Palais des Congres in Montreal was a must see on our recent trip.  The yellow windows seem to stand out than the other colors.  Particularly in this corner where the yellow cast on the beams and walls contrast with the cool blue and aqua.  The quirkiness of this convention center should be adopted by other places.  You remember its uniqueness instead being in another generic big box of gray.



Of course I picked an Ireland photo for green.  After 7 trips, I had a bazillion green photos to scroll through to make a decision.  I settled on this Japanese Garden at Powerscourt because it embodies the many, many, many shades of green that you see in Ireland.  We took my parents here as well as a few other tourist spots to show them a bit of Ireland outside of Navan and Dublin.  That summer (2010) was much nicer than the current Irish summer. For more about my 7 Irish trips, take a look here.



This is Ozymandias by Douglas Kornfeld at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.  I  visited on a free day and enjoyed a nice spring day with some modern art.  This sculpture is hard to miss as the entrance is to the left of the image.  I talked about the background story of this sculpture in this post.

bonus: gray


I know it’s capture the color, but I have a thing for black and white.  I feel like color can be so saturated that you lose an appreciation for it.  By removing color in certain photos, you can focus on contrast or shape.  These sculptures (by Josiah McElheny at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston) look funkier in black and white.  Color is fantastic, but it’s not always necessary for a bold photo.

And now for my five nominees:

Kit of Seek New Travel who is a kindred nerd.

Amanda of Amanda Elsewhere who is a fellow fan of Pittsburgh.

Leslie of Downtown Traveler who is an art junkie with a travel habit.

Jessica of Jessica Travels who knows EVERYTHING about Italy and just about EVERYONE in the travel community.  Plus she likes cats. What’s not to love?

Kelly of Travellious who is a fellow ArtSmart Rountabler therefore another art junkie with a travel habit as well.  And she has a kitty, too. Do you see a theme here?



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5 Responses to “Capturing Colour at Home and on the Road”

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    Kit Whelan — July 17, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Thanks for nominating me, fellow nerd! I’ve heard about this project and think it’s a fantatsic idea. Your gray photo is absolutely stunning, and proves that you don’t need bold color for an amazing shot. I’ll get to work on my picks this week!

    • ehalvey replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

      Thanks 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your choices. Also, I want that curry chocolate you just posted about.

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    Amber DeGrace — July 19, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    As always, I adore your photos! Great choices. I especially like the white photo … STUNNING.

    • ehalvey replied: — July 20th, 2012 @ 9:10 am

      Thanks a million, Amber! I had a tough time with the white photo because my favorites were taken by the hubs. He had some great snow pics.

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    Capture the Color Contest | Seek New Travel — July 19, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    […] or my partner Nick Schneble (honestly we forget who takes which ones). Thanks to Erin Halvey of A Sense of Place for nominating me, and Vi from Short Travel Tips for telling me about this contest. And now, here […]

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