Capture the Colour 2013

Last year’s 2012 Capture the Color travel photo blogging contest was a huge success. The nomadic winners produced some amazing imagery and managed to win some pretty great prizes. This year the prizes are even better and the competition promises to be even stronger. I have decided to participate in the 2013 contest. The idea is to present five images that best “Capture the Colours” Yellow, Red, Green, White and Blue. I scoured my portfolio and came up with the five images that I thought best captured the spirit of the competition. So, without further ado here are my entries for the 2013 Capture the Colour contest.

Yellow-3655Yellow – As a photographer it is impossible to travel and not become enthralled by the tapestry of colors. I had a hard time choosing an image to represent yellow. This monk instructing novices in a temple in Hue, Vietnam does convey my feeling when I think of yellow – youth, imagination, joy, happiness, optimism, intelligence and idealism. Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USAGreen – Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge just outside of Portland, Oregon USA doesn’t get the attention that its big sister Multnomah Falls only a few miles away gets but to me she is just as beautiful. Deep green mosses clinging to almost every surface and the diffused sunlight gives the scene and almost magical, calming effect.

Skeleton of an Old BoatBlue – I had walked by the skeleton of this old boat in the Caribbean waters near Xcalak, Mexico dozens of times and couldn’t quite figure out how to properly capture the scene. One day near sunset I was walking on the beach and the image just presented itself to me. I rushed home to get my tripod and trudged out into the water. The azure color sky was absorbed by the cerulean sea creating just the image I had imagined.White-5855White – I made this image in Phnom Penh, Cambodia while mourners were gathered for cremation of King Norodom Sihanouk. The entire evening was almost surreal. There were white robed celebrants calmly praying as white smoke rose from so much incense that the Royal Palace in the background was sometimes barely visible and many people carried White Lotus flowers symbolizing purity, beauty, compassion and spiritual perfection. Red-0650Red – In contrast to white, red to me conveys chaos, nervous energy and when it overwhelms a scene it has an almost risque feeling. I captured this image of a tourist doing a “walk of shame”  in the rain after partying late night in the clubs of Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Although the image is noisy and was hand-held in challenging conditions I think it perfectly conveys the mood of the evening.


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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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