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Capture the color

Capture the color

I’m not a girl who shies away from color: I like to be swathed in neon and surrounded by brilliantly blue skies. I get depressed when I wear too much black, sit beneath gray clouds, stare into glass and concrete. Whenever I’m traveling, I seek out the pops of color that define a destination: the fuchsia flowers in Bali, the glowing orange sunset in Maui, the impossibly clear turquoise waters in Croatia.

Pop of pink flowers in an offering in Bali, Indonesia

So I was more than keen to take part in Travelsupermarket’s Capture the Color contest: below, a few of my favorite colorful photos and their stories.

Blue

Capture the Color: Blue

Parisian women are often hailed as the most stylish in the world, their effortless chic the subject of many a book, essay and magazine article. The world reveres French fashion, haute couture houses, the looks spotted sur le rue. But perhaps what we should admire more is their ability to carry themselves with grace and to cycle breezily through busy streets in a pair of fabulous cerulean trousers.

Red

Capture the Color: Red

The best way to see Bali is by motorbike: the lush greenery rushing past, the thrill of speeding around incessant traffic, the chaotic and ceaseless beeping of horns. Once you escape the crowded center of Ubud, Bali seems to open up into one long stretch of rice paddies and palm trees and temples. And, perhaps, a little girl in her bright red uniform rushing to school.

Yellow

Capture the Color: Yellow

The south Vietnamese city is formally known as Ho Chi Minh City, but I prefer Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City sounds so sterile and political, suggesting a city of carefully-ordered communism and dull gray suits. Saigon is anything but: it’s a colorful, thriving metropolis that never stops buzzing, eating, shouting. A rickety stand selling ripe yellow bananas tries to entice speeding motorbikes to stop for a snack.

Green

Capture the Color: Green

Endless stretches of luscious and verdant rice paddies: the countryside surrounding the world’s largest caves in Phong Nha, Vietnam was the perfect place for a leisurely bike ride and to exchange smiles with the friendly, fashionable locals.

White

Capture the Color: White

In the Phu Quoc national park, the rocky red dirt road winds along the palm tree-lined sea, overshadowed by the jungle-covered hills. It’s deserted except for a small group of cream-colored cattle clambering along the side of the road, a white calf suckling with abandon.

This is part of the Capture the Color contest: I nominate Lost in Cheeseland, Christine in Spain, A Dangerous Business, What’s Dave Doing and Twenty-Something Travel.

  • I’ve seen a couple of these floating around and my favorite color in all of them is yellow. Yours is a great yellow too. 🙂

  • My favorite is your red picture. I think that picture is so great because of its ability to tell a story using only a single moment captured in time. Great photo Christine!

  • I like how almost all of your photos are from Southeast Asia- it’s a colorful place 🙂

  • Especially love your “green” shot!

    Thanks for the nomination! I definitely need to enter, but will probably have to wait until I get home, as most of my photos are safely stored there!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Vietnam just isn’t Vietnam without bananas 🙂

  • camorose

    Thank you! Certainly one of my favorites 🙂

  • camorose

    I know–it’s such a photogenic place!

  • KaleenasKaleidoscope

    Great photos! My favorite is the yellow– I love how sharp the bananas are compared to the blurred people going by on the street–makes me feel like I’m right there buying my own bushel. 🙂

  • Nice pics Christine! It’s interesting how/which colour one focusses on – I wonder if it’s a gender thing – looking at a photo, I’d say it’s blue or whatever colour, based on how much it’s present – like in the background etc. Whereas, in most of your pics (except the green one), all the colours were present in small quantity but provided a strong contrast.

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  • camorose

    Thanks! I actually didn’t seen bananas being sold like this all that often, so I really loved it 🙂

  • camorose

    I actually read a bit more about the rules and learned that the color didn’t have to be the most dominant color–so decided to go for the ones where I loved the pop or the contrast best 🙂

  •  It works really well! 🙂

  • neha

    Beautiful! I especially like the one with the bananas! 

  • camorose

    Thanks! One of my favorites!

  • Gorgeous photos for your entry!

  • camorose

    Merci, Andi!

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  • Inspiring and a great piece of content with good shots- Thanks for visiting my country
    Hamid @vietnamtourpedia:disqus