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Capture the Colour Contest

This is the first time I am partaking in a blogging contest, not my thing, but once I saw the rules (and the prizes) for Capture the Colour Contest, I couldn’t resist! It is being hosted by Travel Supermarket, and you have to write a post with 5 photos, each best representing or embodying a specific color. And the prizes aren’t too shabby either: the winner of each color will get a new third generation iPad, and the grand prize winner gets £2,000, perfect for your dream trip!

Here’s what to do:

  • Publish a post with your submissions (you can do all six colors, or any of the six that you would like; however, you will only be eligible to win the grand prize if you submit all six).
  • Either share the link to your post on Facebook while mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the Facebook page, OR tweet the post while tagging #capturethecolour and @travelsupermkt, OR email your entry to with your name, address, and phone number.
  • Do this all by August 27, 2012! (Make sure to check out the Terms & Conditions as well.)

Blue:  Lake Bled, Slovenia

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When I first traveled to Slovenia a few years ago, I was expecting nice mountains and some fun adventure sports and not much else; it was just a stopover for us on our way to Croatia. I arrived at Lake Bled at night, thinking it sounded nice from it’s little bio in my guidebook. My friend and I were the only ones who got off the train. The view that awaited us in the morning about knocked us off our feet. A glowing turquoise blue lake greeted us, surrounded by blue mountains and a bright blue sky. Blue blue blue!! Viewed from a medieval castle on a mountain with a tiny island in the middle right were you expect it to be with a church on top, Lake Bled seems surreal, almost fake, like a place in a fairytale.

It’s hardly a subtle or quick use of blue, rather Lake Bled’s dominant color screams attention. I chose it because, years later, it is still one of the most beautiful and profound places I have ever been. And what’s more, it’s a temperamental blue. Rarely is the lake this color, depending on the season, clouds and weather, it changes color drastically. But on this day, I was absurdly lucky because everything as far as the lake, mountains and sky were vivid shades of blue, making the experience even more precious.

Red: Elciego, Spain

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This year I am living in the red wine capital of Spain, La Rioja, and by far the best time to be here is in the early fall, when the grapes are harvested all over this tiny, overlooked region. Driving around the hilly countryside, the land screams yellows, oranges and reds from the changing grape leaves. The thousands of wineries in the area are fast at work bringing in the crops, barreling and preparing the wine for the year.

I snapped this photo as I was touring one of my favorite bodegas, Marqués de Riscal. Famous in and of itself for its revamped modern hotel designed by Frank Gehry, below ground is another, older world of 150 year old wine making. These barrels have just been filled, the bright, young red wine staining the light oak, making an incredible contrast of red and light brown wood, almost as if the barrels are about to burst with wine.

Yellow: Luxor, Egypt

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One of dreams come true was getting to go on a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kingsat sunrise. Between being violently ill and sort of a murky, dusty dawn that you find in dry, arid places in north Africa and the Middle East, I thought for sure I would be disappointed as our balloon began to rise.

But after 20 minutes, the sun began to break through the gray, sandy mists, creating a soft glow of yellow above it. With the other balloons framing the subtle yellow sunrise, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

White: Laguna 69, Huaraz, Peru

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We spent hours hiking and getting lost around the Cordillera Blanca mountains trying to get to the infamous Laguna 69 lake. It’s situated at 4,600 meters, which is damn high when you haven’t had time to acclimatize. By the time we made it up there, the clouds had moved in, covering the snowcapped peaks in fog, and the normally bright blue lake was murky. Stuffing bread in my mouth and shivering like crazy since we were basically in a cloud, I was so peeved!

Just as we were getting ready to head down, the clouds lifted for a few minutes and blue sky peeked through! Hooray! With dramatic white clouds, snowy white mountain tops and white waterfalls crashing down into the lake, it was just the boost of happiness we needed to trek back down to Huaraz.

Green: Giverny, France

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Visiting the place that inspired so many of Monet’s impressionist paintings was a dream come true. Getting to visit his house and gardens in springtime, when anything and everything is in bloom was just magical. The soft young green of spring combined with millions of flowers bursting everywhere, the air filled with their heady fragrance and the sound of frogs croaking everywhere made for an extreme sensory experience. I love this shot because the green of the trees and flowers is reflected perfectly in the still lake, only interrupted by the iconic lily pads.


Sunshine and Siestas 

Christine in Spain 

La Tortuga Viajera

 Spanish Sabores 

Ella Coquine

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23 Responses to Capture the Colour Contest

  1. Megan July 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    OH MY GOSH. that lake bled photo is incredible!!!! why didnt it look like that when i went?! aghhh!!! but anyways, its beautiful. i also love the last photo (green)! it doesnt even look real!

    glad you participated in the contest! have a great week!!!

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      thanks chica!!! I know! i was sooooo lucky when I went to bled! Yeah Giverny in spring was unreal! I have way better flower photos but I wanted to show how green it was crazy!!

  2. Alex Butts July 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    That Lake Bled photo is unreal! How could water be so blue – Ive seen so many pics of there and it looks like you caught it on the perfect day. This is one of the best caputring the colors series I have seen

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      THANK YOU!! I know! I think it’s a mineral in the water that makes it that color. it’s actually not very clear but it’s bright bright blue! You’re comment made my day, glad you like my photos!!

  3. Michael July 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    The Laguna 69 “White” photo is spectacular!

  4. Lauren, Ephemerratic July 19, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Gorgeous! I love your love for nature

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank you! I am glad you noticed! I love being outside and have always been much more into landscape photography than anything else :)

  5. mademoisella coquine. July 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    How beautiful! You’ve got a great eye!!

    Good luck to everyone! This is a fun contest!

    ..and thank you for tagging me in this. : )

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      merci :) Such a fun contest! I love your shots of paris and france :)

  6. New Life in Spain July 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Amazing photos!! You are a good photographer, and I bet you have a nice camera too :)

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      I have a canon rebel, pretty basic SLR, but you can work wonders with it :)

  7. Kayla July 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Love the Giverny photo, I wish my pictures looked like that when I went!

    • Elizabeth Carlson July 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Great photos depend so much on the lighting! that day was the only sunny day we had in France, so lucky!

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