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How We Capture The Color – LandingStanding Style

by Tony · 23 comments

Capture The Color Contest

We rarely do contests. They require too much harassing of you, our lovely readers.

But once in awhile a contest comes along that is a perfect fit. Enter TravelSuperMarket.com’s “Capture The Colour” contest.

We don’t need your tweet or vote.

All we want is for you to enjoy our entries for best photo per category. The categories are by color, so the pics below represent blue, green, yellow, white, and red with our explanation for why we chose each after the pic.

Thanks to Adventurous Kate and Heather for nominating us! It’s hard to beat their entries, so we’ll just try to match their exquisite photos and call it a day.

Let us know what your favorite is and share some of your best photos on our facebook page as well!


Blue In Bolivia

Of all the colors in the contest, blue is most associated with an emotion. No picture that we have taken in the last 6 months around the world better captures the feeling of blue’s loneliness and isolation than this. 19 year old Lucas is standing on top of an abandoned train in a train graveyard in Boliva, apparently pondering man’s most existential questions… either that or how the heck he is going to get down.


Green In Valparaiso

Taken in Valparaiso, Chile, this picture embodies everything I loved about the city. Completely covered in the most incredible graffiti, Valparaiso was a crazy combo of old school architecture and new school art. This was probably my best picture of the city’s graffiti and not just because I’m in it…


Yellow In Buenos Aires

Ohhhhh Buenos Aires… how we loved you. The first foreign city that we lived in (3 weeks only… but still), Buenos Aires truly captured our heart. This photo was snapped at the Malba (amazing museum FYI) and between the crazy projected yellow and black stripes and the silhouette of us making out… I felt like a rockstar. Plus, it perfectly captures the experience of traveling as a couple with the combination of love and disorientation that this picture conveys.


White In Bolivia

Can you get any more white than salt? This was captured on the final leg of our Bolivian Salt Flat tour and was insane to finally witness in person. The Salt Flats were covered in 2 inches of water which created the perfect mirror and made it seem like you were driving in the air. White always screams purity and nothing was more pure than the joy we all had witnessing this natural wonder.


Red In Italy

After 4 pics in South America, Europe finally cracks our list with this pic taken in Umbria. Every year, there is one day where the region burns its dried vines from their vineyards. The bonfires are lit all across the countryside and can be seen from on top of every hill. Between the red edges of the fire, my face illuminated in red, and the warmth I remember from the hot flames… this photo was a no-brainer.

My Nominees

So these are my 5 submissions and I fully realize that 3 of the 5 include me… what can I say? They probably did write that song about me…

I now nominate these 5 travel writers to submit their best color photos. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  1. Traveling 9 To 5 – I need to some some pics of Asia since we haven’t been yet… cannot wait!
  2. Fluent In Frolicking – Ali is always good for some dynamite photos so I know she’ll come through on this assignment.
  3. Suitcase And Stilettos – Megan lives in Norway, so I hope she can highlight some pics from there. I’ve never been but have heard ridiculously awesome things!
  4. Quiet Wanderings – Cherina is a boss at photography… so expectations are high. The gauntlet is thrown!
  5. Travels Of Adam – How about I throw a guy into this mix? Adam has been an incredible ambassador during our stay in Berlin and I expect he has some great photos to share.

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

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Adventurous Kate July 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

LOVE the pictures and LOVE the context behind each of them! Really creative choices, and I love that. While I’m partial to the bonfire picture (PORCHETTAAAAAAA), I think the blue picture is your best.

Tony July 11, 2012 at 4:16 am

Kate… you had me at PORCHETTAAAAAA.

We don’t have a snazzy DSLR so I figured our best way to compete was to get a bit different with each photo. The bonfire pic is amazing because of the food memories… but that blue pic was nice to discover. Never knew we had that until we browsed our photos!

Thanks again for the nomination!

Megan July 11, 2012 at 2:33 am

i am absolutely in awe of your first (blue) photo! you captured magic there i tell ya (and perhaps a death but let’s pretend not!) :) thanks so much for nominating me!!! this post will be so much fun to do!!! :)

Tony July 11, 2012 at 4:17 am

Can’t wait to see what you come up with Megan! We had a blast browsing through our old photos since we haven’t taken much time yet to look… we’re still traveling!

That blue surprised me at how well it turned out. Don’t worry though, no subjects were harmed in the making of that photo.

Adam July 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

Great photos!! Thanks for the tag—and especially referring to me as a “Berlin ambassador.” :)

Jeanette July 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

Blue is awesome… reminds me of the movie Garden State. However, I really like the expanse of “White” – the subject is small in a great wide open space yet, it feels so inviting, cozy, fulfilling… sweet stuff.

Tony July 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love Garden State! Now that you say it, it totally looks like that scene when they are at the pit. Great call!

The salt flats in Bolivia are truly incredible… it really is hard to take a bad picture there. Would love to see your five color pics!

Stephanie - The Travel Chica July 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I love that you put someone on that train in Uyuni. Brilliant photo!

Tony July 12, 2012 at 2:46 am

Stephanie – I totally forgot about this pic until scanning through our old photos… it was the first time i’ve looked since we started traveling! I hate that train yard but was pretty happy with the photo.

Thanks for taking a look!

Heather July 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I love your entry for white, by far my favorite out of the ones I have seen!

Tony July 12, 2012 at 2:49 am

Thanks Heather and thanks again for the nomination! Those salt flats lent themselves to awesome pictures… so I’m just happy we got a few worthy of showing people.

I loved your photo for red… although how get you get a blonde Tina Fey to pose for you i’ll never know!

Heather July 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks, I paid her! Just kidding, it’s a friend of mine from the UK. The look is priceless. We spent 10 minutes attempting to recreate the look on her face at an angle without the umbrella coming out of her head, but you just can’t recreate a moment.

Barb July 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

White is awesome!

Tony July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks Barb! One of my faves!

JR July 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

Great concept for a contest. While the Blue Pic has an amazing story if feels behind it, my favorite was Green. It really spooked me at first. You are not smiling, which is odd for you and it looks so serious. Love the pics.

Tony July 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks! I thought it was a cool idea too. Plus it was a blast to go through old pics since we haven’t done that yet.

Green was definitely me going for that artistic angle. Glad you liked my attempt at being hip!

Kipp July 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Cool submissions. White is definitely my favorite just because I’ve never seen anything like that and the salt flats almost give the perception that you’re walking on clouds.

I’m surprised that Green creeps JR out – I would have thought Yellow would be the one for that!

Cool story for red – would have liked to see an overview shot of all of those fires at once but I think the close up has a great impact.

I’d love to see a counter-post from Meg on this. If 3/5 of your submissions had yourself in them, it’s safe to assume 5/5 of Meg’s submissions would be food related.

Tony July 13, 2012 at 5:30 am

I think my favorite is the blue… but white is pretty cool too. Great point about JR and the green. I think he might have just skipped over the yellow submission entirely.

Amazing and highly accurate quote about Meg… you know her too well! But wouldn’t 5/5 food pics be amazing for this?

Alexandra August 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I am finally getting to posting my entry to the contest! Thanks again for the nominations

Tony August 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

No prob! It was a fun one and going back through old pictures is always interesting. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Michel August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The green is interesting but white beats it. Go Bolivian Salt Flats.

Tony September 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

The green was me trying to be artsy… the white is just nature at its finest! So glad you liked it!

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