2013 Capture the Color

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

John Ruskin

For those who have been following my China adventure, I’m taking a brief break from that series to participate in Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Color event.  My thanks to those who suggested that I participate, especially Jeff Sinon, Tom Palladio,  Rusha Sams, Milka Pejovic and Kelly of Compass & Camera each of whom included me by name in their entry recommendations.

Color is all around us, and as a photographer it is difficult to choose a single capture in any category.  That said, I’ve done my best to choose a favorite for each of the beautiful colors required.  As always, please click on the photos to see a larger image.



“If the sight of the blue sky fills you with joy, if the simple things of nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

Eleanora Duse

The photo above was taken at Napa Lake in Shangri-la.  We almost skipped the lake as it completely dries up during the summer season, but we decided to give it a try.  As this was a particularly rainy year in China, the lake had filled in early and beautifully.  The shelters built for the animals in the summer were completely surrounded by water, and without a whisper of wind the reflections simply took my breath away.



Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
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Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Speaking of taking one’s breath away, some of you will recognize the photo above, which was included in my post about the Rice Terraces in the mountains outside of Guilin, China  (here).  As the color green goes, it’s the best example I can imagine of its many shades and variations.  The word verdant must have been invented to describe this place.



“The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red.”

Alice Meynell

Ping Yao (here) was a Chinese town that fully captured my imagination.  It was one of the first remote places we visited and required a flight from Beijing to Taiyuan, followed by a long drive through horrific traffic and thick air pollution.  Our arrival late that night made us forget the arduous journey as we were transported back to a time before cars, electronics and highrises changed China’s landscape so thoroughly.



“Set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Of course, not everything needs to be brilliantly colored. Some the most arresting scenes in China are painted entirely with white.  The image above was taken in a small, canal-filled town about 90 minutes outside of the bustling city of Shanghai.  Because there are no streets, residents and tourists alike make their way through ancient alleys on foot or by boat.  The boat in the image had long been retired and was resting against the crumbling white walls, signifying its importance in days gone by.



“How wonderful yellow is.  It stands for the sun.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Finally, this small boy from Ping Yao, whose stare told me that he and others like him will be the future of China.  To me, he seemed fearless, curious and ready to take on the world.  I wish I could take credit for his pose at the yellow chair, but it was his posture that drew me in, without any intervention on my part.

Because China is so fresh in my mind – and so filled with rich and memorable colors, I’ve chosen to feature her exclusively for Capture the Color.



99 thoughts on “2013 Capture the Color

  1. Tina, Your entries are gorgeous! I am hard-pressed to choose a favorite, but I was particularly struck by the small boy from Ping Yao and the ageless wisdom in his eyes. Wishing you all the best, Terri

    • Thanks so much Terri. I enjoyed searching for each of the shots and enjoyed even more looking at some of the other entries. Appreciate your visit and good wishes!

      Sent from my iPad

      • We had the same fun with it Tina! We ran a different color each day and had our readers pick their faves. Then we submitted the winners at the end of the week. It was a fascinating experiment because they chose photos we wouldn’t have guessed! 🙂 ~Terri

      • Wish I’d had time to do that–great idea to engage the reader in the process!

        Sent from my iPad

  2. these are very interesting….love the doorway to yesterday and of course the rice fields…thought the ones with no color…the retired boat…were just as pleasing to the eye as ones with vibrant color…..great shots!!!

  3. Tina, this is SO well done, so sophisticated – no, you don’t need to convey a color by having the image completely drenched in it, do you? And such excellent images on their own, really. Isn’t it hard to take really good photos when you’re traveling and don’t know the area, and you only have one “take”? But you succeed!

    • Thanks Lynn – I really appreciate your lovely compliment. As for photography while traveling, China offers so many opportunities for “keepers” it’s not as difficult as you’d think! And I always have 2 cameras with me, one long lens and one short, which also helps. Eyes and lens cap are always open 🙂

  4. Wow! What a wonderful way of interpreting different colors: the red, the white, the yellow….they are extraordinary out of the ordinary. Are we supposed to pick our favorites? I would pick the yellow, the future of China. What more can you say….a child is the future of a country…and yellow is the color, because China is often represented as a yellow dragon, or yellow race, or yellow land…

    Respectfully yours

    • Many thanks Denise – I love your comments on yellow for China – honestly hadn’t considered all of that but you’re absolutely right! Appreciate your visit and lovely compliment.

      • I read all the other comments. Interesting that you have a different avatar when you use your iPad. Wonder why? I am a curious person!
        When you know the results if the contest, would you share with us? Good luck!

      • Will definitely share if there’s any good news Denise! Don’t think the IPAD avatar is different, just the appearance of the blog. But I could be wrong on that!

  5. I love these pictures one of them reminds me o Italy the boy with the yellow chair looks intersting . His head seems large for his smallbody thanks for sending them luv lee@comcast.net Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 10:53 AM Subject: [New post] 2013 Capture the Color

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  6. Beautiful photos, Tina! Blue and green probably easy to find among your collection, but the white, red and yellow must be more challenging . . . the future face of China, how nice of him to be holding on to a yellow chair so he could become part of the contest, and you are so right about the feeling he conveys.

    • Thanks very much Janaline! It’s a really fun competition, isn’t it? Heard about it quite late but will have it in mind as I’m shooting this year for next LOL!

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    • Thanks Sue! I’m having fun seeing all of the other entries–the participants have chosen some really beautiful images!

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  7. You are going to come back speaking Chinese. Enjoy the food. I can’t eat with a fork anymore – must have chopsticks. The air pollution is something that really bothers me about China. The farms out in the country is where I would focus most of my time.

    • LOL, never have I heard a language more different than my ow Eduardo! But I did pick up some phrases that came in handy :-). Spent a month but home now. Got very lucky on the pollution–bright blue skies in Beijing and most everywhere else. Remote areas, mts and farms were definitely my favorite altho Shanghai was something amazing. Lots more photos to come. Thanks for your visit and comment!

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  8. Beautiful photos and thoughtful apt quotes. Quite moving. Each photo captures the unique “mood ” of the locale, subject. Once again, it’s the light and texture that, to my untrained eye, make your work so special- especially apparent in the white boat and red door photos. Re pure color, the clean lines of the blue water and vivid green of the rice terraces are powerful. Good luck!

    • Many thanks Seonaid! I was invited to participate before we left for China but had no time and almost forgot about it when I got back. Rusha’s invitation pushed me to work on it. Appreciate your kind comments – I too love the dragon 🙂

  9. When I saw this competition Tina only a couple of days ago I immediately thought of your verdant Green Rice Terraces !
    What a fabulous collection – all of them . Good luck Tina 🙂

    • Many thanks Sally. It is indeed an amazing group – I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the entries. I’ve looked at some of them and they’re terrific across the board!

  10. All are beautiful, but I think ‘blue’ is my favourite. There is something amazing about reflections in the water.

  11. Fantastic entry … love everyone of your photos … but the red door is my favorite – my pick out ot this fantastic bunch. Good luck with the challenge, Tina.

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