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Capture The Colour Photo Contest 2013

For the second year Travel Supermarket is holding its Capture the Colour photo contest. I was very excited to hear about this years contest and I’m very grateful to Ingrid from Road Tripping Europe for nominating me to participate in this years contest. Thank you Ingrid 🙂

To enter the competition you must publish a Capture the Colour blog post and submit 5 images in each of the colour categories. You must also nominate 5 other travel bloggers.  If you’d like more information on this years contest you can find it here.

So after a long hard look at which of my pictures were worthy of entry and exemplified the chosen colours….here they are:

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Monterey Bay, marina, night, long exposure, ships, water, travel photography

I shot this image in July. I started the trip in San Francisco and drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. I spent a couple of days in Monterey Bay and this was the view of the marina from fisherman’s Wharf. I love the variations and different shades of yellow, some deep some not, from the lights in the marina to the lightning in the sky and the rocks in the foreground. You can see the original post here.


San Marco Square, Venice, Italy, travel, deserted, sunrise,

One of the things that I loved about my sunrise shoot in Venice was the quiet. As anyone who’s been to Venice will know, during the day and night San Marco Square is teeming with tourists. Being up and out before sunrise not only provides a photographer with incredible light to shoot in but the Piazza if virtually empty. I chose this image of St. Mark’s Basilica because of the white washed marble of the dome, pillars and floor. As you can see it was still early as some had found a place to sleep after a long night of partying.


Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

This grand theatre is The Elgin and is located in Toronto. It dates back to 1913  and showcased up and coming talents such as George Burns, Gracie Allen and Milton Berle. The theatre was purchased by the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1981 and fully renovated in 1987. Today it showcases Broadway hits such as Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent and Avenue Q. While certainly not subtle, the red in this image brings out the regal and grand look of what a theatre should be.


Jamaica, Falmouth, shack, rum, barrels, island

Falmouth, Jamaica. There are lots of colours to choose from in this image but for me it’s the green shutters and doors framing the 2 men inside this makeshift rum stores that attracted me to this scene.


Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, restaurent, bar,

While up for an early morning shoot in Bar Harbour, Maine I came upon this scene walking down to the waterfront.  The blue of the sky and the blue paint of the building coupled with the ladder and workers screamed Norman Rockwell to me.

My Nominations

Nomadic Pursuits – Swing by and check out Jim Nix’s gorgeous HDR travel photography

SKE-daddle – Living Life Serendipitously & Exploring the Luxury Lifestyle Through Travel

Places To See Blog – Cornelia Lohs has been writing (and photographing) a blog in German for quite some time and has recently launch one in English. This is lucky for us English-speaking folks since Cornelia is also a journalist and her writing compliments her photographs and vice versa.

Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine – Beautiful HDR travel photography from around the globe.

LensEye View Photography – Len is a phenomenal landscape and travel photographer. You’ll just want to jump right into his pictures.


Portola Hotel and Spa

We stayed at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey Bay. If you find yourself in Monterey Bay this is a great hotel to stay in. It was a 5 minute walk to the wharf, about a 5 min drive to Cannery Row and the aquarium and a 10 minute drive to Carmel.  The hotel itself was lovely.  The first image is of the side courtyard of the hotel. Straight through this courtyard is the short walk to Fisherman’s Wharf. The second image is the lobby.

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Monterey Bay, California, Portola Hotel, courtyard, long exposure, night photography

Monterey Bay, California, Portola Hotel, lobby, interior

Pass the Jelly

I can hear the groan from here. It’s not easy coming up with post titles you know 🙂

The Monterey Bay Aquarium sits right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and sits on the former site of a sardine cannery in Cannery Row. One of the star attractions is the Jelly Experience. These jelly fish are just mesmerizing to watch as they float up and down in the water.  I set my ISO to 2000 which allowed me to capture these images in such low light. There was a bit of noise but Topaz DeNoise took care of that 🙂

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, jelly fish, blue, delicate, fragile

Weathered Boats & PHOTOGRAPH Issue 4

I spotted these rowboats while walking around the wharf in Monterey Bay. I just loved the colors and weathered look of the larger one.

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Monterey Bay, marina, rowboat, weathered, water, bobbing, travel photography


Craft & Vision releases its latest issue of the quarterly magazine PHOTOGRAPH. The content is getting better and better with each release. Issue 4 takes the same content format that has proved to be a success in previous issues.

This quarter the Featured Portfolios introduce readers to:

Kathy Beal, a visual artist and photographer who’s abstract soft focus photographs that she calls “inspirational abstracts” are going to leave you with your mouth open.

Nick Hall, an outdoor photographer and location specialist who marries the natural element with the human element to create compelling photographs.

Sam Kirsch, a landscape and iPhone photographer. His landscape iPhone images are a joy to behold.


In addition to the featured portfolios, this issue’s articles include (among others):

Without the Camera by David duChemin

Creative Composition by Jean Paul Caponigro

When Old Meets New: Understanding the Zone System by Michael Frye

Blur-Free – Finding the Ideal Shutter Speed by Nicole S. Young

PHOTOGRAPH Issue 4 is $8 US and can be purchased by clicking here or you can purchase a 1-year, four issue subscription is USD $24 (a savings of 25%)


Night Time at the Monterey Bay Marina

The Monterey Bay Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf was literally in the backyard of the hotel we were staying at. One night I grabbed the tripod and camera gear and headed out for the trek (ok not such a trek…more like a 5 minute walk) to take pictures of the marina at night.

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Monterey Bay, marina, night, long exposure, ships, water, travel photography

iPhone Friday – Swimmin’ with the Fishes

What’s one of the things you do when you’re in Monterey Bay….well you go to the aquarium of course.  Here’s a couple of images that I shot with my iPhone. I’ll be sharing more Monterey images next week so stay tuned 🙂

I just posted a review of the Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM lens on my product reviews page. Why did I go with the f/4 instead of the f/2.8? Read the review here.

Monterey Bay, Aquarium, California, fish, clown fish, Finding Nemo, iPhone, iphoneography

I Found Nemo!

Monterey Bay, Aquarium, California, fish, jelly fish, iPhone, iphoneography

Somebody pass the jelly please.