Just by the skin of our teeth, we’re entering TravelSupermarket’s Capture the Colour travel photography contest! We were graciously nominated by our friends Vicky & Dave of A Couple Travelers and we couldn’t let their nomination be in vain.
Because we have only been traveling on our big trip for 20 days at this point, our photos are heavily skewed towards Japan. Still, we managed to sneak one picture in from back home in the good old USofA, so we’ll start with that one and then, because Steph is a nerd, we’ll go through our colors in terms of how they’re placed on the spectrum. (Click on any of our photos for a larger—and more awesome—view!)
I snapped this picture at the Rochester County Fair when we were up visiting my family in Minnesota right before we left on our big trip. The ride is called The Zipper and takes center stage on the rather quaint midway. While I’m happy to take a picture of it, I would never ride it!
The five-storied pagoda at Senso-Ji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo is always rather stunning, but at night it is lit from below. This causes the eaves of each story, which look like simple yellow during the day, to burst into luminescent gold.
Every year at the Obon festival in Matsushima, celebrants release thousands of paper lanterns inscribed with the names of their ancestors into the harbor. This ritual, toro nagashi, is followed by one of Japan’s best firework displays. This photo was taken moments before the fireworks began, when the harbor was lit by giant green floodlights of passenger ferries and the last few lanterns were floating into this secluded alcove.
Another part of the Obon festival involves traditional dances, known as Bon-Odori. As the sun sank behind the sea, I was struck by the blue of the sky against the blue of the dancer’s outfits and the blue of their fans (emblazoned with Matsushima’s logo) as they made their way around the bandstand in step with the music.
This picture was taken at the purification font just outside of Meiji-Jingu Temple in Tokyo. Towards the end of the day, this temple attendant came over to the basin to set all the ladles in order, in preparation for the next wave of faithful. The light was so perfect and the scene was so quiet but profound, I could not help but capture it! Also, look how crisp and perfect his robe is despite the oppressive heat and humidity!
We’re pretty certain than everyone who wants to enter this competition at this point has already done so, but here are five fellow bloggers whose photos we would love to see nonetheless: