From Formula 1 to mountain paths to window shutters! I think the images I’ve chosen for this year’s Capture the Colour competition best demonstrate everything I’ve enjoyed shooting this year. I’m really glad I found out about this competition being run by Travel Supermarket. It’s given me a great excuse to look through my back catalogue, and I’ve realised how far my photography has come in the last couple of years.
My first time shooting Formula 1 with a camera that could keep up with the action was this year at the Silverstone grand prix. I had a fantastic time following the cars with a camera attached to my eye. I ended the weekend with a huge number of blurry images, but a few great ones. This was my favourite; I love the bright red of the advertising hoardings, it frames the car really nicely.
The path from Kleine Scheidegg to the Mannlichen was a joy to experience. Situated high in the Bernese Oberland, I think it’s probably the most beautiful area of the Alps I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. I wanted to capture the feeling of being on that path, alone with the natural landscape. I don’t know how they do it, but the grass just seems so much greener in Switzerland than anywhere else I’ve ever been!
Maybe this image is more turquoise than blue, I’m not sure. I’ve never been great at distinguishing the line between blue and green! But I love the contrast. The shutters really jump out at you, and the fact they’re half open is an added bonus for the composition. This was taken in the medieval French town of Yvoire, which was definitely my most successful photography session this year. I may have lived here in Switzerland for 3 years, but the novelty of continental shutters has not worn off. They’re great!
This shot was taken on a second trip to Yvoire when I experimented with my longer 200mm lens. It was my first time shooting flowers, and The Garden of Five Senses proved a great place to practice. Although a proportion of the gardens seemed to be dying there were a few spectacular flowers to find. I have to admit I’d never been interested in flowers before, but I was taken aback by some I spotted here. These yellow flowers really struck me, what a strange evolution!
This past weekend was my third trip back to London this year, but my first with the NEX 6 camera. I was really excited to have a whole day just shooting some of London’s icons. I spent a great deal of time around the London Eye. I love the geometry, all the straight lines are so great to work with! There are just too many good angles to count. I only wish it had been a clear day, the bright white of the structure would have looked all the more brilliant against a completely blue background. Maybe next time!
I hope you enjoyed my colourful shots! Which is your favourite? Anybody can enter the competition, but entrants are asked to nominate 5 people to spread the word. My nominations are:
So dust off your camera and capture the colour! Good luck!
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