Capture the Colour: Shades of White

As you may remember, Jo over at Restlessjo invited us to enter some of our photographs in Capture the Colour 2013. Thanks to you we’ve knocked out BLUE, GREEN and RED.

Yesterday’s choice produced a dead heat in the RED category, but in the end the Heliconia pulled away and took the lead to win.  (If you’re playing catch-up, just check it out here.)

Now we’re ready for WHITE – a tricky choice. But we love a challenge, so here goes. Please let us know in the Comments which photo you think we should submit.

Many Thanks,
Terri and James

P.S. Tomorrow we’ll wrap it up with our YELLOW choices. Thanks again for hanging in there!

White Windmill, Oia Santorini

1. The Whitewashed Windmills of Oia, Santorini

In the dictionary, next to the word “photogenic” should be a photo of one of Santorini’s whitewashed buildings. Cathedrals, houses, and windmills are all painted with stark, white paint to help reflect the harsh summer sun. Add a few splashes of color accents and a crystal blue sky above, and you have the formula for gorgeous, fool-proof photos.

The Post: Uniquely Santorini

White Buddhist Wedding, Colombo Sri Lanka

2. Buddhist Wedding

When we arrived at the temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, we could tell that a celebration was taking place. Blaring music, people chatting, and kids scurrying about wearing special-occasion clothes. A Buddhist wedding. The time-honored Sri Lankan Poruwa ceremony had already taken place. Now it was time for the newlyweds to stroll to their reception – photos would be taken … and the temple elephant would get a bath!

The Post: Scenes From a Buddhist Wedding

White Roots, Ta Prohm

3. Deeply Rooted

Ta Prohm, a temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, is one of the most photographed sights in Southeast Asia. It’s a photographer’s dreamworld of 12th Century Buddhist architecture being slowly buried by the white, skeletal roots of centuries-old kapok trees, strangler figs, and giant creepers. The ruins evoke the eerie feeling of a post-apocalyptic world where nature is the clear victor.

The Post: Angkor’s Ta Prohm: Made by Man, Unmade by Nature


*** Check out our entries for BlueGreenRed, and Yellow. And here is the Final Entry submission that you helped us choose. Thanks again!


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52 thoughts

  1. You’re right- it is a hard one but I’m going with Santorini. There has to be a windmill shot in there 🙂 Was ever a more photogenic spot created?
    Many thanks again for your kind mention. I think you have this competition sewn up. 🙂

  2. Has to be the windmill (because of the sharp focus and vivid contrast).

    I really like the Buddhist Wedding also, but the focus and contrast looks a little soft, which detracts from the impact of the white.

    1. Thanks for the vote Vicki. As a photographer, it’s hard to go wrong on Santorini. The scenic views, beautiful seas, and photogenic architecture all combine to make it a photographer’s dream world. ~James

    1. Hey Catherine, thanks for your feedback. You and I do love those weddings we stumble across. When we picked this photo I thought of your wedding shot with the giant badminton birdie. Now there’s a good “white” entry! 🙂 ~Terri

      1. I typically approach life is a very positive manner but must admit to being happy to see August behind us. Looking forward to better days. Hope you two are doing well.

  3. Oh, this is tough! I would not have thought white would be so hard to choose because it’s not really a colour that jumps out of photos at me, unless they’re winter wonderlands!! I love the Buddhist wedding, but Ta Prohm is an amazing 2nd choice.

    1. Hi Joyce, thanks so much for your pick. The Santorini windmill is hard to resist (because that’s where the donkeys are 🙂 ) – and so far it seems to be the crowd favorite! Love, Terri

  4. James and Terri,

    Too bad I missed out on the other colors, I’ve been so busy this week with some upcoming work travel. I really love #2 Buddhist wedding, it’s gorgeous. I took a peek at the other pics and they are fabulous.

    1. Thanks Chau. It was very cool to be able to see this wedding. The temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka was very busy the day we visited. Click the link below the photo to check it out. ~James

    1. Thanks for the vote Suzanne. Weddings are always beautiful, happy affairs, and it’s impossible to see one and not smile. But, this was our first Buddhist wedding, and this couple was absolutely gorgeous. ~James

    1. Thanks so much Janaline. It was such a special place, and we were lucky that very few people were there the day we went. I almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. Have you had a chance to visit? All the best, Terri

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