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Capture the Colour of my travels

I have another travel confession to make – I don’t take a lot of travel photos.  Well, it’s more like I don’t take as many travel photos as I thought I did.

After every trip, I look through my photos and realize I didn’t take as many as I thought I did.  Last year when I went to South Carolina for the College Football Travel Tour, I had one photo of myself.  On my first extended trip to Europe in 2004, I took 104 photos – covering 6 countries over 28 days.

Obviously, I need to start taking more photos on my trips.  I get caught up in the moment and in the experiences and forgot to capture it on film…well…memory card these days.

I am no expert photographer but I am getting better.  Some of my recent photos aren’t just lucky shots any more.  I am actually trying to take great photos.  With my new Sony NEX 5N, I hope that will help me as well.

One other thing about my photos – I love taking shots of scenery and landscape without the people.  I guess I am more suited for National Geographic wildlife photography rather than photos like 1,000 faces like Nomadic Samuel.

So why am I telling you all of this?

I was nominated by yTravelBlog, Breathe Dream Go, and Spark Punk to be part of Travelsupermarket’s Capture the Colour photo contest.  So I will be sharing my photos for 5 different colors – blue, green, white, red, and yellow.

I am also sharing this because my photos won’t have that many people in it nor do I have as many photos to choose from as I should.  I am a very novice photographer as well.  And my photos will typically be more landscapes and scenery rather than people.

Why else am I telling you this?

Because I believe every trip and every photo tells a story.  I learned that recently as a part of the Expedia Find Yours campaign.  So it’s not enough for me to share photos.  I have to tell a story as well.

Right, enough of my stories.  Everyone likes pretty photos.  So here’s mine – along with my nominations for Capture the Colour.

Capture the Colour – my travels around the world


Probably the luckiest photo I’ve ever taken and still one of my all time favorites.  This was one of those few photos from that first extended trip to Europe – the Eiffel Tower.

Capture the Colour Eiffel Tower Paris


Hiking is one of my favorite things to do here in California.  I’ve done a lot of hiking in northern California.  However, I love this photo because of the trees, the green, and the fog in Mount Tamalpais.

Capture the Colour Mt Tamalpais hiking


Another one of my favorite things to do every year is check out the Fall leaves in northern California.  Here’s one of my favorite spots – Hope Valley.

Capture the Colour Hope Valley leaves northern California


Of all the colors, I struggled with selecting one for white and red the most.  However, here’s a photo from Annapolis, Maryland – yachts on the water.

Capture the Colour Annapolis yachts


By far, the most difficult selection for a photo I looked through many of them to select this one – a rose garden on the grounds of the California State Capitol.

Capture the Colour California State Capital Rose Garden Peace

Of all the places I traveled, three of my photos for Capture the Colour are from California.  You don’t have to go halfway around the world to enjoy great travel experiences.

My nominations for Capture the Colour are:

Nellie – Wild Junket

Bret and Mary – Green Global Travel

Andy and Ali – Ctrl Alt Travel

Rease – Indecisive Traveler

Jason and Aracely – 2backpackers

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  1. These are all great photos Jeremy! I love the green the best, I immediately wanted to walk through the forest there

  2. Leah Travels says:

    My favorites are the green and yellow. They both look like they could be screen savers. :-)

    • Despite my poor camera skills and forgetting to take photos, maybe that means there is hope for me yet! Glad you liked the photos – green and yellow are definitely the favorites.

  3. Mona says:

    Really breathtaking shots! What kind of DSLR camera have you used for these shots? Do you use any filter?

  4. Jenna says:

    The green is really nice. It reminds me how much I need to take that hike (Muir Woods, right?). Can you believe I haven’t been there?!

    • Actually this photo was taken at Mt Tamalpais just up from the road from Muir Woods. It’s taken me a long time to get over here as well but definitely a beautiful area. Would love to see the views without the fog.

  5. Oooh, the yellow is my favorite! I love autumn. :)

  6. Green is my favorite, because I also LOVE hiking in Northern California. This photo reminds me that I need to get my butt back to Mt. Tam!

  7. Cassie says:

    I also never seem to have as many good shots when I get back as it seems when I’m on the road. But great choices! Your green selection is my favorite, too. The light was really amazing!

    • The fog really helped on my green one. I have to admit a little photo editing helps with the colors as well since all of these were with a point and shoot. I think my photos will be a little better now with my new camera.

  8. I have to go with the yellow one as well. I love the combination of colors: the yellow leaves, the white tree trunks and the blue sky.

    • Thanks Daniel! I love Fall. It’s my favorite time of year. The Fall colors back east are a little more abundant there than out here in California but I still love going leaf peeping every year!

  9. All the photos are nice, but green and blue are the best. It is nice to see the Eiffel Tower shot again. What an amazing blue sky. White is not a color I have a hard time finding a picture for. I have hundreds of snow filled ski trails to choose from.

    • To this day, that Eiffel Tower photo still surprises me. I didn’t even notice it until I got home. Years later and that is still a good photo. It was taken with a Kodak Easyshare camera – no kidding! Just goes to go great scenery will always be beautiful regardless of what camera you use.

  10. Zak says:

    Great shots, dude :) Your green one is amazing…I’m putting Tamalpais on my list.

  11. Lisa says:

    Great photos – I love that shot of the Eiffel Tower!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Breathtaking photos! I love the yellow one, that on mekes me happy.

    • Fall is my favorite time of year! I go every year to check out the Fall colors. This is one of the more popular spots in northern California for the leaves. I will probably go back again this year. Now the challenge will be to find different photos, trees, and locations!

  13. Erik says:

    I love the yellow one- it’s the image in my head when I think of fall! (it goes along with the smell of grills from the throngs tailgating before football games!!!)

    • Fall, football, festivals, and the changing of the colors. Autumn is my favorite time of the year! I know some people probably think I am crazy but sometimes I wish we could skip summer and have 6 months of Fall!

  14. Michael says:

    Great photos! I like the yellow best. Fall or autumn is also my favourite time of the year.

    • You and me both! Every year I find somewhere to check out the Fall colors. I sometimes wish it was Fall all year round but don’t think travel agents, families, beach lovers, and travel sites would like that too much! :)

  15. Claire says:

    For not taking photos very often, you have quite a good selection! I love the yellow shot! :)

    • Thanks! I think the yellow has been the most popular one. I thought blue would do better but green is actually 2nd. Do you have a favorite travel photo? I am sure you’ve taken a lot more photos than me :)

  16. Andrea says:

    These are really nice shots, Jeremy – I love the yellow of the trees!

  17. Jeremy, that picture of the Eiffel Tower is priceless! I lived in Paris for 6 months and took way too many pix of the tower (before digital cameras) before I realized I had done so (because I didn’t develop the film until weeks later!). None of my pix of it are as good as yours. Cheers!

    • Thanks Raul. Very simply, I was lucky. I’ve always liked that Eiffel Tower shot but I never planned on getting a great photo. This photo was taken in 2004 – long before we had really nice digital cameras. It was a simple point and shoot but I wasn’t waiting for the right moment and looking for that perfect shot. I guess that is what makes this photo so much more enjoyable – it was an accident!

      This is definitely a case where the subject, the Eiffel Tower, did all the work. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

  18. Please tell me you didn’t really take only a 104 photos in 28 European days! On the other hand, I love how you get so swept away by the present moment that you forget to take photos. The ones you showcased here are great, though :)

    • Yes, I only took 104 photos – maybe 120. I have to go back and count them. This was back in 2004 when I had my Kodak Easyshare camera and a 128KB memory card. I even deleted a few as well. Back then, I didn’t have a computer or phone to store photos so once it filled up, I was done. Plus memory cards were expensive back then and not as available as they are now.

      Don’t worry – I am making up for it now. I’ve got a nicer camera and a 32 GB and two 16 GB memory cards! :)

  19. Christy says:

    Wow. These are amazing photos! I really love the forest photo.

    • Thanks Christy! Whenever you make your way up to northern California, you should check it out. As I continue to explore the outdoors and hiking areas up here, I’d be happy to share more places where you can take some beautiful green photos :)

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