A shot I took with one hand while clinging onto a mule with the other
I consider myself to be a relatively creative person. However, I feel that my art is mainly translated through words on a page. Anything else truly artistic comes in secondary to that. This includes photography.
My two brothers are the talented ones when it comes to photography. In fact, a lot of the pictures you see on this blog are from both of them.
My oldest brother Paul invests in great equipment and is patient enough to frame and wait for the perfect shot, even if it means being silent and in awkward positions for extended amounts of time.
My brother Philip has dabbled in creative photography such as lomography and other techniques. Recently, my sister-in-law bought for him the perfect anniversary gift, a photography setup that I do not understand.
I, on the other, have no aversion to taking pictures, it's just that I'm not very good at it. I had played around with it a bit in my late teens, but never really managed to take it anywhere.
I loved my second-hand Canon SLR that I had bought in a pawn shop during a cross country roadtrip in Colorado, and took it everywhere with me across the states to document my young adventures.
But honestly, I think it was digital that killed my passion. I am a purist at heart, and it was like a swift death blow for me to see the rise of digital and the fall of film. I have still yet to recover.
I blog, true, but my focus now is on my writing content. I've learned that when traveling and experiencing new settings, I find myself so in the moment that it's almost impossible for me to stop for a second to frame a good shot. Perfect photographs pass me by all the time.
So imagine my surprise when my friend James Pham from Fly, Icarus, Fly
nominated me in his Capture the Color Photo Contest
entry. This came out of the blue. (No pun intended. Okay, who am I kidding...pun intended.) And here I am now, having to dig up some basic evidence to hopefully justify this nomination.
Most of the following pictures I took using my brother's camera, hence the decent quality. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my 'entries', and don't worry, my own nominations will follow!
The Mountain Mo'o - Kamalo, Molokai
This is a scene I passed by every day as a boy. On a recent visit home, this field of bright 'yellow' flora spreading wildly out at the foot of the mountain ridge on the island of Molokai
grabbed my attention. I had to stop and take a picture. The top of the mountain is shaped like a mo'o,
or giant lizard, and there are legendary stories that tell about how the great monster ended up on that ridge.
Hawaiian Luau in the Mainland - Long Island, New York
Imagine arriving in New York
after living abroad for 3+ years and being greeted by friends and family with a banquet of some of your favorite home-cooked comfort food! That's what happened to me this past July. In this case, my mom and brother flew in from Hawaii and, along with my sister, worked hard to put together this traditional Hawaiian-Style luau! Complete with 'red' dishes of beef stew and lomilomi
salmon. The pot, serving utensils and tomatoes in the salad help bring out more of that red goodness as well.
Fresh Cooked Palauan Root - Guiuan, Eastern Samar
The bright 'blue' colander in this photo wasn't even what I was going for when I snapped this shot. I was actually focusing more on the root crop called tarukog
that I was about to try for the first time. It reminded me of a familiar root vegetable that I grew up eating, and when I took a bite out of it, it brought me straight home. The blue colander just happened to frame the yellow tarukog perfectly.
The Dis n Dat Shop - Lanai City, Lanai
An iconic building on the island of Lanai,
The Dis n Dat Shop has been around for a few years now. Although the shop is relatively new, the building itself is pretty historical. The new owners gave it the bright 'green' paint job to spruce it up and bring in the light. My aunty Cat works there, polishing the windchimes and keeping the eclectic inventory in order, so if you ever stop in there be sure to say hi to her for me.
Shells Along the Shoreline - Calicoan Island, Philippines
Miles and miles of golden sand beach all to ourselves as we combed for shells, stones and seaglass. That is what we discovered at this unnamed stretch of beach on Calicoan Island near the town of Guiuan.
Along the beach, right before a jagged outcrop of exposed coral, I happened upon a patch of 'white' shells that immediately grabbed my attention. As I stared downward, a frothy wave rolled in, perfectly framing this sun-dappled shot.
Wanna Get More Into Photography?
So there it is! I hope you enjoyed my entries. If anything, this makes me want to get back into photography more. Thanks, James.
And now it's time for my own personal nominees...
"Capture The Colour" Photo Contest 2013 Information
Anyone with a travel blog can enter, but to keep things going I nominate these five fabulous travel bloggers full of ALOHA from The 808:
To enter is simple, you write a post with your five best photos from these color categories: RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. Be sure to nominate five other bloggers and tweet it with the hashtag #CTC13.
There will be a winner from each color category who will get: an 128GB iPad, a Fuji camera or £750 worth of Arc’teryx clothing and equipment (you choose). Then from the five winners, an overall winner will be chosen to win: £3,000 travel fund (worth about $4633 USD).
For the full contest rules go here.
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