Travel Photo Roulette 13: Changing Seasons

The previous round of “Travel Photo Roulette,” the photography contest that is sweeping the travel world, was hosted by  Itchy Feet Chronicles after winning the theme “Friday Nights” with a great shot.  Amazingly, I won the latest round in the theme for “The Journey” with a picture that you can see here.  I have decided that the upcoming theme will the “Changing Seasons”

Travel Photo Roulette Round 13: The Theme

Since its beginning at Living The Dream, travel photo roulette has become a near obsession with the travel writing/blogging/photographing community.  Each week dozens of great submissions are received by the host.  You do not need to be a professional photographer to submit.  The goal isn’t to take the greatest photo of all time, it is to encapsulate the moment of the theme.  Everyone is eligible to submit a photo.

I have chosen the theme of “Changing Seasons” because most of the world is currently in that transition at the moment.  In the Northern Hemisphere the flowers are starting to bloom, or the snow starting to melt and in the south the leaves are starting to fall.  These transitions in seasons are generally the most colourful times of the year.  Whatever photo that you would like to place, I’d love to see it, please post a link to the jpeg in the comments below along with a quick tidbit about the photo.  To get you going I have posted a sample:

 

I shot this from my parent’s backyard in Canada on the first snowfall of the year, and my last day in Canada.

The submission dates for this round will be

March 19st to March 25th

Please try to get as many people as possible involved by sharing this page by using the buttons on the top right.

The Rules

The rules of the game are simple. The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous week’s (7 days) game. The new host chooses a generic keyword or phrase that other travelers submit photos to during the course of the week. Phrases can be as generic as ‘signs’ all the way to abstract thoughts like ‘religion’ and everything in between. At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo that fits the chosen phrase and moves it to the top of the post as the winning entry with direction to the new host’s site for the next round.

Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author (that’s me!) can ignore comments as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions. The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!

  1. Nov 4–10, 2010 Living the Dream – “Animals”
  2. Nov 17–24, 2010 Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
  3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 Dream a Little Dream – “Street Art”
  4. Dec 8–Dec 15, 2010 Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
  5. Dec 17–Dec 24, 2010 Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
  6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
  7. Jan 5–Jan 12, 2011 ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
  8. Jan 15–Jan 22, 2011 Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
  9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
  10. Feb 8–Feb 15, 2011 Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
  11. Feb 21–Feb 27, 2011 Travels of Adam – “Friday Night”
  12. Mar 7 – Mar 13, 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”

According to the original rules photo shopping is not allowed, however, I know the importance, and need to use photoshop to get the best quality images, so please considered that rule waived.

I will constantly be adding the entrants to this page as the week progresses so keep checking back to check them out.

Honourable Mention

By Dan at Adventures with Dan

Changing seasons in Wales

risked life and death climbing a mountain in Wales to get this today... I just thought it was kinda cool with the bare winter tree in the foreground, then the sun shining through on all of the green starting to appear from Spring in the background... hell yeah! Wales rocks!

Runner Up

By Steven at Bohemian Traveler

November in Milano's Monumental Cemetery

November in Milano's Monumental Cemetery

The Big Winner and host of Travel Photo Roulette Round 14:

By Shutterfeet

chanced upon this fisherman while hiking around Thoreau's Walden Pond last fall. It’s easy to see how Henry David Thoreau got a lot of inspiration for his work from Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. The beauty surrounding the place, especially in the fall, is phenomenal.

 

I chose the image by Shutterfeet for a number of reasons.  The biggest though was the serenity and the feel of the image.  It is easy to capture a photo of a place that you see before your eyes, but it is more difficult to capture the moment felt, and I think that was done in this photo.  Best of luck in Round 14!!

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Spring has sprung in Ios, Greece when the flowers are popping up amongst the brown grasses winter left behind.

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  2. Now I don’t want this to sway your decision, but I risked life and death climbing a mountain in Wales to get this today… I just thought it was kinda cool with the bare winter tree in the foreground, then the sun shining through on all of the green starting to appear from Spring in the background… hell yeah! Wales rocks! http://www.adventureswithdan.com/IMG_85492.jpg

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  3. Glacier melts when the summer starts and creates small lakes. Aosta Valley, Italy.

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    • Giulia can you send the .jpeg link for the web, I can’t download the image from Disqus

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    • Ohhh a picture from home! We actually used to place bets on the exact date Lake Louise and Bow Lake would break up. I usually bet somewhere around the start of June.

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  4. This photo was taken on a walk between La Ferté-Alais and Mennency, less than an hour and a lifetime away from Paris, France. As much as I love the hustle and bustle and sophistication of Paris, I also love that you can hop a train and be in a setting like this in no time flat.

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  5. I am NOT a photographer in any way, shape or form but I though this contest sounded fun. This picture was taken in Muskoka, ON — I did sharpen the image slightly but the colours were almost that intense. Beautiful.

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  6. I am NOT a photographer in any way, shape or form but I though this contest sounded fun. This picture was taken in Muskoka, ON — I did sharpen the image slightly but the colours were almost that intense. Beautiful.

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  7. I had some great photos of the changing of the seasons, but for me, the change of the season came after my wife and I moved from CA to NY in the middle of the winter. This picture represents the last snowfall of the season. Now, less than 4 weeks later, all the snow is completely melted.

    The photo is of the front grille of my car, which until that day, had never seen snow.

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  8. *And as a sidenote, I am getting a little tired of the “waiving the photoshop rules”. Every phone who has won since the rule was “waived” has been shopped in some way and that wasn’t the original point of this contest. Us computer challenged shoppers hardly have a chance if the game is never going to change back. Not complaining, just stating.*

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    • I put the rule in the original contest stipulating that the rounds host has got the choice of allowing photoshop or not. Whether or not photoshopping is going to continually be allowed I can’t really predict. I dont think that the last had much photoshopping, but I could be wrong. But I tend to lead on the less edited side of the spectrum myself.

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      • I think there needs to be a better definition of “Photoshopping.” If post processing, aka Photoshopping, is not allowed, than nobody can shoot in RAW format. I only use Adobe Photoshop for major adjustments (removing a pole, etc) and for resizing. I use Lightroom for post processing… converting RAW format, white balance, color corrections, sharpening… basically the same thing that a camera is doing when it converts the RAW file to JPG format.

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        • Good point. For the most part anything that could be done in a camera (even if done on a computer) sounds ok to me as long as you are not doing crazy out there processing. To me removing red eye, cropping out dust specs, etc is not photoshopping in my mind.

          But as I said before, interpretation and picking of the rules rests solely with the host of the round. I think to go with what Becs was saying, hopefully the judges of each round are deciding for themselves on what is appropriate rather than just carrying it through.

          I had sent an instruction sheet out to the first winner in terms of picking rules and going with the theme, but I’m guessing that hasnt been passed along in a while :-P

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          • Thanks for the comments guys. I agree, if it can be done on a camera then it’s okay. Of course, removing red eye, cropping out certain things, etc is okay.

            I just made the comment because it seems every picture that has “won” recently has been enhanced pretty hardcore in one way or another (but like Jeremy, I have no idea as I rarely do any editing to mine). I know it’s winners choice, but if amateurs are getting pushed out in favor of hardcore photogs, then the point of the fun in the game is kind of gone for most of us.

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        • I agree… but as someone who shoots RAW and an avid photographer I know that editing is necessary to get the best photos possible. I am all for photoshopping as long as it doesn’t go to far. I think this RULE should be wiped right out and let the judge decide if the “photoshopping” went overboard then he/she can be the judge of that.

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          • I like that you are of the mindset of “if the photoshopping went overboard.” That is kind of what I was going with it when I wrote instructions down, but I don’t want to be the sole voice for the direction of the game. Once it left my hands and began round two I released my say in the making of majority of the rules to each rounds host. The only ones I would hope would be honored are simple ones like “no submissions of the same photos between rounds” and “only one submission per blogger even if the blog is written by 2 people” kind of thing.

            People have to pander to you in terms of what you like for a photo, but at the same time, not everyone can do professional style edits to their photos. But that has to be part of the fun of the game and how you interpret what you like for your theme :)

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    • Hey, I understand the complaint, but those of us who shoot DSLRs wouldn’t be allowed to play if we couldn’t photoshop. Shooting in RAW is virtually a version of shooting in ond film where you need to use light to draw out the photo. Since we shoot in RAW we couldn’t possibly not photoshop, or we’d never see our picture. Some people mistake great photos for being photoshopped when the real tricks happen in the camera ie. shooting at the right time of day, using slow shutter speeds, using wide apertures. Photoshopping is not an advantage, and anyone can get these types of photos without “photoshopping” them. All the photos that have one to date, with the exception of one that I can think of, used basic in camera tricks to get the look they achieved.

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  9. I’ve been out of town for the weekend so I just saw the new photo roulette go up. Love this topic idea, great to see the creative juices going on round ideas! And here I thought photo roulette wouldn’t take off.

    I’ll get my photo submitted tomorrow while I let it soak to see what I want to submit

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    • no swearing on my page… this is a family site!!! hahaha juuust kidding

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  10. Having lived in Japan during Cherry Blossom season, I’d have to say this is the thing that most defines changing seasons in my mind. I plan on doing a photo essay on it in the future, but here’s a good close up of some of the cherry blossoms in Japan:

    http://flashpackerhq.com/siteimages/Cherry_Blossoms.jpg

    Caption: “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) in Japan”

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  11. Anonymous is spot on in their assessment on what entails photoshopping from my view too. I think I only have noticed 1 winning photo that was created with techniques outside of what you can do with a camera and most things that RAW shooters do to photos is not in the realm of what would be unnatural to most cameras capabilities.

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    • Hahah just for the record Jeremy… I was Anonymous… Disqus hated me.

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  12. While exploring some back mountain roads mid February in Sappong, Thailand, we were surprised to find what looked like fall and this perfectly paved road.

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  13. Two very deserving photos. Love the colors in the winner’s photo and the lighting in the runner up’s photo.

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