United Colours of Dumbo, Brooklyn ~ Capture the Colour

I’m a huge fan of colour. Even though my outfits are black dominant, I’m instinctively drawn to bright hues. A splash of pink on a yellow wall, a dumpster decorated in pink and green graffiti against a white painted wall, a pastel yellow-gold sunset against a light blue sky overhead – these are just some of the colours I noticed today. A Taste of Travel and WITH A HOPE nominated me to enter Capture the Colour PhotoBlogging Travel Competition: “…publish a blog post with a photo that captures the following 5 colours – Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red. Tell us where the photo was taken… what you could see, smell, hear, feel and perhaps a witty caption about that photo or trip in general. When you’ve finished writing your post, be sure to nominate 5 other bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour by listing their website…” Instead of going through my archives, I decided to challenge myself. My 35 mm and I, with husband in tow, braved the thunderstorms yesterday. I took  5 photos to showcase the colours of one of my favourite places in Brooklyn – DUMBO. BLUE The looming thunder clouds on a humid summer’s day provided such a contrast to both the demin blue in this street art installation, and the dirty blue of the Manhattan Bridge. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This neighbourhood is one of the priciest zip codes in Manhattan. RED You’ll notice an abundance of red when you’re looking for it. At least I did. From red fire hydrants, and red backed STOP signs, to bright red traffic lights, and scribbled red graffiti. DUMBO is a former hub of industry and many of its buildings are made of brick. By the Brooklyn Bridge stands the shell of a 25,000 square foot former tobacco warehouse. It was constructed in the 1870s as a tobacco customs inspection center, saved from demolition in 1998 and, repaired and stabilized by The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in 2002. It’s red brick frames an enviable view. YELLOW Each colour should be an element of the photograph and not dominate the whole scene. I am looking for something beyond the clichés like a red sunset, blue sky or yellow flowers. For me originality will always take precedence over a pretty photograph.” Judge, PlanetD Unlike red, yellow was a harder colour to come by. Apart from spotting a yellow flower, this advertising campaign, covering scaffolding around a construction site, caught my eye. The yellow in this part of the image series stood out. Is taking a photo of a photo considered cliché? GREEN Noticing a Vespa in Brooklyn is becoming as frequent as spotting a yellow cab in Manhattan. Well, almost! This photo may as well have been taken in Rome; the Vespa looks vintage with a bit of comic appeal stuck to its face.


“I love photos that tell a story.  I want something that could have only been taken by you, in that moment, in that way.  I love it when a photo captures a place so well that even if I’ve been there before, I think to myself, wow, I have to go there.” Judge, Christine Gilbert

Well Christine, if you haven’t been to DUMBO, I highly recommend it. There’s no better spot to view Manhattan from the East River.

The end date for this contest is August 29, and hoping there’s enough time for these bloggers to turn around their submissions, I nominate:


 I’monnet Photo

Tricia A. Mitchell


Pearls & Prose


43 thoughts on “United Colours of Dumbo, Brooklyn ~ Capture the Colour

  1. Great photos Marina. You and the 35mm have done a fabulous job…ooops…forgot hubby too! My favourites are the crazy blue sculpture with the bridge in the background and the red brick wall photo! A clever yellow shot too! Love them all actually… Hope you had fun taking them!

    • Thanks Jenny! I did have fun as it pulled me out of the comfort zone, and made me search for colour. Red and blue – easy peasy. White – hmmm, I had a few ideas but rain delayed me in taking the photos. And yellow – what a hard one to take! Thanks so much for nominating me. Hubby got a coffee and a pastry from Brooklyn Roasting Co for bearing the rain 🙂

  2. I love all of them, but RED and GREEN are my favourites. You really have an eye for picking the right photo subjects. 🙂

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  4. It speaks to your credit that you took on the task of making new photographs for the contest instead of looking through your achieve – which would undoubtedly have been much easier. Much kudos for that. I like your idea and I think some of the picture really make a good contribution to the contest. As so many others, I really like the Vespa. That little sticker on the front is really what makes the difference. For me the yellow doesn’t work. There isn’t enough of you in the picture (and I hope you forgive me for being a little harsh on you here). Have a wonderful day.

    • Thanks for your comment Otto, and no offence taken. Yellow – not so easy to spot if it isn’t a flower 🙂 The Vestpa shot works because of the sticker – I definitely agree! It was a fun challenge and I tried to stay true to ‘urban’ street photography. Thanks again!

  5. It has taken me way too long to get on the internet for more than a few snatched minutes (I am on the road in South Africa). Great post and totally glad I nominated you – my favourite is ‘Blue’, something quite sci-fi about it! Well done, lovely and quirky as I have come to expect from your great blog 🙂

    • Thanks so much Laura! Yay – blue! I am glad you nominated me too, and I love your lovely comment. Makes me happy! I have yet to catch up on posts too and noticed you’re in S.Africa. Looking forward to reading. Enjoy your trip. Thanks again!

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  7. Great photos! I LOVE the green colour, it’s so vivid 🙂 And also the composition of the red colour is very cool, I love that you allowed us to have a little peek into the city 🙂

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