Photo Roulette 28: Reflections

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in       9 years ago     4979 Views     33 Comments  


And the Winner is

This was a very hard contest for me to judge. I really enjoyed ALL of the submissions. Awesome shots to everyone, however, I have chosen Fidel's because not only does it portray the theme of Reflections to a "T" but I like the fact that it shows interaction between people. It is a great job! Congratulations Fidel!

Fidel over at I Hart Travel submitted the following photo, saying "This photo was taken at a children’s home in Kuala Lumpur. I was there with US Navy Sailors on a community service visit. The female Sailor was reading to the children when I turned around and saw her reflection in the mirror."

Wow. I just received word that I won the 27th Round of Photo Roulette. What a great honor. The theme was "cities". Some (cities) are boring, some are interesting and there are so many different ways to photograph them. For my entry, I took a photo from Amsterdam and made it into a postcard.... and it was this that swayed the host to give me the win... and from this win comes my hosting of the 28th Round of Photo Roulette and I have chosen the theme of Reflections, so on with the show.


One of my favorite things to do when pretending to be a photographer is to see things in a different plane. Reflective photography is very interesting because, it forces you to be creative in the capture of your subject. My most memorable experience was while traveling around the site of Ephesus in Selçuk, Turkey. I had found a Japanese woman with THE best reflective sunglasses. The problem: She doesn't speak English and my Japanese is not good enough to ask her to stand still. Finally I demonstrate what I am wanting and I thought she understood. But, she kept shying away from my camera. Shortly after, I found a man who spoke English and understood what I wanted. Once I started, people started to watch and finally everyone was trying it out. It was my own trend-setting moment. The photo below is one of the photos I obtained at Ephesus.

Ephesus in Reflection

Official Rules

The photo contest will run from October 6th to October 13th (midnight CST).. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I’ll announce the winner on this page on the evening of October 14th (CST). 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 bloggers 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 favourite 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! Here’s the list of previous hosts and topics:

Dates: Website: Theme:
Nov 4–10, 2010 Living the Dream “Animals”
Nov 17–24, 2010 Skinny Backpacker “Road Signs”
Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 Dream a Little Dream “Street Art”
Dec 8–15, 2010 Flashpacker HQ “Festival”
Dec 17–24, 2010 Over Yonderlust “Landmarks”
Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 Don’t Ever Look Back “Beaches”
Jan 5–12, 2011 ThePlanetD “Portraits”
Jan 15–22, 2011 Travel with a Mate “Motion”
Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 Johnny Vagabond “Water”
Feb 8–15, 2011 Ken Kaminesky “Urban”
Feb 21–27, 2011 Travels of Adam “Friday Night”
Mar 7–13, 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles “The Journey”
Mar 19– 25, 2011 Brendan’s Adventures “Changing Seasons”
Apr 4–10, 2011 Shutterfeet “Storytelling”
Apr 13–21, 2011 10timesOne “Piousness”
Apr 26–May 4, 2011 Beached Eskimo “Learning”
May 21–27, 2011 Travel Junkies “Architecture”
Jun 1–7, 2011 Destination World “Transportation”
Jun 8–15, 2011 Living the Dream “Paradise”
Jun 21-28, 2011 Vagabond Quest “Clothes”
Jul 4-11, 2011 The Unframed World “Symmetry”
Jul 16-25, 2011 Beached Eskimo “Home”
July 31 – Aug 7, 2011 BackPackerBanter “Inspiration”
Aug 14 – 21, 2011 WanderingTrader “Darkness”
Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 Finding the Universe “Tranquillity”
Sep 12 – Sep 19, 2011 Fearful Adventurer “Food”
Sep 23 – Sep 30, 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan “City”
Current: Oct 06 - Oct 13, 2011 "Reflections"

And some small print you need to know…

  1. One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  2. No photoshopping allowed unless specifically called for! Cropping and correction for red-eye or camera flaws are ok, however.***
  3. Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  4. Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is ok to say focused things such as “monuments at night” in which most of us have pictures of.
  5. Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, but “Overlooking Creation” is able to be interpreted by all.
  6. No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  7. After a sufficient period of time, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  8. Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  9. Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  10. Please resize your photos to be no larger than 900 pixels in width (landscape) or 600 pixels in width (portrait).
  11. Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.

How to submit your entry:

Don’t forget you need to be a blogger to take part, because if you win will need to be able to host the next round!

To take part, either attach your image using the form in the commens field below or provide a link to your image in the comments field below, with a short description, and a link to your blog. Once your photo is submitted I will add it to the post below along with a link back to your site. Also, if you are a twitterer, please leave your twitter handle in with the comment.


Finally, once you’ve submitted your shot, I’d love it if you could take a moment to share this post on the interwebs using the sharing buttons down below, which will give more people a chance to take part! For Twitterers, please use #photoroulette and #TravelRoulette .

And now, here are the entries for REFLECTIONS

Dustin over at Skinny Backpacker submitted this great shot saying,
"Shot in a art gallery in Berlin, to me this image really conveys the idea of reflection, both literal and figurative."

Veronica over at Gypsy Nester submitted this gorgeous photo saying "David and I are both huge Eagles fans and firm believers in a “Take It Easy” lifestyle, but we had never been standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Call us wacky, we were pretty stoked about the prospect.

The town of Winslow is pretty stoked, as well. They built a little monument to the lyric, complete with a reflection of “a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford slowing down to take a look” at the statue named “Standing On The Corner.” The mood is captured.

Ted & Al over at Trailer Hitched submitted this great shot saying "This photo was taken on a farm in central Oregon. The sun began to set and the reflection of trees silhouetted against the orange sky are contrasted with the aged barn wood."

Jeremy over at Living the Dream submitted the follwoing shot saying, “Taking the reflections off the sunglasses in a really bright day on Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland.”

Amanda over at Dangerous Business submitted the following shot saying, "This photo was taken of Chicago’s iconic “Cloud Gate” sculpture in Millennium Park (lovingly nicknamed “The Bean”). I’ve visited Chicago 3 times now, and I can never resist snapping some shots of this cool work of art."

I Hart Travel submitted the following photo, saying "This photo was taken at a children’s home in Kuala Lumpur. I was there with US Navy Sailors on a community service visit. The female Sailor was reading to the children when I turned around and saw her reflection in the mirror."

Adam over at Travels of Adam" submitted the following shot saying, "Sunset on a lake in Khajaharo, India".

Natasha over at World Wandering Kiwi submitted this gorgeous photo saying, " In the middle of thousands of kilometres of dry, high altitude landscape travelling Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway, we stopped where the guidebook suggested at what looks like a big puddle at the side of the road.

The Ak-Bakyl spring is an exquisite pool of icy cold water, a transparent and brilliant blue to its depths with fairylike forests and towers of plantlife. The water mirrors the mountains and sky of this otherworldly place.

Rebecca over at Travels at 88 mph submitted this shot saying, "I spend a lot of time sitting on traffic in Los Angeles, but luckily, I love playing with the mirrors. Too bad I was not heading in the other direction with traffic flowing!"

Manyu over at Shutterfeet submitted this shot saying, "This photo was taken yesterday at Walden Pond in Concord Massachusetts. The fall foliage around New England is just kicking in and the colors are showing up everywhere.

The reason I like this photo with the ripples instead of just a still reflection was because it reflects the transience of the fall colors and highlights the transition from the beautiful autumn to the harsh winters.

Wanderlass submitted the following really great shot taken while traveling in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg — an important city for Martin Luther..

Claire over at Beached Eskimo submitted this great photo at just about the last minute saying "Mine’s a classic reflection, but one of my favourites – a crisp and clear -30C winter’s day in Lake Louise, Canada."


I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.