A Photo a Week Challenge: Stripes

Striped yellow tulip

Our world is a maze of shapes, colors, and images. Without any one of them, it wouldn’t be nearly as fascinating to look at and photograph. This week is all about stripes: stripes in nature, buildings, clothing, anything. What’s the most unusual place you’ve found stripes? This tulip is one of my favorites. It was in a bed with other beautiful tulips and flowers, but this is the one that really caught my eye.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT ARE STRIPES OF SOME KIND.

Have fun experimenting with finding stripes all around you.  Then blog your finds and post a link to your masterpieces here.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

P.S. Be sure to enter the giveaway! Seriously easy contest.

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It’s time for another Giveaway!

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has reached 300+ non-Facebook generated followers! Wahoo! I want to thank everyone who has liked, commented, and linked to the posts and photos. You guys are great.

So, it’s time for another giveaway. Yay!

Rules: Anyone who can read this blog may enter (including family members). International entries are acceptable. If you are the winner, the only “off limits” images are the ones that are people you aren’t related to or don’t know personally. (There are few things I can think of that give me the creeps more than someone displaying a non-artistic picture of people they don’t know. *shudder*)

How to Enter: Starting today and ending at midnight on April 30, 2014, comment or like this post.

Prize: An 11×14 of any one of the images on this blog (I do own all the rights to them, after all) — barring the limitations mentioned in the Rules. The winner will be selected randomly in a drawing on May 1, 2014. I will post who the winner is on the blog and how to contact me so that I can send you the print. I live in the Western United States, so delivery time will be affected by how far away you live from me and what the mail service is like there.

Thanks, again, for all of the support! You are the best!

(And just because this is a photography blog, here’s another picture.)

Red tulips

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

My dear sweet cousin recently married an amazing man. I couldn’t be happier for them. You can tell that they are on top of the world.

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A Word a Week challenge: Round

Texas State Capitol Rountunda

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Big Subjects

For many people, the first time they see the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake City or Provo, they are amazed at just how big the mountains are here. This photo of Mount Timpanogos was taken approximately 15 miles west of the mountain, just to give a bit of perspective.

Mount Timp in black and white

Cee, thanks for the fun subject!

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture

Texture makes our world interesting. Some things are smooth while others are bumpy or have sharp edges or prickly surfaces.

For this week’s challenge, I’ve found two pictures with very different textures. The first is a plain brick wall. As a background, we might notice it a little bit, depending on what the main subject of our image is or is doing. As the main subject itself, we begin to notice individuality in each brick. One may be missing a corner, while another has interesting striations on it, and another might be a darker or lighter shade of color than its neighbors.

BricksFor my second photo, I’ve picked a particularly popular photo spot in Coyote Gulch near Escalante in Southern Utah. This waterfall has been photographed by hundreds or possibly thousands of people. The first time I saw a photo of it, I wondered if the rock was hard or soft silt. It’s hard, though it has a creamy look to it, especially through the texture of the water.

Coyote Gulch waterfall

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT ARE HAVE A UNIQUE TEXTURE OF SOME KIND.

Have fun experimenting with all sorts of textures found in nature or your closet.  Then blog them and post a link to your masterpieces here.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monumental

For this week’s challenge, I found two pictures: one from nature, one man-made. The first one is from a trip to Escalante, Utah a few years ago. This majestic view can ben found while driving along the Burr Trail.

Along the Burr Trail

The second is of the front of the LDS Salt Lake Temple taken this past fall.

LDS Salt Lake Temple

Check out other entries and maybe try the challenge out for yourself at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/monument/

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Layering

Great Salt Lake sunset

Layering objects in your photograph can add more depth and interest to the composition of your image. Sometimes, moving slightly right or left, up or down can pull in an additional element or two that help make the picture pop more. It can take some practice getting the framing just right, and you have to be careful that your autofocus doesn’t take over and change the main subject of your image.

This photo is from the LDS Bountiful Temple looking across the Great Salt Lake.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT ARE HAVE LAYERING OF SOME KIND.

Have fun experimenting with all sorts of layers and angle.  Then blog them and post a link to your masterpieces here.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

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Sunday Stills: Yellow

Yellow pansies

I’m more fascinated by the drooping flower than the full one. I love it’s texture and colors.

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T&J got married

I’ve posted enough pictures from the family wedding we shot for you all to know that we were asked to be the photographers for our niece’s wedding. Here are some more images from that very fun experience. Thanks to T&J for letting us share their beautiful day.

The first two are from the family dinner the night before.

tj_01_wp tj_02_wpThe ceremony was at the beautiful LDS San Antonio Temple.

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Don’t mess with these men.

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tj_13_wpAfter the ceremony, we all headed to Chewy’s for lunch.

tj_12_wpAnd then on to the reception.
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