A Photo a Week Challenge: Happiness Is…

Our daughter is getting married a week from today (PSA: there will be no challenge next Thursday). They asked me to take their engagement pictures (and no, I am not shooting the wedding). The wedding will be in one of the Salt Lake Valley canyons, so we went there to take the photos. We are so happy for them. They are perfect for each other. They make each other happy, as you can see from these pictures. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. (P.S. Sorry about the photo dump. We’re a little proud of our children.)

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY OR THAT SHOW HAPPINESS.

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. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

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Though sighting lizards in the Escalante/Horse Canyon area of Utah is not rare, it is rare to have one sit still long enough for you to grab a good shot of them unless you are willing to stay in one place for a long time. We didn’t have that luxury, so we’re very happy this guy didn’t find us too scary to pose.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cut by a River

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Water is a powerful part of our world. It covers two-thirds of the Earth. It can literally move mountains and cut valleys. It has shaped the face of landscape for millennia. Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona is a meander of the Colorado River five miles downstream from Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. You reach this site by hiking a fairly easy three-quarter mile hike from U.S. Route 89. The overlook is 1,000 feet above the river and gives a spectacular view of the power of centuries of erosion.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS CREATED BY WATER.

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. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Under the Lights

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Ever find yourself in a tricky lighting situation? We recently went to an outdoor symphony concert. The symphony performed in a temporary amphitheater at Deer Valley near Park City, Utah. It’s an amazingly beautiful venue for a concert (mountains, first-class resorts, mountains, fresh air, mountains…). As the concert drew to a close and the sun had long set behind the mountain peaks, it was tricky to find the best settings on the camera to capture the stage without a flash (not allowed during the concert), without it being too dark and without a lot of shaking motion (we had left the tripod in the car). For this image, I used my 50mm lens; exposure: 1/320 sec; f/2.0; ISO: 500. The concert definitely ended with a bang (the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky and Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa), and I was able to grab this great shot.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF TRICKY LIGHTING SITUATIONS.

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. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Engines

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This is the engine of the boat we took from Lausanne to Chillon Castle on Lake Leman (aka Lake Geneva).

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Things with Engines or Motors.