A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships

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We had the chance to cruise around the Hawaii Islands on this amazing (and way bigger than it looks in this image) cruise ship. When we landed at Kona on the Big Island, we had to take smaller tender boats (the orange crafts on the right) to get to shore. It was a lot of fun. I love being on boats of any size, large cruise liners to small fishing boats.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING CRAFTS THAT MOVE ON THE 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: Moving Waters

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This week, we are on the beautiful island of Maui. Along the road to Hana, there are many amazing waterfalls. People who don’t want to brave the crazy, winding drive will take helicopter outings to see as many of them as possible. We drove, which gave us stunning up close and personal views of them.

Water is the lifeblood of this planet. It’s beauty and force are both awesome and terrifying. For the northern hemisphere, if you live anywhere near mountains that receive snow, June is a month of waiting and wondering. In the mid-1980s, Salt Lake City was hit with record snowfall that led to record flooding. Streets were sandbagged and turned into fast-moving rivers. Already this year, we are seeing weekly reports of people missing or drowned in the high, rushing waters of the rivers and “creeks” that bring the snowmelt down the mountains to the valley lakes. Nature should never be underestimated.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING MOVING 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: Golden Hour

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Aloha! Sorry about the two-week hiatus from the challenge. We had the opportunity to go on a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. I don’t like to give advanced notice of being gone (i.e., empty house) for two weeks, so I didn’t announce it.

But that means that for the next few weeks, at least, you will be flooded by images from the beautiful isles of Hawaii. This image was taken just before sunset at Three Tables Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. Golden hour is the time just before until just after sunset. It creates the perfect lighting for photography and is a photographer’s best friend for outdoor shoots. If you can catch this time on a beach, all the better!

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) WITH PERFECT LIGHTING (IN YOUR OPINION).

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: Extravagance

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When King Ludwig II of Bavaria inherited the throne in 1864, Bavaria was no longer an imperial monarchy, but was now a constitutional monarchy where the king had very little power. In spite of this restraint (or possibly because of it), Ludwig ignored the needs of his country and spent all of his time and most of the national coffers on building elaborate and beautifully fanciful castles. The only one that was completed before he died in 1886 (under very mysterious circumstances) was Linderhof Castle. It’s a miniature remake of the Palace at Versailles in France, including many similar rooms and extended gardens. Pictures of the inside of the castle is not aloud, but you can image how ornate and extravagant it is by looking at the exterior (and yes, that is a gold-leafed statue in the middle of the pool).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHOW EXTRAVAGANCE.

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: Dense

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If you look close (or maybe not so closely) at the top of the very dense forest, you can see the tower of the Ehrenberg Castle ruin. Below is a picture of the full castle, so you can tell just how dense the forest is when looking at it from the foot of the hill where it dwells.

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For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Press’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

I have never been anywhere that is as green as Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Press’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Green.