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.

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.

Sunday Stills: Shorelines

PCH 1 shoreThis photo is from our trip along the PCH last October (2012). We spent about 40 minutes on this beach capturing the waves crashing on the rocks along the shoreline.

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Sunday Stills Challenge: Boats

Fishing boatWe love fishing, but usually do it from the shore. While visiting family in California last fall, we had a blast boat fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but it was still so much fun.

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