A Photo a Week Challenge: Quintessential

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According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, quintessential means perfectly typical or representative of a particular kind of person or thing. To me, nothing is more quintessential for the Nederlands and Holland in particular than windmills. During our trip to Europe, we made a stop at Kinderdjik to see the still operating windmills that help to keep the waters at bay for the area. Like most things that are arbitrary, what makes something quintessential is completely in the eye of the beholder. For me, the windmills are quintessentially Dutch, but for someone else it might be a tulip field or a fjord. So look around and find things that show the essence of, well, whatever.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THE REPRESENT THE QUINTESSENTIAL OF ANYTHING THAT STRIKES YOUR FANCY.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Celebration

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Yesterday, the United States of America celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our victory over Great Britain in the American Revolution. We like to celebrate July 4th with fireworks, grilling food, and family gatherings, but especially with fireworks. My husband and I also watched the musical 1776 as a reminder of why we celebrate and what people went through 242 years ago to create this country that we love so much. No matter where you live or what holidays your nation has, we all have celebrations.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO SHOWING CELEBRATIONS.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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: From Below

One of the stops we made on our river cruise was Melk, Austria to visit the beautiful Melk Abbey. The abbey stands on the top of a hill and includes a school and an amazing library, and is one of the most striking sites along the Danube. As we found out, almost every historic building in Europe has scaffolding on it all of the time. At least it’s much less noticeable from below than it is from the courtyard were the second and third photos were taken. This arch is the one you can see on the first photo right in the center.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO SHOT FROM BELOW YOUR SUBJECT.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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: Light the Night

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It’s been a while since I did a night shot challenge. We recent had the chance to visit Budapest, Hungary. One evening, we strolled from Castle Hill down to the banks of the Danube River looking for great night shots of the beautifully illuminated buildings and structures of the city. The first photo is the famous Parliament Building from the banks of the Danube. The second photo is the Chain Bridge taken close to where we took the picture of the Parliament Building, just swinging the camera down the river instead of up. The third photo is the Matthias Church on Castle Hill. The last photo is the Parliament Building from the Fisherman’s Bastion. I highly recommend visiting Budapest. Wonderful food, amazing sites, and fun adventures (the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath was a blast!) await the adventurous soul.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF NIGHT SHOTS.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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: Opening

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I love using arches, doors, and windows to frame images. Using an opening as a frame can create interest and a unique way to see something you’ve looked at a million different times. It can also invite the viewer to want to explore more, to see more. This image is looking at the Matthias Church in Budapest Hungary from an arch in the Fisherman’s Bastion. I love this glimpse of the church’s beautiful tile roof and windows. I also love the detail in the stonework of the archway.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH UNIQUE FRAMING STYLES.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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: A Study in Light

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I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a structural engineer. It means that we get to spend a good amount of time on construction job sites. Some of the funnest are custom homes. I took this picture for several reasons. One, to use on our company website. Two, because I love how the natural light works in the room. And three, so that my husband can make me a room like it when he builds our dream home. So, back to the light thing, I really do love how the natural light works in this room. It will be their formal dining room, and it is just infused with light. (As a side note, I also love the woodwork in the ceiling.)

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF IMAGES FEATURING LIGHT.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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: Gold

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Last fall, I had the privilege of taking senior photos for my nephew. My sister’s yard is an amazing place to do photo sessions, and she’s been so gracious to let me use it whenever possible. As we were walking back to the house after a few shots outside the yard, I grabbed this photo. During editing, I fell in love with how washed in gold it was. Golden Hour becomes truly golden during the fall.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO FEATURING THE COLOR GOLD.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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.