A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. This weekend, we were in Chicago and decided to take a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan. The weather seemed pleasant until we were about two blocks from the beach. The wind along the shore was so strong that we did contemplate turning back, but decided to forge on. The waves were massive and looked very dangerous, but gave us some great shots. I really like this one of with the seagulls and the beacon. We usually like to walk out to the beacons, but decided to forego that on this particular day. It looked a little dicey on the pier.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURES WATER OF ANY KIND.

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: The Fruits of Your Labor

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My family bottles fruit. A lot. We had a lot of fruit trees on the quarter-acre property my parents’ small house sat on. There were apricots, apples, Italian prunes, plumes, nectarines, but most especially peaches. Two peach trees. Trees that produced a ton of fruit each year. Near the end of each summer, my mom and my grandmother would sit in our kitchen and preserve the “fruit of the week”. We had shelves and shelves of Mason jars like this one that we would make our way through throughout the year. My favorite was always the grape juice. Oh yeah.

Last night and tonight, I spent the evenings with my mother bottling peaches. We didn’t grow them, but we bought them, pealed them, cut them up, and boiled the…well…heck out of them so that they can now sit on our shelves to be eaten with great enthusiasm and delight throughout the next year or two.

So, what is something that you are particularly proud that you’ve accomplished?

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT SHOWS SOMETHING YOU TAKE GREAT SATISFACTION IN HAVING ACCOMPLISHED.

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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: The Devil is in the Details

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Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely wedding. The bride wore a beautiful, antique pink gown with this intricate detailing on the bodice and skirt. While she was busy having her hair and makeup expertly done, I snagged this up-close shot of the wedding dress, hoping to capture the stunning handiwork. The wedding went off without a hitch, and everyone had a grand time at the party.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURE DETAILS.

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: Delicate

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Sorry about the late night posting for this challenge. It’s been a couple of crazy, stressful weeks. But that’s for another time. This week’s challenge is delicate. These beautiful blossoms drew me, and I’ve used other images from this same shoot for other challenges. I love the delicate look of the petals and the delicate pink coloring.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURE DELICACY.

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: Street Lights

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In my travels, I have noticed that evening and night street lighting is part of the unique experience for each location I visit. Even within a city, the type of lighting used at night changes depending on the area. Time Square in New York is almost as bright at night as it is during the day, just a different kind of bright. Residential parts of Chicago use softer, less noticeable street lamps. A small village in Scotland might not have any lighting at night except what is in the sky. This lamp is on the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary. The lamps line the bridge on both sides and help provide the beautiful illumination the city is famous for.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURE STREET LIGHTS.

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

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude

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(Sorry this is a day late. )

One thing that really draws me to portrait photography is being able to capture someone’s personality. This little sweetie is my great-niece (and she really is a great niece). I did some family photos for my sister’s-in-law family this summer, and this cutie sure was a blast to work with. She is a twin and completely different from her sister in temperament. She is bold and sassy and utterly adorable.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT PORTRAYS ATTITUDE.

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.
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A Photo a Week Challenge: Music

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In most countries, culture is infused with music. It is part of history as well as current events. Like other art forms, music not only tells the story of an era, but also helps to shape it. During times of war and conflict, popular music becomes more nationalistic and patriotic. During the Great Depression, popular music not only lifted people up, but also spoke of the struggles of many. When a place is experiencing peace and prosperity, popular music is usually more bubbly and lively. One thing that popular music has always done is shock the older generations. My parents didn’t like our music. Their parents didn’t like their music. And on back throughout the centuries. Johann Sebastian Bach (ah, Bach) was an underpaid, little-recognized chapelmeister in Leipzig, Germany for the majority of his professional career. His music wasn’t “discovered” until Felix Mendelssohn conducted a performance of the Saint Matthew Passion in 1829 (it was the first performance since Bach’s death in 1750).

On our recent trip to Europe, we caught this fun, live band in Regensburg, Germany on Corpus Christi Day at a Biergarten. The food was amazing, and the band was even better.

So what’s your favorite music?

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT INCLUDES MUSIC IN SOME FORM OR OTHER.

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.