A Photo a Week Challenge: Perfect Sky

LDS Oquirrh Mountain Temple Skies can be tricky. The best lighting for human subjects is a slight overcast or near dusk/dawn, which can leave your sky a little washed out or darkening. Or if you wait until sunset, you have to get creative with lighting your main subjects (unless the sky is your main subject). Occasionally, I luck out and can get a great sky without sacrificing whatever else is in the picture. The last few weeks have seen a lot of interesting weather in the Salt Lake Valley, from extreme heat (several days in a row over 100) to more rain in a single downpour than we usually get in the entire month of July. Something the sudden storms give us is interesting clouds and early afternoon deep blue skies. For this picture, there were just enough clouds to buffer the LDS Oquirrh Mountain Temple from harsh afternoon sun shadows and allow me to capture some of the beautiful blue sky.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOTS OF SKIES.

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: Blue and White

Oquirrh Mountains

When I asked my husband to help me choose a theme for this week, he thought for a moment and said “Blue and white.” I’m telling you this story because you have to understand that my husband is a dyed-in-the-wool, to the core University of Utah fan (school colors crimson and white), one half of the biggest in-state college rivalry in the United States (the other half being Brigham Young University, school colors blue and black). I was completely surprised by this, because he cringes every time I suggest he wear blue. I did find this beautiful winter sky picture for the challenge. I also couldn’t resist posting another picture of the beautiful Baby R.

Baby R in blue and white

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT HAS BLUE AND WHITE AS EITHER THE MAIN OR ACCENT COLORS.

Look for the blue and white in the world around you, or use your photo editing software to enhance or create images that represent blue and white to you.  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: Bad Weather

Bad weatherIt seems like every time it snows, I run outside my office building and take a picture of this poor tree. This is from mid-fall before all the leaves dropped. It doesn’t show up all that well in the pictures, but it was snowing pretty hard.

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-bad-weather/

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Frozen

Frozen branchUtah rarely gets freezing rain. This morning we woke up to one of the worst commutes in a long time. The airport is shut down, and the city is slowly deciding to send people home and shut down.

This branch is outside my kitchen window, looking into the backyard. I was fascinated by how the ice has encased the wood.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SHOWS WHAT FROZEN MEANS TO YOU.

So many things can freeze: water and cold temperatures, fear, surprise, photography (a frozen moment in time). Blog an image that represents frozen to you, whether it’s weather related or not, and post a link to your find 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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Vivid sunsetWhen the Salt Lake Valley sky is filled with clouds, but there is a break on the western horizon over the Great Salt Lake and the Oquirrh Mountains (pronounced o´-kur), we can get the most amazingly vivid sunsets, like this one. The picture has not been filtered in any way.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/photo-challenge-saturated/