A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to travel to the Mesa/Gilbert, Arizona area for a family wedding. While there, we experimented with long exposure night photography. The LDS Gilbert Arizona Temple proved to be the perfect subject for our venture, and the weather cooperated better than we could have hoped, and we are very pleased with the results. When working with longer shutter speeds, it’s vital to have a tripod and really nice to use a shutter remote instead of having to touch the camera. It’s also important to be patient and experiment with different settings on your camera. We got better results with f-stops of 5 or higher to avoid too much light hitting the sensor.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE YOUR FAVORITE NIGHT SHOTS (WITH LONGER EXPOSURE TIMES OR NOT).

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.

Thankful November 10th: Family

I know that I’ve already mentioned my parents and my siblings in individual posts, but I have a lot more family. My husband’s family is very large (he is the youngest of eight kids). I have a wonderful group of aunts, uncles, and cousins. I inherited four wonderful children when I married my husband. And then there are people who aren’t blood relation, but are still family. Family is very important to me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

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Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona can feel like standing on the edge of the world.

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cut by a River

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Water is a powerful part of our world. It covers two-thirds of the Earth. It can literally move mountains and cut valleys. It has shaped the face of landscape for millennia. Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona is a meander of the Colorado River five miles downstream from Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. You reach this site by hiking a fairly easy three-quarter mile hike from U.S. Route 89. The overlook is 1,000 feet above the river and gives a spectacular view of the power of centuries of erosion.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS CREATED BY 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: Natural Monuments

 

The world is filled with amazing natural wonders. Sometimes, we travel half way around the world to see them, like we did this summer to see the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Sometimes, you find them closer to home. The red rock canyons of southern Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona are within a day’s drive of our home. We love traveling the globe and finding fascinating places to visit and photograph.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO Of MONUMENTS FOUND IN NATURE.

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: Neon Signs

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Sorry this is a day late. We’re having a very busy summer, and it’s wrecking havoc with my normal blogging schedule. But enough excuses. This week’s challenge is neon signs. To me, a fancy lit neon sign is nostalgic Americana. They are used everywhere from small-town main street to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. My image is from Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert, Arizona. It’s famous for its amazingly delicious menu and cool environs. We were visiting a couple of weeks ago for a family wedding and happened on it by chance. As we were leaving, I grabbed this last shot of the sign above the main door. Hmmm, now I want a dark chocolate shake. Dang!

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

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.