A Photo a Week Challenge: Squares and Circles

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Sorry about the late posting for this week’s challenge. I guess my photo is my excuse. Yesterday was insanely busy, and I didn’t realize that I missed the challenge until I was in bed last night. This week’s challenge is all about mixing squares and circles. Photography is a rectangular activity. Even though our lenses are round, the output is not. You can create a round image using post-processing methods. You can also create a round image using scissors on a print (very old-fashioned). I used the cropping tool in Photoshop to put my round pie into a square.

For anyone who is interested: my pie is a take on a blueberry sour cream pie recipe that I found online. A friend asked me to make a pie for a church fundraiser dessert auction dinner that’s tonight. When I mentioned the blueberry pie, she asked me to it with raspberries instead (she’s not a fan of blueberries) because she wants to buy it. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING SQUARES AND CIRCLES TOGETHER IN YOUR IMAGES.

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.
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2017 Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge Week 48: B&W Square Format

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For more from this challenge, visit Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge 2017: Week 48 B&W Square Format Photography.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Made by Hand

There is always something special about items that are made by hand. When I was younger, one of my favorite pieces of furniture at my grandmother’s house was a corner hutch that my mom and her father had built together when she was just a girl. My grandfather had ordered it as a kit, but the corner Grandma wanted it in was irregular, so he had to modify it to fit. It wasn’t until it was moved to my parents’ home that you could tell just how much he had to change the back to get it into that corner.

My husband loves it when I spend a day in the kitchen. I love baking, and the season change from summer to fall always seems to bring out the super baker in me. Today, I made bread and a fresh peach pie. The house smells wonderful, and I’m looking forward a piece of fresh-baked bread with butter melting on it. I better wrap this up so I can do that now!

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF THINGS MADE BY HAND (YOURS OR SOMEONE ELSE’S).

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: Fresh Baked

Fresh baked bread

I love baking (I actually have a cooking blog, though sadly it’s been a while since I posted a recipe there). A few months ago, I found a really good and easy bread recipe that I no longer need the recipe to make. So, in a first (and probably last) for this blog, here is the recipe to go along with the image:

Homemade white bread
  • 2-1/4 C hot water (115-120F)
  • 2-1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3 Tbl sugar
  • 2 Tbl vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbl salt
  • 6 to 6-3/4 C flour, divided
  1. In a large bowl, mix water and yeast. Once yeast has activated (clumped together and starting to smell yeasty), add sugar, oil, and salt. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, and mix well. Add the additional flour one cup at a time until you have a nice, elastic dough
  2. Turn dough out on hard, floured surface (I use my wooden kitchen table) and knead for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Oil a large bowl and put dough in bowl, turning once to oil both sides.
  4. In a warm place, allow to rise until double in size (1 to 1-1/2 hours). Punch down and divide into two greased loaf pans.
  5. Allow to rise again until double in size (about 1 hour). Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 33 minutes or until golden brown and hollow sounding when you tap the top.
  6. Remove from pans to cooling rack. You can brush top with melted butter, if you like that sort of thing.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURE FOOD AND BAKED ITEMS.

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: Object

Licking the bowlThis week’s challenge is to have a tangible object in your photo as both the inspiration and subject of the photo. I do a lot of cooking and baking (a lot), and my husband is a big fan of licking the bowl/spoon/scraper/whatever, especially if there’s any kind of batter involved. For this challenge, I picked my favorite scraper as my object. The fact that my husband is attached to it is part and parcel of selecting it for my photo.

And just for kicks and giggles, here’s another one in black and white. Let me know which one you like better.

Licking the bowl in black and white

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/

A Photo a Week Challenge: Square

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I love looking at different shapes. I love how they form our world, and how variety creates beauty. I also love baking. My sister introduced me to a square cupcake pan that I finally got around to using. It is amazing and fun.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OF SQUARES.

Look around and find the squares around you. Blog an image that represents squares to you 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.