A Photo a Week: Civic Buildings

Scott Matheson Courthouse

My husband is a structural engineer, which means I take a lot of pictures of buildings. Some he has worked on, some he hasn’t. This picture is the Scott Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City. This is a building that my husband worked on. I really lucked out when taking this picture. The sky and sun both cooperated. Weather can wreck havoc when you have to take pictures of buildings, especially large buildings, like courthouses or capitol buildings. Civic buildings are usually interesting and beautiful pieces of architecture, designed to add to a cityscape, so they can be fun to photograph.


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.

One Photo Focus: June

For this week’s challenge, Stacy gave us one of hers. It’s a lovely image that, for me, is a little over-exposed. Seemed like a great challenge!



When I opened the image in Photoshop, I used these settings on the RAW converter:

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Which resulted in this image:


Finally, it seemed like a gentle sepia wash would give the image a lovely nostalgic feeling:


Stacy, thanks, as always, for a fun challenge. For more from this challenge, visit One Photo Focus: June.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Texas State Capitol Papa and Baby CThis week’s photo challenge is about contrasts. The pictures I’m using show two different kinds of contrast.

In the first one, I used my photo editing software to bump up the contrast and saturation to enhance the striking difference between the deep colors of the trees and the facade of the building.

The second picture is of Baby C and his great-grandpapa, one life at the beginning and the other nearing the end of a long and very productive time on this earth.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monumental

For this week’s challenge, I found two pictures: one from nature, one man-made. The first one is from a trip to Escalante, Utah a few years ago. This majestic view can ben found while driving along the Burr Trail.

Along the Burr Trail

The second is of the front of the LDS Salt Lake Temple taken this past fall.

LDS Salt Lake Temple

Check out other entries and maybe try the challenge out for yourself at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/monument/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

abandoned_wpWhile this dilapidated barn may seem abandoned, it is actually a fully-functioning barn for the property where it lives, but it’s weathered look really makes you think it’s no longer used. The next shot is of a barn that is no longer used as anything except for temporary shelter for the horses pasturing in the same field where it lives.

abandoned2_wpAnd my final picture for this challenge is one I blogged last year for another challenge (carefree). I think this expresses the other well-known meaning of abandoned perfectly.

Boating at Jordanelle


Temple Under Glass

SLTemple_thu_glassIf you’ve been to Salt Lake City, then you know that one of the most popular tourist attractions is the majestic LDS (aka Mormon) Temple in the heart of the city. This building took the Mormon settlers 40 years to build, including the need to repour the foundation because they buried it when they thought a division of the U.S. Army was coming to attack them and then they discovered a crack in it when they excavated to continue construction. The granite used to build it was quarried from a canyon on the east side of the valley. This picture was taken through the picture windows in the Visitor’s Center just south of the temple on Temple Square. I took this picture at Christmas time, when the square is decorated with thousands of lights and a life-sized nativity for the holiday.