Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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I live at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The peaks are majestic and awe-inspiring, and not a little intimidating for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by very tall mountains.

The first picture (taken this week) is from a freeway overpass looking the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The second picture (taken June 2016) is of Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.

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

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Off the Beaten Track

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In the 1950s, my grandfather built a cabin in the National Forest deep in the Uinta Mountains. It’s been in our family ever since. To get there, you have to get to the small, mountain town of Kamas, Utah. From there, you take the Mirror Lake Highway (a scenic byway between Kamas, Utah and Evanston, Wyoming). About half way between mile markers 14 and 15 is the Soapstone Basin turn off. After you cross the Provo River, the paved road becomes a well-kept dirt road. When you come to the first fork, you go to the right to get to the “gated” community of the Soapstone Summer Homes. Don’t let the grand name fool you; only a handful of the cabins here (most built between 1940 and 1970) could pass for a luxury get-away home. We finally had ours wired for electricity in 1999. This photo is the hill just before the last turn before you get to our property. We don’t own the land (that belongs to the National Forest), just the building and contents. But the scenery is spectacular.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF SOMEWHERE YOU GO TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSSLE AND BUSTLE OF OTHERS.

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: Texture

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We usually think of texture as a tangible, touchable thing, but it is so important when creating images. When shooting babies, I like to include textured blankets and wraps to enhanced the look of the that baby-smooth skin. The face of an oder person with lots of wrinkles gives character and backstory to a simple portrait. The textures found in nature provide light and shadow contrast, as in my closeup of the red rock in southern Utah.

You can also add texture to an image in post production by increasing clarity or sharpness. Many programs have ready-made texturing settings to add canvass or film textures to your image. So whether you are going for a native texture (the image just came that way) or enhanced texture (added post-production), let’s see what you’ve got!

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS WITH NATIVE OR ADDED TEXTURE.

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: 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.