Thankful November 19th: Light

I know it may seem obvious and a bit silly to say, but I am so thankful for light, and not just as a photographer. The other evening, we had the most glorious sunset. I was driving and couldn’t stop and grab a picture of it. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the beauty and not worry about angles and f-stops and aperture. C.S. Lewis once wrote “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

Stonehenge in sepia

I know I’ve posted this image before, but it’s perfect for this challenge.

For more entries, visit Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Perspective

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I love perspective shots. The first time I went to England, I probably took more pictures of hallways, side streets, and archways than the friends I traveled with (I wish I was kidding about this). In art classes in elementary school, I always drew the corner of the building with vanishing points on each side. To my credit, I wanted to be an architect, along with a free-lance photojournalist for the National Geographic Society magazine. Perspective shots can be fun to find, fun to photograph, and fun to edit, so that you get just the right angle and focus in your image.

Here are a few of photos from that first trip to England. Just more proof that I might need some professional help.

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Millenium Bridge, London
St. Paul’s

London's underground tube Street life

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF INTERESTING OR UNUSAL PERSPECTIVES.

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: Religious buildings

Salt Lake Temple at Christmas

Christmas in Salt Lake City is never complete without a visit to Temple Square to see the lights. The Salt Lake Temple is an impressive architectural masterpiece that took 40 years to build. It is an icon of Utah and the LDS church. During the warmer months, the grounds are resplendent with flowers and manicured landscaping.

LDS Salt Lake Temple

So many cities throughout the world have amazing religious buildings. We found this beautiful ceiling in Bath Abbey, Bath, England.

Bath Abbey ceiling

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) THAT FEATURE RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS.

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.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Open Topic

Stonehenge in sepia

For this week, Cee is giving everyone carte blanche. I chose my favorite shot of Stonehenge from our trip to Great Britain last fall. Thanks, Cee!

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Open Topic.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Flare

Sun flare

Sun and lens flares can be annoying, but they can also be a serendipitous happening. A well-placed or timed flare can add a wonderful hazy, sleepy feeling to an image. It can give a nice backlit affect. There are also times when you add a flare of some kind to an image. PhotoShop has several levels of flares you can add to an image. This image was taken in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, and the sun flare was a natural, happy chance.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH SUN OR LENS FLARE (REAL OR ADDED).

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: Anticipation

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If you ask a child, waiting is not fun. However, most adults have learned the value of savoring the feeling while waiting for something good to happen. In my research to be a good wedding photographer, I learned that most brides lament the lack of pictures of the couple kissing. However, I find the moment before the kiss is actually a better shot. You can feel the anticipation and joy in the moment. (And there’s the added bonus that the couple’s faces aren’t obscured by being squished into each other.)

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This shot was taken at Heathrow Airport many years ago when I traveled to England with two very good friends. We were waiting for the rest of our luggage to make its way off the plane, onto the conveyor belt, and into our anxious hands so that we could truly begin our adventure.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT SHOW ANTICIPATION.

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: Bucket List

Stonehenge

My husband and I recently returned from a two-week vacation to the U.K. We both have a lot of ancestors from England and Scotland (and Ireland, but that’s for another trip). Before we left, my hubby did a lot of family history research to find places that we should visit with family ties. Because of his research and the fact that he hadn’t been to Britain before, he found places he hadn’t realized were on his bucket list that became very important for him to visit and see (I think we made it to all of them). This was my second trip to the U.K., and I had a few of very specific places I wanted to go that I had missed the first time: Bath, Stonehenge, and the Scottish highlands. We made it to all three. Check, check, and check.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF ACCOMPLISHING A BUCKET LIST ITEM OR THAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE FUTURE.

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.