A Photo a Week Challenge: Under the Lights

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Ever find yourself in a tricky lighting situation? We recently went to an outdoor symphony concert. The symphony performed in a temporary amphitheater at Deer Valley near Park City, Utah. It’s an amazingly beautiful venue for a concert (mountains, first-class resorts, mountains, fresh air, mountains…). As the concert drew to a close and the sun had long set behind the mountain peaks, it was tricky to find the best settings on the camera to capture the stage without a flash (not allowed during the concert), without it being too dark and without a lot of shaking motion (we had left the tripod in the car). For this image, I used my 50mm lens; exposure: 1/320 sec; f/2.0; ISO: 500. The concert definitely ended with a bang (the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky and Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa), and I was able to grab this great shot.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF TRICKY LIGHTING SITUATIONS.

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: Vintage

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The vintage look is very popular right now. It’s a fun look to play around with. Most photo editing software will come with canned vintage presets you can apply to your images. In Photoshop, I use Curves, contrast, and saturation to get the vintage look I want. It’s fun and challenging at the same time.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF THAT HAVE OR USE A VINTAGE LOOK.

Note: Older photos you can in that naturally have a vintage look are welcome, too.

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: Zoom

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted the Draper City Park’s Tree of Life in the Lights challenge. This week. I’m posting the same tree, only with a closer zoom. It’s amazing the details you can see in the zoomed picture: the individual lights, some of the expressions on the people’s faces looking at the tree, the leaves still desperately clinging to the branches. This week’s challenge is to find or take two shots of the same subject, with one zoomed in to show greater detail and a different perspective.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE TWO (OR MORE…) PHOTOS OF THE SAME SUBJECT AT DIFFERENT DISTANCES.

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.

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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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Lights

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With the Christmas season upon us, lights have become an important part of most people’s homes and cubicles at work. At the Draper City Park, this tree is the center point of their light display. To get this shot, I placed my tripod on the hill overlooking the tree and asked people to let me get a clear shot.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) THAT FEATURE LIGHTS OF ANY KIND.

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: 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.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lights

I may be cheating a little with this one, but I really like how the subject is backlit.

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At least in the next one, the lights are visible in the photo.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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Most Christians hope that our lives reflect the perfect life of Christ. This picture was taken during Christmas time at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This manger scene is in the middle of a large reflecting pond in front of the main gates of the temple. The gold lights reflected off the water and illuminated the area perfectly to make this shot possible.

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