A Photo a Week Challenge: Off-Center

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PSA: This challenge is for last week and this week. Normal posting dates will resume on August 10. Thank you.

One of the cardinal rules of photography is to not place your main subject in the middle of your frame. It’s all part of that asymmetry stuff that you learned in high school art classes. If you’ve found a photo with a dead-centered subject that you love, but it doesn’t look quite right, try cropping it with your subject off-centered and see if you like it more. The beauty with digital is that you can try several different cropped to see what looks the best and even ask family, friends, or perfect strangers which they like the most.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH THE SUBJECT OFF-CENTER.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At the Edge

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So many photos are taking on the edge of things: cliffs, shores, piers, lives. As photographers, we have the opportunity to capture timeless, solid views and brief, passing moments — all at the edge of something. This view is the edge of the pier at Daybreak Lake, part of a newer community in the Salt Lake Valley. The lake is a perfect setting for photo shoots, but I also found serenity in the bare scene itself.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO FROM OR REPRESENTING AN EDGE.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Birds

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One of Utah’s most prevalent bird species is the red-throated hummingbird. You can find these light-weight beauties throughout the mountains in northern Utah and backyards across the Salt Lake Valley. Many people put up feeders, like this one, to attract the little flyers. This photo was taken at a campground 11 miles up Logan Canyon. We saw closs to 30 birds, and as we watched them, the level of the sugar water in the feeder dropped at least an inch.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF BIRDS.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Aquamarine

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It’s time for another color challenge! Yay! The waters around Hawaii are a beautiful variety of aquamarines. In this photo, you can see the gradual (and sometimes not so gradual) shift from the lighter to the deeper shade of this amazing color. The deeper the water, the deeper the color. So it’s time to get your Pacific Ocean inspired colors on and take or find images with this jewel-shade of the waters.

(P.S. If you are planning any underwater photography in aquamarine waters, the experts recommend a red filter for your camera to counterbalance the affects of the water color. It really does work.)

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING THE COLOR AQUAMARINE.

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: Moving Waters

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This week, we are on the beautiful island of Maui. Along the road to Hana, there are many amazing waterfalls. People who don’t want to brave the crazy, winding drive will take helicopter outings to see as many of them as possible. We drove, which gave us stunning up close and personal views of them.

Water is the lifeblood of this planet. It’s beauty and force are both awesome and terrifying. For the northern hemisphere, if you live anywhere near mountains that receive snow, June is a month of waiting and wondering. In the mid-1980s, Salt Lake City was hit with record snowfall that led to record flooding. Streets were sandbagged and turned into fast-moving rivers. Already this year, we are seeing weekly reports of people missing or drowned in the high, rushing waters of the rivers and “creeks” that bring the snowmelt down the mountains to the valley lakes. Nature should never be underestimated.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING MOVING 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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

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Here is a picture of my best friend (my husband) doing two of his favorite things: traveling in Europe and posing in a fun perspective photo.

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