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.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

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Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona can feel like standing on the edge of the world.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

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Though sighting lizards in the Escalante/Horse Canyon area of Utah is not rare, it is rare to have one sit still long enough for you to grab a good shot of them unless you are willing to stay in one place for a long time. We didn’t have that luxury, so we’re very happy this guy didn’t find us too scary to pose.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Monuments

 

The world is filled with amazing natural wonders. Sometimes, we travel half way around the world to see them, like we did this summer to see the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Sometimes, you find them closer to home. The red rock canyons of southern Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona are within a day’s drive of our home. We love traveling the globe and finding fascinating places to visit and photograph.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO Of MONUMENTS FOUND IN NATURE.

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.