A Word a Week: Red

Red, red rose

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Off-Centered

Red rose bud

One of the first things you learn in most photography classes is that you shouldn’t put your main subject in the center of your photograph. Our eyes love things that are not even. We also enjoy looking at things that aren’t symmetrical, aligned perfectly, or come in even groups (3s and 5s are preferred). A general rule of thumb for framing your image is the law of threes: divide your viewing area into a grid with three rows and three columns. Place your main subject anywhere in the grid except dead center. One thing that’s really nice with digital photography is that you can experiment with the placement of your subject without having to go through the expense of processing the film to see if you guessed correctly.


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. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A picture … and a contest

Peace rose in full bloom

This contest is now closed. I have contacted the winner, and I will post who it is as soon I hear back from them. Thank you, all!

I realized the other day that I’ve reached a small milestone on this blog. Word a Week: Mistake was my 100th post. That’s a lot of posting and a lot of pictures. So I’ve decided to offer a contest. The rules are simple; entering is even simpler.

Rules: Anyone who can read this blog may enter (including family members). International entries are acceptable. If you are the winner, the only “off limits” images are the ones that are obviously people I care about. There are few things I can think of that give me the creeps more than someone displaying a non-artistic picture of people they don’t know. *shudder*

How to Enter: Starting today and ending at midnight on October 23, 2013, comment on this post and tell me what your favorite image is and why.

Prize: An 8×10 of any one of the images on this blog (I do own all the rights to them, after all). It will probably be the one you mention in your comment — barring the limitations mentioned in the Rules. The winner will be selected randomly in a drawing on October 24, 2013. I will post who the winner is on the blog and how to contact me so that I can send you the print. I live in the Western United States, so delivery time will be affected by how far away you live from me and what the mail service is like there.

I’m looking forward to discovering what kinds of pictures ya’ll like to see.