Thankful November 13th: My Home Town

To be honest, I haven’t moved very far from where I grew up. It’s a five to ten minute drive from our current home to my childhood home. As such, you could really say that I still live in my hometown, and I’m very grateful for that. Salt Lake City surprises quite a few people who come to visit. Though it’s not a huge city by any stretch of the imagination, it’s also not small or super backwards (depending on who you talk to). You can listen to a world-class symphony (the Utah Symphony), enjoy a play or musical presented by one of the top regional theater companies in the country (Pioneer Theatre Company at the University of Utah), enjoy world-class skiing at one of the many resorts less than an hour from downtown, take a hike up the Wasatch front for a break-taking view of the Salt Lake Valley, or take a tour of the beautiful grounds around the Salt Lake Temple.

Thankful November 6th: Utah

Earlier I posted about how I’m thankful for the beauty of our wonderful earth. Today, I wanted to focus on my home state of Utah. Utah has amazing diversity in nature, from lush forests to desert to red rock formations and mountains. When the Mormon pioneers first settled here, the leader Brigham Young prophesied that the industries of the pioneers would make the desert blossom like the rose, and it truly has. The Salt Lake Valley has a population of over 1 million people, and the state has a population of over 3 million.

I love traveling around this beautiful state, photographing nature and people across the landscape.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

This is one of my favorite views on Temple Square during the Christmas season. Even thought this tree is light from the bottom, many of the trees and bushes throughout the square are hand-strung with Christmas lights. I can’t imagine how many hours it takes, but the results are stunning each year.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban

Downtown Salt Lake City offers several urban locations. One of my favorites is Temple Square, home to the famous Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was downtown today with some friends for lunch, and as we walked back to our car, this was my view of the temple.

I’m also including a few other photos I’ve taken of downtown Salt Lake City, Chicago, and New York, just because I know that the temple doesn’t have a typical urban look.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) WITH AN URBAN THEME.

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.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Favorite

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Cee’s taking a break from this challenge for Thanksgiving and asked people to post either another kitchen item or their favorite black & white image. This is one of my favorites from this fall. I was on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, which is just east of the Salt Lake Temple, giving you a great straight-on view of the temple spires and the Angel Moroni statue.

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: Directional

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Sorry about the late posting for this week’s challenge. I’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. If you celebrated today, I hope you enjoyed the holiday.

This week’s challenge is about directions. There are many ways to capture directions in photos. I’ve chosen one of the stone and metal compasses that you find along South Temple outside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Street signs, traffic signs, weather vanes, and compasses help provide direction. We can also receive direction from a teacher or spiritual leader. We may seek guidance from nature or scripture or our own inner instinct.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHOWS OR REPRESENTS DIRECTION.

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: Under Glass

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Salt Lake City is home to an amazing French bakery appropriately named Gourmandise The Bakery. I went in after a fun afternoon of shooting pictures around the city and Temple Square, and I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of the pastry offerings on display in the glass cases.

Shooting pictures through glass can be a tricky business. You have to account for any glare from artificial and natural lighting. You also have to make sure that your camera is focusing on the item behind the glass and not the glass itself. And you have to make the proper adjustments (either in the camera or later in processing) for any color aberrations that can happen because of the previous two things. But it can also give you some amazing images.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF ITEMS UNDER GLASS.

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.