Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

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Flowing water and waterfalls are constant reminders of the power of gravity.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less).

A Photo a Week Challenge: Graduation

Graduation at Gonzaga

Graduation season is upon us. College graduations are in full swing, and high schools will be starting next month. We just came back from our daughter’s law school graduation from Gonzaga University. It was a great trip, and she did amazingly well (graduating Magna Cum Laude and ranked 25th in her class). I snagged this picture after the ceremony as she and her boyfriend were walking ahead of the rest of us (and all frantically snapping pictures of their cuteness).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS OF GRADUATION CEREMONIES AND GRADUATES.

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: Dead Center

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Most of the time, photographers are told to frame their subject or subjects using the rule of thirds, and there’s a very good reason for that. Our eyes love asymmetry. We prefer looking at things that are things grouped into odd numbers. However, like most rules, there are times when you need to break it, so it’s important to know and understand the rule so that you can explain why you broke it. For this image, the colors and intricacies of the petals give the image so much life and vibrancy that, for me, the eye doesn’t mind that the flower is in the middle of the image. I didn’t even need to touch it post-processing (that’s what shooting during the golden hour will do for you many times).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS WITH CENTERED SUBJECTS.

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Red and yellow flower

To me, the master artist is the Creator of all things. We spend so much of our creative juices and energy attempting to imitate what He has done. And that’s okay. Imitation is the greatest compliment.