August 08, 2010
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
I have a hard time believing that it’s August 8th…seriously? Time really flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Anyways, I felt like I really slacked off this week because I waited until the last minute to pull together most of my scavenger hunt items and then I found myself posting multiple shots for each item. As always, I’m really excited to see everyone’s interpretations of the scavenger hunt items and I’m hoping we pick up a few new bloggers today and tomorrow (hint hint).

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The rules are simple: 
  1. Anyone can participate (although it started in a photography board on The Bump). 
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Monday at the latest) – you can use the new button. 
  5. Have fun!
Now for my interpretation of the items this week: 

1. Shadow or Silhouette
Hearts in the Clouds RS
I submitted a different photo for POTW Thursday, but after Friday’s post about Hearts in the Clouds, I’ve been on a mission to really find some hearts in the clouds. As we were driving home yesterday afternoon, I spotted some so I pointed the camera out the window for a couple of shots. I love the tree silhouette in the top photo. Can you see the hearts?
Hearts in the Clouds SOOC
This second photo is SOOC (straight out of the camera), but again, I wanted to show off the hearts in the clouds. For more SOOC shots, go visit The Slurping Life and Murrieta 365 at:

2. Motion Blur
IMG_5205 blog
I shared a couple of these shots the other day from Raleigh Wide Open, but I reserved these for the Scavenger Hunt because of the motion blur.
IMG_5207 blog
ISO 100, f/22, 1/6 sec, 50 mm

3. Magazine
My husband and I love to travel. When we started imagining our honeymoon, he started collecting travel magazines for potential destinations. On our list: Greece, Italy, South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. A few of those destinations are a little unrealistic for one week and we ended up going to St. Maarten – which we loved. However, we still love looking through travel magazines and hope to visit those other destinations soon!

4. Ten
Ten Photos
I decided for my “TEN” photo, that I would photography ten of my new custom postcards that I just ordered from Moo.
Ten Photos - MOO
I decided to use Moo for my postcards after joining Postcrossing. I found it very difficult to find cute postcards (I can find all kinds of cute cards, but postcards were challenging) so I decided that I would print my own photographs. There are other services out there that will print and mail your postcards for you, but I didn’t like that I would never get to touch or write the postcard myself. I really appreciate that personal touch. There are other services like Vistaprint that will print 100 postcards for free through various promotions, but you can only choose one design…again, I didn’t want to send everyone the same post card. With Moo, I was able to choose 20 designs (I could have chosen 60 with a larger order) for 20 unique post cards. I was also able to customize the back a little. Overall, I’m really happy with them and will definitely use them again. Now, I just need to get some stamps.

5. Glass
I was originally going to use the above photo this week to represent glass. However, I didn’t take the photo within the past week (I took it during the Photo Walk two weeks ago), so I felt a little guilty for using it even if I’ve never displayed it for the world to see.
IMG_5306 RS
Then, just yesterday, we were at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival in Cary, North Carolina. As we walked into the festival, we exchanged our tickets for a tasting glass (your ticket included all the beer, bourbon, and other alcohol you could drink). After we found a nice shady spot on the grass, my husband was so kind to find me something I would like, since I don’t really like beer or bourbon (my friend, Jenn, actually thought I’d be drinking at the designated driver table). The above shot is of him holding my glass of Woodchuck Pear Cider – I love the bokeh in the back and the cider was rather tasty.  

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures in your blog and link up at the bottom of this post.  Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until tomorrow at midnight. If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items. As promised, I’m including TWO August 2010 Photo Hunt items (one of these is a bonus, I can only commit to including one each week, but I may decide to be more generous).  
  1. Mood (also your POTW theme)
  2. Something Masculine (August 2010 Photo Hunt item)
  3. Something Feminine (August 2010 Photo Hunt item) 
  4. Your first or last initial (I would be looking for either the letter A or S)
  5. Architecture
Have a great week and happy shooting!


    C’mon, admit it. You’re proud of me! 12:06am. LOL! Just kidding. This scavenger hunt was so much fun. Loved your entries, especially the post cards. I love your shot of the 10, and I love the postcards themselves. Awesome! Hope you get adjusted back to NC time soon! ;-)

    Oh no my name starts with “A”, will try for the next one..

    Love our photos, I saw some hbearts in those clouds

    I am definitely going to give it a go, grabbed your button, what a great idea! thank you for commenting on my blog, what lens do you use most by the way? I did get my 100mm – very exciting! I love lightroom, I tried so hard with photoshop but just couldn’t get it but lightroom is simple. I love your postcards idea, do you send them to people on a whim? I’m worried they would just sit in a drawer as no one writes anymore. I do love your blog and all your inspirational things and I am rambling so will stop now and start the challenge!

    oops, just realised how this all works and I am too late for this week. We are off to sardinia this week so I will start it all when I get back. I assume you start the next week on the sunday?

    All I have to say is wow! Your photos are fabulous as usual!!!

    Love your photos Ashley! I have to check out the postcard link–that looks like fun, and I agree, it’s hard to find a cute postcard. I am very excited for next week’s words as well!

    Like your interpretations…. and thanks for your really kind comments on my photos your words make me smile so thanks.

    thanks for following me, I’m your new follower now,
    there is so many photo chalenges and this one I am a bit late for this week (unles I see somthing interesting) but I’ll try to link up with my entry next week,
    I really like the 10 postcards – what a great idea

    This is so fun! I will see if I can get my act together and join in the fun :D

    These are so great. How fun! I swear, I’m gonna remember to do this one week.

    Those postcards from moo are beautiful! What a great idea to make some of your photos into postcards. :)

    Pear cider? How interesting! Love Moo, BTW and your postcards look beautiful! Great shots this week :)

    Absolutely love your “ten” and “glass” submissions. Might just have to try moo myself. Great work Ashley.

    Great collection for today. Thanks for working in SOOC Sunday.

    I always look forward to seeing your scavenger hunt pictures! I am going to have to join in and just do it next time. I get overwhelmed and then I give up. The postcards are really great! I love that, I am going to have to make some, the Grandparents would love those!

    I love the SOOC heart in the clouds picture! There are some interesting angles going on with how the photo is framed and the clouds seem to be tiled down at an angle. The rays come out as grey blue instead of yellow or white — very interesting!

    Wow, great photos. Love your Motion Blur picture.
    Looks like a fun challenge, must be in it next time.. or hurry up and join.

    I loved joining this week! & Beautiful photos you have shared! Thank you :)

    I’m going to have to enter the scavenger hunt, it sounds like so much fun. I know once football season starts I have a lot more free time on my hands, since I will become a football widow.

    My fave shot is the block windows, I love the light and reflections in the glass.

    Found you through another blog…great shots! I’m a newbie trying to figure everything out so I hope to join you. Quick question—what does POTW mean? Thanks!

    Are you kidding? the topic could be “my big fat toe” and you would still produce a great photograph! LOL, I LOVE both of your glass interpretations. Especially the “empty” beer glass ;)

    Those postcards are fab! I’m definitely going to check out Moo! I’ve been thinking of doing some greeting cards, maybe. Sorry I couldn’t get into the Scavenger Hunt mode today – next week! I did try the motion blur technique again, very subtly this time (if you looked at my last post it was the violinist from the front). Love it! Thanks again for the tutorial!

    Gorgeous postcards! Seems that the quality is quite awesome. Great photos!

    Love your TEN shot and the GLASS window. This is an awesome photo challenge! Thanks.

    Thanks for checking out my blog…your post has so many nice photos, I don’t know where to begin! The macro shot is fun! oh! and I’m going to check out “moo” postcards, too!

    Love your postcards! :)

    I didn’t get to the hunt for last week, so I’ll do my best to get the shots for this week!

    I love your photos and I absolutely love the idea of this meme! I plan to participate soon, next week if possible!

    Thank you so much for the kind comment on my pictures! I was so nervous to post my pictures, because yours (and everyone else who had linked up) were so amazing! I felt so much better after reading your comment. :) Thank you. I love your photos, and this scavenger hunt was so much fun! I’m trying to get an earlier start this week! :)


    I really like the picture for “ten” and the glass block window is really cool. I’ve never seen a heart shaped cloud – at least I don’t think so – so I’m really impressed with yours! (the pics you take out your plane windows are so cool!)

    Fantastic shots, as usual!!! I love your creativity!!! And thanks for the tip on where to get custom postcards! My boys have friends they’d love to send some to in Austria!! I’m amazed at your cloud photos! I’ve got to start looking up!

    fun fun, like the glass windows and your postcards! I love moo!

    Love your entries!!! I love this challenge, I just added mine :)

    Great shots Ashley! I’ve never been to a Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival, but it sounds like lots of fun!

    I have a friend who’s used Moo for business cards and was really happy with them. I’ll have to check it out. I love the idea of making postcards from my own shots!

    Hi Ashley! Thanks for following my blog. I am now following yours. Your photos are amazing! Looking forward to seeing your pics & reading your posts! Have a great day!


    These are all so bright, colorful, and happy! I love Moo but haven’t ordered any for ages, I really should. :)

    BUMMER! I did it! But I missed the linky :( Here’s my post. I’ll try better nexy week.