September 01, 2010
August 2010 Photo Hunt: Unveiled
For the past month, I have carried a list of items around with me to photograph…all for the sake of the August 2010 Photo Hunt. Some of these items were more challenging than others, but I am overall, pretty proud of my work (and excited about the next challenge). I’ve shared many of these photos on my blog before, but I did want to save a few surprises. Without further discussion, here are my items:

1. A Flag that Represents Me
Ashley Sisk: Flag that Represents Me
I met up with my friend, Beth, the other night for dinner. As I walked up to her door, I spotted this flag and thought, “now that flag represents me!” There are so many days that I wish I could be this lazy…just looking up into the sky. Of course, I guess I could have also chosen to use the American Flag, but I was looking for humor.

2. Something Comfortable
Ashley Sisk: Something Comfortable
I shared this photo a couple of weeks ago for the RAW(e) challenge: pink. I’ve since edited this shot of my lounge pants for the photo hunt. My husband’s cousin tells me that Victoria’s Secret is the best place to buy a chest (since I don’t have one)…I tend to think it’s the best place to buy lounge pants. 

3. Something in Season
Ashley Sisk: Something in Season
The other night, a group of girls from one of my college classes decided to get together for a reunion. My friend, Meghan, made a delicious summer pasta with spinach, tomatoes and peppers (and I’m sure something else that I’m forgetting). It was absolutely delicious and perfect for the season. 

4. Feet
Ashley Sisk: Feet
When I saw “feet” on the list, I didn’t really want to enter a picture of my feet…so, I decided that Kitty Paw’s feet would have to take one for the team. Here she is, laying on top of our couch…stretched out. She wasn’t sure what I was doing, but she did allow me to photograph her. 

5. Repetition
Ashley Sisk: Repetition
This is a sign I pass everytime we go to my husband’s family’s home in the western part of the state. Each time we pass it, I have to laugh as “Community Communicator” seems rather redundant…or “REPETITIVE”.  

6. Culture
Ashley Sisk: Culture
I thought I’d re-share this shot taken at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival to represent culture. BBQ is a huge part of North Carolina culture. In fact, if you ask anyone that’s from the state about their favorite BBQ, they’re bound to give you an opinion. Me – I like eastern NC style BBQ that is cooked in vinegar. My husband prefers western BBQ that uses a red-tomato based sauce.  

7. Contrast
Ashley Sisk: Contrast
When I originally posted this picture, someone mentioned that this shot would also work for “contrast.” I do like the contrast of the background, the colors and then the stainless steel carousel.  

8. An Indulgence
Ashley Sisk: An Indulgence
I love chocolate…I love cake. I think when I was cutting my piece, I made this one extra large. Yum. 

9. A Macro or Closeup
Ashley Sisk: Macro Caterpillar
You guys know that I love macro shots, so this item was only a matter of choosing which one for the photo hunt. I took this shot over the weekend while chasing butterflies. Had I not gotten a butterfly shot, I would have used this shot with some story about how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. I had a couple of shots up on my computer and asked my husband which macro was his favorite. He kept coming back to this one because of the color and the way the grass moves around the caterpillar. I admit…it looks pretty cool. 

10. Something Masculine
Ashley Sisk: Something Masculine
Again, another item I wasn’t sure about, but we (my husband and I) decided that a muscle car was a classic representation of something masculine. Of course, we don’t own a muscle car. I had taken a picture of a Harley in July…but that wouldn’t have counted for this challenge. So, we went to the store to buy a Hot Wheels car. I love the way this shot turned out. 

11. Something Feminine
Ashley Sisk: Something Feminine
Another shot I shared weeks ago for RAW(e). The prompt was something vintage. I pulled together my pearl necklace, my bridal garter, and my bridal earrings – placed them on a mirror and used the sun to create a vintage effect. I’ve since processed the photo but these are all very feminine items. 

12. Light
Ashley Sisk: Light
I’m never quick enough to catch a good sunset, but I was able to catch this moment on our way to my visit my in-laws. It almost looks like we’re driving into the light

13. Eco-Friendly
Ashley Sisk: Eco-Friendly
At my father-in-law’s store this past weekend, I was wondering around his lot wondering what I could shoot to represent eco-friendly. I passed a “flex-fuel” truck and thought that might work.  

14. Business
Ashley Sisk: Business
This is another shot from my father-in-law’s business. I love the way the letters look on the shop’s doors.  

15. Arrow
Ashley Sisk: Service Arrow
This old sign has seen better days and I originally was noticing the clouds. However, when I looked down at my LCD screen, I noticed an arrow. Perfect! 

16. Something Wet
Ashley Sisk: Something Wet
I’m always drooling over Courtney‘s water droplet shots. Although I am not going to top her shots, I did capture this one rain drop hanging on this leaf in our front yard. 

17. Something Dry
Ashley Sisk: Something Dry
Well, this shot isn’t going to win any awards…with the exception of maybe the “LAME” award. I was running out of ideas for something dry. We’d just put away our “dry” clothes, so the other morning I snapped a quick shot of our dryer sheets. About a year or so ago, we had to switch to all “free and sensitive” products (free of dyes and fragrances) because I found myself breaking out. I don’t usually notice a difference until I wear a piece of clothing that hasn’t been washed with “free” products or sleep in a bed that has used any sort of fragrance in the washing solution. Yeah I know…weird. 

18. Butterflies
Ashley Sisk: Butterfly
This shot almost didn’t happen. On Saturday, we got back to the house before anyone else and didn’t have a key. Luckily, I did have my camera and macro lens so I started chasing bugs (this was probably hilarious to watch from my husband’s perspective). In particular, I wanted ONE butterfly shot. Well ONE is all I got, but I love how it turned out.  

19. Heart-Shaped Clouds
Ashley Sisk: Hearts in the Clouds
This might be a stretch…but you can kinda see hearts in the clouds here. I see one smaller one on the right side of the photo and I kinda see a bigger one in the center. This was a really tough one to capture. 

20. Strength
Ashley Sisk: Strength
Finally, I asked our niece if she would show me “strength.” She wasn’t sure what to do but here she is pointing to her arm muscle as well as her head. The more I think about it, I think she’s subtly telling me that her strength is in her mind. 

So those are my items. For more August 2010 Photo Hunt entries, go to: Photo Hunt Challenges. I am with a client all day and traveling all night, but I will swing by to check out your entries as soon as I have a chance (likely while I’m waiting for my flight later tonight). Until then, have a great day!

    Great work Ashley! I think you did a great job with all of them. I love your interpretation of dry and I love your niece’s interpretation of strength!

    Wow! You did a really great job, Ashley.

    Love your interpretation of the subjects. My favorite is the macro of the caterpillar. Awesome!

    Of course they are all great, but I love your caterpillar and your waterdrops shots. Beautiful! I also like your interpretation of the flag shot.

    My butterfly shot almost didn’t happen as well, those guys are elusive!

    Great job! They were fun to look at.

    gosh that cat paws are too pretty

    amazing photos. i love the light shot so much!

    I think I may have them all but I’m not sure. All your entries are great. Your arrow one and light one is great.

    Wow I’m impressed ! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog ♥

    Awesome job Ashley! One of these months I might just join you on the hunt. I’m sure I wouldn’t even come close to all the great photos you’ve taken.

    If I HAD to pick a favorite, I think it would be the “feet” photo. Love an adorable “Kitty Paw”… ;-)

    Love your macro shots–I like your lounge pants :)

    Ashley, I love your take on all of these! I specially love the Femine and the masculine. But they are all awesome!

    great work. Love your droplet shot. I want to participate next month. Gorgeous photos.

    Your interpretation is Fabulous!! I love them all but the Flag and the “repetition” are my favorites! Great job!

    Great job Ashley. I had full intentions of doing the Photo Hunt this month but somehow lost track of time. Next month. Definitely.

    These are all great! Those butterflies are difficult little creatures to capture! I LOVE the caterpillar – it’s amazing!

    What a fabulous photo collection!! I was instantly drawn to the food pics (I guess I’m hungry…hee hee) but the butterfly and caterpillar ones…WOW!!!! All of them, really, are fabulous…even the Bounce sheets :)

    Community Communicator….priceless!

    Love the caterpillar shot.

    I just sort of stumbled onto your blog, but your pictures are amazing. Honestly and I love how each one represented something to you. Amazing.

    I love your “strength” shot–it’s precious!

    As always, beautiful macros! I so wish that I had a goo macro lens!

    Love the catepillar shot and the sunset. Great work. This photo hunt looks really challenging!

    I still love the feminine shot, one of my faves, and I can totally see the heart in the cloud! Awesome job

    your niece is so cute!
    yeah i couldn’t get the yellow house badge on my blog without it completely messing up all spacing but i’m still trying to figure it out. i couldn’t figure it out last week either so i just did a post with very few words. oh well. have a safe trip!

    I love the picture of your niece, I too believe she will find out that her strength is truely in her head. Amazing pictures as always!

    Awesome!! My favorite has to be the catepillar!! What a beautiful little guy he was!! And the cars driving into the sunset! I love how the cars looks lit too!

    Ashley, these are all great shots, but I absolutely LOVE the kitty paws shot! That’s sooo sweeeet! =)

    What a fun photo challenge! I love your take on all the words!

    Oh wow! I’ve been waiting a looong time to see your August photos and these did not disappoint! WAY too many favorites to mentioned, but yeah, I sure do like that caterpillar one. And I think all the “lame” awards have been taken. By me.

    Awesome job Ashley, love your style and creativty! ♥

    These are all so amazing, as is all of your work! I’m very drawn to your *light* shot, lovely :D

    Great photos! I love the Snoopy flag :)

    i say it everytime I see your pics but I need a Macro, wich one do you have?

    Love your interpretations! Still love the car shot, also love the caterpillar and arrow! :D

    Great Job Ashley! Those are all beautiful photos.

    great job Ashley

    WoW So many great shots, my faves are Feet and light – love them :-)

    Beautiful interpretations! I am so guilty of #8 this month :) And your niece is one smart little girl-strength lies in the mind as well as muscles. I love that shot the best.

    An Indulgence, Something Feminine and Something Masculine are my favorites. Absolutely wonderful composition and DoF.

    These are great shots, hopefully I will be able to participate in the next hunt! Your macro is awesome, I can never find bugs to take pics of.

    Snoopy! And Kitty Paw! Lovely photos, as always.

    I love the picture of the snoopy flag! He is my all time favorite character!

    wow, great job! i really liked the one of kitty paw, the caterpillar and the water drop. all the colors in the caterpillar photo are just beautiful!

    I love all your pictures! The flag is just too cute, and your macro is awesome!

    LOVE them all of course, but my faves are flag, feminine, macro, light, and butterflies. Nice job! You rock. Thanks for being my inspiration, I really think this all helps me become a better photographer and gets me out taking photos. Love it so much! :)

    Great pictures Ashley! I think my favorites are Comfortable, Feminine and Something Wet. Thanks for inspiring me to do a month long challenge!

    Oh, wow…stunning! Amazing work, Ashley :D

    I love them all, but if I have to count up my top five faves, my list would read: Kitty’s adorable little feet, that yummy cake (!), Feminine, and the waterdrop. The butterfly is incredibly beautiful…am so imagining the scene of you trying to capture it! LOL. ‘Dry’ cracks me up, as does your sweetie niece. As I said…love ‘em all ;D

    Love your light one. Funny we chose the same kinda thing for somthing wet. Just I think yours is better ;)

    I think your niece has a grate mind choising mind as strength, as yes our minds are strong.

    Ummmm…you’re seriously amazing! Plus…you saved me this morning…I didn’t realize that it was September 1st!!! So I may have missed out since I have a preschool meeting this evening! Going to look at your photos again with my husband tonight & other entries & we’ll be back to tell you our faves!!!

    Your light capture is my favorite. The setting sun, the high lights on the road. Perfection! The flag is quite humorous and your comfortable is very much the definition of comfortable. Your indulgence speaks to me as well. Can you send that up here pronto. I’m hungry! Great shots (per usual Ashley) Ooh I forgot to mention how much I like your contrast as well. I do. :)

    I loved every single one of them and took my time scrolling down to enjoy each one. I notice to that you and I really like to get close to things. :)

    Love them, like always! Macro is so much fun….i have not seen hid nor hair of a butterfly this whole summer though! Its just been too hot!

    Love all your photos. The macro and light are really good!

    Great job as always. You are amazing. I can’t pick a favorite. I love them all!!!

    There all so FABULOUS!!! I had to call my hubby over to see them too! Your awesome!

    I LOVE all of them! Your focus on the “masculine” entry is fabulous. Very creative subjects and processing! Love them!

    love love the snoopy flag shot, as he is my fav!! great strength shot too! haha! :) leave it to alyssa!! all the photos are great though! i love your editing skills! hehe!

    p.s. im forreal about the v.secret, you should invest in one.

    wow, really nice job…love the feet and light shots.

    awesome, you did it again! all of these are great! and i love the surprises you saved! :) if i had to pick my favorite would be “feet”!

    Love your macro shot!

    Love the photos! That flag represents me as well, haha. And you know how I feel about kitty feet!

    Love all your photos, great job, love your macro shot.

    Ashley these are all super photos. I’d be hard pressed to pick out a fave.

    We were looking right before bed & I forgot to comment!! Your macro….holy moly! Crazy cool!! In addition to the ones I told you I liked before on your hunt, we loved your light & your strength and I loved how you totally went for the snoopy flag….oh how I wish I had more time to do that too!!!! Fantastic work!!!

    Gorgeous photos, as usual! My favorites are masculine and feminine. I love the objects you chose, as well as the style you used to shoot them.

    Fabulous shots, as always! I love your macro! It is absolutely gorgeous (your husband helped you pick out the perfect one)! Also, your shot for strength just cracks me up. I love it!

    you know I am partial to kitty paws!!! but all the other shots are awesome -
    i think I may go out and shoot today just because you are inspiring me!!

    GREAT photos!
    I’ve seen so many entries that link back to you as the person to go to for photo challenges! I decided to follow and see what you’ve got (how’s that for a challenge?!)
    I look for inspiration sometimes, so the ‘challenges’ give me that. I look forward to seeing how things operate around here :)

    Ashley: They’re awesome. WONDERFUL collection.

    I just LOVE all of your photos, especially the macro shot and the “something feminine” shot. You’re photography is inspiring!!

    I love the little kitty feet and your light shot is fantastic!

    these look awesome I actually have a good heart shaped cloud photo :-)

    You did a fantastic job! My favorite is your kittens paws!

    love that your flag is not a traditional flag. i always love your entries! ;-)

    Excellent hunt catch, liked most of feet, macro and wet. And flag was sweet, Snoopy has always been my favorite of that series.

    AND our masculine had almost the same photo. :-)

    Great job Ashley! I loved your butterfly shot, feminine, masculine (so cool!) and wet was great too. Thanks for promoting the Challenge, it is nice to get some new participants through your word of mouth!

    This post was really interesting, and your photography is amazing! I loved every single one.