Scavenger Hunt Sunday
It’s been a good week. Sure I got sick on Monday, but overall…the weather seems to be warming up and I can feel the creativity juices itching to get out (or maybe that’s just my allergies…ha ha). This weekend we’re celebrating my husband’s aunt’s 50th birthday – Happy Birthday Teresa! 

Anyways, it’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday. If you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week (and last week 160 of you participated – WOW), I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Exploring with a Camera, Paper Heart Camera, Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me and They Call Me Mommy Rachelle.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate. 
  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 Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.  
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Diptych
Dustyn Diptych
I actually have two diptychs to share with you today. The first is this cute shot of Dustyn from last Sunday. In case you were wondering what he’s doing…he’s trying to open the camera. Curious kiddos!
Tea for Two RS
This second diptych was a collaborative project I worked on with Anika Toro. If you don’t know Anika…rush over and see her immediately. She is a creative genius! We’ve actually been talking about collaborating on something like this for a few weeks. We call this “Tea for Two.” No – my faucet does not drip tea (thank you Photoshop).

2. Book
Holding Books RS
Last week, Elena suggested that for this Saturday’s (yesterday) portrait, we should try using one the Scavenger Hunt to create an idea-inspired self portrait. So, the other day, I came home from the gym and decided that I wanted to tackle “book” – selfie style. Although this photo is incredibly noisy (a result of coming home at 6 pm and my daylight fading fast), I kinda like it. Look at me…I’m smart and strong!

  Photography love... 

3. Fill in the Blank
Textured Powerlines RS
“When I think about how much texture is in the sky, I just have to stop and photograph it.”
4. A Taste of Italy
Pizza RS
Italy is definitely one of those places that I’d love to visit one day…and since I had spaghetti last week with my friend Beth, I thought I’d have an individual pizza for lunch one day. Yeah…I know – lame.

5. Reminders
Reminder RS
You all have seen various interpretations of my cheap Wal-mart day planner so I thought I’d try something a little different…and I’ve used this technique a few times before. In the event that you think whatever I’m doing is kinda neat and want to try it….start with a clean edit (I could say this until I’m blue in the face but you should always start with a clean edit before doing any creative editing). Merge any open layers and duplicate your background (ctrl+J). Go to Filter>Sketch>Photocopy (my settings: Detail 7, Darkness 8 – feel free to adjust those settings depending on the subject). Go back to your background layer and create a duplicate copy. On that layer, set the blending mode to HARD LIGHT and drag that layer on top of your Photocopy layer. From there, experiment with your opacities, other blending mode layers and contrast. Pretty cool, huh?!

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 (or your Flickr photostream) 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 Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week):
  1. Vanishing Point
  2. Square Crop/Format  (Exploring with a Camera prompt)
  3. Under (next Paper Heart Camera theme)
  4. “Welcome to the Jungle” (new challenge theme hosted by Kimberly at Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me: go to her website for more details)
  5. Calm (suggested by Mommy Rachelle)

Again, thank you to the Kat, Chelsey, Kimberly and Rachelle for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way…and we’ve got some great prompts coming up in future weeks). Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 9.  The prompt/theme is “SPRING!” Happy Shooting!


    LOVE both at #1…and the processing on #5 is too cool! Great choices, Ash.

    Awesome shots. I think the reminder one is my favorite.

    Both of your diptych’s are awesome! I feel like I need to try this one again, it was fun once I figured out what it was. Thanks again for hosting another great scavenger hunt.

    I love your tea diptych. It is super cool. I also love the selfie. Smart and strong are great things to be.

    Wonderful idea on the tea diptych! I love the Book selfie and the Sky shots, too. :)

    Love the dripping tea!
    Your sky shot is awesome!

    Wow. I love them all. Those first three are awesome. You look so strong.

    I love your “book” photo! Excellent! Decongest going to participate this week…I just keep forgetting. LOL

    Great shots…love your processing!
    My favorite is your book shot…

    All your photos look great.. I just love your fill in the blank shot.. That one was a little tough for me… Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful hunt every week.. It is alot of fun!

    Hugs, Linda

    All great images, really like that tap and cup shot – so creative!

    You are always so creative, I love stopping by. This week was challenging but I learned stuff. Have a beautiful Sunday. xxx

    oops… I commented for this post on the post below… it is VERY late… ha ha!! Enjoy your day!! ;) love the funny face pictures on the post below… he he!!

    These are so great!!!

    I think this week’s themes were very hard!!!

    lOVE your diptychs! And I enjoyed your “book” theme self-portrait. One of these days i am going to get brave enough to step in front of the camera.

    You never cease to amaze me Ashley with your lovely shots. That dripping tap with tea is so creative and I am gonna try out those tips for your planner – I really like the effect on yours.

    Excellent set of images. Loving the sky shot.

    ♥ your diptychs! great job on the tea drops :-D

    have a blessed sunday!

    I love the both Diptych


    that stormy sky picture is fantastic!! Love your selfie too;0. You look adorable no matter what you are doing or how you are posing..stop that! ;0 lol

    Dustyn is soooooooo cute!!!

    I love your collaboration. I need to try the whole water drops again.

    I really enjoyed your interpretations this week.

    “Creative genius”-flatterer! ;)

    Had a great time collaborating…look forward to the next time! Photos are beautiful!!

    All great photos! Especially love your collaborative diptych.

    Mmh – that second diptych, now that’s art. It’s so cool that you collaborated it!
    And I love your book-selfie! haha Smart&Strong, what every good woman should strive to be :)

    I love both of your diptychs – soooo creative :D

    LOVE your diptychs!!

    That tea diptych is very cool! Love it!

    LOVE your interpretations!

    Very cool! I love the diptych and the book one. Brains, Beauty and Brawn!! :)

    I love all of your pictures this week, but I especially like your selfie. Very cute!

    Awesome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that tea diptych! And the sky with the power lines is stunning, too!

    GREAT shots…really love yours this week. Love your take on “fill in the blank”, and great selfie!

    I am sorry I missed this week’s fun! Your shots are great and I will sure join you back next week!

    Have a blessed Sunday.

    Wow Ashley your photos this week are GREAT! I love all of them! You have inspired me to get more creative, I just didn’t feel very creative this week.

    5 is my favorite. Nice work.

    Your diptychs are great and how cool to connect with another photographer…especially Anika. I had pizza as well-yours looks healthier than mine. And YES you are strong and smart!!

    Ashley, I love you self portraits. The whole challenge is wonderful.

    You’re rocking the selfies! And the Tea Diptych is Awesome! Great collaboration!

    The processing on the last one is amazing! I can’t wait to try that out! I actually played with textures, using tutorials from Shadowhouse. Can you see it lightly in my book image!?

    The pictures of the water drop into the cup of coffee drop are awesome! Very creatived

    Mmm! That pizza looks delicious!
    I love the first picture, too cute!

    What creative shots! I especially love the fill in the blank one.

    Great photos this week! I love your first three! You look so strong in your book photo!!

    Love your second diptych! Talk about creative!!! All of these were fantastic! Great job!

    Beautiful girl, love the book and sky photos the best!

    Very fun photos! Thanks for explaining how to do the editing on the last photo. I might have to try that sometime.

    Love your fill in the blank! Beautiful!

    I love your book one the best…

    I love both of your diptychs–the second one just takes the cake!

    I got to say I loved the diptych with the tap and the cup. How creative is that. Now to read the rest of the entries. V

    these are seriously so gorgeous! I love every one I especially love your taste of italy shot. Makes me want cheese. hmmm. (is that wierd?!)
    Anyways,I hope to participate next week.
    again, wonderful photos!

    Ashley, I love your faucet and book prompt!

    I hope you’re feeling better this week. ;-)

    Thanks for the comment, I am just in love with book selfie, you look so strong and confident, and I like the noise in the shot.

    I love the faucet and the tea cup; pure genius!
    The Fill in the Blank shot is absolutely gorgeous!
    The Book photo is too funny; whenever I see books on heads I think of My Fair Lady where Audrey Hepburn is trying to walk like a lady.

    I absolutely love your diptych! It is very creative!

    I absolutely LOVE the drip shots- amazing!!!!

    As always, they are all wonderful! I love the processing on reminders!

    Woof Ashley!
    Just made it in time!
    I love you with your books.
    Do you chew them to bits as well?

    Btw, just between us, you and Kitty are invited to my pawty on the 18th. Ssssh, please RSVP (respond sooner very prompt or something like that!)
    by 13th.

    Thanks bigtime. ;-)

    these are fantastic as always!

    Great photos! I especially like the second set of diptychs.

    I love your dyp with Anika, they complement each other fantastically.

    I really, REALLY wanted to do this week’s hunt, but I had too many things on my plate and something had to give. I love your sky photos, so keep on a snappin :) Your diptych shots are awesome.

    Love all your creativity this week! LOVE both your diptychs but the 2nd one is especially creative – how fun to collaborate with another photographer! Your selfie is so adorable (as usual) and I love your take on fill in the blanks…I found that to be a tough one this week! Also, thank you for the recipe on your cool reminder shot – will have to give it a try!! :)

    Thanx for the comment!! Really enjoyed your diptych and what a beautiful sky pic.

    Girl, the coffee diptych is brilliant!
    And your book selfie…you are just so beautiful…and strong! I lvoe your arms and face in this one!

    I love your “Tea for Two”…amd might I add, you are SMOKIN’!!! Seriously. Gorgeous. Woman!

    Cool shots!

    I’m curious, though…what would vanishing point mean for next week?

    Guess it is our own interpretation huh? :-)

    you did a great job with all of them as usual ;) I love your diptych photos- and so so so sorry for missing out this week on SHS! We’re on vacay and I don’t have my CF reader :( … I will be back to it on Sunday!