April 17, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
It was another quick week for me. Since I hit the road again this weekend…this time to Charleston, SC, I had to take my Scavenger Hunt photos early in the week (I also used a few photos taken last weekend). On top of that, I got a little bit sick (a sore throat that I hope is gone by now) and I decided that this was the week I would calibrate my monitor (it was quite the process, so I’ll be sure to tell you more about that later). 

Oh oh…I have to tell you about my real world scavenger hunting experience. So, my husband and I went out to eat last Saturday for lunch. As we were leaving the restaurant, a group of women approached me and asked if I could touch my tongue to my nose. I immediately recognized that this group was doing a photo scavenger hunt, so of course I said yes. At the tune of yes, this group immediately gathered round for a photo of this momentous occasion and then ran off as quickly as they had approached. A few hours later, we’re at the wedding reception when I see one of the girls from the scavenger hunt wandering down the hotel hallway. Said girl drops her bag and runs onto the dance floor to do the Electric Slide – oh yes, there was a wedding crasher! I think she stuck around for Brick House and then ran off. I then saw her again about an hour or so later…this time she was coming back for cake…and this time, I stopped her. 
  • Me: “Yo, what ya doing there slim?” (I’m not sure why I got all gangsta, but that’s how I roll.) “I saw you and your peeps earlier today – I was the girl with the tongue touching her nose.”  
  • Girl: “Oh yeah, you rocked that!” 
  • Me: “So what are you doing here? I saw you dancing earlier, and now cake?”
  • Girl: “Yeah, so I’m chillin’ at this women’s conference and I was walking by when I heard my jam.”
  • Me: “I feel that – love me some electric slide.” 
  • Girl: “Then I got hungry. Look don’t tell anyone I was here.” 
  • Me: “I got your back girl. Have fun!”
Random, right? Anyways, I’m heading home a bit early so I’ll be sure to catch up on your Scavenger Hunt Sunday entries a little later today. If you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Dina (and her son Sam), and the April 2011 Photo Hunt (organized by Amy). By the way, I’m considering running some sort of giveaway or contest as a way to celebrate 1500 followers (not there yet) OR my 29th birthday in June…maybe both. I’ve received one email so far. If you or someone you know are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact me.

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. Time
I don’t really have much to say about this photo – this is my husband’s pocket watch. I’m not sure he’s ever used it, but he should…definitely has swagger written all over it.

2. Poetry
Birds on a Wire RS
I’ve always wanted to capture birds on a wire…and this past weekend, I did. Because it’s National Poetry Month (in the USA), per Teagan’s suggestion, I added this poem by Edwina Reizer to my image. To learn more about National Poetry Month, click:
Echoes of a Soul

3. Outside
IMG_3639 RS
While we waited for the wedding to start last weekend, I told my friends Jenny and Candace to look over at me. I was adjusting my settings when Jenny made some comment like “come on now…” in which case, I caught this face. She told me not to post – I told her I didn’t hear her.

4. Zoom! (or from the car)
Stuck in Traffic RS
We fully planned to leave our house last Friday around 3pm. However, we might have nearly gotten locked out of the house and forgotten a few errands that had to be done before we were able to really leave. So, when we finally hit the road, it was closer to 4pm. As we started merging over to the lanes that would take us to the beach, we saw this. Luckily, it moved pretty quickly and we were at the beach within a couple of hours.

5. Isolation
“Isolation is a self-defeating dream.” ~ Carlos Salinas de Gortari
The Paper Mama

When I saw this prompt, I immediately envisioned almost this exact image (not sure what exactly this says about me…maybe you know?). I think I was imagining what it might look to feel all alone…completely isolated. I don’t even feel that way, but I have fallen in love with self portraiture – it’s been such a great way for me to explore photography concepts that I might otherwise not have a chance to experiment with. 

I have to admit that I waited a little too late in the evening to set up the shot so I had to use a much higher ISO setting that I’d ideally like, BUT I wanted very minimal lighting. So, I used what I call a “funeral parlor light” (you know the ones that point up – I just don’t care for them, no offense if you own one…we have two) on the ground aimed to my right side. I then brought in the fan so I could have a little more movement in my hair. In post-processing, I used Florabella’s BW Film action along with a couple of textures by Kim Klassen (I think Silence and Grey Day). 

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) – I hope you don’t mind that there isn’t a specific “Easter” related prompt:
  1. Reflections 
  2. Guess what this is… (Dina’s suggestion)
  3. What’s Inside(Dina’s suggestion)
  4. Playtime (April Photo Hunt prompt)
  5. Lawn & Garden (April Photo Hunt Prompt)
Artistically Amy 
Again, thank you to Dina, and Amy (organizer for April 2011 Photo Hunt) 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 14.  The prompt/theme is “faith.” Happy Shooting!


    Such lovely textures! And, that outside shot is so great.

    I love that your gangster. I totally am too.

    And that last shot is beautiful. I think I need to fall in love with self portraits. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    These are great! I really love the photo of your husband’s pocket watch.

    Love your isolation shot! It’s very artistic.


    Oooh your Time photo is so pretty!! I want that pocket watch! :) And your Isolation is cool, too!.. I wish I had the time and creativity to do something like that!

    ugh! yours are SOO GOOD! I want to do this but I don’t think I have enough ideas for these ones… maybe next week :)

    I want that watch!

    I love the way you consistently come up with such creative photos week after week Ashley. :)

    Ashley! That is THE most creative, beautiful, well executed selfie I have seen you come up with yet. To say it is stunning is an understatement.

    I am loving the self-portraits…If only I was so brave to love pictures of myself…The pocket watch is beautiful…well composed…the birds on a wire…prefect shot….what can I say I love them all…Hope you have a wonderful week Ashley.

    Very, very cool isolation shot! That could be a movie poster or the cover of a novel. :)

    Love your shots again this week :) your friend at the wedding is very cool! Wish I owned that pocket watch!!!

    I couldn’t wait to see what you were referring to yesterday in your selfie post – now I see and I love how you expressed that word so creatively.

    I had thought of doing a pocket watch when I saw it in a little old fashioned repair shop in Edinburgh but it wouldn’t have come out as nice as yours Ashley. It looks as if you took a free lensing shot or else used an 1.4 lens?

    Beautiful shots!!!! ♥

    I love all of your shots! I hope someday my photos will be just as good as yours! I really like how your zoom shot turned out..

    Love these images, love your creative style and the self portrait is fantstic – oh to have the confidence and ideas. Must try this SHS this coming week.

    wow I love ‘time’ and ‘poetry’ great use of simple and textures!! gorgeous stuff!!

    The wedding crasher def. made me LAUGH!

    I really enjoyed your interpretations this week. Very artistic.

    I hope you had fun with your girls this weekend.

    Guess I’ll be swayed by the hubby this week: the Time photo, so perfect, so ethereal, so “timeless”.

    Your isolation and time are really fantastic Ashley. You really went for it for Isolation. I had no idea how to get that feeling across, but you did wonderfully. Also, love the story. Sounds like a wonderful time! Great people to meet everywhere you go.

    Love your isolation…

    Wanted to check and see if you were fine with all the storms.. please let me know!

    Great set of photos!!! LOL on the wedding crasher and the gansta talk.

    Great shots! Really like your time and isolation shots! The lighting of the isolation shot is what makes it!!

    All are fabulous! I LOVE your outdoors capture :D

    I love your time shot!

    Love your poetry shot! Nice collection!

    I LOVE all your shots this week. So creative!

    These are all wonderful. Too funny about the wedding crasher and the girls at the resturant.( did that really happen)

    Awesome! Love the birds

    Hi, and thank you for hosting. I’m following!

    You must live really close to me – we’re in Durham, and I’ve seen the same traffic pattern when we’ve headed down to the beach!

    I’ve included a link to your hop on my site – there’s a page devoted to hops for every day of the week. Go to the top of my sidebar for the link.

    Check out my caption contest giveaway at http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-for-captions.htm. It runs through the end of April.

    Good luck, and have a great week!

    Love your time shot.

    All gorgeous! i especially love your isolation shot..so haunting and beautiful!

    Amazing isolation picture, WOW!

    I, though a female, would love to have that watch! It’s a beautiful timepiece! Wow, birds on a wire! Timeless. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to snap them. Your isolation shot- been there way too many times. Not a place I’d choose to be.
    I look forward to seeing the bloggers’ interpretations of your weekly challenge.

    Perfect job again Ashley- just beautiful!

    I love the last one (i have one of these light and use it for the same thing sometimes!!) and you are really doing an awesome job keeping up with everything!
    I still didn’t get those actions into Elements but I’m closer than I was. I had to get over my illness first, when I talked to you Wed I was really very poorly, a huge bag of meds from the doc Friday has helped tremendously. Have a good week, I’m going to try and link up next week!

    The isolation shot is stunning! I also love the one of your friend, so funny!

    I enjoyed the story and the photos. Great job. V

    Wow Ashley….your pics are extra amazing this week. You best watch out as your friend is going to get you back….but it’s cute and fun.
    I love what you did with the isolation shot-it is am image one could ponder, not one to just glance at. I also love the reflection in that back cover of the watch.
    As for birds on a wire-did you ever notice they have certain spots they keep coming back to? I also like the composition of your zoom shot. As they say in Maine “wicked good” week for you.

    LOVE your isolation shot!!!!

    MY GOODNESS! Your photographs are absolutely breath taking. I am in love with them!

    Love your time shot, gorgeous reflection!

    Your isolation self portrait is fantastic Ashley!

    SUCH great shots!! Your time shot is STUNNING and I absolutely love your isolation shot…so beautiful & mysterious! Awesome choice for poetry – love those birds!

    I’m sorry that I’ve missed participating this week and last week, too, but I fully intend to participate next week.

    I love your “Time” shot. It is absolutely beautiful, Ashley!

    These are fantastic! Thanks for another fun hunt!!!

    Your wedding crasher story cracked me up! Great photos too!

    Your story about the party crasher is so funny!
    I love all of your finds this week but your Isolation shot is truly breathtaking! You evoke the mood of isolation and almost despair and still so beautiful. You are amazing!

    Love, love the birds on a wire. And the poem with it was perfect.

    Ashley, I love your portrait and the birds!

    I had my gangsta moments. Happens all the time ;-)

    Wonderful photos! I love time and isolation! Your self portraits are so incredible!

    HA! Your outside shot is PERFECT! Made me laugh…

    …and love love your Isolation shot.

    I love your poetry (the font is perfect) and your isolation (it makes me realize how badly I need to find our camera remote!). Awesome hunt pictures this week. :)

    Outstanding! I absolutely LOVE your isolation shot! As always, your shots are fantastic!
    Have blessed week!

    ohhh your birds on the wires shot is so gorgeous- I love the processing! I have a hard time with textures- I need to make it a point to practice more with those…

    Great self portrait!

    Wow, I am amazed. I wish I could take pictures like this. I really need to take a photography class. I have a Nikon D40 and I keep it on Auto.

    love the time shot and what a great isolation shot…i have yet to fully explore the world of self portraits.

    I LOVE your time shot!

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    Your shots this week are so great! Love that outside shot, and zoom is so colorful! Love your take on isolation, too!


    I really loved your captures for this week. They had a lot of emotion to them. I SO wanted to play along, but I plain ran out of time. I even found a poem to go with one of my shots…but I never got a “time” shot. I still may post what I captured tomorrow, since I worked so hard today to get them!

    Love self portrait, feels very isolated.

    These are truly wonderful Ashely! This might be my favorite set of yours ever. xo

    Hi. Thank you again for another wonderful group of photos. You take beautiful photos!! Especially love poetry!! Sabrina

    Amazing. That last shot is awesome!

    Okay, that last shot is gorgeous. Like go print it out, buy a frame, and stick it on your wall gorgeous. I love the lighting, the texture, and the composition. And your story up top was hilarious. I’ve never gotten to see a real, live wedding crasher before – I’m a little jealous :)

    I love those birds!! Beautiful

    Well done. I like Time shot. So precious…♥

    I Love Love Love your isolation shot!

    Oh my gosh….you caught a wedding crasher!! Hilarious! Fantastic job this week….I REALLY love your birds on a wire!!!

    that lonely photo of you is STUNNING – what a grand idea! I need to come around here more for some ideas! (my life is getting in the way of my camera!) heeeee

    Your husband’s pocket watch shot is beautiful, it is so simple. It is a bitty he doesn’t use it but so wouldn’t mine either:)

    Love you birds on the wire… especially with the addition of the poem and how you treated it. The last one of you is gorgeous and a little haunting. Really neat.

    You rocked the isolation photo – it’s seriously amazing!

    The wedding crasher story made me LOL – people really do that?

    your pictures are amazing! I love your hubby’s watch! and your isolation picture is awesome!

    The selfie is amazing….it gives you all kinds of feeling which is what photography is supposed to do! I’m loving the fact that you’re taking it to that level! It’s an amazing art form!

    Firstly: Gangsta Ashley is awesome.
    Secondly: Your isolation photo is simply breathtaking. Just…wow.

    I stumbled on your blog through an online classmate’s blog. Your photos are amazing but what totally stunned me was the shot of the traffic on 40 near Wade…I live in N Raleigh :)

    love your pictures mine is late but thought i would share it anyways lol


    Love your TIME!! The processing is gorgeous. And let me tell you that the Isolation is gorgeous. LOVE!!!!