June 19, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
First of all…Happy Father’s Day! We’re planning to spend the day with my family to celebrate Father’s Day and my birthday, so if I go missing for a few hours, that’s where I’ll be. Time seems to be flying right now…I can literally feel it slipping between my fingers. Must mean that I’m having fun…at least I think I am. I’m also fairly busy. When I get busy…I get productive, and I love to be productive. At work, we had two new hires this past week – since I’m not coordinating our recruiting efforts, I feel a certain pride each time we make a successful hire. For so long, I felt like I was just hanging on, but now I feel like I’m making a contribution. Yay me! 

Source: Photography Concentrate
On another note, I’m feeling really good about my photography. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been taking lessons from Yoda. Okay, not really…but I just ran across a really great article called The Jedi Knight’s Guide to Photography. Be sure you click over for the full article, but here are a few of the overarching lessons that Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Hans Solo offer for your photography journey:
  • Fear is the path to the dark side. fear leads to anger. anger leads to hate. hate leads to suffering” – Yoda
  • Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts.” – Qui-Gon Jinn
  • “You must unlearn what you have learned.” – Yoda
  • Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm.” – Yoda
  •  “Look, good against remotes is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else” – Han Solo
  • Do or do not. There is no try” – Yoda
Point being…read the article! Anyways, 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 Ginger and Rosie.

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. Emotion
I wasn’t sure what to do for this prompt…so, the other night just before daylight completely disappeared, I propped my camera up in the window and started making faces. For some reason, this one really stuck out to me – raw emotion. It’s almost as if there’s a hint of sadness and fear in my eyes. I promise that I’m just acting though…I’m a happy girl!

2. From a Flower’s Point of View
Flower POV RS
Do flowers have eyes? Do you think they can see? And if they could see, I wonder if they are near sighted, far sighted or better yet…have 20/20 vision. I have no idea, but I figure that if I were a flower, the above shot might be what I see. If you want to see others interpretation of “From a Flower’s Point of View,” either click on the button below or HERE for the Flickr Group.
3. Natural Frame
Natural Frame RS
My photo last week, featuring our friends Mary and Enrique, was a great example of framing. I’m not sure the above photo is exactly what Miriam had in mind when she suggested this prompt. However, when I saw Kitty Paw sitting by the door, I noticed that our kitchen table nicely framed her. So what if it’s a stretch.
4. Letters
Pear RS
We had Chinese the other night for dinner. One of our favorite parts about the meal is opening our fortune cookies. I had a really good one on this particular night (I’m sure I’ll share it another time or post it to my Facebook Page), but I decided to show the back of the message. I can only assume that this says PEAR in both English and Chinese.
5. Bliss
Technically, I took this photo last week during my portrait session with Casey…but I didn’t process it until Wednesday evening. I remember asking her to run up to the top of a hill and walk casually across. If you mouse-over, you can see my SOOC shot. It’s okay but by no means the image I had in mind when I clicked the shutter…nothing a little post-processing can’t fix. I can totally imagine this blown up on canvas…I guess because it reminds me of one of my favorite portraits from my wedding day.
Quotography at {My} Perspective

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. Windows/Doors
  2. Eyelashes (Ginger’s suggestion)
  3. Paint  (Ginger’s suggestion)
  4. Leaf Veins (Rosie’s suggestion)
  5. Faceless Portrait (Rosie’s suggestion - you might consider applying Paper Heart Camera’s self portrait prompt: “soft”)
Again, thank you to Ginger and Rosie 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. Also, be sure to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 24.  The prompt/theme is “Father’s Day.” Happy Shooting! 

By the way, don’t forget about my Thank You Giveaway sponsored by Katie Lloyd Photography – she’s giving away the Vroom Vroom Collection, a $72 value! It ends June 21st at 10 PM EST. AND, over at Just the Two of Us, I’m also giving away a SIGNED 8×10 print of my photograph: 1000 Cranes. Click over for all the details.
Giveaway at Ramblings and Photos http://emilyandbradsblog.blogspot.com/


    Love your emotion shot…you do look sad :( Glad it’s just for the photo!! Very cool from a flower’s point of view – great dof. Your BLISS shot is awesome, love your edit :)

    You know I love these – and your frame shot totally works, well anything with KP works! I need to get back on the hunt wagon!

    Awesome shots. I love the last one. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    I love these all! I think the frame of kitty works very well. The idea of flowers needing glasses makes me laugh!

    You are definitely a great actress! And Kitty Paw doesn’t need any framing, she is just that great all on her own!

    LOVE your work this week! All of them are great…can’t pick a fav! :) Glad to be back this week. ;)

    My Flickr Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/envoutant/5847750206/in/set-72157624857744727/

    Love that last photo of Casey. With the processing, it looks like she’s wearing a wedding dress! :)

    Woof Ashley!
    My fave is the one of Kitty!
    Mine is a total woofy blur.
    And look, I got here early!

    These are awesome…especially emotion. And, I always LOVE seeing KP.

    Happy Sunday!

    Iv’e been checking out this challenge for a few weeks now, thought I’d join in this week. I love all your shots.

    Great selfie for Emotion! …and yes, that’s those are the Chinese characters for “pear” in your fortune cookie. :)

    Great hunt, hard to pick a favorite, maybe the last one. Have a beautiful Sunday. xxx

    gorgeous!!!! Love them all! You are very clever my friend. So excited to be linking up today for the first time. XO

    Interesting photos all. I like most that flowers point of view and framed cat pic !!!!!

    You rocked those shots!

    On my first quick look at the bliss photo I was sure it was you Ashley and then when I read that it was Casey I thought she had changed into some bridal wear.

    You are a very good actor – that selfie is so good – I’m wondering what character role you got into?

    BTW thankyou for using some of my word prompts for next week.

    Ashley, these are wonderful shots, but the first two are really special. The black & white rendering of “emotion” seems to give it just the right tone, and I can almost imagine being a seed pushing up through the ground when I look at the second.

    Happy Birthday hope it is a good one

    I like your natural frame! I didn’t do a “natural” frame either!

    Wonderful photos. I really love them. I think my favorite is letters and naturally framed.

    As I opened your blog today to link…I admired the shot in your header of Kitty Paw-thinking I’d not seen her in a bit and there she was!! Framed no less.
    I like your emotion shot-great acting. And the quote and texture really punched up that image. I love how I can mouse over to see before and after. I suppose that’s easy to do when you know how to do it. Pretty cool. Have a great day and thanks for providing such a great link. I’m sure it takes a lot of work on your part, but it’s always fun and by the number of participants, very successful. That’s a compliment to you right there. Happy day.

    Kitty Paw makes an appearance! Yay! :-)

    For some reason, the fortune cookie shot really stands out to me. It so crisp and creative!

    Great week in photos!!! Really love the Bliss shot. great edit!!
    Enjoy your Sunday!!

    Great photos! Your bliss shot and emotion shots are really great!!

    These were awessome Ashley. Hope you enjoy your day with your dad!


    I really like your interpretation for a flower’s point of view. I had a hard time with this…but you rocked it!

    Wowzers! Love the edit of your last one!

    Fabulous as always and that’s exactly what I had in mind for natural frame, I think it’s beautiful and perfect for kitty. Thank you for this challenge Ashly, I absolutely love taking part. x

    Love your Emotion and Bliss shots! WOW!!!!

    I just love the vintage feel of the photo with Casey in it. So did you add a blur layer to your “from a flower’s point of View?” If not, WOW and what was your aperture?

    Sorry, I am asking so many questions, but I have been working on focus with f/2.8 (and lower). I am really struggling to get it sharp.

    Loving the emotion shot.

    Oh Gosh, I love your selfie there!

    Hey, Kitty is here! Love it!
    I love the Flower perspective and your Yoda teachings ;-)

    Great shots, Ashley!!

    You look so young!!! :) How old are you??? (you don’t have to tell) ;)

    That frame shot is also very cool!!!

    Amazed by your work, I am!

    Enjoy your Father’s Day celebration and Happy Birthday to you!

    I love the naturally framed and the bliss photo!

    Your emotion shot is beautiful.

    Your Bliss is great, and you really frame the cat :)
    Thank you for hosting, love this meme
    Have a nice week and congrats on the 22 ;))

    I love the way you edited that last one. It totally changed the look of the photo!

    Your last shot is my favorite. :)

    Love the emotion shot! You look truly depressed. Kitty Paw is adorable as always, and I absolutely LOVE the last photo!

    Always beautiful- always inspirational- you always make my Sunday better!

    I love all your photos this week, but my favorite is the last one. It’s so ethereal, and it reminds me a bit of looking into an old childhood fairytale book. I love it!

    Bliss is wonderful!!! And your natural frame is great!

    these are gorgeous photos

    Your emotion shot is earrie, good acting! I love the kitty paw shot!

    I love your whole set but that emotion one – awwwww – it makes me want to give you a hug ;D

    Thank you for running this scavenger hunt! It really has inspired me to get out and use my camera more often!

    I just love your photograph from a flower’s point of view. And it was definitely my favorite prompt to shoot.

    Your bliss shot is just beautiful! Great job with the editing!

    I love the natural frame with Kitty Paw (but I’m a sucker for Kitty Paw)!

    Hi!!! Wonderful photos this week- they really challenged me! I love yours especially the changes to bliss and your creative take of frame. And your emotion is perfect!! Have a good week!!


    LOVE that emotion shot! beautiful.

    Love the Jedi photography tips!! my hubby found that fun too… ;) Sweet pic of kitty paw and the fortune cookie… so crisp I almost tried to pick it up and eat it! ha ha! ;) Have a lovely week!

    Hey girl, don’t remember if I told you yet but just wanted to let you know that I am starting a new feature on my blog for bloggers who host linkups. As I stumble across more and more linkups I am trying my best to spread the word. You can check out all the details at this link. http://throughaphotographerseyes.blogspot.com/search/label/OtherLinkUps

    Great shots this week. Love the natural frame shots. Framing a frame with in your shot always seems to catch my eye! Love the work!

    yeah for feeling more productive! I also love that you feeling like you are growing/learning more in your photography. That is such a great feeling of accomplishment!! I love your emotion shot. Your face looks so sad:( Great job! Love your quote/bliss edit and your fortune cookie..shoot who am I kidding..I love them all as usual!

    Your photos look absolutely amazing! Your such a great photographer. :) Great work!

    I love your emotion and bliss photos!

    Great Shots! I Love Your Natural Frame Shot. I did not understand what to do with that prompt but after seeing everyone elses….now I get it.

    Great shots. Really like your emotion and bliss shots.

    I love the self portraits you get of yourself.. This one is amazing..
    Thanks for another great week Ashley.. I just love playing along!!

    i think i’ am going to give this a try, prob not every week, but what a fun idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy Birthday! I just took a photo of my fortune last night at PF Changs (I hadn’t looked at the prompts yet even..always late as usual).
    Love your captures!

    i love these photos, ashley! i would like to join in but i’m a bit confused… next week, do we link up for the list you gave us in this post, or do we link up our pictures from the list you will give us?
    that may not have made sense, but oh well.
    thanks ♥

    I love this whole thing! Your blog, your photos, the fun prompts. BUT — I had technical difficulties on both ends: I could not successfully capture your button to put it on my own blog AND when I linked, it would not accept my url in the link set-up, only in the following error notice, hence it went without a photo at all. I prefer it when everything works as it is supposed to – but the gremlins won this round!

    great expression for your ‘emotion’ shot.

    I heart that last one. :D

    Love that last shot of Casey – the processing really boosted the quality of that image.

    I LOVE 1, 2 & 5!! The edit on 5 is just beautiful, and I love the quote you selected.

    Another amazing week of photos Ms. Ashley!! I absolutely “LOVE” your Emotion shot. LOVE!!! Your Flowers Point of View is amazing and I love your Bliss. Heck…love them all. :)

    that last shot is absolutely dreamy :)

    As usual you have some great shots. You are an inspiration.