June 12, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Last week, I provided a few pointers for pulling out of this summer slump I had – that’s right…I think I’m pulling out of it. We now have another problem that I felt needed to be addressed…summer HEAT and HUMIDITY.  

This is a real problem…and not just for our hair. Humidity affects cameras, lenses, film (if you still shoot with film), everything! Last summer, I remember my sister-in-law thought she’d broken her camera because it fogged up every time she walked outside after being in our super cooled beach house. You see, every time we take our cameras from an air-conditioned environment into a humid climate, we risk a lot of condensation on our lenses, viewfinder, etc. Why does this happen? The camera is colder than the outside air and the moisture in the air condenses on the cold surface (you notice the same thing when you jump in a warm car during a cold night – hence the reason we have a defrost button). Unfortunately, we don’t have a defrost button for our cameras, and if you wipe it off the lens or viewfinder, it will just form again. You can’t really do anything until the camera and lens have warmed to the ambient temp outside. This takes about 20 minutes. So…make sure you warm your camera and equipment before you take your camera outside this summer. 

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 Kat, Miriam and Chelsea.
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. Long Exposure
Long Exposure
Friday night we experienced a weird lightning storm. I kinda hoped I could be crafty enough to capture the lightning with a long exposure but not so much. So, I sprang for the flashlight. My first attempt created the image on the right. Let’s be honest, it’s a little freaky…even scary. So, I decided to draw a smiley face to prove that I wasn’t a complete freak of nature. I clearly need more practice.

2. Shapes
IMG_5527 RS
Casey and I met up on Tuesday evening at Duke Gardens. I made the mistake of wearing my hair down, so within 30 minutes my hair was soaking wet (let’s hope she can perform a miracle on her photos of me). Anyways…this isn’t about me – as we’re walking through the gardens, we saw these colorful paper art mobiles (I’m sure there’s a much better description of them) hanging in the trees. More importantly, isn’t Casey gorgeous?

3. Green
Green Leaves RS
I was tempted to share another photo from my session with Casey the other night, but decided I’d only tease you with one shot and save the rest for a larger post next week. Rather, I took this photo during my photo walk in Duke Gardens last Saturday. It almost looks as if I’m looking up into the lily pads.

4. Fruit
Blackberries RS
The other day, my husband brought home some blackberries. Little did he know that “fruit” was on my scavenger hunt list – who knew he was reading minds now?! Anyways, I have always been inspired by Faith‘s fruit photos so I drew from that inspiration when I set up this shot.

5. Childhood Memory
Ashley Flashback
I would really love to retake this photo one day…but my old doll house (built by my grandfather) is still at my parents house and is kinda stored away. We’ve been saving it all these years to pass on to a future grandchild. I really loved playing with my dollhouse. Aren’t I cute? 

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. Emotion
  2. From a Flower’s Point of View (Exploring with a Camera theme - check out post here)
  3. Natural Frame (Miriam’s suggestion)
  4. Letters (Chelsea’s suggestion)
  5. Bliss (Chelsea’s suggestion)
Again, thank you to Kat, Miriam and Chelsea 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 23.  The prompt/theme is “Swing/Slide.” Happy Shooting! By the way, don’t forget about my Thank You Giveaway. It ends June 14th at midnight. 
Giveaway at Ramblings and Photos


    Having fruit on the list must be a sign that I am meant to do the Scavenger Hunt this week, because today I bought a huge bounty of fruit, and after placing it in a bowl, thought it would be very neat to take some pics of it!

    Great shots! I love your fruit shot. No air conditioning (or even heat) here so I probably won’t have the issue too often, but thanks for mentioning it.

    Those 1st shots are so, so cool! And, I love fruit.

    I like your long exposure. It is neat looking. Beautiful shot of Casey. Love the dollhouse, you were so cute.

    I LOVE how creative both of your long exposures are!! Gorgeous shapes shot…she IS beautiful :)

    Your smily is awesome! I’ve always wanted to do that, so I just may have to try! :)

    ♥ the blackberry shot.

    All of your photos are wonderful, as always. I love the exposure one. The green one makes me feel like a small faerie. The childhood memory really does take me back in time.

    I love your green shot. And the berries looks scrumptious.

    That shot of Casey is so lovely! And yes, you are so cute in that picture. And you are gorgeous now. I hope to get to meet you in person soon. We’ll be in VA and NC in the next several months.

    It sound your weather there is like killing one at least would be for me. I’m whining little bit here because we have +30 degrees which is hot for Finland but it is nothing compare to you:)
    Great trial long exposure, I quess you did have a blast doing that!

    Your flashlight smiley face was what I wanted to attempt, but I couldn’t find our flashlight. :)

    That shot of Casey is gorgeous… and don’t you look cute in that shot with the dollhouse? =)

    Now that’s one great selfie there the caption “beam me up Scotty” springs to mind.

    Those leaves with the diffusing through them look like great big shade umbrella’s…… if you’re an insect! I don’t think I’ll ever complain about our summer weather again after reading what you all have to cope with.

    That’s a lovely pic of you as a child. I loved my dolls house aswell.

    These are so great!! :)

    ok, moving right past the first photo! :-D

    love the shot of casey – she is gorgeous!

    you were such a cute little one – still the same sweet smile today!

    have a blessed SONday!

    Wonderful photos. I love the one of Casey. One day… hopefully I will be there to join you. I also like the lily pads. That long exposure on the right is freaky looking.

    Wonderful set of images. LOVE the blackberry shot.

    oh my gosh you are so cute!! I see you in that little girl face 100% and what a doll you were! No pun intended…lol. That pic of me. Wow. I’m really impressed that you made the mobile picture look that cool and if I actually like how I look all sweaty that is truly impressive on your part! I love the soft editing a lot!! I would totally call them paper mobiles too by the way. I want it;0.

    Great selfies below too by the way:)

    I like your smiley face! The light in the green photo at Duke Gardens is so pretty. My boys will be visiting Durham with their grandparents next week. Love the blackberries too. Looks great with the texture. I’m so glad I finally figured that out yesterday!

    Great pics! Your little self looks just like a smaller version of your big self. So cute.

    That does look a little freaky. Casey is gorgeous. And I love the childhood memory!

    I love them all… did you use textures on the blackberries? As always I love your work, and I love that you’re so committed. :0)

    I love the long exposure – but now you have to give a tutorial on how you got the creepy one :)

    wow that is a freaky photo of you! It would be really cool to be able to recreate that photo with the doll house. I love the photos with the lanterns!

    Great shots! Shapes is really neat – I love the color. And the texture on the blackberry shot is fantastic!

    Thanks! That was fun.

    that first shot is fun should try that sometime.

    Those blackberries look great.

    love the shot of the leaves! And that dollhouse photo – cuteness overload!

    Ashley I just love your shapes shot you took this week, how lucky are you to just come across that at the park! Thanks for another great week of prompts.

    Okay- even though I believe that Casey could look fabulous wearing a paper bag- you did a beautiful job capturing not only her beauty on the outside but her wonderfully playful spirit as well.

    Love the blackberries too. Now I want some!

    I actually love your “freaky” shot ;) Your blackberries look awesome! Great set as always!

    Love the texture you added with the fruit!

    LOVE the long exposure! Very cool.

    Love the collection this week! I especially like that first Long Exp. shot, very cool.

    The long exposure shots made me smile! I love the fruit shot, and how cool are those colorful mobile thingys. . .
    great shots, as usual! You always leave me inspired!

    Nice happy face…but your childhood memory is one of my favoties. Love your expession on it. It’s sad to think that until eight years ago I had never had blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. I LOVE them all now.

    Such a fun hunt this week.. Your photos look awesome as usual..

    Hugs, Linda

    I love your fruit and your green shot! They are all great though. What a great doll house! That would be neat if you could recreate the shot.

    I really like your portrait of Casey. The colors are so soft and pretty, her pose (and outfit), and the paper hanging in the trees really adds a lot to it.

    Love your long exposure photo!! Not freaky…very creative!!!
    Great shapes photo!!

    Fabulous shots, as usual! Love the long exposure shots. I really must play around with that more. Love the photo of Casey! So pretty! Those blackberries look yummy! Love the lighting on your green photo! And how cute were you as a wee one!

    Oh gosh – when you do get a chance to re-create that photo of you with the doll house, it’s going to be magical. I can see it already. :)

    The long exposure shot is fun! I love the childhood memory! Doll houses are so fun! I remember mine!

    I love your scary ghost lady shot! Frightening indeed! Great one of Casey too! She is a great model. Happy Sunday to you.

    awesome shots! I love your green and shapes… and fruit! :)

    Love your sassy over the shoulder look from your dollhouse. Fun. How nice to have one made for you. I love that shot of Casey and Faith will certainly agree that you did those blackberries just right.

    Loving that fruit shot!!! And the rest are wonderful, too! Great job!

    These are great!! I love that “shapes” photo!!Beautiful!

    Great shots!

    I’ve been really busy and have missed out on a lot of these hunts. Hope to get back in the game this week :)

    Really like long exposure, it looks cool, great shot of Casey.

    Awesome shots this week! I can’t wait to see the rest of your shots with Casey at the Duke Gardens! :D

    love all your shots – I don’t think I got the long shot quite right though!

    craving blackberries now :) Awesome pics, Love the first one, yea its creepy but in a cool sorta way :)

    I’m BACK! :) I really can’t wait to see a pic of you with your doll house NOW! That’s such a great shot! :)

    Love your GREEN! and your FRUIT! and your SHAPES! oh geez, things never change….love all your shots!

    I’ve missed going this the last couple weeks. So crazy around here! Love your shots though and hoping to be back next week! :)

    Great shots. I didn’t get mine done this week and we were out of town all weekend, but I look forward to joining up next Sunday.

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    LOVE your shape shot…..so awesome! And you are SO adorable in the last one! How wonderful to have kept that dollhouse….I see some children enjoying it in the future!!!

    Adorable childhood memory! Great interpretations of all ~ cute

    hi Ashley… late again… I am your Monday slacker these days! =) Love love your blackberry pic… and the shapes one is so fun… what a great find in the tree! he he…

    Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!

    I hope you get the chance to recreate your dollhouse photo. That would be so adorable!

    Very nice post, and your shape and green is great
    Have a nice week ;)

    My fav is blackberries, maybe because I’m more familiar with the version from RIM, which my hubby was forced to use a few years ago, and which he complained incessantly about ;-P

    I haven’t been on here in a while, and boy do I miss your photos! You are so creative and have such talent! Congrats on your camera bag…it is gorgeous! And nice shot of Casey…i thought I recognized her!

    Oh I MUST join in this great fun link up!! Will get organised for next week I hope! XO

    Aww you were so cute! (still are!) I love your green shot too..magical!

    The first one is scary..haha!