Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Just in case you missed it…today is the last day of July. For those of you who have children, this means that school is about to start (at least on a traditional calendar). For me, this means we’re one day closer to Fall temperatures (I cannot even wait!). It also means that TOMORROW IS MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday while you’re here.

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 Paper Heart Camera, the Paper Mama and Dina.

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. Creativity is also encouraged!
  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. Walking Empty Streets
Walking Downtown RS
I dragged my feet on this prompt until yesterday. I was driving downtown to pick up lunch for my mom and dad when I turned down a road that typically looks pretty crummy. I’ve learned from Katie Lloyd that you can turn anything into a work of art by just un-focusing.

2. Repeating Patterns
Fence Post RS
I took this shot during the PEACE(ful) Protest last Sunday. I figure there are a couple of repeating patterns in this shot: the fence itself and the bricks…even if they are in the form of bokeh.

3. Floor
On the Floor RS
During the late afternoons, Kitty Paw loves to sit in our bathroom and soak up the sun. When I considered what I might shoot for “floor,” I immediately thought of Kitty Paw sitting on the floor. I had no idea she’d give me her yawn face.
Earlier this week, I released “Debonair,” inspired by Katie Lloyd’s Vintage Polaroid Effect for Photoshop Elements. As much as I’m loving Debonair (and I hope you are too), I really wanted to create an action that would really simulate the vintage polaroid effect…meaning, I needed to create frames. After a few hours of recording and re-recording my steps, I finally got it to a point worth sharing. 

If you click on the link below, you can download the entire set. It includes: Photoshop Action Set and Photoshop Elements Folder including Debonair, Vintage Polaroid Horizontal and Vintage Polaroid Vertical. The only thing that may be a little off is the clipping mask. Because this runs as an action, it will create one size that doesn’t fit all. Just click on the clipping mask and you can resize it to fit your photo’s dimensions. You can also fill the frame layer white if you want a white frame instead of a black frame (or create a new white fill layer on top of the black frame layer). Enjoy!

Photography love...

4. Then and Now

Last year, my friend Caroline asked if I would take some engagement portraits. I was thrilled to get the practice, so we headed out to Peace College (Caroline is a 2003 graduate). If you mouse over, you can see one of the images from that session. Last weekend, while I was at Peace, I took a new photo of William Peace (Peace College’s founder). Looking back…let’s just say that I have come a long way in the past year.

5. Fingertips
Fingertips RS
“You are a writer – your photos are your book and your camera is your pen.” Lizzi
I’m sure no one could have predicted that I would do a self-portrait for this shot (insert sarcasm). Actually, would you believe I came home the other day and painted my finger nails just for this shot? I initially planned for smurf blue but I kept screwing up the paint so I switched to lovely lilac.
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. Seeing Double/Two
  2. Whatever (Paper Heart Camera and Paper Mama theme)
  3. Sweet (Dina’s suggestion)
  4. Space (Dina’s suggestion)
  5. Bright (Dina’s suggestion)
Photography love...  The Paper Mama 
Again, thank you to Paper Heart Camera, the Paper Mama and Dina for so many great scavenger hunt items. I’ve actually got several weeks worth of prompts waiting in my inbox, but 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 30. The prompt/theme is “Sunset.” Happy Shooting!


    I really like then and now and fingertips. Awesome shots, beautiful post process. I’m still enjoying debonair. used it on a portrait tonight and Love the result.

    I love the first and love one. It really looks like a piece of art. Great color contrast with the lilac/white on the last one. Like that.

    Love the tones of the fingertips shot, and the b&w of the statue. Kitty Paw is of course as gorgeous as always.

    Great set, I love them all! Wow, I love the difference with the Peace College statue, great work, love the balloons and B&W.
    Happy Birthday Ashley’s mum!

    I really love the Then & Now photo!

    love these…and wow on the then and now…how fun is it to see the progression!!!

    oh yeah happ birthday to your mommy!

    Rockin’ it, as always. #1 is my fave!!!

    Very cool! I love the artwork street shot. I may have to try that sometime soon. :-)

    Love the nail polish selfie too!

    Great shots, love your purple nails and of course kitty paw always wins my heart :-)

    Happy birthday to your mom!! :)

    Such awesome shots my friend……wishing I’d had the time to join in! And Happy Birthday to your Mama!

    does someone always decorate William Peace??

    gorgeous collection you have here! Love them all. Happy Birthday to your Mum!!! Sarah XO

    Hi. I love your edit on the streets shot and your fingertips is so creative!! Wonderful photos! And wow next week seems tough. :) Happy August!

    Don’t you just love surprises? Kitty Paw’s jawn was a great one. Love the fingertips!

    Okay… so this week comment went in another week somehow.. I guess that’s what happens when you have a baby in your lap while commenting. Anyways great set! and happy birthday to your mom again!

    Love the fingertip shot.

    Nice photos this week. Love your empty street & I had a similar idea for my floor!
    Hope your mum has a lovely day.

    YAY! 1st scavenger hunt EVER!

    Your 1st shot is lovely, & Luvn the lovely lilac nails as well!

    Great photo’s your nails look awesome (oh how I wish I had time to still paint my nails funky colours!!!)

    Happy Birthday to your mum :)

    Really lovely set. I especially like the Then and Now, it encourages a lot of people to pick up their cameras and not to shy away from showing their improvements as time passes by.

    Have a great Sunday.

    Cute pictures of Kitty Paw :) Your photos are always so original, your inspiring! :) Thanks for sharing

    Wonderful, as always! LOVE the last two shots.

    Loved all of these Ashley. I’m going to have to try that ‘empty street look’ – its sooooooooo good and what a difference a year makes!

    Awesome shots. I love you fingertips shot and you then and now.

    Wow! Love your then and now! The composition of the shot is fabulous! I love the angle you’ve taken in your b/w shot compared with going front on in the initial shot.
    The balloons are fantastic! Love it!
    Cute fingernails! Wish I was linking up but I’ve got lazy and addicted to instagram so the ‘real camera’ hasn’t been out as much! x

    Great shots this week, I love the blurry street. My mom’s birthday is tomorrow too!

    Your cat is hilarious!! And that is coming from a dog person! Love the effect on the empty street picture too, very cool! And of course, Happy Birthday to your mom!!

    really like the empty streets shot and glad Mr. Peace is comfortable in front of the camera.

    the floor one is great! Your cat is hilarious ;) And I love the fingertips- super cute!!! :)

    Whenever I get on the floor to take a shot of the animals they come running over to me. That’s dogs for you. Great shots!

    Great pictures!

    I like how your cat yawns, its so cute! ;)

    I love the street shot. The one of William Peace on the bench is really good, too. Once again a beautiful set.

    LOVE your street shot and fingertips! You did a GREAT job on all your shots this week!

    I love that you are you doing this hunt. It’s so fun to see what everyone is inspired by. I love the unfocused shot. I never thought to do that. It’s gorgeous!

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    That cat picture is something, cats are a trip, and what a life too. Richard

    Amazing again. I really like that first one! I’m going to have to try the unfocusing trick.

    That catis so cool on the floor !!!! and repeating is beautiful in B&W !

    Have a nice sunday ! :)

    Always so inspiring/amusing/encouraging to look back at photos from a year ago. I should do that today!

    Great fingertips and repeating parterns shots!!

    I’m trying to think of which photo I like the most…my mind’s a blank-I love this whole series-all right maybe an extra shout to KP for the yawn face.
    I was really drawn in by the way you focused and processed your empty streets. Me-a clean line girl-is starting to find some interest in abstract, blurred, images. Huh?
    Thanks for sharing that polaroid set….I’m going to give it a go.

    PS I appreciate the help with the static page, but still can’t get it “to go”. Will keep trying.

    Love the blurry look. I’ve got to try that!

    These are all awesome! Love the expression of your kitty. Happy Birthday to your mom. Hope she has a wonderful day. ♥

    The Then and Now shot is fantastic!

    Great shots! I love the empty streets and of course Kitty Paw.

    Happy Birthday to your Mom. I still didn’t manage to join in on the fun although I have your page marked to do so . Maybe next week=)

    Thought your downtown photo and kitty photo were marvelous this week!

    Absolutely, lovin’ this set. Katie is so right. Unfocusing can turn anything into a piece of art. I need to keep that in mind and have more fun with it.

    Oh and Kitty Paw that is the greatest face ever. I hope to see that one again for the September Quarterly Top 5.

    Thanks for the action. I downloaded it. Now, I just need to install it along with several others I have downloaded recently.

    Mr. Peace would be PROUD!!! You have come a long way. The angle, the focus, the processing, the DOF….big difference.

    Love the quote! Oh so true.

    Oh goodness I love these this week – so creative! Mine won’t go up until tomorrow… still working on the walking empty streets one :)

    Such fun!

    Happy Birthday to your mama!! Love that shot of KP – so funny!

    Great shots. I love the first one.

    Happy Birthday, Ashley’s Mom! :)

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    Great selfie, awesome lighting. Happy birthday to your mom.

    Love the first one… I have been meaning to play with unfocusing! The then and now is awesome, and Kitty Paw made me laugh ;)

    Jealous of your manicure. And Kitty Paw is adorable. :) Hoping to link up next week. Have a great Sunday, Ashley.

    That first one is so amazing. The other shots are great. thanks for sharing.

    the floor one is great! :)

    Great photos – Kitty Paw is my fav!!!

    Happy birthday to Mom – my hubby’s birthday is Friday!

    These are great shots Ashley. I love the first one, but I think Kitty Paw has to be be my favorite! :-)


    Happy Sunday to you!

    Woof Ashley I love Kitty!!!!

    I wonder if she had hot spots too?

    Great shots! Love the nail polish, now I’m going to have to try to find blue :)

    That cat of your is hilarious.

    Hi Ashley, you’ve been very kind in visiting me and gifting me with your encouraging words of support, (just wanted to say that finally!) so thank you for that. this is my first week participating in Scavenger Hunt, and it was a real fun time, so thank you for hosting SH each week. your own photos are sublime, my favorite being the empty street. and kitty paw’s yawn! I hope you’re having a blessed Sunday, and wishing you a grand week ahead.

    Wow, I am in love with your first shot! The colors are so beautiful and I love that it is out of focus. I also really like fingertips — gorgeous nail color!

    First: Do tell your mother Happy Birthday from Christina at CT photography.
    Second: There is just something that draws me to the statue photo. Maybe it’s the balloons. Whimsical conflicting with the seriousness of the statue.
    Lastly: Love Kitty Paw! So ferocious! He really is a lion at heart.
    Great hunt this week.

    Great photos! Love the yawn photo the best!

    i love the one of the street! and your finger nails are adorable :)

    Wonderful shots Ashley! I think my favorite is the first one! I didn’t get to participate this week because I’ve been out of town, maybe next week! Have a great week ahead!

    Ooo, great images! I love that first one, and I also love the color on your fingernails. Your mom has a great birthday. It’s my birthday tomorrow too! :)

    Happy Birthday Ashley’s mom. I really hope you have a great day! Love the street blur shot!!! Thanks for the free stuff too.

    As always, these are all wonderful! Love streets, floor, and fingertips!

    Love the out of focus shot! I love experimenting with manual focus, especially with varying light sources. It’s one of the disadvantages of my point and shoot – no manual focus.

    love them all! great shots and happy b’day to your mom! x

    I love your fingertip shot! and great improvement over the last year with your pictures! I love the statue with the balloons! :) hehe

    how in the world did you do that blurring in your photo? Lens blur? Awesome shot…i would frame that mother!

    Would have LOVE to see the Smurf Blue ;) Great Shots as always!

    I LOVE your nail polish! What color is it?

    Look at the fangs on Kitty Paw! =)

    La-la-love that first one!! It’s JUST like a painting!! :)

    And wow…looking at your then and now shots…you sure have come a long way, baby! :)

    I love them all, but the Now and Then is fascinating and encouraging!

    Thank you for all of your encouraging words. It means a lot.

    Wonderfully expressive shots!

    I love that first shot! I am going to have to try that!

    The floor picture is so fun, Kitty Paw looks like angry lion:)

    great pics….i love the action! looks like you’ve been real busy lately….:)

    Love Kitty Paw’s yawn!! Your empty streets one does look like a painting!
    Back to school? My kids don’t go back until after Labor Day! I am NOT ready for that!!

    What a difference a year makes–and here I was, assuming you were simply born awesome. I had no idea that you had to work at it! ;D Loving your lilac nails, so pretty!

    Wonderful shots as usual! I really like the floor shot best :) Hope to join back in for this week.

    I’m trying to catch up on your blog posts since I haven’t been blog visiting at all lately and can I just say that you have the prettiest fingernails!! hehe that color is sooo fun! love it!

    lovlies Ashley. Many thanks for the action…am looking forward to trying it out!

    Oh yeah, LOVE the empty street shot! It almost doesn’t look like a photo; more like a painting. LOVE the Katie Lloyd look! :-) And a big hello to KP – what a funny shot – love it!

    You know I already read this post like 2 days ago, right? Just didn’t get over to comment. I’d never be 2 days behind on your blog – ha! ♥

    I love what you did to your walking empty streets. Love your repeating patters and your fingertips is awesome (especially your pretty nailpolish) LOVE it. And wishing your MOM and VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    I so enjoy coming to visit you. Your photos always mesmerize me. It’s been too long.

    I didn’t make it on time to add my photos please check them out on my page

    Sorry i was so late

    Actions! How fun! I’ll have to download when I get home. Love your bokeh bricks! :) Thanks for supporting Exploring with a Camera – it’s always fun to see what Scavenger Hunt shots you have.

    beautiful job hun, I need to get back on track and start doing these again!

    Thank you for your lovely comments<3

    Ashley, there is so much inspiration over here! I have been appreciating it, even though I haven’t taken time to let you know. Love your scavenger hunts, and would love to do one–after the kids go back to school or after I finish this year’s 365. Someday. But your prompts are wonderful, and your photography is fantastic!

    Hi! Wanted to participate this weekend but forgot my battery plugged in at home. However, “Walking Empty Roads” inspired my Travel Thursday post today :)

    Theses are great!

    I love the colors of your selfie: lavender/purple/violet!

    Your selfies are great!

    I want to marry that cat picture!! Great shots!

    I’m sorry to be commenting so late – I’ve been in a but of a funk lately! I love the Kitty Paw shot, totally made me laugh! And then and now is awesome, its wonderful to be able to look back at old shots and see how far you’ve come :)