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Scavenger Hunt Sunday - Ramblings and Photos
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Happy 4th of July Weekend! This has been another great week for my creativity – once you scroll down, you’ll quickly know what I’m talking about. By the way, it appears as if Google Reader is on the fritz today. I only had 35 blogs in my reader this morning (compared to the normal 200+). It usually corrects itself but I apologize for any delay in visiting your blogs.

This is also a great week for you. You’ll remember that last week I told you about Kat’s (from The Kat Eye View of the World) upcoming introductory class: Find Your Eye: Starting the Journey. This two week course starts off the series, introducing the basic tools of the photojournal and inspiration file and giving you the knowledge to use them. This course is also a prerequisite for the remainder of the Find Your Eye: Journey series courses and class starts July 24th! Details are available here and registration will open in a few days (July 8thi-sh).

This week’s Scavenger Hunt participants will have a chance to win two spaces in the Find Your Eye: Starting the Journey class. If you’re interested in winning a space in Kat’s class, you’ll need to do two things:
  1. Participate in Scavenger Hunt Sunday this week (July 3-5).
  2. Leave me a comment indicating that you want to participate (in addition to any other comment you’d normally leave).
    From your entries, I’ll random select the winners and announce sometime on either Wednesday or Thursday. Anyways, back to this week’s hunt. 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 and Heidi.
    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. Pop of Color
    Ashley Pop Art
    Be Funky: Pop Art
    For whatever reason, when I saw “pop of color,” I thought, “POP ART!” Of course, I also thought “self-portrait,” but I have not taken a new self-portrait this week so I dipped into my unprocessed self-portrait shots (not sure why I have multiple unprocessed shots, but I do). I then went hunting for pop art plug-ins. Unfortunately, I turned up empty handed…mostly because I wasn’t sure that any of these plug-in downloads could be trusted. I’m not trying to get a virus or hacked, ya know?

    So, I decided to hit up one of my favorite fun (and free) photography editing fun sites: Be Funky! I ran a clean edit in Photoshop and then opened my file in Be Funky. I think I applied a Underwater filter first which gave it a cartoonish look (I liked it better than the actual cartoon filter). I then applied one of the pop art effects. I think it’s kinda fun, and if I just paid a little more, I could probably download and print my work of art.  

    2. Crossing Thresholds
    Beyond the Bridge RS
    This prompt really stumped me…not so much because I didn’t know what to shoot, but more because I wasn’t really inspired by anything around me. I’m sure I’ll look at your photos and be inspired. Nonetheless, I know that there is a trail behind my office. After running a couple of errands the other day, I pulled to the back of the parking lot for a quick photo op. At some point, I should really take advantage of this trail and take a walk.

    3. X-Ray
    X-Ray Camera RS
    X-Ray Tutorial
    Katie presented quite a challenge this week when she suggested “x-ray.” I mean, I’m not your average Josephine who has access to x-rays (although, I guess the average Josephine wouldn’t have access either). Either way, I took it upon myself to search for a cool post-processing tutorial before even taking my photo. I’m super excited with how it turned out.

    If you missed my link post on Facebook and Twitter (if you’re not connected to me via FB and Twitter, now would be a great time to do that), I’ve included the tutorial link below the image. Essentially, you need to create an inverted layer. You then use blending modes to change the look of the image and you can lower the opacity to adjust the strength of the effect. Beyond that, it’s an experiment.
    Outside Voice ButtonLittle Somethings

    4. Toy
    Kitty Paw and the Hippo RS
    This moment was completely unscripted. Kitty Paw doesn’t even play with the blue hippo anymore (she prefers a beaten up bird on a string), but I thought it might photograph well in our bedroom so I took it upstairs. She followed me, of course. You gotta love a cat’s curiosity!

    5. Hidden or Farm
    Dr Seuss and the Birdie RS
    I have a lamp that looks like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book. I’m not exactly sure when I acquired this lamp, but I love it. Unfortunately…my husband doesn’t have the same appreciation for said lamp. Since moving to our current home, this lamp has been in a closet…hiding. I’m not sure if it’s the little bird on top or the spiral base, but he just didn’t think it needed to be seen. Well, about a month or so ago, my administrative assistant decided that my office needed a mini-makeover. She moved around my bookshelf, my filing cabinet and a few chairs. As a result, I had this open space in the corner…perfect for a lamp…perfect for THIS LAMP. Don’t you just love it?

    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. Things that look like a letter of the alphabet
    2. Weather (Paper Heart Camera theme 7/10)
    3. Bling (Heidi’s suggestion)
    4. Tangled (Heidi’s suggestion)
    5. Dark (Heidi’s suggestion)

    Again, thank you to Paper Heart Camera and Heidi 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 26. The prompt/theme is “Red, White and Blue.” Happy Shooting!

    PS: Did you notice that I’ve added “SHARE” buttons below my signature? If you like what you see, feel free to share it. In particular, check out the Google +1 Button. “The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or ‘you should check this out.'”


      I adore that lamp! And, what a glorious threshold.

      Happy 4th, my friend!

      Great pop of art!!! I like whimsy looking lamps!!!

      WOW…I love ALL of these!! The pop art is outstanding, and I absolutely LOVE your toy & x-ray (yes, challenging!) shots! :)

      These prompts were great. I really love Kitty Paw with her toy. I will have to check back in the morning because your “Crossing Thresholds” isn’t loading completely right now.

      Your toy shot is so cute!

      Pop of Art is very creative! Love the lamp!

      I would love to win/participate in Kat’s class.

      Your pop of color shot absolutely rocks! And that toy shot is too sweet! I love how your xray shot turned out… that was my fav prompt this week!

      Ohhh great interpretation on that “pop of color.” But I’m really partial to the threshold shot. Good stuff. :)

      Great photos this week Ashley. Your Pop of Color is neat and I love Kitty Paw with her toy. That lamp looks sooo cute. I also like your xray shot. Okay I like them all.

      I would love to win the workshop seat! It sounds like I could learn a lot from Kat about how to see more creatively.


      Beautiful shots Ashley! They are all simply amazing-my favorites have to be your Pop Art and x-ray (I’m a sucker for x-rays :D). I’m going to seek you out on FB too so I can learn how to do that!

      I left all my shots “naked” this week but I always adore your editing. And love what you did with Be funky for pop art. I use them all the time.
      All the other shots are stunning too. Great, as always.

      I love all your shots this week! I’d never heard of Be Funky either, so that’s another one I’ve discovered thanks to you.

      My favourites are Pop of Colour, Toy and there is something really surreal about Crossing Thresholds that I love.

      I love that toy shot, and what has your husband got against that lamp? It’s great! And yes please can I be considered for Find Your Eye class!

      Beautiful!! love the pop of colour! Sorry didn’t get around to playing along this week, but since it is school holidays here I will be sure to find some time to click away. XO

      I really like how that xray one came out and your pop art aswell. I need to check out that ‘funky’site you mentioned.

      Ashley I would love to be considered for Kat’s new workshop.

      Ashley please ad me to the contest to win Kat’s e course.

      Love your Pop of Color….you are so creative. And Kitty Paw and the Toy is amazing (perfect timing). All prompts are awesome. ;)

      Great shots, Ashley.

      That lamp is very cute!!! :)

      I have to say that this week I think I like them all a lot!! hehe. The pop of color is awesome and unique, the threshold shot is so beautiful!! The farm pic is fun and toy is of course darling with kitty paw in it!! Happy 4th weekend friend!

      Love the set, I really like the pop art and the threshold. That one had me stumped too! Kitty Paws just didn’t want you messing with her toys, my cats are funny in that way too!

      I want to be entered in the drawing too! I would love to win that!

      Your pop of color shot is fantastic and so creative! Love the one of kitty paw and the toy too.

      I would love to win a spot in the class!

      Love your interpretations! I think my favorite is your pop of color.

      Toy picture is super cute! I did SS again!

      Love your pop of color – COOL processing!

      I love the threshold photo.

      I love your pop art poster! Very cool!

      Love the Threshold shot…so dreamy! And your toy and hidden shots were great, too! Wonderful set, Ashley!

      Ashely I would love to be entered for a chance to win Kat’s online class.

      I was interested to see what you would come up with for the ‘crossing threshold’ shot. Amazing!

      Love the threshold shot and that is a GREAT lamp!!! Please count me in for the giveaway! Happy 3rd of July!

      I love love the toy photo. Great contrast in the color of the toy and the black and white of Kitty Paw.

      Oh PS, I would LOVE a spot in that class! ;)

      I love your pop art selfie and that xray shot is just sooo neat!

      All great shots Ashley! I love the pop of color and of course kitty paw & her toy. Happy 4th to you!

      Hey Ashley-
      I’m dying to take Kat’s class. Been thinking about it since spring. Please put me in the magic random draw with a star next to my randomness :)

      So NOW you tell me how to do X-ray…will have to go back and try that. Who knew? Great snaps this week. I think your bridge shot is nice-a walk down there might find more treaures, your hubby has lost his sense of fun w/out that lamp, and the Pop art pop is really cool. I bet you can figure that out on your own and that way you won’t have to pay to print. Jus’ sayin’.
      Happy weekend.

      Ok, seriously loving your work this week! That threshold shot belongs on a wall no doubt. And love your take on pop of color! I didn’t get to x ray this week, bit went ahead and submitted the other four. Hope that’s ok! Here’s my link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/envoutant/5892796978/in/set-72157624857744727

      I want to put your xray picture up on my wall! Soo cool!

      I love the toy photo. Your photos always capture a unique perspective. :)

      Love your photos this week!

      Great interpretations…I love the pop art photo (very clever!). And your crossing thresholds is beautiful.

      I would love to win a spot in Kat’s class—it sounds wonderful!

      Fantastic shots! Your pop art photo makes me think of Andy Warhol.
      I love threshold – it looks so peaceful!

      I hope you have a wonderful fourth!

      These are all great! Love the fun pop of color photo! And the processing on crossing thresholds.

      I’d love to win Kat’s class!

      LOVE crossing thresholds and toy!

      This is the first time that I am participating in Scavenger Hunt Sunday and it has been so much fun. Love the kitty with toy picture.

      I too would love to win a spot in Kat’s class!

      Okay girl- whether it’s the photo or the processing- I swear you couldn’t produce a bad photo if you tried really really hard. Those are all so amazing both in composition & in processing- I am in awe of you!!! What I would give to just wander in that creative mind for an hour or two. Oh & You take the most gorgeous selfies too!

      Wonderful shots. I love the first one. Very cool.

      Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

      And I would love to participate in the class. :)

      The toy is my favorite this week but I also love your threshold.

      Your kittie is so cute. I am not a cat person, but I really like to play with them while in somebody else place ;)
      Love your threshold shot. soo beautiful.
      BTW, I would love to participate in Kat’s class!

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      I so love your pop of color picture. Found you through my friend D. from Feet on the ground.

      I wanted to take Kat’s course anyhow. Forgot about it until I found you and today’s “difficult” challenge.

      Not sure why I accidentally left 3 comments.

      LOVE the pop art photo of you! Also, I love the shots of you on Casey’s blog today. Just gorgeous!

      Definitely a creative week for you! Nicely done! I do kinda like the lamp. ;)

      what fun shots!!! Have a great fourth.

      I love the Pop of Color pop art- what a wonderful idea! Also- I’d love to participate in Kat’s class!!

      I love the Pop of color shot, very cool.
      I have to agree with your husband, that lamp…. good shot thought
      Toy is my favorite. This cat is just too much.
      Thank you for hosting Scavenger Hunt, I have had so much doing it, even when not inspired at all. I am so glad that I found you and all these wonderful ladies here.

      Beautiful pictures Ashley. Your work inspires me!

      Love the lamp and I always enjoy pictures of your beautiful cat!!

      Hope you’re having a great day today!

      I would love to participate in this challenge. I am currently doing a July one in Flickr, but this one sounds awesome as well. Thanks to Valeria, and her amazing work, that I found your blog. Love it.

      Hi!! I just LOVE all your takes on the prompts. That lamp is awesome and the threshold is wonderful- it has a peaceful, calming effect about it. hope you have a good Fourth!!

      Kitty Paw rules. :)

      LOVE your pop art!
      Thanks for hosting again – there’s some pretty cool stuff out there this week.

      And I would love to be involved in that class. Heck, I might even sign up even if I don’t win. I need some direction & challenge…

      Great photos. I really liked Toy and your explanation of it. I love it when those little unplanned moments happen!

      wow….you sure know how to keep busy !!
      i love that about you !

      Great photos, really like pop art. Just found befunky, it’s a cool site, I love free!

      luv the pop of color shot…how creative.

      Hey Ashley, I love your threshold interpretation this week! I especially like the little bit of the path you can see ahead. You should definitely take advantage of beauty like that so close to home! Thanks as always for including Exploring with a Camera in your Scavenger Hunt prompts! I can’t wait to see who wins the spots… :)

      I love how you did your x-ray shot! Very cool.

      I would definitely like to participate in the giveaway. I am planning on taking this course. I look forward to it. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

      great shots this week ashley!

      i personally love the xray shot and kitty paw with the toy. the lamp is very cute – too bad your husband doesn’t have the same affection for it!

      hugs and love,

      Gorgeous shots! I love every single one, especially your toy, threshold, and pop of color!:)

      love these! i have GOT to do next week’s scavenger hunt… it has been too long :)

      I love all of your images…but my favourite is the crossing thresholds – that path needs exploring, with a camera!

      “Pop of Color” looks awesome! Terrific job!

      hello-this is my first visit! Love your blog. The “toy” shot is great.

      Your photos are super awesome! Amazing work! :)

      I would like to participate in your giveaway. Sounds neat! ;)

      You inspire me!

      That looks like a really cool lamp! :D

      And I love Kitty Paw and the hippo.

      Woof, I love Kitty and lamp!
      They go together but since they’re not, I think Kitty needs a lamp.

      I can’t believe I almost didn’t post my pictures this week but I’m glad I did. I love all your shot but the first and the second one are my favorite. My oldest son in the other hand loves the last one because he also says it must be a Dr. Seuss…in his own words “very cool lamp”

      I would love to get a chance to take this class :)

      I would love a spot on the class because it’s important for me to “find my eye”!

      Great post, your “pop of Color” is beautiful.. and lovely tone in your Tresholds !
      Have a nice summer week ;))

      Hi Ashley… I have been missing in the land of summer the last couple weeks… catching up a bit today… =) I linked two weeks …hope you don’t mind… just tell me when I am cheating too much… I love playing with the prompts you provide!! it offers me “me” time in my week! =) though I wish I could put more time in!! ;) anyway… I love love your Threshold and Toy pics this week… looking forward to catching up on every one’s blogs! OH.. congrats on the PW feature… too funny when I saw your face!! how exciting for you!! =)

      Such amazing shots as always.. But your pop of color is awesome.. I just love it.. I so missed doing this weeks shot. I have been out of town.. but hope to be back next week.. Happy 4th of July to you..

      Hugs, Linda

      LOVE the picture of Kitty Paws. I wish my kitties were evenly remotely photogenic.

      I would love to win a spot in the class. :)

      I love all of your shots! Especially the x-ray, I love how it turned out, and the threshold, it is so beautiful!

      Also, that lamp is awesome! You should totally keep it displayed!

      love your interpretations! Love the pop art and threshold !

      wow, yr pop of color is really original. and yr toy and farm pics are really cute. love them! :)

      Love them all! This week had some challenging ones but fun! Your toy shot is my favorite :)

      P.S. I would love to be entered in Kat’s class!

      I love your prompts this week! Beautiful, especially the one of your kitty.

      I’d love to be entered in your giveaway! Thanks for having it!

      Love pop art and and x-ray… did not know what to do with mine, but your Andy Warhol impression is very good!