August 21, 2011
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Welcome to another week of Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Last week, I might have seen everything in black and white, but this week…I’m seeing lots of color. I hope you’ll like it! If you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you too. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Kat, Paper Heart Camera and Head Ant.
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. Geometry
Circular Pencils RS
When I think about geometry, I break into hives! Math is not my friend…I’m an artist. I kid, I kid. Actually, I started with a Katie Lloyd and Project Alicia inspired colored pencil photo – I mean, pencils are circular, right? I then decided to make a “planet” photograph with the shot to create yet another circle.

2. Brushstrokes

I call this one “This Little Piggy,” and if you mouse over you can see the original image I was working with. As you might imagine, I used two layers of Pixel Bender in Photoshop. The first layer created a kaleidoscope effect and the second layer applied the oil painting effect. I just think it looks like a bunch of pig noses…and that makes me giggle.

3. Hanging by a Thread
Hanging by a thread RS
I had a few things in mind for this prompt, then I walked out of the office and saw yet another spider web…calling my name.

4. Collage Mushroom Collage
I mentioned the other day that you would see more mushrooms. The other day, my husband and I came home to a patch of mushrooms in our flower bed AND a giant mushroom couple (doesn’t the last shot look like a couple?) by one of our trees. The light was absolutely beautiful so I grabbed my camera (didn’t even bother throwing on my macro lens – these shots were taken with my 50mm f/1.4) and started snapping. The next day, as I was leaving for work, the patch of mushrooms in our flower bed had taken over. I guess I should be careful what I wish for in the future – if you say too many times that you wish you had cool mushrooms in your yard to photograph, they WILL come!

5. On the Dotted Line
On the Dotted Line RS
This might have been the toughest prompt to date…at least for me. I tried a few different things in an effort to be creative, but I settled on a clipping mask effect. I’m extra curious how everyone else interpreted this prompt.

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures on 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. Old and New
  2. Night Photography (Exploring with a Camera theme – check out post here)
  3. Music (Paper Heart Camera prompt – consider a self portrait)
  4. Cheesy (Head Ant’s suggestion)
  5. Sun (Head Ant’s suggestion)
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Again, thank you to Kat, Paper Heart Camera and Head Ant 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 32. The prompt/theme is “Shadows.” Happy Shooting!


    I could not wait to see more mushrooms!! I love the spiderweb and you brushstrokes are so creative. I have to be honest, i truly struggled this week. But it is good to be challenged!!

    LOVE your web shot! Gorgeous B&W edit! :-D Have a blessed SONday!

    forgot to say – LOVE the pencil shot and yes they look like pig noses – HA HA HA! :-D

    Beautiful photos, as usual. I really love your mushroom collage- those mushrooms are gorgeous. Liked your geometrical pencils as well.

    Fabulous collection! I was excited to see what you would do with the prompts ;)

    Loving your dotted line (that was a tricky one) and your collage is so pretty. The hanging by a thread, beautiful and I LOVE your Geometry.

    Glad those prompts inspired these gems! Thanks too for picking them as I was also inspired :)

    Thanks for the hunt. I haven’t connected in for a while, but not for lack of wanting to. You got the spider shot I couldn’t find…nicely done!! I love the simplicity of the Geometry shot. That’s the one that really had me stumped this week. Anyway, thanks for giving inspiration!

    Love your mushrooms and geometry is very cool. Love them.

    All your mushroom are just stunning and incredible with all the details you captured!!! The pictures make the mushrooms feel so real- the textures, the depth and the details on them. And I love all the edits you did with this week’s photos especially the piggy noses!! The spider web is beautiful as well!! have an awesome week!!

    Loved every one of them especially that pencil one- I didn’t realise at first that it was a planet but I love how there’s the reflection inside the inner circle. I see we both thought of using pixel bender for a prompt aswell.

    Love these! Great collage of mushrooms! Fantastic set!

    Such a cool web – I never seem to be able to catch those on camera as I want to. :-)

    I always look forward to seeing your photos on a Sunday! The pig noses cracked me up too. The spider web shot is amazing and I love the creativity of the coloured pencil shot too.

    Fantastic set Ashley, love your geometry pencil planet, and the spiders web in B&W with the bokeh in the background is really beautiful.
    The mushrooms are wonderful, I might jinx myself and say I wish they would grow in my garden.

    Love your collage, and great spider web too.

    Beautiful photos! Really love the spiderweb!!!

    Ooohh…the spider web with the bokeh is fabulous!

    Hi Ashley… Love love your collage! and the geometry shot is so cool… Hope you have a lovely week!

    Your mushrooms pictures are beautiful! I also really like your geometry shot.

    Wonderful, with an excellent frame, excellent focus and spectacular colors.

    How absolutely creatrive are you girl! Love these all, but I’m inlove w/ the 1st and last interportations!

    So glad to be back this week. I am a bit limited thouhgh, on photos, until I get my computer fixed.

    Such creative interpretations this week. I love that spider web!

    I love your mushrooms collage… so delicate and pretty!

    Every time you mentioned about using Pixel Bender, I’m intrigued. I really have to give it a whirl one of these days.

    Great collection! Love the collage of mushrooms and the brushstrokes, that is so cool!

    I am loving that dotted line shot. Great job. I thought that one was hard…haha. Great shots this week! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! (my shots are actually on my blog this week…how weird huh? Haha)

    Really love the spider web and mushroom shots!! We had some funky mushrooms growing the other day and I also took the opportunity to photograph them!


    You never disappoint. I love the little piggies. Sam hovered over me saying, “Wait….How….What…..Wait.” He really liked it, as did I.

    Great creativity for on the dotted line…..Girl, I just need a touch more of your creativity.

    Oh my word- love that mushroom collage- I really need to spend more time post processing- on presentation & let myself have the time to get creative. I know you just talked to us about this. Maybe now that my week should be going back to “normal” I can do that. :) Thanks for the inspiration once again!

    These are all awesome!! And insanely creative! I have to give all the credit for my colored pencil shots to Karli, though. And those pink things DO look like pig noses! :)

    The collage is fabulous! I didn’t have time to put one together. I also love your brushstrokes and now feel the need to test that out :)

    Love Them!!

    Very beautiful, Ashley. I lo e them, especially the geometry shot.

    Love, love, love the 1st two! So creative.

    Love the spider web, I went out and looked for some and there wasn’t a single one to be found!

    Pig noses! That is too funny! I love the geometry shot, I am not fond of math myself!

    Love the spider web shot!! WOW!

    I love this idea of a scavenger hunt. I’ve been reading Stasha’s The Good Life blog for some time now, always enjoying her Sunday scavenger hunt photos, and today I followed the link over to your site and I am so impressed! I’d love to give this a try some time. The photos shared by you and everyone else really make me think about the list and how the words can be interpreted so differently!

    love the mushrooms. and i thought your geometry shot was very creative. love the web, i took some shots of spiders for that prompt.

    Wow, these are all so cool. I love your creativity in all these shots. The pig noses is awesome, your mushrooms always look so cool, and the web is amazing.

    Okay…capturing a photo of a spiderweb is now definetly on my photo bucket list! Beautiful! Have to tell you…next week’s prompts are already causing me to sweat! haha.


    Your hanging is very beautiful photo !!!! Brushstrokes is so cute ! and collage is nice !

    I love your interpretations they are great!

    Feel free to stop over at Amish Stories for the recipe “Famous Pennsylvania Dutch Sticky Cinnamon Buns”. Enjoy your weekend folks. Richard

    Beauiful photos you have up there, Mrs. Sisk!
    I love, love, love the spider web one… you’re an ahh-mazing photographer. REALLY. Seriously. Totally.

    LOVE the hanging by a thread shot!

    Once again I didn’t make get the shots needed for Scavenger Hunt. I’m missing some creative MOJO. Plus I’m super busy trying to get ready for our first week back to school. Maybe next week I’ll feel more inspired!

    Anyway…loved your shots!

    Fantastic interpretations for the prompts Ashley!
    Love “Piggy Nose!”

    OH.MY.GOSH. Ashley….all of these are so amazing! Seriously! Hope you have a fantastic week!


    Cool web! I also really like your collage of mushrooms. :)

    Great huntings. The mushrooms are very cool! :)

    Inspiring job this week, such vibrancy! I love all of these! I especially like the collage of mushrooms, and that last shot. Gorgeous!

    I love the geometry shot. all the others are pretty original, but that one is special :)

    great spider web shot.

    Great shots as always Ashley, love your mushroom collage, and your treadshot is just great ;)
    Have a nice week ;)

    Stunning photography, Ashley. Favorites: pencils and spider web.

    Great set, Ashley! I love your take on geometry :)

    Great shots! Oh I love the pencil shot! So cute. I can’t wait to join the hunt next week!!

    Woof, Ashley, I love yer mushies. Ours look like umbrellas and whatnot.

    Love it! So fun. :) Great way to blog and share — thanks for keeping this going. :) Feels so good to participate and see everyone else’s photos too.

    Love the simplicity of the colored pencil shot and the mushroom collage is gorgeous!

    Your photos are always so great….. I especially LOVE the mushrooms!!

    Love the spider and the mushrooms! Its great to be participating again.

    Is that web as big as it looks in the photo? Wow! Great capture. :)

    Sometimes (a lot) when I use your debonair action I get an error that says ” could not complete no pixels were selected”. What does that mean? (PSE 9)



    You came up with some great interpretations. Love the one of the web. Hopefully, once school starts, I’ll have time to join in :)

    That spider web…wow. That’s more great photos from work. Love your mushroom collage-I too have plenty and I didn’t even wish for them.
    I agree that last dotted line was tough. I think the way you created that was creative-as were the fun piggy noses!

    Ashley, I love your pics this week! ESPECIALLY the colored pencils. Simple. Understated. Pop. ♥

    I really love them all!! But that spider web and those mushroom shots are just stunning! Love love love them!

    The mushrooms… I love the mushrooms!! And the geometry… and the web. I was sooo in love with this set of prompts, and bummed I didn’t get to do it this week! I will just add them to my inspiration folder for later ;)

    Your shot look great.. I really sucked at this weeks prompts. They were really tough. But It is always fun playing along..

    Hugs, Linda

    Fabulous interpretations, Ashley! And, I looove how you used the ‘planet’ feature! I’d never thought of using for anything but with a landscape…awesome! :D

    Your mushrooms are so pretty! Whenever we get fungus in our yard, it’s always slime mold, which is not at all photogenic and just looks gross. I also love your spider web; it’s really pretty!

    Ashley, these are amazing. Love the Hanging by a thread…that spider web is awesomely captured. And I love your collection of mushrooms in the collage :) Love them all.

    Those first two pictures kinda blew my mind!!! love when you take macro shots because you are clearly gifted at it!!! Love the colors!!

    Those are some crazy mushrooms! Amazing shots!

    Great photos. Love that first one and the collage of mushrooms. Hopefully I will be back next week.

    you gave me such inspiration to try this challenge this week! I especially loved your collage…so well put together and visually appealing. I can’t wait to see more of your posts in the weeks to come!

    I love the planet tutorial. I want to try that soon!

    These are all gorgeous, but I really like the different mushrooms. Not your normal subject and each part of the collage is so good on its own, that it makes the collage even better.

    I love love love the spider web! Fantastic!!

    Those mushroom shots are just plain awesome! All were great shots!

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! I intend to join the Scavanger Hunt very soon!

    Wow I’m so inspired and impressed by ALL of your shots this week!!!!

    Love all your pics, especially those mushrooms!

    I was just telling my husband that the prompts were really hard the last 2 weeks. :)

    Your geometry shot is awesome!

    All these are awesome shots! You know I love planets and that one is really clever! The pixel bendy thing is BRILLIANT ~ I would print that and use it as wrapping paper!! :-) The spider web is fabulous ~ and I reckon you could have got away with that as ‘dotted line’ too ~ lots of dots, lots of lines!

    these are soooo fantabulous!

    This was a very challenging, but fun week! Your shots are lovely, as always. I really love the pencils!


    You and your stinkin’ creativity! Grumble grumble. The first one – AMAZING. The spider web – probably my fave. Only you could make a mushroom look INCREDIBLE…and you know I’m loving the OOF look lately. REALLY great shots! ♥♥

    You are so creative! The piggy nose shot made me giggle…I actually thought they were pig noses at first! That spiderweb photos is pure awesome! I always love to see how you interpret the prompts!

    Ashley where did you get the story board. Love it.
    Beautiful entry.
    I and so are the one in the blogs above.