Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Thank goodness that last week is over…or rather, thank God for the start of a new week. Many of you know that I design and develop custom training as part of my day job. If anyone should be a fan of “training,” it should be me. Although I certainly learned a lot about how to run a business (so what if it wasn’t a photography business – the information was incredibly helpful), I also learned that I might be the world’s worst training participant – okay, that’s a huge exaggeration, but I am definitely glad it’s over.

I missed blogging…I missed commenting…I missed being a regular part of this community. Thank you for being patient with me and thank you for all of your supportive comments. I know that I wasn’t able to respond to every comment or make return visits like I normally would, but this week should get me back to normal.

With that said, 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 Kamana .
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. Before and After
If you want to see my original image, mouse over. I took this shot a few weeks ago with the intention of doing something with it at a later date. Until yesterday, I hadn’t touched it…and then I went a bit wild. I started with a clean edit and crop in Lightroom. Then, I moved it to Photoshop where I rotated the image, added a spider web, some text and applied Kim Klassen’s Phoebe texture.

2. Opposing Lines 
IMG_9151 RSThis is another shot I took a couple of weeks ago, but processed yesterday. I’m not sure that this is exactly what Kat was going after, but it’s the best I could do with the time I had available this week.

3. Custom Bokeh
Love Fall RSI don’t know if you read Kent Weakley’s custom bokeh tutorial over at at High Calling Focus, but I can’t wait to try yet another bokeh technique…especially with the holidays approaching. Since my time was a bit sparse this past week, I did not make a new bokeh disk. Instead, I used my Lens Baby with a heart-shaped disk. I love the colors that I found yesterday afternoon.
Photography love...

4. Which pair of shoes should I wear? IMG_9048 RS
And yet another photo from a few weeks ago. This was taken during a recent visit with my in-laws. I think I pointed my camera at my feet and my niece jumped in. I think we’re both wearing the right shoes.

5. Little Features IMG_0349 RS
Finally, another photo from my birthday photo session last weekend. There’s nothing I love photographing more than little features.
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. Mainly One Color
  2. Around the Home (Paper Heart Camera prompt)
  3. Reflection (Kamana’s suggestion)
  4. Writing (Kamana’s suggestion)
  5. Water (Kamana’s suggestion)
Again, thank you to Paper Heart Camera and Kamana 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). 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 45. The prompt/theme is “Family.” Happy Shooting!

    Glad you made through that grueling week. I love your bokeh shot this week!
    Have a great Sunday.

    I love your Before and After shots. And the custom bokeh is beautiful. Shame I can’t participate in that prompt.

    Love your bokeh!

    I really wanted to do an outdoors one too, but the weather was incredibly yucky this week. That’s also why I think I had trouble with opposing lines too.

    Hmmm… the weather may also be the reason half of my pictures this week are of my kids!

    Gorgeous shots this week…love that custom bokeh shot. So pretty! :)

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    Wow! That spider is way more interesting now! Your heart bokeh is so pretty and I love your little features. Glad you crazy week is over.

    I love how you have edited your spider shot, so creative.
    All the images are wonderful.

    I love your bokeh, Ashley! Too bad I can’t make one with a digicam ;-(

    Wonderful shots Ashley!!
    I love the spider edit – so creative!
    Your bokeh is gorgeous.
    I will really miss participating this week but I can’t do the bokeh edits as I don’t have the editing tools. I will just have to enjoy the posts other link up.

    Glad you survived the week! Your bokeh shot is gorgeous! And what a creative processing techinique for the spider. Just facinating. Great job.

    Good to hear you are all done with training.
    Love how wild you went with the spider. Such pretty set you have this week. I totally failed the bokeh prompt. And I cut out a piece of my sons old school project to get the black paper so wish me luck when he wakes up tomorrow…

    Woof Ashley!
    Your MrSpidey looks cool.
    I should include him in my holiday card!

    Fantastic set Ashley, your edit is awesome, I have so much to learn! Gorgeous bokeh, love the colours! Cool texture and shadows on your opposing lines.

    I really love your creativity of that first shot. Your daylight bokeh is very pretty too.

    That bokeh is so pretty!!!

    Great bokeh and I love the opposing lines! :-)

    Little features melt my heart…Love it!

    Your spider and bokeh shots are amazing!!!

    Wonderful photos all the time. My favorite is your Bokeh. Have a nice Sunday.

    Love your before and after! How do you do the mouse over feature? And your shoes are so cute!

    That B&A is so cool! Such a fun set, Ashley.

    Great shots, as usual! I love what you did with the spider…

    Love this set! Great before and after…so cool! And I loved your custom bokeh!

    That before and after is really cool!! And so is your custom bokeh. Hope your week settles down a bit :)

    Very cool spider photo! Love what you did with your edit :)

    Very cool – love the bokeh shot and the spider edit! Once things slow down around here, I will try to start participating in this challenge again! I miss it!!

    Training hell. Hard to sit on the other side I’m sure. Processing that spider-hard to see the original it what you came up with. that’s fantastic.
    Love your last two shots-those shoes your niece has on a very appropriate-and that little birthday hand shot is my fave.

    Whether or not it was what I was going for, it’s a beautiful pic Ashley! I’m glad you made it through the week. Take care of yourself and relax this weekend!

    Wow, so creative! I’m amazed at what you can come up with, even when you have such little time to do it!

    You always amaze me- but this week even more so. Knowing all you had going on & you were still able to put this awesome post together- wow!

    Yay for the training week being over! I could see why you don’t being a training participant though, as a teacher, I hate being a student! I may be the worst student ever!

    I loved your set this week, as always. The first shot, with the edits you did, are breathtaking! And you did it after such a crazy week!

    even though I hate spiders I love that shot/edit!

    Great shots. And….. I didn’t get around to participating. Stuff got in the way. Oh well. Maybe next time. ;)

    Love all of your shots Ashley!! Still waiting for it to slow down a bit here….I *almost* participated last week. My favourites are your first and last shot! Love the edit on your spider……and who can resist little fingers… your perspective on that one!!!

    Hugs to a new week!

    OMG Ashely…..that spider shot is…there are no words…WOW. should be a cover of a story book or something…..Beautiful set…glad you’re back…glad you have a new fresh new week to look forward to!

    LOVE your spidey before and after. That was really neat what you did! I almost did not join SHS this week… been so busy, but I’m glad I did. =)

    Good golly! You have a crazy week, and still put out a fabulous set like this?? Amazing

    Love the Before & After!


    These are all terrific, but the spider photo is my fave. That’s an incredible transformation of the original photo. I hope to join you again on Sundays as soon as possible.

    I am so looking forward to getting a faster laptop, for whatever reason it always takes me forever to scroll to the bottom of your posts. (Rather strange)

    Now that I’m here, I LOVE your creative before and after shot! The bokeh is gorgeous as well, and what a sweet shoe moment! Hope you have recovered from your week of training!

    Oh, I’m late (for me) to the party today. Been a busy week with the hubby gone and I feel like a zombie! I just LOVE what you did with the spider, just cool and that will be great for next Halloween too. Love your bokeh shot, I have been wanting a lens baby forever – and I like the perspective on the shoes, both the angle and big/small shoes!

    WOW – I love your before & after shot….that is so incredibly creative!!

    Oh so glad your week is over, done, kapoot, finished, but you made it and we’re glad you did. Love your shots this week, but the spider shot by far is the most creative. Terrific!! Thanks again for hosting this weekly challenge, it is always fun!!

    Such creative shots this week!

    Nice bokeh I had to do mine inside gray skies here.

    Ashley, I LOVE the idea of making your own bokeh! I have never thought about that before! THANK YOU for the idea!

    I think the busy time is upon us all! At least I am feeling that ;) I love your before and after image, very creative!

    Welcome back! How did I not know you were a training designer? That is what I did for like 16 years and still do it as a part of my job… see, just yet another reason I like you :)

    WOW! That before/after is incredible! I absolutely love it! And I also love your custom bokeh. So pretty!

    I LOVE the custom bokeh shot! great colors!

    I really love your before and after. Custom bokeh is also just fantastic. Thanks

    Your before and after is amazing.

    I”m finally linking up and so excited to be participating again. Ummm yeah but I might be missing the bokeh shot.

    I’ve been out for the last week too. I feel a little out of the loop with my blogging friends. It’s good to be back, and I’m glad you are too. :) Love your images as always!

    Love love your before and after. I really need to work on photoshop next year.
    Love your set

    YAY for being back in action! I am so out of the loop due to crazy continuing sickness in our household, but I still noticed your absence!

    Girl….you rock. That spider shot is something else.

    What great shots. Glad that week is over for you too. I LOVE that first one. Great edit.

    So glad that your training is over! I especially love your spider shot. It’s amazing how you transformed that photo.

    I’ll link up tomorrow!

    Glad that you’re back and in full effect! That spider before and after is simply ah-mazing!

    What an amazing job you did with the spider. And I like you can’t wait for the Christmas light to come out so I can play with some custom bokeh.

    gorgeous photos!! I wanted to pick a favourite but I just cant!!

    Hi Ashley,
    So glad you get to relax a bit more this week.
    I love your custom bokeh and that first editis so cool!
    Great set!!
    Have a super week ;)

    I totally forgot about SS this week! darn it!

    I am late but I made it. Better late than never!
    Love your custom bokeh. I have had such a busy week, I need to work on that one.

    Take care. xxx

    Glad you made it through your tough week.
    These are all so beautiful, Ashley…and you’re before&after is so creative and wonderful.

    OK, first shot – INSANE!!! So flippin cool I can’t even stand it! Third shot of the leaves – HELLO! SO cool (and now I’m starting not to like you). And the 5th one…you KNOW I love little hands! **squeal**!!

    Hope you got my email from this morning; you should have seen my face! YAY!!!! XOXO

    Happy Monday friend! :-)

    wonderful photos this week.. loving that spider edit… and the last shot(((sigh))) perfection