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Scavenger Hunt Sunday - Ramblings and Photos

May 06, 2012
Categories: Giveaway, Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Over the past two weeks, we have had nearly 150 Scavenger Hunt Sunday participants. That’s pretty awesome. Granted, I gave you an additional week to submit your photos…but most of the entries were made during our usual Sunday to Tuesday time frame. Considering my heavy heart (following the death of my grandmother), your photos really brought a smile to my face – so much creativity and artistry among this group. It makes me proud….so proud that I thought I’d give away something.

Earlier this week, Kim of Mom Tried it contacted me about an online workshop she is offering for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users (click HERE for more information). During these workshops, you will see Kim’s screen as she walks you through her editing steps.  You will get to watch and hear everything step-by-step. You may remember the meme that Jill Samter and I offered last year (Shoot and Edit). Kim’s workshops are very similar but are being offered to you in real time. Here’s just a few of the lessons she’ll cover during a two hour session:
  • How to sharpen your images
  • How to use Dodge and Burn to make your photos pop
  • How to add custom contrast
  • How to brighten and adjust exposure
  • How to use layers to make your images the best they can be
  • How to convert to black and white
  • How to add textures and manipulate the effects
  • How to adjust skin tone
  • How to optimize for internet

I think it’s pretty awesome and considering how proud I am of my fellow Scavenger Hunters, I thought I’d offer a seat in one of Kim’s upcoming workshops (a $75 value) as a sort of thank you for standing by me. If you’re interested, all you need to do is 1) participate in this week’s Scavenger Hunt and 2) leave me a comment indicating your interest (I’d hate to draw someone’s name who isn’t interested in attending this workshop, ya know?). That’s it!

So…with that said, let the scavenge hunting begin! If you’ve participated in the Scavenger Hunt in the past, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Brittany of The Richard Trio and Sacha of Sacha’s Saucy Snippets.
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. Shadow
In case you missed it on Friday…last Sunday, I met up with my twin cousins (Emily and Erin) to take their graduation portraits. Even in the late day sun, I still had to compete with some harsh shadows such as the ones at Wilson Library. I still think it makes for an interesting shot. 

Funny story – while I was photographing Emily at the top of the stairs, someone walked out of the library. As the door opened and then closed, we were enveloped with a cool gust of air. Although it felt really good, I was more interested in the smell. Without missing a beat I proclaimed, “mmmmm, that smells like books.” Emily busted out laughing at me. Well it did. HA HA

2. Keys
Keys RS
These are my keys (hello Captain Obvious). I’ve got two car keys (one for me, one for my husband’s car), three house keys (two for our house and one for my parents) and a key to my office. I also have what looks like the end of a silver spoon. No, I did not grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, but my mom gave it to me and I think it’s cute. Unfortunately, it is often mistaken for a knife when I go through airport security.

3. Smile
All Smiles
I shared this photo on Friday in black and white, but it’s so pretty that I had to share it again. I think this shot would look pretty cool blown up. I also love this angle – works for babies, works for adults!

4. Unedited (SOOC)
SOOC Erin Smiling
Here’s a photo of Erin from our session last weekend. I initially had the girls facing the sun – I’m sure you can imagine how that looked (yikes!). However, when my brain and eyes had a chance to refocus, I thought better of my initial pose and had them face away from the sun…ya know, to take advantage of some pretty back-lighting. Okay, so this photo is not the best example but just roll with it. Anyways, I was working with Erin and asked her to gently turn towards me. I must have said something funny because she lit up with a beautiful smile. I love this natural expression. And yes, this is straight out of the camera (SOOC).

5. Fish
Fishy Fish RS
Finally, can you tell that this is a fish? In preparation for a pregnant summer, I ordered a couple of PEZ D’OR bathing suits from Zulily and Baby Steals (aka the Devil…jk). Not only did I get a great deal, but each swimsuit came with a cute little sequined fish. Oh and look…it’s high key!

So, what were your interpretations of the items this week (if you haven’t already linked up)? 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), sponsored by Brittany of The Richard Trio and Sacha of Sacha’s Saucy Snippets:
  1. Sidewalk (Brittany‘s suggestion)
  2. Inspiring (Brittany‘s suggestion)
  3. Time (Brittany‘s suggestion)
  4. Close Up (Sacha‘s suggestion)
  5. With Mirror (Sacha‘s suggestion)
Again, thank you to Brittany and Sacha 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 I appreciate all of you that have submitted lists already…my SHS file is quite happy). 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. Happy Shooting!

PS: Tayet is hosting a new photo challenge called Take Your Best Shot that kicks off on Tuesday. Be sure to check it out.

PSS: I’ll be away from my computer all day. My inlaws are hosting a baby shower for me and my husband this afternoon so we’ll be enjoying our family. I’ll catch up with your entries either tonight or tomorrow.

    Beautiful smiles!

    I love your smile shot! Such gorgeous blue eyes.

    Ashley – love your set. Your cousins are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Wonderful shots as always! Your cousins are beautiful! Love the smile shot! And that sequined fish is adorable! Hope you have a great time at your shower!

    So glad to link up once again with you! Love this linky! Your photos are wonderful and I love the twin grad shots!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a seat in the workshop! Would love to enter.

    Oh and yes please for the workshop and thank you for the kind prize!

    Great pictures this week. Smile is almost overwhelming. Thanks

    Wow! Your cousins are identical!! I would have a hard time telling them apart! They are gorgeous, as are your pictures :)

    I would definitely love a seat in the workshop! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Hope you have fun at your shower. I almost took the exact same photo for “keys,” which makes me feel awesome that I had a similar thought to you since you always take such beautiful photos!

    So funny that you mention this giveaway..I was just trying to teach myself the dodge/burn tool yesterday before work! I love eyes and really wanted to master making them ‘pop’. Just like your ‘smile’ shot! Stunning! I would LOVE to be in on your giveaway!!!! So good to see you back for SHS this week!!!

    What beautiful twins! Love the pictures of them, especially smile.

    I also love the little fish. The question now is, what are you going to do with them? If you have enough, you could make a mobile or something- haha!

    They are gorgeous. Beautiful smiles.

    I like most your beautiful SOOC pic and smile !!!!!

    Have a nice Sunday !

    you must have had so much fun shooting your cousins photos for graduation!

    SO happy you are back my friend! I just love every shot of the twins you shared! They’re smile are beautifully captured! Plus Jax is siting w/ me, & he like your blue fishy shot! Lol)

    Oh boy, loving your prompts this week Ashley! Love the cousins photos, especially the perspective of the second one.

    Love the photos. Your cousins is so beautiful.

    Enjoying your baby shower xoxo

    Lovely and happy shots! I love them all!! :)

    Your cousins are gorgeous! Congratulations to them for graduating.

    Hope you are keeping well. :)

    Your cousins are gorgeous and you’ve captured their beauty in your photos of them. :)

    (I would love to win a seat to Kim’s workshop!)

    Beautiful shots, you are truly an inspiration.

    I would love a chance to win your prize. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Your shots are beautiful.. I thought of joining in but everyones photos are so professional and all I have is my iPhone camera.. ahhh, what the heck, let me do it anyway. Guess it’s time for me to get a real camera.
    Love it all…

    I love your shadow picture! So many different lines and angles! The graduation post was so fabulous too! And what a sweet offer you’re providing, I would totally be game to participate!

    love your photos.i’d love to be entered into the give-a-way please =0)

    have a wonderful week

    Beautiful set!!! I LOVE the shots or your cousins. They have beautiful eyes!

    What lovely photos – your cousins are a pretty pair! And I had to laugh at your mention of the smell of books – it’s one of my favorite smells! Did you know there’s actually a perfume out there that smells like old books? lol…I kid you not (I don’t have it – I haven’t gone that far.) :) Have a wonderful week, and thank you for sharing your gorgeous images!

    These are gorgeous Ashley!!!! Seriously- could your models be any more beautiful. What a pleasure it must have been to capture them. (especially those blue eyes- I can’t wait to do that) Hope your shower is super fun!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    soooo happy to see beautiful smiles this week. great set, thanks for hosting, i always love coming here. it makes me think about photography!!

    Hi Ashley! I have seen so many bloggers participating in the weekly scavenger hunt and I would love to try it out, but I have a question. Where do you get the prompts for the upcoming week? I went to the other bloggers you mentioned who would be hosting the next week’s prompts, but I didn’t see them mentioned.

    Hey Ashley- I hope your shower is uber fun today. How nice for others to help you get prepared for August.
    Your photos of the twins came out really well. I love the SOOC. And yes, I think everyone’s keys are Captain Obvious. Made me laugh.
    If you’d pop my name into the giveaway pool that would be awesome. Sounds like a great class to pick up some new tricks.
    Have a great day.

    I agree – books smell awesome. :D

    How cute is that sequined fish??

    Beutiful post with your smile shot :)
    Have a nice week :)

    Blue, blue eyes and matching gowns = simply gorgeous smile shot. Love your shadow shot, too.

    Your twin cousins are so beautiful and lucky to have a great photographer in the family!

    I love the graduation photos! They turned out so great! I would love to get entered for the workshop drawing..

    I love the graduation photos! They turned out so great! I would love to get entered for the workshop drawing..

    Love those wedges in the first shot! Great photos Ashley. Hope all is well.

    Hi Ashley,
    Great snapshots! Love the fish, very pretty. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    Hi Ashley!
    your set is great, as usual!
    I like the angle with them looking up at the camera – I’ve played with this angle myself a bit (I like it better with your cousins though, my subject is usually my boyfriend, and it’s not a very masculine pose. Anyway, I still keep going back to it because I like it so much!).
    Also, I would love to be entered into the drawing! Sign me up! :)

    Wonderful photos of your beautiful cousins! Yes, that smell of books…ahhh!

    Love the smile image! Such pretty girls!

    Beautiful work as always, Ashley!

    Wonderful photos!

    Beautiful young ladies – congratulations on their accomplishments at UNC. Love the fishie!

    Beautiful Shots of your cousins, they are lovely young women. The Smile Shot is fabulous.

    Gorgeous shots as always. Love the angle of your smile shot, and the warmth in your shadow shot.

    ahh your pictures are stunning!!

    These are great! Smile is my favorite! I would love to learn more about PS! Can’t wait for next weeks photos!

    Love the smiles shot! I’d love to take Kim’s class, just bought photoshop and really need to learn how to use it.

    Your cousins are beautiful! They are so lucky that their graduation gowns match their beautiful blue eyes! You captured beautiful smiles too!

    Very cool set Ashely. Your cousins…with those baby blues! You have a beautiful family….that baby girl of yours? I can only imagine her being a heartbreaker!

    the spoon key chain is pretty awesome! i wish i had something cool like that on my key chain, but i’m boring & like to keep it to a minimal. kind of an ocd thing :(

    the smile photo is gorgeous! love their blue eyes & w/ their blue gowns.

    and i really do love that i have a dslr. sooc photos are just gorgeous! and not to mention the bokeh (ah-may-zing)!!!

    yay! it’s been a long while since i’ve hunted. miss scavenger hunt sundays :)

    I love the shadows picture! You got so many great shots during your photo shoot with your cousins. I’ll link up tomorrow.

    Fun shots, still loving those baby blues! Wow! Hope you had a great day at the shower!

    Lovely set! Your cousins are so pretty and their eyes are AMAZING:-) Great list this week, it was fun to do. I would really appreciate learning more about photoshop/photoshop element:-)

    Gorgeous shots Ashley! Love your smile shot. Great composition and gorgeous eyes!!

    Kim’s classes sound awesome! She’s great at explaining things in a down to Earth way…straightforward and easy to understand.
    Thanks for hosting a giveaway ;)

    Hope you have a great week!!

    They are such beautiful young ladies! Your pictures of this big event will be treasured.

    Okay…..I want that sequined fish!!!! LOL!
    Love love love it.
    And that “Smile” shot just lights up the screen!
    Well done!

    Beautiful images Ashley! Your portraits are so crisp. That fish is great.
    Thanks for hosting.

    The graduation pics you took are really great. Love the shadows on the first one and their eyes look amazing in that 3rd picture!

    Your smile shot is so beautiful – you’ve really caught the light in their eyes. Such stunning models as well.

    Thank you so much for hosting such a great giveaway – I’d love to enter.

    I love your smile shot. Nice set. Thanks for hosting scavenger hunt. I hope to be back more often. I’m sure they were thankful to have you taking their pictures.

    I can’t get over your smiles and unedited-so beautiful!

    Count me in on the giveaway- thank you so much!

    Hi Ashley… hope this week finds you filled with peace. ;) love the fish. so pretty! and fun smile pic!! the profile pic made me think of a post on the PW… that the left side is always more photogenic than the right?… you would be a great person to test that theory! (since you take such amazing photos of people all the time!)… do you prefer pics of your right or left side ?? ;) I write that ramble b/c the pretty profile was the right side! ;)

    That smile shot is GORGEOUS!!! I’m sure their parents will want a huge blow up of that shot!!! I totally can relate to the smell of books too!! :)

    I really like your unedited shot. So Natural! Have a great week, Ashley.

    This is my first scavenger hunt, and the first post on my blog so these were great pictures to use for both of these :)

    Also I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

    Please enter me for the contest… and I love the fish. :)

    I love the blue in their eyes on your #3. Smile shot, but I feel like it’s a little too tight. Did you crop it at all? I think a little more background would help. But Maybe that’s just me.

    Being a twin is so much fun!