June 12, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Last week, I provided a few pointers for pulling out of this summer slump I had – that’s right…I think I’m pulling out of it. We now have another problem that I felt needed to be addressed…summer HEAT and HUMIDITY.  

This is a real problem…and not just for our hair. Humidity affects cameras, lenses, film (if you still shoot with film), everything! Last summer, I remember my sister-in-law thought she’d broken her camera because it fogged up every time she walked outside after being in our super cooled beach house. You see, every time we take our cameras from an air-conditioned environment into a humid climate, we risk a lot of condensation on our lenses, viewfinder, etc. Why does this happen? The camera is colder than the outside air and the moisture in the air condenses on the cold surface (you notice the same thing when you jump in a warm car during a cold night – hence the reason we have a defrost button). Unfortunately, we don’t have a defrost button for our cameras, and if you wipe it off the lens or viewfinder, it will just form again. You can’t really do anything until the camera and lens have warmed to the ambient temp outside. This takes about 20 minutes. So…make sure you warm your camera and equipment before you take your camera outside this summer. 

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 Kat, Miriam and Chelsea.
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. Long Exposure
Long Exposure
Friday night we experienced a weird lightning storm. I kinda hoped I could be crafty enough to capture the lightning with a long exposure but not so much. So, I sprang for the flashlight. My first attempt created the image on the right. Let’s be honest, it’s a little freaky…even scary. So, I decided to draw a smiley face to prove that I wasn’t a complete freak of nature. I clearly need more practice.

2. Shapes
IMG_5527 RS
Casey and I met up on Tuesday evening at Duke Gardens. I made the mistake of wearing my hair down, so within 30 minutes my hair was soaking wet (let’s hope she can perform a miracle on her photos of me). Anyways…this isn’t about me – as we’re walking through the gardens, we saw these colorful paper art mobiles (I’m sure there’s a much better description of them) hanging in the trees. More importantly, isn’t Casey gorgeous?

3. Green
Green Leaves RS
I was tempted to share another photo from my session with Casey the other night, but decided I’d only tease you with one shot and save the rest for a larger post next week. Rather, I took this photo during my photo walk in Duke Gardens last Saturday. It almost looks as if I’m looking up into the lily pads.

4. Fruit
Blackberries RS
The other day, my husband brought home some blackberries. Little did he know that “fruit” was on my scavenger hunt list – who knew he was reading minds now?! Anyways, I have always been inspired by Faith‘s fruit photos so I drew from that inspiration when I set up this shot.

5. Childhood Memory
Ashley Flashback
I would really love to retake this photo one day…but my old doll house (built by my grandfather) is still at my parents house and is kinda stored away. We’ve been saving it all these years to pass on to a future grandchild. I really loved playing with my dollhouse. Aren’t I cute? 

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. Emotion
  2. From a Flower’s Point of View (Exploring with a Camera theme – check out post here)
  3. Natural Frame (Miriam’s suggestion)
  4. Letters (Chelsea’s suggestion)
  5. Bliss (Chelsea’s suggestion)
Again, thank you to Kat, Miriam and Chelsea 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 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 23.  The prompt/theme is “Swing/Slide.” Happy Shooting! By the way, don’t forget about my Thank You Giveaway. It ends June 14th at midnight. 
Giveaway at Ramblings and Photos