Sunday, January 20, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


I am absolutely obsessed with my new camera. I've gone from auto mode pics of my cat to really experimenting with settings and exposures. I know what aperture is, yo! This little beauty is now my constant companion, and nothing is safe from my lens. Honestly, I think the boys (and pets) love all the extra attention. 

Last week Kristen over at KV's Confessions joined in on Scavenger Hunt Sunday, which is hosted by Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Ashley is a photographer who takes insanely beautiful photos. Each week she posts five random words, and interpreting them photographically is the name of the game. I can't think of a better way to stretch my camera's legs. 

I posted the words to my computer desktop with a virtual sticky note and thought about them all week. Some were snapped by Tuesday. Others were dreamed up yesterday. Here goes nothing.

1. Basket

Mr. Vista in a laundry basket. We laughed at some of the photos because he looked like a masked feline crusader when his eyes and nose matched up with the slots. He was indifferent to the whole thing, actually getting quite sleeping mid-shoot.

2. Park

Our local Starbucks backs up to a lovely river park. The water was so still that it was difficult to tell the reflections from the actual trees. I had a hard time choosing just one photo to post.

3. Auto

So...this one may have been a stretch. I had a few minutes until Kiddo's school let out, so I sat in the car and starting shooting things around me. Letting go of my old car last spring was tough, I'm very sentimental, and Jared made me this tissue paper flower the first week I owned it. I stuck it in the air vent where it will remain forever. The colors are fading, and I love it so. This lovely is in my car (auto) and I used the single-focus AF setting for the first time, so it was an 'auto' double whammy. Makes sense, right?

4. Recycle

Starbucks is doing a promotion where you buy this reusable cup for a buck and save 10 cents every time you use it. I can actually remember to bring this one with me. I was practicing with the AF settings and shot the cup. Again, I was in the car trying to get creative with my surroundings.

5. People Watching

Kiddo mimicking me taking a photo of him. Then I used my camera's black and white option. I wonder if I really look like this. I've been thinking that I should double up on eye cream on my squinting eye if I am going to have a camera in front of my face all day every day.

How did I do?

This is a really fun idea! I'm excited to start working on next week's words.

28 comments:

  1. How great that you are really working to learn to us the camera! You won't retreat the time invested in that! I really like the basket shot! Your cat is such a lovely color. Love your black and white on your future shutterbug!

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  2. Lucky you with a new camera. I know you will love it. Your basket shot is the cutest shot ever.

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  3. Welcome to the hunt. I think you did brilliant with this week's words, and are off to a fantastic start with your new camera. That park shot is amazing, and I just love your son's imitation of you with your camera - cute!

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    1. Thanks, Nicki! It really was a great way to get me think outside the box. Unexpected photo opportunities usually turn out the best.

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  4. Great job! Love the cat in a basket shot especially. Welcome to the hunt & keep on clicking.
    Oh - I had to let go of my trusty vehicle this past fall......I understand your pain.

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    1. Thanks, Patti! I love the shot of our cat, too! He's a funny fellow. I've become quite fond of my new auto, but letting go of the old one was traumatic!

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  5. Awesome!!! I, too, am obsessed with my new DSLR. You're doing fabulous ;)

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  6. I laughed when I got to your last photo. I think many of us here have been mimicked and mocked by our families and friends....but they love looking at the photos! Those reflections are amazingly clear. Enjoy your camera!

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  7. That's such a good idea. I think I should get involved with that too, to help me get better acquainted with my camera! I love the photograph of the park. That reflection!!! So lovely!! x

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    1. You should definitely do it! It was a great way to experiment with different settings, etc.

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  8. This is a fabulous set but I really love your basket shot! Kudos to you for creativity on that one! I am also so happy to read about your new camera. I am going to buy a new one too. I have truly become hooked on photography and the camera I have now simply won't do what I need for it to do even with a 400MM zoom lens.

    Every single person I see that has great pictures and really love their camera has a Nikon. I am definitely going with Nikon. When I was talked into the camera I have now I went into the store with full intent of going with Nikon. Instead the salesman talked me into buying a Cannon RebelXS. I have never liked it!

    Great series and thanks for sharing the information. I am now following you so I can keep up with your progress! am so excited for you!

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    1. I really love my Nikon! It is amazing what a good camera can do...I'll never use a point-and-shoot again. Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  9. WOW!!! Fantastic set. Your PARK shot blew me away!!!!!!

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  10. oh WOW! you did great! Love your interpretations of AUTO and BASKET. I too love the stimulation of having words & a time & place to upload my photos. It's true, a little pressure is good to keep the creative juices working.

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  11. Great shots! I love the basket kat one ♥ What a beautiful kitty!

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    1. Thank you! He's a lovely little fellow and one of my favorite photo subjects. :)

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  12. Beautiful shots!! Absolutely looooove those first 2!! :)

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    1. Thanks Carla! It was such a fun project!

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  13. Visiting from Scavenger Hunt Sunday!
    So excited for you for your new camera!
    I love all your pictures! The park picture is just so lovely, love the reflection. I think your basket shot is so cute. And the last picture is just too cute.

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  14. you take such great pictures! what a fun challenge!

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  15. It's been so long since I linked up with Ashley! I love how each week brings new challenges...First, the basket and cat-too cute, second the park...ummm...BEAUTIFUL. The water is absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. Your park photo is BEAUTIFUL. I love it! You have a great eye!! All of your photos look great! :)

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  17. Glad you made it over to my little part of the world. These pictures are wonderful - the cat in a basket one made me giggle. New follower here =)

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  18. Hi! I am a new follower from the blog hop. Great post! Very creative. Love the cat picture. I had to do a double take at the park picture because there is a place like that right down the street from me.....beautiful!

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    1. Hi AnnMarie! I love the cat photo, too. He's a great subject. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Wow that 2nd shot is glorious! And, of course, I always love seeing kids and cats. :)

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  20. Love these photos! It's so fun to play around with new cameras and find what works & what doesn't. So glad you found my blog today....I'm now following along with you as well :)

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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    1. I feel like a kid with a new toy! I want to take it everywhere with me and touch all the buttons. I'm sure my family will start finding me obnoxious any time now... :)

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