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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Sunday's used to be a day of lounging around and getting errands done for the upcoming week but since I've begun participating in Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday challenge, it has another special meaning to me. When you really dive into photography you begin to see the world from a different perspective and the beauty that lies within all things. I love that participating in a challenge forces you to photograph things that you wouldn't normally capture. This week was no exception, another great challenge.

Capture the Sky
This was a bit tricky because Friday was the only day that I actually saw clouds and was able to shoot during daylight. Shooting a boring sky with no clouds wasn't what I wanted to go for so I was happy to see a few hours of clouds. I did edit this picture a bit to bring out the contrast a bit more which I usually don't do because I love SOOC. This is a sign that spring is on its way.

Everyday
Everyday I get to love my hubby and since unfortunately the dogs usually steal the spotlight, while we were driving to a movie I took the opportunity to snap a picture of him. A second after I snapped this picture I bumped my head which left a nice size goose egg on my head. Oh the things we do to get a shot.
 Furry
I was excited to see the furry prompt and knew I had two fluffy babies to use for this. In fact Tanner just got groomed and his coat was extra shiny. I decided to shoot this from a different perspective and I hope you like it. He is the cutest dog ever isn't he?!?!
 Signs of New Life
I walked around our lake and the neighborhood on Friday afternoon looking for new signs of life but all I could find was lots of snow and a few ice fishermen fishing on the lake. Being in the Midwest, I'm sad to say that it was hard to find signs of new life or signs that spring is on its way. I did however notice that my houseplants were thriving - that's a sign, right? OK it's a stretch but I tried really hard, really I did. 

Blurred
I had a lot of bokeh and motion ideas in my head but I decided to put a lazy susan to work and a bowl of jellybeans. It was fun playing around with shutter speed and noticed I got the effect I was looking for with the help of my extension tubes - I love those babies. Funny thing is that the jellybeans were all the colors of the rainbow but all you really see is the yellow and orange ones when I spin the bowl. Does anyone know why that is? I ate most of the red one's but there were plenty of green and purple ones that aren't showing up.

Linking up to Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

37 comments:

Margaret said...

Especially love your blurred picture this week! But I really like your everyday, too. A good reminder to take pictures of the husband :) I needed that! Happy Sunday!!

Buckeroomama said...

Your Furry and Blurred are FANTASTIC! :)

Barbara said...

Ahh, your furry shot is beautiful, such a lovely dog. Love the colours in your blurred shot too, wonderful!

Pam Bowers said...

I love the jelly bean shot. I have to try that. Your puppers is adorable. I'm taking my stinky mutt in to be groomed on Monday. Maybe she'll get a bow too.

Sarah Halstead said...

Wonderful photos. I love your blurred photo and you sky. Gorgeous!

Cat said...

your puppy is so cute and furry hehe! I LOVE your blurred shot, very creative!

jillconyers said...

Great photos for this week. Your puppy is too cute and the blurred shot is such a creative capture.

Jill Samter Photography said...

Melissa - first love your header - gorgeous shots. We have a maltese too and love him dearly!

Second, your shots are all beautiful this week! Sorry you bumped your head! Your blurry shot is AWESOME! Great job!

Brooke said...

These are fantastic Melissa! I am so glad you are enjoying this challenge so much! I am too - and it forces you to keep an eye out for photo ops the whole week long :D Your blurred shot is GREAT! I wonder why the green and purple aren't showing? Weird!

Alita said...

Le Sigh, the blue of your sky is making me uber jealous. Ours is... grey. Today, tomorrow, and maybe until spring. blech!

Nukke said...

As a foreigner I had to look in google what on earth is that lazy susan ! Very clever way to get things to move and to get a blurred pic. And now I forgott what those other pics were but I liked them all :)

Nukke said...

Haa hubby (once again I went to see in google : it's husband :) And what is more everyday than a husband ( I saw husband pic in one another blog too and commented it there too :) And that blue sky and clouds, wow !!!!!! (we have had so cold and long winter here in Scandinavia and grey skyes so long time now ) Very good photos all indeed !!!!!

deb duty said...

Really sweet shot of your dog and beautiful sky photo. I have no idea why the blues and greens didn't show up, but I love your blurred shot.

Ashley Sisk said...

I love your furry shot. I actually was hoping to get something similar with my parents' dogs but it never happened. Great shots.

Brianne said...

I love your sky and blur shots.

Amber said...

The blur photo is really cool......Hmmm......it would be interesting to know why those colors do not show up.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE that you included your hubby...and that furry capture is wonderful!

April said...

Really diggin your blurred shot!

Carla Hutchins said...

I absolutely love your blurred shot! Great job!

misc.alaina said...

great shots - especially like your sky!

SarahinSC said...

Totally love your blurred shot! What a cool idea!

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

I am so putting your blurred shot into my inspiration folder! The sky photo is beautiful!

Tara said...

These are all great!! I really love your furry and blurred! Love your doggies little bow!

privateheartspace said...

love your capture the sky shot, it's lovely, all great pics.

Kindred Spirit said...

Your furry shot is sooo cute! :) & I LOVE your blurred as well!

Jenn said...

Great shots! Love your sky, furry and blurry. I'm not an expert, but I'm sure the colors in that shot have something to do with the wavelengths of light...Maybe?!

Danelle said...

Great shots! I love "furry," so cute!

Mad Mind said...

I LOVE your blurred shot. Great idea!

Michelle said...

I love when the dogs just get back from the groomer and have those cute little bows ;)

Marla said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the blurred shot. It's so cool. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Alexandra said...

great job with your photos.
i know i have gotten a few bumbs and bruises from trying to get the right angle.

Cecily R said...

Your blurred shot is AAAAmazing! Makes me want to really start playing with things (if I ever find time, anyway)!

fiddlehead said...

Great set of shots! I love the jelly beans!

AMY said...

Love your photo's.....Cute furry shot!
Love your blog too!
Following you.
Amy's Life @
www.amyclairejacob.blogspot.com

Seizing My Day said...

Oh my goodness... I LOVE the blurry shot!! and yes... the furry baby is adorable!! ;)

Carletta said...

I love all your shots!
Great angles!
Very cute furry shot and the blurred one is very unique.
I wonder if the color had anything to do with how colors mix. It turned out super.

Kat Sloma said...

I love those layers of clouds! Just in time for the prompt, hmmmm? Great processing too, to emphasize the blue and the detail in the clouds. Thanks so much for linking in to Exploring with a Camera.