November 20, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday (#16)...

I missed Scavenger Hunt last week and quite honestly...I morphed right back to junior high and felt that everyone else was invited to the party while I was left sitting home alone watching "Love American Style" and eating my Jiffy-Pop Popcorn.  But THIS week? I'm back with all the "cool kids"!  Just in case you think I'm TOO cool, I have to confess to something that sounds completely "dweeby" if it just wasn't so much fun.  I spent the last week  making and experimenting with my own home-made tabletop digital photo studio.  It's amazing how quickly a day can pass when your head is stuck inside a box! Does that mean I need to turn in my "cool kid" card?  In case you missed the tutorial on how to do this, check out Rosie's post at Leavensbloom Photography and make your own tabletop digital photo studio.  I did it all myself EXCEPT for the "x-acto blade" part because...I make my Better Half nervous.

And on to this week's photo hunt!


1.  Around the home


Candles, candles, candles EVERYWHERE around my home.  Shhhhh, my nickname around here is "Electro Woman".  I like keeping my life "illuminated", whether it is via electricity or the old fashioned way.



2.  Reflection


30 years of marriage leaves one ALOT to reflect upon!  For instance, the other day I "temporarily misplaced" one of my rings which caused panic and some self-reflection on HOW I was going to explain yet another disappearance to my Better Half.  In 30 years I have lost THREE diamonds out of my engagement ring! ARGH!  I stopped wearing my rings because I lived in fear of looking down at my hand and seeing an empty setting on my ring yet again.  So what did my Better Half do?  He MADE me these "sans diamond" rings to wear instead of my wedding bands. AND, he made one in silver and one in gold so I would have a ring to go with whatever outfit I had on. Which just adds to the whole "reflection" mode I'm in...how DID I get so lucky?



3.  Water


"Reflections"
Philadelphia, PA

It's "water".  It's "reflections".  It's "around my home".  It's a tri-fecta of personal prompt pleasers.  But....I'm gonna go with "water".



4.  Writing


Boy oh boy, the "writing was on the wall" when THESE little guys got pulled off the headboard shelf when I was little!  They came out to play whenever I got grounded. Dad served in the army during the Korean Conflict  touring army bases and playing baseball. He got these little hand carved wooden figures on one of his jaunts, and they sat on a shelf on his bed headboard when I was growing up. When I got grounded, they were my only form of entertainment.  I would put on one heck of a baseball game and man could THESE guys trash talk their opponents :).  They now sit in a glass jar on my living room bookcase.  I occasionally get them out and FYI...they STILL can trash talk with the best of them.



5.  Mainly one color


"Red Maples"
University Park, PA



Confession time.  I gave my Better Half my camera to  hold while I went into the restroom while tailgating up at Penn State last weekend.  When I came out he said "feel free to delete the  photos I took of those trees".  Yeah, yeah, yeah....this is my Better Half's photo.  Seriously ticks me off he took such a great photo on MY camera! But, just to make it "mine" I did some SERIOUS editing to give it a "painterly" feel. I vaporized six other people in the picture (poof!), used my current FAV "bakery glaze in vanilla" action multiple times...then went to town with a raised texture I've been waiting to use.  So THERE...it is MY photo now :).  And I'd like to ask my Better Half one question...would you want ME to use YOUR drill,  say "open up wide",  and fill a few teeth at your office next week?  Hmmmmmm?


And there ya have it. Time to do a bit of blog surfing to see what everyone else came up with for this week's prompts.  If you get a chance and want to surf too, check out Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday at 
Ramblings and Photos.  And as always...feel free to leave comments!  Have a great Sunday my "cool kid" friends.


--Kathy


linked to:
Scavenger Hunt Sunday




41 comments:

  1. I cannot choose a favorite! They are all fantastic! Such a fun little baseball team!

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the red maple! you done good! The ring shot is so beautifully set up. And you're still a cool kid!!! How'd your shots turn out from inside the box?

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  3. Kelly...the shots of the rings and the baseball figures were captured using the box!

    Kathy

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  4. What a superb selection of images. Very hard to pick a favorite, love them all.

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  5. you are a lucky gal to have such a wonderful man. these are all such great shots. i am a candle lover too. candles everywhere.

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  6. Oh, how I love your scavenger hunts (and, I know what you mean about feeling 'left out' last week...I felt the same way!) Your photos are incredible, as are your stories that go with them. The winner this week has got to be your 'water, reflection, around the home' shot...doesn't get more beautiful than that!

    Thanks for commenting on my 'white' post...to answer your question about the curly cue weed; it's apparently got lots of names, including "Fireweed". I found an awesome post from a while back from someone blogging in Alaska...where she writes all you want to know (and more!) about it. You'll find it here:
    http://alaskan-girl.blogspot.com/2007/07/fire-in-rain-country.html

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  7. Oh Miss Kathy!! I would say it's a home run all the way around for you this week. LoVe each and every single one . . . the water is heavenly and your studio box shots came out perfect. I saw Rosies tutorial on that too but haven't made mine. Somewhere I have a white tent box I need to try first. Oh and love the last one of that gorgeous red tree!

    P.S. The rings are lost wax casting, right? He did a fabulous job on those.

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  8. Fantastic set, love all your interpretations and meanings behind them! Love them all, wow how lucky are you to have such a beautiful spot (reflections) near your home, seriously beautiful! And your husband sounds like an absolute sweetie! Great work on the box, love how they turned out!

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  9. These were great!! Missed your shots last week, too! That reflection is just amazing!! And that candle - wow!

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  10. Cool effect on the last one! Your reflection is gorgeous!

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  11. Love your reflection photo! The red maple also great

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  12. Amazing shots..I always love both your photography and your commentary. (My sis is a dentist too so the drill comment hit home and made me laugh.)

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  13. Love the candle, water and YOUR final shot LOL..awesome editing! Have a great week Kathy. Good to see you back:-)

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  14. A great set for this weeks themes. You have inspired me to do a little box work real soon.

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  15. Always love your shots, along with your stories. Never can decide which I like best...All of your shots are great this week. but today, I am likin' those wedding rings. Really nice capture and what a beautiful story....you have one great husband!!

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  16. Yay,you made your box nicely done. Love your rings I've been telling my hubby that I just want a plain band too.

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  17. Welcome back to the "cool" people, ;)

    Beautiful images!

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  18. Love your baseball team! Your water shot is gorgeous too, and what fun processing on your husband's tree shot!

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  19. Love your photos(even the one you didn't take ;)). But what made you reflect is beautiful. Not loosing precious stones, but having a prcious marriage.

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  20. That reflection is stunning, Kathy! Wow!

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  21. Love the photos. Love the posts. You can use my drill any time as long as it is not on me ;)

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  22. sounds like you are married to an awesome man!!! Your shots were great but I absoluteness fell in love with the one that you could have used for three of the areas. It is so dreamy, so beautiful, so mysterious. Love, love, love it!

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  23. Oh my stars!! You always got me smiling when I pop in here.. Not only are your photos fabulous. Your writing is amazing.. Thanks for the laugh this afternoon..

    Hugs, Linda

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  24. WOW- that water shot should be framed!! Beautiful!

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  25. You seriously crack me up. Thanks for that!! I love your sense of humor starting with the double dog dare.
    Your images are stunning, even your hub's image that YOU made YOURS. Beautiful thoughts on reflecting. Sounds like you chose wisely. :)
    Happy week Kathy.

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  26. Wow all of these are just fantastic. It is hard to pick a favorite, although I do love that Water photo. - Your work is wonderful and your writing very interesting.

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  27. Your Water photo is fantastic! And I enjoyed reading your commentary on each shot.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.
    Lea

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  28. fun interpretations to the themes! I love seeing everyone's take on the same theme.

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  29. Beautiful set! LOVE them all. Well done :)

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  30. What an incredible set - I'm really loving your first three shots!

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  31. Wow! nice nice nice...and Penn State seems to be doing well. Lovely photos.

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  32. Very creative! Love the first shot the best...Have a great week!

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  33. Wow...what beautiful photos!!! and I love your stories. I can't pick a favorite...love them all

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  34. Kathy, your Reflections is just stunning!

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  35. This is a nice series. I am in love with the flame and those little bokeh spots.

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  36. this is truly a delightful post! both to read and to view. I love all your shots, but I'm choosing Around the Home as my fave, because it's one of the loveliest photos of a flame I've ever seen. I really like the lens flare. I felt the same about last week's hunt too! thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello, I truly appreciate it. happy week to you Kathy.

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  37. Beautiful images! The water image with the reflections is absolutely amazing!!
    Beautiful blog!

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  38. All wonderful! After an unfortunate exacto blade incident when helping my son with a school project, I tend to shy away from them, too. The light box is a "must try", so thanks for the info.

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