Scavenger Hunt Sunday #2

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I had such fun with this week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday. The prompts were: stairs, macro, clouds, abstract, smile.


Taken at a hotel. Still need to work on my indoor shots.


Dug this up from my archives. Unedited shot of the ocean from the Boracay beach, Philippines. The ocean is macro, isn’t it?


Taken from my apartment


I used a little reflection trick in editing of these lights inside a restaurant.


When all else fails, use your child’s toys. Have a great Sunday!

I’m being “Miss Elaine-ous” over at The Miss Elaine-ous Life!




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  • September 4, 2011 Ann

    Awesome Scavenger hunt! I loved what you did with the lights…but what was it? I really, REALLY like this series…
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      The original abstract shot was of a bunch of transparent glass lights. In editing, I just used the Reflection trick, easy!

  • September 4, 2011 Bits of Bee

    Cool shots – love the abstract image!
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!

  • September 4, 2011 Amanda

    Really cool shots, Alison! I love the angle on the stairs. And I would also love to hear how you processed the abstract shot. Are you willing to divulge your editing secret? 🙂
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Amanda! It’s not secret really. I just cropped the shot tight, and as I use Photoscape (free to download for Windows PCs), I just use the reflection function in editing.

  • September 4, 2011 Kimberly

    I love the ocean shot! And will you be telling us your editing trick?? 😉
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Kim! The ocean shot is a reflection of how when your subject is gorgeous, no editing is required. And the abstract photo is just a simple reflection function in Photoscape!

  • September 4, 2011 Kim

    I had to laugh at your ocean comment! It is macro and full of micro-life 🙂 The abstract one is really cool. The lights look like floating bubbles, reminding me for some reason of jelly fish. Your son’s toys are really fun from the perspective you give us; it makes me look at my children’s toys in a whole new light.
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      I figured, what is bigger than the ocean? 🙂 And I ran out of time to shoot a variety of things I had in mind for the prompt – busy week! The lights ARE like floating bubbles, I think that was the restaurant’s intention. And I was going to post a picture of my son smiling but it’s so hard to capture a smile/ action shot so I looked around the house for inspiration as always 🙂

  • September 4, 2011 Sabrina

    Hi. I absolutely love your photos and takes on them!! The macro is stunning as well as the abstract- that must be an awesome restaurant!!
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Sabrina! The restaurant had better lights than food 😉

  • September 4, 2011 Cedar

    Very creative set! Unique take on macro and I love your abstract shot~really beautiful! Fun smile!
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Cedar!

  • September 4, 2011 Stasha

    I believe your signature for hunts should be one toy shot minimum 🙂 Because they are great and i love them. Great processing on the stairs and abstract. I really like them. And ocean, perfect!
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      Haha, good idea Stasha! He has so many toys, we might not run out of inspiration for a while. And thank you for your kind comments.

  • September 4, 2011 Kiddothings

    Love the abstract! Toys are great fill-ins!

    Have a great Sunday too!
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    • September 4, 2011 Alison

      When desperate, anything goes. This one just smiled at me. 😉

  • September 4, 2011 Tamar Strauss-Benjamin

    Wow! great set! love the stairs and abstract!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Tamar!

  • September 4, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Love these photos, Alison! The ocean one is my favorite. Great shots, Alison 🙂
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jen.

  • September 4, 2011 Natalie

    I love the macro and abstract shots!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Natalie!

  • September 4, 2011 Leighann

    Loving the bubbles!
    Great shot
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leighann!

  • September 4, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    I’ve been meaning to do this scavenger hunt. I’m always looking for an excuse to take more pictures. I love your ocean shot. So massive and calming.

    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Oh do, Jen, you take great shots!

  • September 4, 2011 Jen Burden

    I like the lights inside the restaurant pic! 🙂

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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jen!

  • September 5, 2011 Robin

    Cool shots. I actually really like the indoor one. And that one with the lights is cool!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Robin! Indoor shots are hard because of lighting but I’m working on it!

  • September 5, 2011 RachelJoy

    Great finds…I especially like the one of Boracay (a bit biased here) and the smiling toy. A lot of my children’s toys are no longer smiling coz they’re either missing a limb or some pieces…
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Boracay is beautiful 🙂

  • September 5, 2011 Kathy blackburn

    Wonderful abstract shot….so interesting!


    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Kathy!

  • September 5, 2011 Ashley Sisk

    What an awesome set – loving those first two shots!

    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ashley!

  • September 5, 2011 jacqui

    I love the smile and the abstract the best…but they’re all great!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jacqui!

  • September 5, 2011 Valeria

    I really like your abstract, you did great on the reflection processing (share, please). The last one is also cute, I love toys.
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Valeria. I use PhotoScape, a free for download tool for Windows PCs. In there, I used the reflection function on the picture, easy!

  • September 5, 2011 Kid Id

    The one with the lights that look like bubbles turned out so cool!!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, the picture turned out better than I’d hoped.

  • September 5, 2011 Laurie E.

    Love them all! My favorite would be is the runner-up! Awesome job!

    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Laurie!

  • September 5, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love the smile! What great photos!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, I hope to improve every week 🙂

  • September 5, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Those restaurant lights are really cool! I like that pic!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Rach!

  • September 5, 2011 Jessica

    The lights are very cool. No idea how you did that but it’s a great shot.
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jessica!

  • September 5, 2011 Barbara

    All of the pictures are great, but I love the ones of the lights of the restaurant!
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    • September 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara!

  • September 6, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Woooow – impressive photos!!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you 🙂

  • September 6, 2011 Elaine

    You cracked me up with that last one. Love the lights in the restaurant, so cool!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, thanks Elaine!

  • September 7, 2011 angela

    I ADORE the restaurant lights one. I am a sad photographer. I’m lucky my kids are the cutest in the world (and that I’m objective LOL) or I would leave my posts photo-less.
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