Sunday, March 22, 2009

Photo Scavenger Hunt

"I think a photography class should be
a requirement in all educational programs
because it makes you see the world
rather than just look at it. "
Author Unknown

A couple of weeks ago I was reading Molly's Blog and was quite intrigued with her idea of a "Road Trip Scavenger Hunt." I haven't been on a scavenger hunt since I was a kid and I've never been on one that was all about collecting photographs not items. Just the other day Firebyrd posted a list of "Joy" photos on her blog which I totally loved. And, as if everyone but me is aware of this fun Kodak activity, Shutter Sisters blog is asking for pictures that represent hope.

One theme, lots of pictures.

I don't know if this is a new concept or an idea that's been around for awhile. Either way I think it's a brilliant. I immediately challenged Weneki to a similar adventure. My dream trip would be a mother/daughter driving adventure. Perhaps we could go to my sister Linda's home. It's not too far from Weneki and the snow has all but stopped leaving the mountain pass is passable. I'm a dreamer. This road trip isn't going to happen any time soon.

So, my second choice would be for each of us to have the same list of things to photograph at random, when the muse strikes or the opportunity arises, and share them back and forth. I'm going to try to get my son, Key West Johnny, to join in the virtual trip because the kid (in his mother's humble opinion) has an incredible eye for photography that is just being tapped. Living where he does, he has a dual specialty of sunsets and flowers. I know I'm biased but some of his photos make me weep with pride and for the beauty captured. When he has a web site up and running, you know I'll gladly share it.

One of my birthday cards from Weneki included my scavenger list. As with most things creative I want to drop everything else and focus in on the list and nothing but the list. Who cares if Pop has to eat or the beds need changing, my head is spinning with ideas of how to capture the perfect shot.

I have no photography skills other than a propensity to point and shoot. I love digital technology because you don't have to wait for film to be developed to see if the subject moved or my finger covered the lens. Ever since I've had my trusty Canon Elph that fits in my pocket I feel like I'm ready when the photo appears. It's the lighting or the angle or the zoom that leaves me wishing I knew what I was doing.

Here's the list, feel free to join in the hunt if you feel so inclined.
  1. A reflection
  2. A really cute bottom
  3. A peaceful easy feeling
  4. Green
  5. Something adorned in a hat
  6. A brick-y thing
  7. Something cool behind a fence
  8. Bird happiness
  9. A delicious beverage
  10. Something inspired by poetry
Feeling challenged in a good way,
Merry ME

P.S. Not sure how to include others' photos on this blog. You could email them to me. That would work wouldn't it? Anyone got any better ideas?


swallowtail said...

I have seen on blogs with this sort of 'challenge' that those who participate notify you, and you post the link... makes for some fun hopping around blogland!

Sounds like a fun list, I may give it a whirl!

Anonymous said...

Mom, Im game!