Monday, May 20, 2013

The Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt: March 2013 Edition

During the month of March I jumped once more unto the breach - and participated in the +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt  on Google Plus.

The hunt works like this: we are given a list of 10 categories to shoot, and a set time to shoot them (normally 30 days, but this hunt was 60 days). One photo per category is submitted, and then they are judged by a panel of four expert photographers. The submissions are kept a secret until the judging takes place, then they are all released in what is known as the "reveal".  The reveal is where everyone seems each others work for the first time.  I got a fair number of fantastic comments on some of my photos, so I am really happy with that.

This hunt brings out some of the best photographers on Google Plus, and well, me, together for a jolly good time and some stiff camera competition.  I just shoot with a simple point and shoot camera (Canon S100), so sometimes I am simply out-classed by those with better hardware, but I think I manage to hold my own all things considered. It is always a growth experience, and this round was no exception.

 The following are my submissions for the March 2013 edition of the +Chrysta Rae's Photography Scavenger Hunt :

Category: Strawberry

I wracked my brain to get ideas for this shot, and one morning around 4am, while I was in a sleep induced haze the idea popped into my head.  After sending out my wife to the store for strawberries (twice!) I managed to grab this shot.

This is one of the shots that generated a lot of great comments from fellow scavengers.  Which, to me, is a reward in and of itself.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Regret

Another hard category to come up with ideas for.  I could think of lots of ways to show an unfortunate thing, but not regret.  This is what I came up with - a drinking and driving thing.  The blood is fake (corn syrup, water, flour, and chocolate syrup), but the rest is real.

Note: It is amazingly hard to purposefully break a champagne flute. I whacked at that thing a good half dozen times with a hammer and screwdriver before it finally broke.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.



Category: Mouth 

My least favourite shot of this hunt.  Abigail decided she wanted to sit and cry at me one day, so I took a couple shots of her mouth.  By the end of the hunt I didn't have any other ideas for this category, so I added some blurring to emphasize the mouth and submitted it.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Texture

These are fuzzy dice that hang from the rear view mirror of my companies shuttle bus.  It was taken just before the radiator of the bus melted.  I captured the story here.  It ended up being a rather unique texture in the hunt, which was nice to see.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Freeze Motion 

I have recently become a Doctor Who fan, so the subject for this category immediately became obvious.  This is a Weeping Angel.  They look like stone statues.  They feed off their victims by removing them from space and time, and feeding on the energy the victims would have used.  They move only when not being seen. Don't blink!

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Landscape 

This is a shot of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunrise.  I went up the mountains to wait for the sun to come up. It was below freezing up there.  The cold was playing havoc with my batteries and they were dying much quicker than I expected.  This shot was the last shot I took before my last battery died.  I was lucky to get it.  I also learned that sometimes the best sunrise shots are not right at sunrise, but just a few moments later when the light is more diffused.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Brown

Maple Syrup is the theme.  I tossed in some lego mini-figs for character.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Bubbles 

Champagne and bubbles go hand in hand.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.

Category: Ants Eye View 

This is actually the reflection from a curved glass from a radar sensor on an F14 Tomcat that is on display at the airport in Hickory NC.  I was not planning on making this a hunt shot, but the reflection seemed to work out perfectly.  I had to clean up a *lot* of dirt (cause the plane was dirty), and I added some effects to emphasize the camera.  I think what I ended up with is kinda funky and unique.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


Category: Spill 

Someone learned to "go" outside.

See the rest of the submissions for this category here.


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