Search and Snap: Scavenger Hunts for the Digital Age

To call myself an amateur photographer is too much of a compliment.  I know a little bit about apertures and shutter speeds.  All I really know is that I like to take a lot of photos.  So in an effort to improve my photo taking skills I started following Digital Photography School and PhotoJojo.  I’ve gotten some really great inspiration from them over the past couple of years, and I would really recommend the budding photographer to check out their sites.

A while ago though, I was in a bit of a slump and wanting to take more photos so I started a group called Search and Snap with my friends.  This is a way for us to keep in touch despite the miles that separate us, and it’s been really fun learning new techniques together.  Search and Snap is a scavenger hunt for the digital age.  A list of items is posted, and then participants have of a set amount of time to take and submit their photographs.  My friends have even gotten their friends to play along, so we must be doing something right!

We’re nearing the end of our second year, and I thought that I would invite you to join us on this next assignment.  It starts tonight and lasts through the weekend.  This is probably the best assignment to start with because we’re putting our DSLRs aside, and we’re going to take photographs with nothing other than the camera found on our cell phones.

So please head over to and I hope that you will join us this weekend!

dana point harbor panorama

Thanks to the power of Twitter, I came across this beautiful time lapse video, The Unseen Sea, by Simon Christen (via @wilw via @paulandstorm via @leeunkrich).  It just shows the beautiful city of San Francisco under a sea of clouds.  I wonder what his time lapse rate is…  When Jenna and I were up at Coit Tower, the clouds were blowing by pretty fast as it was.

Anyway, I finally got around to installing the software that came with my new Nikon L22.  (Awesome camera, awesome software.) Check out this photograph which was stitched together from six separate photographs:

Dana Point Harbor

I think Okey and I might be fighting over who gets to play with the point and shoot this weekend for the Search & Snap scavenger hunt.  Our poor little Nikon D60 is going to feel unloved.

Edited on September 22, 2010 at 2:01 EST: I found a video I took at Coit Tower where the clouds were breezing by awfully fast: Nothing like Simon Christen’s video.  I can’t even get the orientation right!  Haha!