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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 100 – COLD

I figured the participation rates for COLD would be more frigid than for YELLOW. And they were. Only the hardiest of participants braved the low temperatures of COLD photography and submitted a COLD picture. I expect this week’s theme to be a tough one as well.

However, it isn’t all bad news for participation rates. This week there is a first time submitter. Sheri Farkhouri submitted for the first time. Welcome aborad Sheri!!!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came here to see the submissions for COLD:


WEEK 100 - COLD - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 100 - COLD - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 100 - COLD - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 100 - COLD - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 100 - COLD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 100 - COLD - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Farkhouri

WEEK 100 - COLD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 101 - HUMANIZE
HUMANIZE

HUMANIZE! What a great theme! But what is it? HUMANIZE is when you take something that isn’t human and give it human characteristics. Like greed, jealousy, and avarice. Or perhaps give it ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Hint: This is popular with toys. Or another example would be to be insanely cruel to your dog and put them in clothes.

Good luck and I’m excited to see everybody’s interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very human Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 99 – YELLOW

YELLOW really got the old creative juices flowing. I’d reckon that there is close to a record number of submissions this week.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see this week’s submissions. Here they are:


WEEK 99 - YELLOW - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 1
Brooke Milligan 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 2
Brooke Milligan 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 1
Logan Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 2
Logan Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 3
Logan Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augustin 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 3
Teresa Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 4
Teresa Kahler 4

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 1
Bill Wentworth 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 2
Bill Wentworth 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

What an incredible week of submissions!

I wish I could tell you the remaining themes are as easily accessible as YELLOW and SKY, but they aren’t. There are some challenging ones in there. But I know you guys are up to the challenge!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 100 - COLD
COLD!


COLD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain COLD. It is a temperature that we haven’t felt much of lately here in the middle of the Cyclone State. But it is more than just a temperature. People can be COLD. Actions can be COLD. Feel free to define COLD any way you see fit!

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very frigid Monday!

Selfie Project – June

Here we are in August and I haven’t checked back into THE SELFIE PROJECT for the month of June. Here are some of favorites from June:


June 2, 2017
June 2

June 5, 2017
June 5

June 8, 2017
June 8

June 9, 2017
June 9

June 10, 2017
June 10

June 11, 2017
June 11

June 13, 2017
June 13

June 15, 2017
June 15

June 16, 2017
June 16

June 17, 2017
June 17

June 18, 2017
June 18

June 20, 2017
June 20

June 23, 2017
June 23

June 24, 2017
June 24

June 25, 2017
June 25

June 26, 2017
June 26

June 27, 2017
June 27

June 28, 2017
June 28

June 29, 2017
June 29

June 30, 2017
June 30

One side effect of THE SELFIE PROJECT I wasn’t expecting is that there are times when I think that might life is boring and I don’t do all that much. Then I look back at these pictures and I can see that I DO get out of the office or off the couch every now and again.

If you want to see all THE SELFIE PROJECT images, you can go here:

SELFIE PROJECT – 2017


And of course, you can stay current on THE SELFIE PROJECT by following me on the Instagram:

@christopherdbennett

I hope my July ended up being as good/great as my June!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 98 – SKY

SKY really did trigger the creative juices of many a person. A healthy amount of SKY submissions! That included first time participation by Tamara Peterson and the return of Brooke Milligan! They should be inspirations for those of you that are on the fence about whether or not to participate. Go ahead and jump in! The water is fine!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the SKY submissions:


WEEK 98 - SKY - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 98 - SKY - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 98 - SKY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 98 - SKY - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 98 - SKY - TAMARA PETERSON 1
Tamara Peterson 1

WEEK 98 - SKY - TAMARA PETERSON 2
Tamara Peterson 2

WEEK 98 - SKY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 98 - SKY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 98 - SKY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 98 - SKY - ANGE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 98 - SKY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 98 - SKY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 98 - SKY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 3

WEEK 98 - SKY - BROOKE MILLIGAN
Brooke Milligan

WEEK 98 - SKY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 98 - SKY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

A solid week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 99 - YELLOW
YELLOW!

YELLOW! What a great theme! I don’t even think I need to explain yellow. I will point out for some people out there that gold and yellow are not the same color. I know people in Iowa City don’t understand the difference. Perhaps if they would’ve went to a better school. But I digress. YELLOW! Get off your duff and photograph something that is YELLOW!

As always, I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very yellow Monday!

All the Fleas!

A couple months back Mom, Teresa, Logan, and I hopped into a vehicle of some kind and headed due east for famous What Cheer, Iowa and it’s even more famous flea market.

It didn’t disappoint. I think a person could spend all day there and still not see all the vendors.

Here are some pictures from that trip. You’re welcome Kio!


What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

My favorite part of the What Cheer Flea Market is that they (seemingly) allow you to climb up onto the roof of their rickety grandstand. The roof is made out of sheet metal and their doesn’t seem to be any reinforcements as you walk across it. Hoping you don’t plummet to your death. It was awesome!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 97 – THE STREETS

THE STREETS. I knew this would be a tough theme that only the tough would be able to handle. I was right about THE STREETS. It isn’t for everybody.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - LOGAN KAHLER 1
Logan Kahler 1

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - LOGAN KAHLER 2
Logan Kahler 2

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 97 - THE STREETS - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 98 - SKY
SKY!


SKY! What a great theme! I don’t think SKY takes much explanation. It is that thing above us. Sometimes blue. Sometimes black. Sometimes red or orange or pink. Sometimes there are clouds in it. Sometimes there aren’t clouds in it. Sometimes there are planes in it. Sometimes there isn’t.

I would argue that you shouldn’t just look straight up and take a picture. There is nothing wrong with that. But I would challenge you to look for something else to put in your picture. It could be the SKY reflecting off of something else. A window. A puddle. Your favorite pair of sunglasses. Or you could change your perspective, so that the SKY is a powerful background for another subject.

As always, I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a sky high Monday!