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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 84 – TREE

People love TREE! Lots of submissions for TREE!

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You want to see the TREE:


WEEK 84 - TREE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 84 - TREE - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 3
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 4
Kim Barker 4

WEEK 84 - TREE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 84 - TREE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 84 - TREE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 84 - TREE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 84 - TREE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

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 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE
HIGH PERSPECTIVE

On a personal note, there are many people that think that I have all the themes planned out. I don’t. All the themes are on slips of paper in a blank DVD-R lid on my work desk. Every Monday morning I pull out a new slip and that is how the themes are decided. I do not try to align any theme up with a certain time of year. TREE just happened to coincide with Earth Day. Believe me. If I was lining themes up with holidays or times of year, HIGH PERSPECTIVE would’ve been last week.

What is HIGH PERSPECTIVE? In photographic terms, it is getting high above a subject and photographing it. It doesn’t have to be super high. You don’t have to go to tall building and look down. A few feet above your subject would work. If you want to phone it in. I would urge you to go out and find a cliff or a bridge or a parking ramp or a tall building or a roof top and get a different perspective on the world. Then share it with us.

As always, feel free to define the theme any way you want!

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 high Monday!

Confirmed!

A couple of Sundays ago was Confirmation Sunday in my church. It was a big day for the Youth Group as 5 members became full members of the church AND for the Methodist Men as we served a brunch in between services to celebrate their accomplishments.

Here are a few pictures from the day:




































All 5 of these kids bring such wonderful, unique, and amazing dimensions to our church. I’m excited to see where their faith journeys take them.

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
– No photos like the ones below







2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 83 – SMOKE

This week’s participants are small in number, but mighty in spirit. But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you just want to see the submissions for SMOKE:


WEEK 83 - SMOKE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 83 - CARLA STENSLAND - SMOKE
Carla Stensland

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 84 - TREE
TREE!


TREE should be easy enough. Even people that have been tricked into living in big cities have access to a TREE or two. Even if they have to visit them in a museum.

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 arbory Monday!

March

Now would be a good time to check in on the Selfie Project. I’ve attempted and failed at this project 3 times now. The farthest I’ve ever made it is 116 days. I feel like this just might be the year.

Here are some of my favorites from March:


Selfie Project - March 1
March 1

Selfie Project - March 4
March 4

Selfie Project - March 5
March 5

Selfie Project - March 7
March 7

Selfie Project - March 8
March 8

Selfie Project - March 9
March 9

Selfie Project - March 11
March 11

Selfie Project - March 12
March 12

Selfie Project - March 13
March 13

Selfie Project - March 15
March 15

Selfie Project - March 21
March 21

Selfie Project - March 22
March 22

Selfie Project - March 24
March 24

Selfie Project - March 27
March 27

Selfie Project - March 28
March 28

I do post these daily on Instagram. You can follow me here: @christopherdbennett

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 82 – ANGRY

I can’t be ANGRY about this week’s participation rates. After all, there was a first time participant in Linda Bennett! Welcome aboard Aunt Linda. I’m expecting big things!

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you want to see the submissions for ANGRY:


WEEK 82 - ANGER - Mike Vest
Mike Vest

WEEK 82 - ANGER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 82 - ANGER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augstin 1

WEEK 82 - ANGER - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 82 - ANGER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 82 - ANGER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 82 - ANGER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 82 - ANGER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 82 - ANGRY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 82 - ANGRY - CATHIE RALEY
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 83 - SMOKE
SMOKE!


This should be an easy enough theme. I don’t know that there are people out there that still SMOKE. At least I don’t think that I know anybody that still SMOKEs. Vaping seems to be the order of the day now. However, cigarettes is the worst way to create smoke any way. Fire that is the best way to create smoke. So, go out there and start a fire and get a quality SMOKE picture.

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 smoky Monday!

Ridin’ the Rails with Shorty Backlog – Vol. 3

This concludes the photos of the few hours I spent with Shorty on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad back in July.


Riding the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

Ridin' the Rails with Shorty

I have many influences on my photography. It ranges from other artists to movies to television shows to friends to family. However, one of the most obscure influences on my photography is a book I was given as a child called simply TRAINS. I still have that book. It is a little worse for the wear and Karma chewed up the binding 15 years ago or so. I still crack it out and look through it now and again.

That is a little peek into my methodology.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 81 – FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAIT is challenging, but still, a handful of hearty photographers gave it a whirl. But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about heart. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SUZANNE BRANNEN
Suzanne Brannen

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 82 - ANGRY
ANGRY!

ANGRY seems like a pretty straight forward easy theme. It should be easy to find somebody you know that is ANGRY. Or something that makes you ANGRY.

Personally, I’m somebody that people rarely see ANGRY, but I’m told I have a “look” when I’m ANGRY. I assume that this look is what I captured in the reveal photo above.

So get out there and get in touch with your inner Hulk. Incredible, or otherwise.

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.

MESSAGE FROM THE ROUNDBALL ORACLES DIVISION

Tonight is the national title game and there are two people still alive in the pursuit to have their name put on the List of Immortals, next to other basketball greats like Running Wolf and that missionary guy from Taiwan.

Here is what you need to know to base your rooting interests tonight:

IF North Carolina (a fine academic institution COUGH! COUGH!) wins, Paul Golden is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!
IF Gonzaga (a school that nearly closed in the 90s) wins, Andree Jauhari is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!

I know who I’m rooting to win. (Hint: It involves which one it will cost me the least amount of money to ship the trophy to…)

Good luck gentlemen!

On the other side of the coin. Congratulations (I think) go out to Shannon Bardole (for the moment) for winning this year’s The Sara! The trophy awarded to last place adult that tried really, really hard. She edged out Jill Gorshe, Corey Faust (all that hockey must be going to his brain), and Laura Miller. Laura was close to clinching a repeat. However, South Carolina’s Final Four run gave her just enough points to best Shannon, Jill, and Faust in the final standings. Well played Laura!

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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 angry Monday!