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Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 122 – High Perspective

I usually start this blog post with a statement on how participation rates went this week, but this week I’m going to start the week differently.

A recent subscriber and often contributor to the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Tamara Peterson’s husband Glenn recently got a tough diagnosis and they have a long fight ahead of them. They are legitimately 2 of the best people I have ever known. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Thoughts are good. Prayers are better.

Also, Jesse’s Dad has been going through some complications with his cancer treatments lately as well. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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Looks like HIGH PERSPECTIVE was not a super popular theme, but that is okay because we have a submission from Andy Sharp. His first submission!

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


Week 122 - High Perspective - Sarah Karber
Sarah Karber

Week 122 - High Perspective - Tamara Peterson
Tamara Peterson

Week 122 - High Perspective - Christopher D. Bennett
Christopher D. Bennett

Week 122 - High Perspective - Andy Sharp
Andy Sharp

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole-Foley

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 123 - FOOD
FOOD!


FOOD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain FOOD to you. Hopefully, all of you put enough of it in your mouth every day. If not, I know some people that can help you out.

As always, I’m interested in 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 due date. 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.

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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 foodie Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 121 – RUINS

There was another slight uptick in participation this rates for RUINS in this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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


WEEK 121 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 121 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 121 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 121 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 121 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 121 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 121 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 121 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 121 - RUINS - 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 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE
HIGH PERSPECTIVE!


HIGH PERSPECTIVE! What a great theme! But what does it mean? A HIGH PERSPECTIVE photo would be the opposite of last week’s LOW PERSPECTIVE. Rather than getting low like one of God’s noblest creatures, the rat, think of getting high like one of God’s lowest creatures, the hawk. But how high is high? It doesn’t have to be way up in the sky. Anything spot where you can look down on your subject is good enough. That might just be standing on a chair. Get creative.

As always, I look forward to 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 due date. 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

I’m pleased to announce that Andy Sharp is the newest person to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. He did this despite the fact that his wife checks his email for him and he is very proud of his lack of tech savvy and social media-ness. You may remember Andy from such past adventures like Mission Trip to Martin or Mission Trip to Milwaukee. I’m sure he will be starring in my future adventure called Mission Trip to Houston. If you see Andy out walking the mean streets of Boone, feel free to give him a knowing look and show him the super secret Photography 13 handshake!

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

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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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 120 – LOW PERSPECTIVE

After last week’s disaster of participation, participation rates took a slight uptick. Even as temperatures in central Iowa dipped to below -10.

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


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD


WEEK 120 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


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 121 - RUINS
RUINS!


RUINS! What a great theme! But what does it mean? Find something that is falling apart. Something that isn’t in the best shape. Something that is rusty. Something that’s best days are behind it. Photograph it.

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 due date. 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.

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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 ruinous Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – FLOWERS

ANNOUNCEMENT: I WILL BE A PALL BEARER AT A FUNERAL AT THE TIME THAT THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE PICTURES ARE NORMALLY PUBLISHED AND THE THEME FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK IS REVEALED. DON’T PANIC ON MONDAY WHEN THE NEW THEME ISN’T REVEALED AT 12:01 PM. IT WILL BE REVEALED AT SOME POINT ON MONDAY. DON’T WORRY. I WILL FEED YOU BABY BIRDS!

A reminder that this week’s theme is FLOWERS:


WEEK 118 - FLOWERS
FLOWERS!


I could come up with some kind of fancy pants elitist definition for what would constitute a FLOWERS picture, but instead, I’ll just show you a few examples:








FLOWER - LOSER

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 5
Carla Stensland

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

That should get your photography blood pumping.

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – PORTRAIT

This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PORTRAIT:


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT


Here is a good definition of PORTRAIT provide by the good folks at Wikipedia:

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study.

Seems simple enough! Here are a few examples:


LOSER - PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT - LOSER

Faceless Portrait Loser

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest



WEEK 68 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

AMUSEMENT - DAE HEE YOON

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

That collection ought to get your creative juices flowing!

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 115 – WEATHER

I wasn’t sure how participation rates would go for WEATHER. Here in central Iowa, the weather couldn’t have been more boring. Which is amazing for this late in November. Plus I’m sure that the holiday didn’t help much either. That being said, it wasn’t a terrible week for participation.

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


WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 116 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT!


PORTRAIT! What a great theme! A PORTRAIT is an image of a person, especialy one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. But that is a formal definition. I would say that a PORTRAIT is an image of a being with a soul. So most humans would qualify. All dogs. No cats. A fair amount of horses. Technically this is supposed to be considered more like a formal PORTRAIT. Remember that the following kind of PORTRAITs are still in the hopper:

FACELESS PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

That doesn’t mean that any of those don’t qualify for PORTRAIT, but if you have a great idea for one of those, maybe you want to keep it in your back pocket.

As always, I look forward to 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.

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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 portraited Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – WEATHER

This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WEATHER:


WEEK 115 - WEATHER
WEATHER!


WEATHER! What a great theme! I could explain to you what a WEATHER photo might look like, but instead, why not show you some examples?!?!


WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - SARAH KARBER 2
Sarah Karber

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 3
Micky Augustin

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

Those examples ought to get your heart pumping!

Happy photo harvesting!

Won’t Take that Credit; I know Where We Get It; Them Blessings Be Comin’ from God Above

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Rather than my standard picture of an inflatable turkey, thought (with apologies to Lecrae, I’d give thanks for some of the many blessings in my life.

Count it up, count it up, count it up.
Line ’em up, line ’em up, line ’em up.


Bennett 2017 Family Photo
Blessed with a tremendous biological family. Blessed to share DNA and a life with these people.


Blessed to be a part of Olivia’s family. Blessed to learn a new definition of the word “family” from Shorty and Doris.

Mission Trip  - Day 0
Blessed to be a part of an incredible church family. From Youth Group to Methodist Men to the people I see in the pews on Sundays.

Thanksgiving - 2017
Blessed to have a job and double blessed to have a great work family. 7 AM comes pretty early, but so many of the people I work with make the struggle worth the effort.


Blessed to share a life with this band of brothers. Not one of us has any fashion sense, but I’d still take a bullet for any of them.


Blessed to fit in with this band of sisters as well.

Movie Club
Blessed to be able to share my love of weird cinema with like minded individuals once a month.

October 28, 2017
Blessed to be a Cyclone and double blessed to have somebody to share so many trips to Jack Trice (a spiritual place for me) with.


Blessed to have a roof over my head that belongs to me. Blessed that I can extend that roof over friends and family when their life needs it. Blessed that when I say, “Want to help paint by house?” 20+ people show up.


Blessed that friends from past jobs are still important pillars of my current life.

The Howard Children
Blessed that people that aren’t related to me consider me an uncle to them.

August 15, 2017
Blessed to have a car that I can drive out of town and not worry about the tire falling off.


Blessed to have so many people in my life that when I say, “I’m coming to your city”, they say, “You’re staying with us right?”

Tenderloining at Nick's
Blessed to have so many people in my life that fill gaps.

Selfie Project - March 5
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still healthy enough to still ball. Although pretty poorly these days.

Selfie Project - January 27
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still have people in my life that keep me young.

Selfie Project - January 21
Blessed to have people in my life that want to change the world for the better, when I get cynical.

Selfie Project -January 14
Blessed to have art in my life.

May 25, 2017
Blessed to have a beautiful beard. Even if the old guys at my church hate it.


Blessed to have people who will help with projects like this, no questions asked.

Photo of the Day 0003 - May 5, 2014
Blessed to share a life and a domicile with this crazy beast. Teaches me about selfless love every single day.

June 28, 2017
Blessed to have a chance to spread my blessings to others, sometimes, with some of my favorite people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of my blessings. But I don’t want it to start to sound like I’m bragging.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 112 – FRAMED

A bit of a rebound in submissions this week for FRAMED. Let’s keep the positive momentum going!

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


WEEK 112 - FRAMED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 112 - FRAMED - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

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 113 - PARTY
PARTY! (Submitted by Sara Lockner)


PARTY! What a great theme! You don’t need to be going to a PARTY to take a picture of the PARTY theme. PARTY supplies. PARTY invitations. PARTY preparations. PARTY aftermath. They all count. Or you can hang out with me. Cause wherever I’m at, there is a party going down.

Interpret the theme however you see fit and 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.

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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 partied out Monday!