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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!

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 80 – RURAL

A pretty solid week of submissions. Even the “New York Voice” was able to find some RURAL.

But you didn’t come here to hear me talk all tommyrot about the quality of submissions. You cam here to see the submissions:


WEEK 80 - RURAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 80 - RURAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 80 - RURAL - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 80 - RURAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 80 - RURAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 80 - RURAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 80 - RURAL - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 80 - RURAL - CARLA STENSLAND
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 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT!

FACELESS PORTRAIT is another one of my favorite themes. Perhaps it is because regular portrait photography is so stale and boring. Perhaps it is because I can never find a face to photograph that is as pretty as mine. I don’t know the reason. The point is, I love this theme!

All this theme is, is a portrait of somebody where there is no face. That doesn’t mean that the face is obscured in the photo. The head could be completely cropped out of your composition. It could be a picture of hands or feet (if you’re a creeper) or any body part, just no face.

So get out there and find a volunteer or do some candid photography. Just no faces!

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.

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 faceless Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 78 – SILHOUETTE

Looks like the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE went on Spring Break. Perhaps SILHOUETTE is too challenging of a theme. I’m not sure, but participation numbers this week are as low as they’ve ever been. Worries me that the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE might be on the way out. I guess we’ll see what this week brings.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You want to see this week’s submissions:


WEEK 78 - SILHOUETTE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 78 - SILHOUETTE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 78 - SILHOUETTE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 78 - SILHOUETTE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 78 - SILHOUETTE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augustin 2

While they might be small in numbers, the submissions are spirited!

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 79 - ORANGE
ORANGE!

I don’t think I need to define ORANGE. It is a color. Not a primary color. But a color. There are lots of things out that are ORANGE. Even some humans fake tan themselves into a strange, creepy ORANGE hue. Of course there is a fruit that is ORANGE. In fact, there are several fruit that are ORANGE. Or you could even take a picture of anything and slap an ORANGE filter on it. Of course 1 of my favorite movie of all-time involves the word ORANGE. I know more than 1 person out there that that does art with an ORANGE or two. I can’t envision a picture where my inbox is just packed to the gills with ORANGE pictures.

Happy photo hunting!

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.

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 orangish Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 74 – BLACK & WHITE

A great week of participation, which has me all amped up, since BLACK & WHITE is my favorite theme.

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


WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 3
Cathie Raley 3

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - MICHAEL AUGUSTIN
Michael Augustin

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

One of the best weeks of submissions to date!

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 75 - MUSIC
MUSIC!

I don’t feel like I need to define MUSIC. If you don’t have any MUSIC in your life, I feel bad for you. Really, really, really, really bad for you. You should get out there and get some music in you. Whether it is seeing a local band at a local dive, visiting a local music store, cracking out your old instrument from your high school days, cracking out your old vinyls, screen capturing a playlist on your phone, photographing that musician friend, or even just cracking out some sheet music. The possibilities are endless!

As always, feel liberated to define the theme as you see fit!

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.

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 verymusical Monday!

To a Great 2017!

Pretend like I published this on January 1, just like I meant to do.

It is that day at Photography 139 Headquarters where we take down our old Photography 139 Calendar and put it in the trunk with many of the other remnants of our past.




We like to think that 2016 was a successful year for Photography 139 and I’d like to thank everybody that was responsible for making it appear so.

So to my list of email blog subscribers…

Jay Janson
Jason Baier
Shannon Bardole
Scott Degeneffe
Corey Faust
Susanna Funk
Jill Gorshe
Jesse Howard
Sara Lockner
Teresa Kahler
Nader Parsaei
Becky Perkovich
Bernice Verhoorn
Suzie Brannen
Eric Hiatt
Kim Barker
Cousin Amy
Russell Kennerly
Tim Tuck
Tim Tucker’s Lady Friend
Michelle Haupt
Geri Derner
Micky Augustin
Angie DeWaard
Mike Vest
DaeHee Yoon
Monica Henning
Sarah Karber
Carla Stensland
Laura Miller
Joseph Lynch
Jorge Rios
Anders Runestad
Laura Miller
Michael Houlihan
Dawn Krause
Joe Duff
Derrick Gorshe
Dustin Jackson
Bethany Miller
Logan Kahler
Elizabeth Nordeen
Nicole Nickens
Corinna
Jeff Daniel
Stephanie Kim
Bob Person
Melissa Degeneffe
Willy MacAlpine
Janice Peterson
Jessica Potts
Steve Junck
Shawn Lockner
Brooke Milligan
Cathie Raley
Paul Golden
Linda Toot
Jodie Bennett
Dan Pottratz
Alisa Baker
Cassandra Chadwick

Thanks for a great 2016! Of course, I’ll try to do better in 2017. Hopefully our little family will continue to grow in the new year!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 60 – LANDSCAPE

Some of the stalwarts didn’t make it for LANDSCAPE. That’s okay. When one person falls, another person can pick up the torch and carry on.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about torches. You want to see the submissions for LANDSCAPE:


WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY 3
Cathie Raley 3

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY 4
Cathie Raley 4

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - TERESA KAHLER 3
Teresa Kahler 3

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - TERESA KAHLER 4
Teresa Kahler 4

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - DAWN KRAUSE 1
Dawn Krause 1

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - DAWN KRAUSE 2
Dawn Krause 2

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - DAWN KRAUSE 3
Dawn Krause 3

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND 3
Carla Stensland 3

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT.
Christopher D. Bennett

A healthy and diverse collection 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 61 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE!


Yes! STILL LIFE! He heard a cry across the landscape. But what is STILL LIFE? Try this definition for size!

Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.

So find a group of inanimate objects. Group them together. Take their photo. Bam! STILL LIFE!

As always… feel free to interpret the theme however you see fit.

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

Great news! Dan Pottratz is the latest person to show taste, class, AND sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. Dan is also a Toreador (Class of ’93 WOOT! WOOT!) and a huge Cyclone fan. That is all you need to know… to know that Dan is good people. If you see him out and about and walking the mean streets, feel free to give him a knowing glance and show him the Super-Secret Photogrpahy 139 Handshake.

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 inanimate Monday.