Category Archives: Johnathan

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.

A Methodist Trio

Here is a collection of photos from 3 Methodist events. The Event Formerly Known as the Methodist Men Steak Fry, Safe Trick-or-Treat Night at the Eastern Star Home, and Consecration Sunday Brunch.


The Event Formerly Known as The Methodist Men Steak Fry

The Event Formerly Known as The Methodist Men Steak Fry

The Event Formerly Known as The Methodist Men Steak Fry

The Event Formerly Known as The Methodist Men Steak Fry

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Safe Trick-or-Treating

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

Consecration Brunch

One of the bizarre things about the world of social media is that bizarre things happen. I posted a picture of Johnathan and Logan grilling for the Event Formerly Known as the Methodist Men Steak Fry on our church’s Facebook page thanking everybody that made the event such a smashing success.

A lady from the church left a comment on the photo tagging her husband with the comment, “See (husband name) they are cool.”

I don’t know what she meant by this comment, but here is my theory:

This lady has tried to get her husband to be active in the Methodist Men. He has openly dismissed her because the Methodist Men are “lame” and “uncool”. However, when she saw a picture of two dudes participating in Methodist Men activities like Logan and Johnathan that are undeniably cool and comport themselves with a little bit of their uncle’s well-documented badassness, she felt that this would be the example that would make her husband see that the Methodist Men aren’t “lame”. In fact, we are “cool”.

In fact, we are pretty lame. But their is coolness in lameness when you own it.

The Selfie Project – September

Here is a look back at my favorite September photos from THE SELFIE PROJECT:


September 1, 2017
September 1

September 2, 2017
September 2

September 6, 2017
September 6

September 7, 2017
September 7

September 10, 2017
September 10

September 15, 2017
September 15

September 16, 2017
September 16

September 17, 2017
September 17

September 20, 2017
September 20

September 21, 2017
September 21

September 23, 2017
September 23

September 24, 2017
September 24

September 25, 2017
September 25

September 26, 2017
September 26

September 27, 2017
September 27

September 28, 2017
September 28

September 29, 2017
September 29

And if you can’t wait for these monthly updates, you can follow THE SELFIE PROJECT’S daily updates by following me on Instagram:



@christopherdbennett



I think I had a pretty decent September. Hopefully October treats me well.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 59

On Labor Day I was able to take a picture for Page 59 of the Photo Journal:


Photo Journal - Page 59
Page 59 – Take a picture of yourself as yourself.

Logan assisted with the production by moving the camera here and there. Johnathan watched in a distance.

While most people will disagree, I think that I don’t take enough pictures of rubber dinosaurs. Probably should get on that.

11-03-07

The pictures in the folder 11-03-07 are from the Iowa State-Kansas State game. Including a couple pictures of a guy whose family owns a restaurant near Manhattan. I think he might have played professionally for a team with a really ugly color scheme.


Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Iowa State vs. Kansas State

There are many more pictures from that folder. If you want to see them, click on the link below:

2007 – IOWA STATE CYCLONES FOOOTBALL


I will add that this post allowed me to “restore” the post below:

A GREAT SATURDAY


Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve some pictures of one of the world’s worst humans and some experimental photography.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 105 – FAMILY

A pretty decent amount of submissions to ring in Year 3 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (REDUX). Including a submission from first time submitter Katelyn Augustin. She also might be the youngest to ever submit as well.

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


WEEK 105 - FAMILY - SHANNON BARDOLE=FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - KATELYN AUGUSTIN
Katelyn Augustin


WEEK 105 - FAMILY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CRAIG HAUPT
Craig Haupt

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

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:



NATURE!


NATURE! What a great theme!! I don’t think I need to define NATURE for you. It is basically the great outdoors. So get out there!

As always, I look forward to seeing all the 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 natural Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE THEME REVEAL

I am most likely standing in a field or a park in Kansas or Missouri doing this right now:


Solar Eclpse Prep
Photo Credit: Johnathan Stensland

Therefore, I won’t post this week’s submissions for HUMANIZE until I return to the Cyclone State on Tuesday.

However, you can still get started on this week’s theme:


WEEK 102 - HATE
HATE!

HATE! What an awful theme! Especially in light of the events of the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville by a white supremacist. I actually gave some small consideration to swapping out this theme, but that would be allowing the terrorists to win.

So go out there and either photography something you HATE. Somebody or something exhibiting HATE.

As usual, I will be anxious to see all the interpretations!

PostScript: If things break right, I’ll release the next 52 themes on Sunday.

Another New Toy

One of the many benefits of having Johnathan living with me is that I have a photo assistant hanging around the house that is more useful than Naima.

So thanks to him for helping out by taking a couple of these pictures and posing for the other two.

I’m actually writing this blog to talk about a new toy I recently picked up. I bought a Sigma 120-400mm lens.


120-400mm Lens

120-400mm Lens

I’m pretty pleased with this purchase so far. Hopefully she will earn her keep.

Truth is that this lens wasn’t much “longer” than my current “longest” lens, but it is buy far the highest quality telephoto I’ve ever owned. At least if weight is sign of quality, it is the best.

To show its reach I’m going to show you two pictures that will actually exaggerate its length.

For the purposes of this example, we will pretend that there isn’t a magnification factor on lens created by cameras with APS-C sensors. In that honor, a true example of showing the “length” of this lens would be to compare it to a 50mm lens. A 50mm lens has the same “length” as the human eye.

Instead, I’m going to show a comparison with one of (but not THE) widest (shortest) lenses I own. A Sigma 10-20mm lens set at 10mm.


Johnathan at 10mm
Johnathan at 10mm

Johnathan at 400mm
Johnathan at 400mm

I guess I should point out I technically have a “longer” lens than this, but it is a mirror 500mm lens. It really is nothing to write home about.

I’ll finally add that I should wish my sister Teresa a “happy birthday”, but then I’d have to wish all my subscribers a “happy birthday” and that just isn’t going to happen.