Category Archives: Linda

Selfie Project – August

One of the benefits of THE SELFIE PROJECT is that I can look back at a month and feel less worthless. Hey, I actually did go out and do stuff and see people in month X. I’m a winner!

Speaking of winners, these are the photos I consider winners from the month of August:


August 2, 2017
August 2, 2017

August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017

August 6, 2017
August 6, 2017

August 7, 2017
August 7, 2017

August 10, 2017
August 10, 2017

August 11, 2017
August 11, 2017

August 12, 2017
August 12, 2017

August 13, 2017
August 13, 2017

August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017

August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017

August 19, 2017
August 19, 2017

August 20, 2017
August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017
August 21, 2017

August 22, 2017
August 22, 2017

August 23, 2017
August 24, 2017

August 26, 2017
August 26, 2017

August 27, 2017
August 27, 2017

August 29, 2017
August 29, 2017


August 30, 2017
August 30, 2017

August 31, 2017
August 31, 2017

Remember that THE SELFIE PROJECT photos are posted on Instagram on the daily. If you don’t know, Instagram is that little sliver of social media that doesn’t suck… much. There are a few lazy slackjaws out there that post memes, but other than that, it is just pictures. Any way you can follow me at the account below:

@christopherdbennett

Now I need to make sure that my September is almost as great as my August!

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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 96 – SAD

It is SAD. Participation rates took a bit of a dip with SAD. Maybe it is because it was 112 degrees in the shade in central Iowa last week. Maybe it was because people struggled to get in the mindset of SAD this week. Maybe people were just busy. I don’t know. But I do know one thing…

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


WEEK 96 - SAD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 96 - SAD - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 96 - SAD - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 96 - SAD - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 96 - SAD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 96 - SAD - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim 1

WEEK 96 - SAD - STEPHANIE KIM 2
Stephanie Kim 2

WEEK 96 - SAD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 96 - SAD - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 96 - SAD - MICHELLE HAUPT 1
Michelle Haupt 1

WEEK 96 - SAD - MICHELLE HAUPT 2
Michelle Haupt 2

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 97 - THE STREETS
THE STREETS!


THE STREETS! What a great theme! Some of you know about THE STREETS. People like me that grew up indigent know all about THE STREETS. Some of us even know the Rules of THE STREET(S). You open you mouth, you pay the price. But what does this theme mean? It is my call to you to attempt street photography. What is street photography, you may ask… which is good, because I have the answer:

Street photography is a type of photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places. Street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying “unmanipulated” scenes, with usually unaware subjects.”

Well that sounds simple enough. Get in touch with your inner voyeur and hit THE STREETS!

I have a feeling this is going to go well!

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 streeteque Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 92 – NATURE

NATURE really sparked something in a lot of people. I think this is the largest group of submissions we’ve had in weeks! Brooke even rejoined us! Welcome back Brooke!

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


WEEK 92- NATURE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 92- NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 92- NATURE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 92- NATURE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 92- NATURE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 92- NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 92- NATURE - BROOKE MILLIGAN
Brooke Milligan 1

WEEK 92- NATURE - BROOKE MILLIGAN
Brooke Milligan 2

WEEK 92- NATURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 92- NATURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 92 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 92- NATURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 92- NATURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 92- NATURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 92- NATURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 92- NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

What a great week of submission!

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 93 - TIME
TIME!


As it so happens, I’m actually short of TIME to write a description of TIME right now. So the short, short version is that the idea of TIME is to capture a moment or moments in TIME. This should be done with either an extremely short or a long exposure. However, there are obviously other ways to define TIME. Some people think that TIME doesn’t even exist. Feel free to use any definition of TIME that works for you.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see your interpretations of TIME!


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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 MISSION DIVISION

For those of you that are observant of my schedule, I will be in Saint Paul on a mission trip next Monday. That doesn’t change the schedule of events. The deadline for inclusion of your submission will still be 11 AM on Monday. At 12:01, next week’s theme will be revealed. I won’t have much access to my email until I return to the Cyclone State on Friday, therefore I won’t reveal the submission until I return or until I feel that I have adequately recovered physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

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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 timely Monday or whenever I release the submissions!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 90 – PURPLE

This week I had a technology snafu, so if you emailed in a picture before the 11 AM deadline and don’t see it posted, just email it to me again and I’ll get it up. Late, but I’ll get it up.

But you didn’t come here to talk all tommyrot about technology and snafus. You just want to see the submission for PURPLE:


WEEK 90 - PURPLE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - LINDA BENNETT 2
Linda Bennett 2

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 91 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT!

PORTRAIT! What a great theme! I think everybody knows what a PORTRAIT is, but don’t think that you have to make this a formal portrait. A group of people awkwardly posed in front of some scene from nature. You CAN do that, but you don’t have to do that. Candids work great as well! Don’t think that a PORTRAIT has to be of a human subject. Animals make great portraits. So do inanimate objects. Don’t think that a PORTRAIT has to be of a face. Think creatively and feel free to define the theme any way 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.

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 portraity Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 87 – GLITTERY

It was a pretty solid week of submission for GLITTERY. Can’t complain. Wouldn’t even if I knew how.

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


WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 87 - GLITTERY - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 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 88 - AMERICANA
AMERICANA

AMERICANA! What a great theme! But what is AMERICANA. Basically, AMERICANA is/be/are things associated with the culture and history of America, especially the United States. Many things can fall under AMERICANA. Paintings, prints and drawings, license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapsons, flags, plaques and statues.. Nostalgia often plays into AMERICANA.

Basically anything that screams AMERICA to you. From small town festivals to the local VFW. Have at it. Remember, you can define the theme anyway that you see fit. Just get out there and take some photos!

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 American Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 85 – HIGH PERSPECTIVE

It was cold and rainy in central Iowa this week. It was a tough week to get out there and get this challenge done. However, several people were able to pull it off. Kudos to them for getting a HIGH PERSPECTIVE!

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


WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

Although no dudes participated this week. Where are all my dudes at? Bill? Micky? Vest? Dustin? Jesse? Dude who has yet to participate but secretly wants to participate?

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 86 - WEATHER
WEATHER!

WEATHER! What a great theme! A WEATHER picture could be anything weather related. The wind blowing on a tree. A cloud in the sky. A water puddle. A thermometer. A rain gauge. A weather vane. You’ll figure it out!

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

It also be noted that if you have suggestions for the next 52 themes, you’re best to start leaving your suggestions in the comments section of this here blog.

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

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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 weathered Monday!

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!

The Birthday Party of Fate (Roundup)

I’ve thanked all these people in person, but I’d like to publicly thank everybody that helped out in some either small or big way with my birthday party on Saturday.

Big shout out to Scott for making tons of delicious mouth watering chicken and jalapeno cream corn. I only wish I would have had time to help do more than just brine the chicken. If I am so inclined to do this again next year and you are so inclined to help with the food next year, I will have to schedule this so I can be more hands on with the process. I may have been The Master, but Scott was undeniably the Smoker Master. I just can’t overstate how amazing the chicken was people.

Much love to Scott’s (better-other-less high maintenance) half for making the Pick and Pluck. If I would’ve thought of it, I would’ve bought several gallons of ice cold chocolate milk to knock down while setting up shop on that thing.

Thanks to Logan and Corinna for holding down the grill and making an assortment of hot dogs and sausages to compliment the mouth watering chicken. I don’t really have any photos of the event, perhaps next year I can talk him/them into doing some candid photography for the party.

I’m always able to count on Dae Hee when I need some assistance. He came over and helped put up the canopies for the outdoor dining area, the tent for an additional child area, moved all the chairs from the basement to the outdoors, and watched 2 hours of GAME OF THRONES. A pretty solid effort!

Thanks to Jason for loaning me his Cornhole set.

Thanks to Shannon for loaning me her canopies, although I’m still unclear where one gets tailgating tents that don’t have Iowa State colors. Or why a person would even want such a thing.

Thanks to Jesse for laminating the beverage identification signs.

Thanks to Teresa for helping out in various tasks before the party started.

Thanks to my Mom for making a copious amount of side dishes and desserts. Nobody went home hungry. That is for sure.

Finally, thanks to everybody that took time out of their lives to come visit me:


Teresa
Brandon
Logan & Corinna
Aunt Linda
Kio
Steph, Katie, Jeff, & Yin
Carla, Jason, Alexis, and Johnathan
Mom
Scott, Melissa, Austin, and Porter
Steve
Dawn, Kevin, Scott, and Kayelee
Jen, Derrick, Evie, and Layla
Sara, Shawn, and Gretchen
Jesse, Kelly, Kalista, Saydie, and Taylan
Willy
Dan and Angie
Suzie
Monica and Jeff
Bethany, Dae Hee, and Nora
Jason, Will, Ben, and Nader
Andree
Anders & Nicholas
Shannon and Jason
Geri
Michelle, Craig, and Lily
Kim and Kevin

A special thanks to Dae Hee, Bethany, and Nora who came from Minnesota. Aunt Linda who came from Kansas. Stephanie who came all the way from Brooklyn. I guess I’m morally obligated to visit her in October now. Right?

Since I think that this party was a success on some level, I am tentatively planning on doing it again next year. Tentatively thinking about some time on Memorial Day Weekend next year. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles.

Now to the less than stellar news…

The Photo Booth was a success, but far from perfect. It turns out that the photo booth program I used has a painful little quirk. If the “Finish” button wasn’t pushed at the conclusion of the photo session, the program timed out and didn’t save the photo strip! The good news is that it did save the original images. The bad news is that there will be a night in my future where I’ll be piecing together photo strips from saved images. Yeah me!

For that reason, I did load up all the images into the party gallery. Not just the “finished” photo strips.

To see those images, click on the link below… (You can also download them by clicking on the down arrow icon.)

MANOS & PHOTOBOOTH IMAGES

However, thought I would share a few of them here as well:








































But the good news is that I now have a thousand different ways to improve the photo booth for next year. Tentatively.