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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!

Manger Things

I don’t usually explain the titles of the entries in The Artist’s Notebook, but I’m going to explain this one.

Last night as I was restlessly watching a DVRed copy of THE HUNT FOR THE ZODIAC KILLER and thinking about general events of the day, I played a snap from Alisa from her church’s youth group. The theme from their current sermon series is “Manger Things”.

A reference to the Netflix hit (and second best show on television) STRANGER THINGS.

I thought that was a clever idea and I’m curious how it is. Often times when Christians try to appropriate pop culture it comes off like this:




I’m hoping it is actually pretty cool, but I guess I’ll just never know.

On Sunday, following the soup supper my church (Boone First United Methodist Church represent!) did its own version of MANGER THINGS. Here are a few images:


2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

2017 Boone FUMC Christmas Play

Solid work from everybody involved! I think it was one of my favorite Christmas plays we’ve done to date!

#Methodists2Houston

I wanted to start today’s entry into An Artist’s Notebook by thanking Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile to the Senate.

Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile to the Senate.
Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile that thinks that homosexuality should be a crime and compared it to bestiality to the Senate.
Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile that thinks that homosexuality should be a crime and compared it to bestiality and thinks that we should get rid of the amendments that freed the slaves, gave African-Americans the right to vote, gave women the right to vote, and outlaws voter suppression via taxes.
Thank you Alabama!

Now to the meat of this entry. On Sunday night we had our annual Christmas Play at the church. Before the play the youth group hosted a soup supper as a fundraiser for the mission trip to Houston. Here are a few photos from that event:


Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Thank you to everybody that came out and supported the youth group mission trip and donated the fat stacks of cash!

You Ain’t Ever Been on My Level, I Gotta Part ‘Em Out the Way

On Monday the world wasn’t ready for these WATER images. Not sure the world is ready for them yet. I can’t hold them back any longer:


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All of these pictures were taken near the Des Moines River in Ledges State Park.

Before I allow you to go, I also need to publish a picture from Kim Barker. She submitted her picture by the 11 AM deadline, but through a comedy of errors, I missed it and didn’t get it published on Monday. Here is Kim’s WATER picture:


WEEK 117 - WATER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

A pox upon me for a clumsy lout.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 117 – WATER

WATER. That was the theme. Here are the submissions:


WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 117 - WATER - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

WEEK 117 - WATER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 117 - WATER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 117 - WATER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

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 118 - FLOWERS
FLOWERS

FLOWERS! What a great theme! A tough one to handle in the final days of fall, but not impossible. There are flower shops. Fake flowers. Poinsettias. Heck! If anything, this theme is TOO easy!

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

Ring the bell! There is a newest member of the ultra exclusive PHOTOGRAPHY 139 EMAIL SUBSCRIBER CLUB! Say hello to Frank Meiners! I’ve known Frank going on 13 years. His server was actually the original host for this here website. The only other thing you need to know about me and Frank is that we are champions. Together.

So if you see Frank walking the mean streets of Ames, feel free to give him a knowing look and teach him the super-secret Photography 139 handshake!

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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 flowery Monday!

Let’s Party

Don’t know that there is anything particularly special in these images from Iowa State’s Spring Game, but another notch in the back log is another notch in the back log.

Plus after Iowa State’s victory over Iowa on the basketball court last night, I felt like an Iowa State sports type post:


Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

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Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

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Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

Spring Game - 2017

I never would’ve guessed, sitting in Jack Trice Stadium, on that Saturday afternoon, that this Cyclone team would go on to beat 2 Top 5 teams on the way to ending Iowa State’s bowl drought.

I already got my Liberty Bowl tickets ordered. Jesse, Russell, and I are going to Memphis!

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Strap a Grenade to my Head, Pull Out the Pin, My Photography is Mind Blowing, Ain’t Nobody Do It Like I Do It

The world wasn’t ready for these PORTRAIT images on Monday. I’m not sure the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them back any longer:


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Most of these PORTRAITs were taken around the computer mine. Some were taken during communion at my church. Others were taken in my back yard.

You’re welcome world!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 116 – PORTRAIT

The theme PORTRAIT was the least popular theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE in years. A bit surprising because usually I get quite a selection of pictures of children and grandchildren. A little disturbing to me that children have fallen so out of favor with this group of people. But I get it. Children. They are here to replace us. You have to watch them all the time!

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


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

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 117 - WATER
WATER!


WATER! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to define WATER for you. It is literally everywhere. Granted most of it is polluted because one of the ingredients in the recipe to make humans is something like 30% stupidity. Higher in certain parts of the South and Nebraska. However, it is still there. For now!

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 watery Monday!

Selfie Project – November

I don’t know that I did much that was particularly interesting in November, but I do feel like I did get some interesting photos, even though it doesn’t feel like I did that much in November.

Here are my favorites from THE SELFIE PROJECT from the month of November:


November 3, 2017
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November 4, 2017
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November 5, 2017
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November 28, 2017
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November 30, 2017
November 30

There is 1 month and one day left in THE SELFIE PROJECT. I’m sure that my Instagram followers look forward to its conclusion. I don’t know if I will substitute with a different daily project or if I will just take some time to sit under my own vine and fig tree.

If you do want to keep up with THE SELFIE PROJECT on a daily basis and see what other things I Insta, you can follow me under the following handle

@christopherdbennett

You can also see all of THE SELFIE PROJECT images by clicking on the link below:

SELFIE PROJECT – 2017

I’ll try to finish up the last 30 or so THE SELFIE PROJECT images strong! But we’ll see.