Category Archives: Anders

Blessings – 2018

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving! It is the time of year where we are supposed to count our blessings.

I thought I would share a few of my current blessings:


I am blessed with a great family!

























Sympathy - Brandon Kahler

NATE - SYMPATHY

SURPRISE - LAURA MILLER

Bethany - Boredom

Elainie - Boredom

Fear - Alexis

Anger - Johnathan

Sadness - Logan

I have plenty of friends that share my love for the Cyclones!



Iowa State 30 #6 West Virginia 14

Liberty Bowl Road Trip



I have a job I don’t hate going to, where I work with several people I don’t want to punch in the face.





Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

Iowa State vs. Texas Tech





I have an amazing church family!

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Pufferbilly Days Float - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Easter - 2018 - Boone FUMC



I have an amazing friends family!



Anders - Fear









Shannon with her

Iowa State Fair - 2018

Maquoketa Caves Road Trip

2009 - Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

I’m blessed to share my life with Naima!







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This is really just a handful of the blessings in my life! But I’m already getting this out late, so I’ll cut if off here. I’ll just end with a passage from a Rob Bell NOOMA video that really spoke to me:

“So the verse in First Timothy, it says command those that are rich to not put their hope in wealth… and then it goes on and it continues… and it says, but to put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

That phrase, a God that richly provides us with everything. All that we have is a gift.

Food. It is a gift.

Clothes. Gift.

Roof. Gift.

That breath you just took. It’s a gift.

Now there are some that will say: No, you don’t understand. I’ve worked for what I have. I deserve it. It is mine. But like it says in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8: You may say to yourself, my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, because it is God that gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

I thank God for the embarrassment of riches in my life!

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By adding these images to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following historical An Artist’s Notebook entry to its original glory:

CARDINAL GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

The pictures of Alexis doing gymnastics was at her gymnastics recital, which is a lot less painful to sit through than a dance recital. Every day of the week and three times on a Sunday.

I don’t believe that those Little White Lye Soap pictures were ever published, but of course, I could be wrong.

Remember you can buy Little White Lye Soap here:

Little White Lye Soap Store

Little White Lye Soap is the only current Christopher D. Bennett endorsed product of any kind on the market. However, I have always meant to formally endorse Franklin Broomworks brooms and this book:

I Cannot, Yet I Must: The True Story of the Best Bad Monster Movie of All Time: Robot Monster

Consider this an endorsement, but not a formal endorsement of both. When I get back to the formal endorsement game, I will formally endorse both.

Next time we take a walk down the lane of memories it will involve worms, flowers, painting, and old cohorts from my time with the Evil Clown Empire.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 29

In early December I made a trip down to Des Moines with Anders to see THE DISASTER ARTIST. Before the movie we supped at the Jordan Creek Zombie Burger. I took the following picture for Page 29 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 29
Imagine you’re Elvis. What was your final photograph?

The burger is the Undead Elvis. It has peanut butter, fried bananas, bacon, American cheese, egg, and mayo on it. It is a delicious mess.

I took the original photo with a DSLR and then put it into a template to make it look like it was an Instagram post.

I downloaded the template from here:

Instagram Photoshop Template

I haven’t been tackling much of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT lately, so I’m not sure which page we will visit next time we visit it.

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.

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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.

Union Street Theater Movie Club

Announcing and inviting you to a new Club. The Union Street Theater Movie Club!

What is the Union Street Theater Movie Club?

Great question! Take a look at this picture:


Movie Club

That doesn’t answer the question?

1 Sunday a month a few of us have been gathering in the Union Street Theater (AKA my basement) one Sunday night a month to watch and discuss movies. We have been pairing a B Movie with a classic, great, or historically significant movie.

These are the pairings thus far:

January: BRIDE OF THE GHOULS – FEAR AND DESIRE
February: BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS – FULL METAL JACKET
March: THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN – ALIEN
APRIL: THE ROOM – DR. STRANGELOVE

I know that it has been heavy on Kubrick, but if you are raising that question, you don’t really know me, do you?

Here is what happens at Union Street Theater Movie Club.

6 PM – B movie starts
Following movie, we make popcorn. I will stock and share Pepsi. All other beverages are on you to bring. The theater doesn’t have a fancy popcorn maker yet, but maybe someday we will. No thanks to Dae Hee. I don’t know. Maybe we’ll hold a fundraiser.
After popcorn has been made – Feature Presentation
Stimulating conversation follows the Feature Presentation

I know what you are think, “I’m sold! When is the next Union Street Theater Movie Club? I don’t even care what the movies are!”

Details of the next Union Street Theater Movie Club

DATE: Sunday, May 28, 2017
TIME: 6 PM
PLACE: Union Street Theater AKA my basement right next to the Photography 139 Basement Studio
B MOVIE: SHACK OUT ON 101 (1955)
FEATURE PRESENTATION: ALIENS (1986)

I couldn’t find a trailer for SHACK OUT ON 101, but check out this sweet poster!



“On the Shady Side of the Highway”

Here is the trailer for ALIENS:

“This time it’s war.”


Of course, if you are an email subscriber, you will have to go to the website to see the video.

Let me know if you’re going to show up. Or don’t. I’ll have enough ice cold Pepsi either way.

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!

HDR EFEX PRO 2 BETA

Today we take a look at the second half of the “made to order” HDR EFEX PRO 2 filters.

As a refresher, here is the original image:


Original Image

Here is a look at the filters:


HDR EFEX PRO 2 - BLACK & WHITE ARTISTIC
Black & White Artistic

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DRAMATIC
Dramatic

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - SINISTER
Sinister

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - PALE & STRUCTURED
Pale & Structured

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - GRANNY'S ATTIC
Granny’s Attic

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - END OF THE ROAD
End of the Road

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - INDOOR 1
Indoor 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - INDOOR 2
Indoor 2

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - OUTDOOR 1
Outdoor 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - OUTDOOR 2
Outdoor 2

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - SOFT
Soft

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - VIGNETTED
Vignetted

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - GRADUATED 1
Graduated 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - GRADUATED 2
Graduated 2

Then, of course. If you want, you can play with the numerous options and come up with a creation of your own. Like so…


HDR EFEX PRO 2 - MY CONCOCTION
My Concotion

I am, once again, sorry for the disgusting subject of these photos, but like I wrote, tomorrow will be something fuzzy and cuddly.

We will touch base with the Nik Collection again in the near future.

THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ

QUESTION 19

In youth, my friends and I tried and failed to make 1 horror movie STAYIN’ ALIVE: THE SPORTING twice, an action movie (SWORN TO VENGEANCE), and another horror movie (QUIETUS). However, we did successfully finish a movie starring Jay Janson (as an androgynous ne-er-do-well), Bill Wentworth as his manservant, William McAlpine as a short tempered natural philosopher, Anders Runestad as a hen-pecked husband with a gambling addiction, Corey Faust as an omniscient narrator, and Christopher D. Bennett as a trash talking homophobe, playing a deadly game of RISK. What was the name of this nearly cult classic?

ANSWER: GAMES

BONUS

What was the unfortunate name of the “studio” that produced this film?

ANSWER: CHEESEDICK FILMS

HDR EFEX PRO 2 ALPHA

A month or so ago I wrote about a free Photoshop Plugin from Google called the Nik Plugin Collection. Today I’m going to share some of their default filters.

This post is going to concentrate on the the HDR EFEX PRO 2 tool, which creates HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.

This Plugin can work in two ways. It can either create an HDR Image by merging multiple images or it can do HDR Tone Mapping from a single image and make sort of a faux HDR Image.

Because there are 28 different “ready to go” filters I am splitting this post into 2 different days.

I apologize for the disgusting nature of the base image, but I considered it a good example. I’ll make up for it on Friday by publishing something cute and furry.

Here are the first examples from the HDR EFEX PRO 2:


Original Image
The Original Image

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DEFAULT
Default Filter

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - BALANCED
Balanced

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DEEP 1
Deep 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DEEP 2
Deep 2

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DETAILS 1
Details 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DETAILS 2
Details 2

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - BRIGHT
Bright

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - DARK
Dark

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - B&W REALISTIC
Black and White Realistic

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - STRUCTURIZED 1
Structurized 1

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - STRUCTURIZED 2
Structurized 2

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - SOFT COLORS
Soft Colors

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - TINTED STRUCTURE
Tinted Structure

HDR EFEX PRO 2 - LATE SUMMER
Late Summer

I know. Coca-Cola. Disgusting. On the positive, it is a rusted out, old abandoned Coca-Cola machine. Just like all Coke machines should be.

For the record, I found this one in Strong City, Kansas.

The rest of the filters will be unveiled on the morrow.

THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ

QUESTION 18

What movie was the theme of the birthday party invite for my 30th birthday?

ANSWER: LOGAN’S RUN

BONUS

What two other people were featured in these invites?

ANSWER:
ANDERS RUNESTAD & JESSE HOWARD