Category Archives: Dawn

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.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 107 – WHITE

Another week of good submissions for this week’s theme of WHITE.

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


WEEK 107 - WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 107 - WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 107 - WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri

WEEK 107 - WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 107 - WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri

WEEK 107 - WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri

WEEK 107 - WHITE - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 107 - WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON 1
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 107 - WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON 2
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 107 - WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 107 - WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley

WEEK 107 - WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley

WEEK 107 - WHITE - 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 108 - ART
ART!


ART! What a great theme! I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it! Get out there and make some ART!

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 artistic Monday!

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest – 2017

It is the time where I reveal what photos I entered into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, but first the good news and the “bad” news.

The good news is that my sister Carla cleaned up at the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. She got 1st Place in Hidden Treasures of Boone County and Second Place for Photojournalism.

The “bad” news is that the 6 photos I entered got no love from the judge or judges. I really have no clue how they pick the awards. But I put “bad” in quotes because if I could choose to get no awards, that is exactly what I would choose. Plus, I’m super excited about Carla’s awards! Pretty sweet!

If I can get Carla to email me her submissions, I’ll post those at a later date. Like the day that she emails them to me.

Hopefully Teresa will enter some photos next year too!

Any way, you may recall that I had 6 people choose my 6 submission based on who left comments on an Instagram post. Here are those 6 submissions and the people that selected them:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Dawn Krause

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Laura Miller

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Amber Moore

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Michelle Haupt

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Micky Augustin

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Jim Robbins

If you would like to see the pool of photos that they had to choose from, click on the link below:

2017 Pufferbilly Days Submission Pool

If you are wondering what was selected to the submission pool here are the requirements:

1. Have never been entered into another photo contest (i.e. Iowa State Fair, Boone County Fair)
2. They had to fit into 1 of the 4 categories: Nature, Photojournalism, Photoshop, or Hidden Treasures of Boone County)
3. I had to like them, sorta.

I’ll add that this is the photo that wasn’t entered, but was chosen by Selector-Alternate Sara Lockner:


#40

I believe that is probably it for photo contests for 2017. As things now, I will probably remain unretired from Photo Contests in 2018. See you then.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 103 – RUINS

This week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE took the typical holiday in participation. That is to be expected. What wasn’t to be expected was that there was a first time participant. Joe Duff submitted his first ever (and hopefully not last) submission. He managed to do it while being in the heart of Hurricane Harvey. So I guess whatever excuse you were going to give me about not being able to take a picture this week seems a little bit lame right about now. Doesn’t it.

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 103 - RUINS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 03 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 03 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 03 - RUINS - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 03 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 103 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE 1
Dawn Krause 1

WEEK 103 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE 2
Dawn Krause 2

WEEK 103 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

While there weren’t many submissions this week, they were solid 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 104 - LOW PERSPECTIVE
LOW PERSPECTIVE


LOW PERSPECTIVE! What a great theme! What is LOW PERSPECTIVE? It is simple. You just have to get low to the ground. Think of what the world must look like to one of nature’s noblest of creatures, the rat, then photograph that view.

As always, 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 LOW Monday!

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 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!

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
– No photos like the ones below







2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 77 – ANIMAL

There seems to be a very strong recurring theme in the majority of this week’s submissions for ANIMAL. I didn’t get the weekly reminder out this week because I was sick most of last week and sickness always turns into laziness for me.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about trends. You just want to see the submissions:


WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - DAWN KRAUSE 1
Dawn Krause 1

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - DAWN KRAUSE 2
Dawn Krause 2

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 77 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

I might have to make a no cat rule for next cycle’s ANIMAL theme.

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 78 - SILHOUETTE
SILHOUETTE!

But what is a SILHOUETTE! How about this definition:

the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light.

Seems like a solid definition to me. You might not need to worry about the dim light part so much. It would help, but definitely backlight something, so you can only see the outline of your subject. Should be interesting! Good luck!

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 shadowy Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 76 – GOVERNMENT

GOVERNMENT didn’t really ring a lot of people’s bells, which means it will definitely be back on the menu for the next set of themes. Why? I’m not a quitter. However, we are nearing the halfway point of the second set of themes since we rebooted the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT and rebranded it the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Therefore, over the next few weeks, in the COMMENTS section of this here blog, leave your ideas for themes for the next 52 weeks.

But you didn’t come here to talk all tommyrot about theme selections. You came here to see the submissions…


WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stehanie Kim

WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 76 - GOVERNMENT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

What there lacks for quantity, it makes up for in quality! 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 77 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL!

I don’t think I need to define ANIMAL. Many of you have one of two or ten or fifty living with you. Many of you are raising a few. Some of you go out on Friday nights with one. Everybody knows where a park is or even has access to a window. Should be a good easy week, filled with submissions.

For those of you that wish to book Naima for you photo, her sitting fee is $150/hr.

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 animalistic Monday!