Category Archives: Gretchen

Organized Lightning

Way back in August I was invited out to the Junck farm to play with his drone. That was the moment I officially got drone fever.

I played with the drone for at least 45 minutes. I would share some pictures from that experience, but I have yet to see them. That is how the drone crashes.

Steve was in town helping his parents with an electric car tour. The tour culminated with a car show at the Junck farm.

Here are some pictures from that event:


Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Junck Electric Car Show

Speaking of Drone Fever, here is where I currently stand on the goals I need to accomplish to pulling the trigger on that drone:

1. Pay off car.
2. Bank fraud refund.
3. New rear brakes.
4. Big 12 Championship Game Trip
5. Remaining Self-Directed Training Budget – $355.20
6. 2019 Calendars
7. Iowa State Bowl Trip
8. Subscribe to Des Moines Register
9. Hope to not get screwed over by the GOP Tax Scam.
10. DJI Mavic Pro 2
11. Sony RX0
12. Sony Alpah a7II

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 118

It is your weekly reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is CANDID PORTRAIT.

A great theme! One of the best ever! But what is a CANDID PORTRAIT? A CANDID PORTRAIT is a portrait where the subject isn’t posed. They probably don’t even know that they are being photographed.


WEEK 155 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT


Happy photo harvesting!

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A few weeks back at FNSC Jay stopped by to enjoy the firetub. I found it a perfect time to knock out Page 118 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 118
Page 118 – Sit opposite someone for two hours. Chat, have a cuppa, but only take pictures when you see something revealing.

Let’s face it. My friends aren’t the sit and “have a cuppa” type of people. But we do like fire. Almost to a fault. But we don’t want to talk about that.

Only one picture can be physically adhered into the physical THE PHOTO JOURNAL. However, I did take a couple more Page 118 photos I think are worth sharing:


Page 118 - Reject

Page 118 - Reject

Page 118 - Reject

Page 118 - Reject

I got at least 4 more pages for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT shot as well. Just got to get them to the editing hole!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 154 – COMPETITION

COMPETITION wasn’t an extremely popular theme, even in this non-competitive WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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


WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 154 - BECKY PARMELEE - COMPETITION
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 154 - COMPETITION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 154- COMPETITION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 154- COMPETITION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

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 155 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT!


CANDID PORTRAIT! What a great theme! What does it mean? A candid portrait is one where the subject is unaware that a photo has been taken. The idea of a candid portrait is to capture people acting naturally. They should be unaware they are being photographed, as their behavior often changes once they become aware of the camera.

Remember! Next Monday is Labor Day. While the bank, your job, and the government might take that day off, Photography 139 does not! Plan on submitting your photo accordingly. No rest for the wicked! Money don’t grow on trees. I got bills to pay. I got mouths to feed. There ain’t nothing in this world for free. Oh no, I can’t slow down. I can’t hold back. Though you know, I wish I could. Oh no, there ain’t no rest for the wicked.

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 due date. 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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 candid Monday.

The Juncks Vol. 2

Time to hit up that 2016 backlog again.

Back in July of 2016 I went out to the Junck farm to do a family portrait shoot for the Juncks. It was so long ago that Maven wasn’t even in the picture yet. She’s definitely in the picture now though!

Here is the balance of the Junck photos:


Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

Junck Family Portrait - 2016

For those of you that have missed Saydie Sundays are in luck. Saydie will return next Sunday!

The Juncks – Vol. 1

REMINDER

It is once again time for me (and by me, I mean you guys) to pick out my photos to enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Once again, I am going to leave it up to a popular vote.

The Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest allows you to enter up to 6 photos.

There are 4 Categories:

1. Nature
2. Photojournalism
3. Photoshop Enhanced
4. Hidden Treasures of Boone County.

I have selected 60 images for you to consider. To simplify things, I have split the 60 photos into 6 sets of 10. If you wish to exercise your enfranchisement, clicking on the link below will take you to Poll #1. Vote for one of those pictures and then move onto the next poll, until you have voted in all six polls.

The winner of EACH poll will be entered into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Click on the link below to start voting:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominees

Voting will end at midnight, August 8.

As of this writing, if the polls closed, there would need to be a run-off election in the categories of Photoshop and Photojournalism.

The other 4 entries would be:


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

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Hitting that 2016 backlog again. Just a few more Sundays and I’ll have all of the 2016 backlog knocked out. Definitely before 2019!

Here we check in on a portrait session I did with the Juncks. You can tell that it is old because there is no Maven!


The Juncks - 2016

The Juncks - 2016

The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


The Juncks - 2016


You think working with toddlers is hard work… try getting David Junck to look at the camera!!

There is one more collection of pictures from this photo shoot on the way. Don’t worry, there is plenty more of Gretchen being adorable coming your way!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 95

“Up next, we have a little dedication here. This journal entry is dedicated to all the player hating people that won’t let a little gangsta shine.”
-Uncle Chris

Niece Alert!

4 non-biological nieces in this post!

Page 95 for the PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT was one of the pages that I was most worried about being able to complete. It involves going to a party. When your the True Lone Wolf, you don’t get involved to many parties. The ones I do get invited to involved 1 to 3 year olds. At that point, I usually stop getting invited. Probably because I give books as gifts.

However, I was recently invited to Maven’s birthday party and I grabbed Sara’s camera, actually ripped it right out of her brother Steve’s hands and took a few pictures of some hardcore pinata action.

This is the picture that will be physically adhered into the Photo Journal:


Photo Journal - Page 95
Use flash to capture the energy of a party.

Here are a few others that I considered, but much like the Highlander, there can be only one!


Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

Page 95 - Reject

I think I ultimately picked the picture of Layla because of Evie’s reaction behind her.

Thanks to Shawn for uploading these pictures to me. You are a scholar and tech savvy. Also, possibly a gentleman.

I need to get back to hitting THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT hard. I’ve only completed slightly over 30 of these pages. I already bought a similar book to do when I finish.

If you ever want to see the physical Photo Journal, it is housed at The Photography 139 Studio under lock and key. Guarded by a vicious guard dog. It can be seen by appointment only. So make an appointment.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is FACELESS PORTRAIT:



FACELESS PORTRAIT


A FACELESS PORTRAIT is any portrait that doesn’t include the face. It could show any body part, just not the face. It doesn’t necessarily even have to include your subject. It could just include an environment that is uniquely the subjects.

Happy photo harvesting!

Happy Anniversary Juncks!

As you become aged, you get invited to less and less parties. I think I was invited to 3 toddler birthday parties and 1 anniversary party last year. I think that was it. My entire social calendar for 2017.

The anniversary party was for the parents of Sara and Steven Junck. I love visiting the Junck farm and snapped a couple of pictures while I was there:


Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

Junck Anniversary Party

I think I could spend days photographing the Junck farm and never get bored with it. But I only took a few pictures, cause I was partying it up! Actually I believe this was the day after I returned from the Mission Trip, so I was mostly ready to nap it up!

Selfie Project – June

Here we are in August and I haven’t checked back into THE SELFIE PROJECT for the month of June. Here are some of favorites from June:


June 2, 2017
June 2

June 5, 2017
June 5

June 8, 2017
June 8

June 9, 2017
June 9

June 10, 2017
June 10

June 11, 2017
June 11

June 13, 2017
June 13

June 15, 2017
June 15

June 16, 2017
June 16

June 17, 2017
June 17

June 18, 2017
June 18

June 20, 2017
June 20

June 23, 2017
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June 24, 2017
June 24

June 25, 2017
June 25

June 26, 2017
June 26

June 27, 2017
June 27

June 28, 2017
June 28

June 29, 2017
June 29

June 30, 2017
June 30

One side effect of THE SELFIE PROJECT I wasn’t expecting is that there are times when I think that might life is boring and I don’t do all that much. Then I look back at these pictures and I can see that I DO get out of the office or off the couch every now and again.

If you want to see all THE SELFIE PROJECT images, you can go here:

SELFIE PROJECT – 2017


And of course, you can stay current on THE SELFIE PROJECT by following me on the Instagram:

@christopherdbennett

I hope my July ended up being as good/great as my June!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 95 – FLOWER

There was a virtual outburst of participation this week! FLOWER was a very popular theme!

But you didn’t come here to talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you came to see the submissions. Here they be:


WEEK 95 - FLOWER - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CATHIE RALEY 3
Cathie Raley 3

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER 3
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim 1

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - STEPHANIE KIM 2
Stephanie Kim 2

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augustin 2

WEEK 95 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 96 - SAD
SAD!


SAD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to define SAD. It is an emotional state that almost everybody knows. Especially with the current state of the world. But SAD isn’t only an emotion, it can also be a description of something. Person X’s taste in music is SAD. The fact that they keep making FAST & FURIOUS movies is SAD.

As always, feel free to define the theme as you see fit.

I’m already not SAD anticipating all the different 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.

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 sad 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.