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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 91 – PORTRAIT

A good solid set of submissions for PORTRAIT as we head down the homestretch of this year’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 1
BILL WENTWORTH 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 2
BILL WENTWORTH 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
STEPHANIE KIM


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT -
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
CARLA STENSLAND 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 2
CARLA STENSLAND 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 1
MIKE VEST 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
MIKE VEST 2


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 92 - NATURE
NATURE!


NATURE! What a great theme! I know getting out in NATURE might be outside of the comfort zone of some people, but trust me. It isn’t scary out there. Unless you go out to your favorite State Park and it is lousy with a bunch of posers. Only showing up when the weather is nice. Taking up space and getting in the way. But I don’t talk from personal experience. Lousy stinking posers!

But I digress. There is NATURE everywhere. Even people living in cities, have access to NATURE. That being said, there is more than one definition of NATURE. I’d tell you another one, but I bet you own a dictionary. If you don’t, they sell them at book stores. Field trip!

Good luck! I can’t wait to see the NATURE 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 natural Monday!

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!

Happy Birthday to…

One of the smartest and most talented and most interesting people I know!


2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth
Happy birthday Steph!

For those of you who don’t have the good fortune to know Stephanie, she is in the bunny glasses.

Unrelated, for some reason Michelle from day job made this video. Enjoy:




As always, if you are an email subscriber to this here blog, you will have to go to the website to watch the video. It is 16 seconds long and it is glorious!

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

We are proud to announce that Glenn and Tamara Peterson are the latest people to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. Glenn and Tamara are food aficionados and have lead me straight to many a wonderful dining experience. They go to my church and are selfless in their devotion. In short, they are two of the best people that I know. If you see them out and about walking the mean streets of Boone, feel free to give them a knowing look and show them the super-secret Photography 139 Handshake.

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!

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.

March

Now would be a good time to check in on the Selfie Project. I’ve attempted and failed at this project 3 times now. The farthest I’ve ever made it is 116 days. I feel like this just might be the year.

Here are some of my favorites from March:


Selfie Project - March 1
March 1

Selfie Project - March 4
March 4

Selfie Project - March 5
March 5

Selfie Project - March 7
March 7

Selfie Project - March 8
March 8

Selfie Project - March 9
March 9

Selfie Project - March 11
March 11

Selfie Project - March 12
March 12

Selfie Project - March 13
March 13

Selfie Project - March 15
March 15

Selfie Project - March 21
March 21

Selfie Project - March 22
March 22

Selfie Project - March 24
March 24

Selfie Project - March 27
March 27

Selfie Project - March 28
March 28

I do post these daily on Instagram. You can follow me here: @christopherdbennett

Li’l JT Sr.

A few weeks back Micky and I hopped in his wife car and traveled to exotic North Ankeny to visit Michelle, Craig, Lily, and the newest addition to their family… Levi.

I didn’t actually getting any pictures of Levi, but here are some pictures of Lily:


Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

I have to give Micky some props. It was amazing how quickly Lily warmed up to him. He is the toddler whisperer. A skill that will no doubt come in handy on our future snake hunting adventures.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 81 – FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAIT is challenging, but still, a handful of hearty photographers gave it a whirl. But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about heart. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SUZANNE BRANNEN
Suzanne Brannen

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 82 - ANGRY
ANGRY!

ANGRY seems like a pretty straight forward easy theme. It should be easy to find somebody you know that is ANGRY. Or something that makes you ANGRY.

Personally, I’m somebody that people rarely see ANGRY, but I’m told I have a “look” when I’m ANGRY. I assume that this look is what I captured in the reveal photo above.

So get out there and get in touch with your inner Hulk. Incredible, or otherwise.

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.

MESSAGE FROM THE ROUNDBALL ORACLES DIVISION

Tonight is the national title game and there are two people still alive in the pursuit to have their name put on the List of Immortals, next to other basketball greats like Running Wolf and that missionary guy from Taiwan.

Here is what you need to know to base your rooting interests tonight:

IF North Carolina (a fine academic institution COUGH! COUGH!) wins, Paul Golden is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!
IF Gonzaga (a school that nearly closed in the 90s) wins, Andree Jauhari is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!

I know who I’m rooting to win. (Hint: It involves which one it will cost me the least amount of money to ship the trophy to…)

Good luck gentlemen!

On the other side of the coin. Congratulations (I think) go out to Shannon Bardole (for the moment) for winning this year’s The Sara! The trophy awarded to last place adult that tried really, really hard. She edged out Jill Gorshe, Corey Faust (all that hockey must be going to his brain), and Laura Miller. Laura was close to clinching a repeat. However, South Carolina’s Final Four run gave her just enough points to best Shannon, Jill, and Faust in the final standings. Well played Laura!

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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 angry Monday!

Roundball Oracles – Year 13

Once again, the Madness is upon us. It is time to put your basketball knowledge to the test and try to take your place upon the list of immortals.

If you are interested in joining this year’s pool. Contact me via email at bennett@photography139.com.

Once again this year, there is no fee.

The champion will win The Roundball Oracles Trophy.

The last place adult (that gave full effort) will receive the Sara Lockner Good Effort Trophy. Affectionately known as “The Sara”.

League rules and past champs below.

Rules

First Round: The weight for each correct pick is 1. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Second Round: The weight for each correct pick is 2. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Sweet 16: The weight for each correct pick is 4. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Elite : The weight for each correct pick is 8. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total.
Final Four: The weight for each correct pick is 16. There is no bonus applied.
Championship: The weight for each correct pick is 32. There is no bonus applied.

Tiebreaker: The total score of the Championship game.

Past Roundball Oracle Champions (The List of Immortals):

2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

Past Sara Lockner Good Effort Recipients:

2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

If you think you should’ve received an email invite by now, but haven’t let me know.

Can’t remember how you placed last year? I feel you… Look below…

2016 Standings

1. Michelle Haupt 275
2. Sean Clubine 270
3. sara lockner 259
4. Yours Truly 255
5. Micky Augustin 245
6. Angie DeWaard 241
7. Jackson Faust 241
8. Derek Dohrman 237
9. Frank Meiners 233
10. Toby Sebring 230
11, Lowell Davis 230
12, Mark Wolfram 228
13. Jason Baier 227
14. Corey Faust 221
15. Paul Golden 220
16. Wily McAlpine 218
17. Jordan Toot 217
18. Jesse Howard 216
19. Shannon Bardole 215
20. Benjamin Baier 214
21. Liz Nordeen 214
21. Jill Gorshe 214
23. Jon DeWaard 207
24. JJ Baier 204
25. Dawn Krause 203
26. Nader Parsaei 202
27, Brandon Kahler 201
28. Carrie Baier 197
29. Jorge Rios 197
30. shawn lockner 194
31. Jen Gorshe 193
32. Derrick Gorshe 193
33. Andree Jauhari 193
34. tim peterson 192
35. Bill Wentworth 183
36. Olivia Baier 180
37. Russ Kennerly 180
38. Carla Stensland 175
39. William Baier 170
40. Rachel Johnson 167
41. Robert Henning 162
42. Joe Lynch 156
43. Laura Priest 152

I can’t wait until Thursday. It is like Christmas and Easter and my birthday and that holiday you use an excuse to day drink all wrapped into one around the Bennett Homestead AKA The Photography 139 Studio AKA The Union Street Theater.

Good luck everybody and of course… GO CYCLONES!!!