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Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 122 – High Perspective

I usually start this blog post with a statement on how participation rates went this week, but this week I’m going to start the week differently.

A recent subscriber and often contributor to the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Tamara Peterson’s husband Glenn recently got a tough diagnosis and they have a long fight ahead of them. They are legitimately 2 of the best people I have ever known. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Thoughts are good. Prayers are better.

Also, Jesse’s Dad has been going through some complications with his cancer treatments lately as well. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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Looks like HIGH PERSPECTIVE was not a super popular theme, but that is okay because we have a submission from Andy Sharp. His first submission!

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


Week 122 - High Perspective - Sarah Karber
Sarah Karber

Week 122 - High Perspective - Tamara Peterson
Tamara Peterson

Week 122 - High Perspective - Christopher D. Bennett
Christopher D. Bennett

Week 122 - High Perspective - Andy Sharp
Andy Sharp

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 122 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole-Foley

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 123 - FOOD
FOOD!


FOOD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain FOOD to you. Hopefully, all of you put enough of it in your mouth every day. If not, I know some people that can help you out.

As always, I’m interested in 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 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

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 foodie Monday!

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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – WEATHER

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


WEEK 115 - WEATHER
WEATHER!


WEATHER! What a great theme! I could explain to you what a WEATHER photo might look like, but instead, why not show you some examples?!?!


WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - SARAH KARBER 2
Sarah Karber

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 3
Micky Augustin

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

Those examples ought to get your heart pumping!

Happy photo harvesting!

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.

Photo of the Day 0003 - May 5, 2014
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.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 111 – LANDSCAPE

Usually when I start this weekly post with something about participation rates being kind of lax this week my email inbox suddenly gets several submissions. Not this week. LANDSCAPE didn’t ring the bell for many people. Maybe it was the cold weather this week. Maybe it was the excitement of Manafort Day! I don’t know, but there weren’t many LANDSCAPE submissions.

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


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - MIKE VEST
MIKE VEST


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - JORGE RIOS
JORGE RIOS


A solid week of submissions! Though they be small, they be mighty!

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 112 - FRAMED
FRAMED!


FRAMED! What a great theme! But what does it mean? A FRAMED photo should have its main subject matter boxed in by what we’ll call negative space. What is around the subject should make a frame for the subject. For example, a frame makes a great frame. A window makes a great frame.

Of course, that isn’t the only definition of FRAMED.

However, use your imagination and define the theme anyway you see fit.

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 framed Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 109 – MACRO

MACRO might be the most technically difficult theme on the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Despite that, several people buckled up and gave it a spin!

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


WEEK 108 - MACRO - SHERI FARKHOURI
Sheri Farkhouri

WEEK 108 - MACRO - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 108 - MACRO - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 108 - MACRO - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 108 - MACRO - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 108 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 108 - MACRO - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 109 - MACRO - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

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 109 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION!


REFLECTION! What a great theme!!! Also, I don’t think it requires much of an explanation. Some surfaces show back what is looking at them. Mirrors for example. Water. Mylar. Of course their is more than one definition of REFLECTION. So interpret the theme as you see fit.

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 reflective Monday!

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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 106 – NATURE

I’m back from South Dakota, so it is time to reveal last week’s submissions for NATURE:


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
ANGIE DEWAARD 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
ANGIE DEWAARD 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 1
CATHIE RALEY 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - JOE DUFF
JOE DUFF


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 2
CATHIE RALEY 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE
SHANNON BARDOLE


WEEK 106 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
ELIZABETH NORDEEN


NATURE is always one of my favorite week’s of SUBMISSIONS. Hoping WHITE is just as good!

The Only Thing I Fear is the IRS and God

Looking for a chance to give to a good cause and eat completely edible food? Then do I have an opportunity for you!

Next Wednesday (October 4, 2017) the Boone First United Methodist Church Youth Group will be having a fundraiser to help pay for their mission trip to a yet to be determined location!

Just come out to the Boone Pizza Ranch between 5-8 and bring one of the slips below:


Tip Night

For every one of these we get turned in, we will get $2 towards our Mission Trip. Plus, there will be tip jars all around the Pizza Ranch where you can give a donation to help the cause.

What would you be helping to support? Take a look at the pictures below from past mission trips:


Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 1

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 2

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

So please come out to Pizza Ranch next Wednesday and help support great kids doing great work!