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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 84 – TREE

People love TREE! Lots of submissions for TREE!

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You want to see the TREE:


WEEK 84 - TREE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 84 - TREE - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 3
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 84 - TREE - KIM BARKER 4
Kim Barker 4

WEEK 84 - TREE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 84 - TREE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 84 - TREE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 84 - TREE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 84 - TREE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 84 - TREE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 84 - TREE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

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 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE
HIGH PERSPECTIVE

On a personal note, there are many people that think that I have all the themes planned out. I don’t. All the themes are on slips of paper in a blank DVD-R lid on my work desk. Every Monday morning I pull out a new slip and that is how the themes are decided. I do not try to align any theme up with a certain time of year. TREE just happened to coincide with Earth Day. Believe me. If I was lining themes up with holidays or times of year, HIGH PERSPECTIVE would’ve been last week.

What is HIGH PERSPECTIVE? In photographic terms, it is getting high above a subject and photographing it. It doesn’t have to be super high. You don’t have to go to tall building and look down. A few feet above your subject would work. If you want to phone it in. I would urge you to go out and find a cliff or a bridge or a parking ramp or a tall building or a roof top and get a different perspective on the world. Then share it with us.

As always, feel free to define the theme any way you want!

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 high 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 83 – SMOKE

This week’s participants are small in number, but mighty in spirit. But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you just want to see the submissions for SMOKE:


WEEK 83 - SMOKE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 83 - SMOKE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 83 - CARLA STENSLAND - SMOKE
Carla Stensland

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 84 - TREE
TREE!


TREE should be easy enough. Even people that have been tricked into living in big cities have access to a TREE or two. Even if they have to visit them in a museum.

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 arbory Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 82 – ANGRY

I can’t be ANGRY about this week’s participation rates. After all, there was a first time participant in Linda Bennett! Welcome aboard Aunt Linda. I’m expecting big things!

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you want to see the submissions for ANGRY:


WEEK 82 - ANGER - Mike Vest
Mike Vest

WEEK 82 - ANGER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 82 - ANGER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augstin 1

WEEK 82 - ANGER - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 82 - ANGER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 82 - ANGER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 82 - ANGER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 82 - ANGER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 82 - ANGRY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 82 - ANGRY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 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 83 - SMOKE
SMOKE!


This should be an easy enough theme. I don’t know that there are people out there that still SMOKE. At least I don’t think that I know anybody that still SMOKEs. Vaping seems to be the order of the day now. However, cigarettes is the worst way to create smoke any way. Fire that is the best way to create smoke. So, go out there and start a fire and get a quality SMOKE picture.

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 smoky Monday!

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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 79 – ORANGE

A pretty good week of submissions. But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about that. You just want to see the submissions for ORANGE:


WEEK 79 - ORANGE - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 79 - ORANGE - MICHAEL AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 80 - RURAL
RURAL

RURAL! This is a variation of last year’s theme of COUNTRY. So what is RURAL?

adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic:

So get out of the city or find a little bit of RURAL in the city. Good luck! Happy photo harvesting!

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 rural Monday!

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!

Post No. 2500

This blog has hit a milestone. This is the 2500th post since I started “An Artist’s Notebook” on August 9, 2006. A lot of different things have went through these pages over the last 10+ years, but I hope I’ve stayed true to the original vision I laid down in that very first post:

So here is the first journal entry. I felt like having as pretentious sounding name as possible for my journal. I have a few goals about this journal. My main goal is just to actually write in it. My second goal is to be as truthful as possible towards my true thoughts and feelings. I have another journal on another website, but it is really just a collection of sarcastic statements and cheap jabs at open faced sandwiches. This journal is meant to be about what my achievements and failures are in the world of art. What projects I am working on and what I have accomplished and what I have failed to accomplish. What I am photographing and what I am thinking about entering in photo contests. What I am thinking about. It might not always make sense. It might just be things I need to write down because they strike me as poignant or inspirational. This is in a small way an online “idea box”.

I do also have a goal of producing something that makes me worthy of having a pretentious sounding journal title like: “An Artist’s Notebook”.

It is strange to think that one of the things that I was originally committed to was the TRUTH. For many years the “motto” of this blog was “Art is a lie that reveals the truth.” Now we live in a post-truth society. Truth has had a hard time. If Justin Timberlake can bring sexy back. I can bring truth back.

I hope in these last 10+ years I’ve stayed pretentious enough for the title “An Artist’s Notebook”. I’m sure some of you will argue that I have. Those of you that like to push the “elitist” lie.

The first JOURNAL ENTRY would go on to tell a story about Photo Contests:

So last night, I attended the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Reception with Sara. I figured that the two pictures that I had accepted for display would be a picture of Jay entitled “Portrait of a Self Portrait” and a picture of a bullfrog entitled “Kentucky Appetizer”. I didn’t have any real strong images to enter into the contest this year, but I felt that I had some that were good enough to display, but probably not good enough for ribbons. I was correct. Those were the two pictures selected for display. They did not receive ribbons.

So now I turn my attention to the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I wasn’t going to enter this contest because I have been frustrated in the past by the way it is ran. The pictures are never displayed on the day that they are supposed to be displayed. Instead, they might be displayed as late as 48 hours. The second thing about this contest that sticks in my craw is that they don’t put the names of the photographers or of the image up anywhere. Basically, there are a bunch of pictures up and who knows who took them.

I don’t complain because I seek the fame and fortune that comes with having your picture displayed at the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I complain because I would like to know who took some of the other pictures. Sadly, 1 town west the now defunct Ogden Fun Days Photo Contest was ran a million times better.

Jay talked me into entering this year’s contest. I told him that I didn’t like having to put any emotional investment into this contest, when it was so poorly ran.

He said it wouldn’t require any emotional investment. I could just put the pictures I made for the Ogden Fun Days Contest into the Pufferbilly Contest and whatever happens happened.

For better or worse, I’m just not wired in such a manner. There are very few things in my life I can just say “what happens, happens.” Photography certainly isn’t one of them.

He did convince me it was a waste not to enter one of the few contests around here just because it was so poorly ran. So, I am entering. I need to come up with 6 entries by August 31. That is the limit and I do not want to do anything less than the limit. I don’t want to mail it in.

So I started a sentence with the word “so”. How very lazy of me. Hopefully I’ve improved in that vein over the years.

It is interesting that I’ve now semi-retired from Photo Contests. I haven’t entered the Pufferbilly Days Contest in years because it is so terribly, dreadfully run. Last year I didn’t enter the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon for the first time in probably 15 years. I just didn’t have the fire in my belly for it. The Ogden Fun Days Photo Contest folded after 1 year.

I may come out of retirement this year. Even though the Pufferbilly Days Contest, is so terribly, dreadfully, awfully run.

Maybe you are wondering what KENTUCKY APPETIZER looked like. Something like this:



Kentucky Appetizer

That picture of Jay? Use your imagination.

In 2500 posts, this blog has went through 3 different platforms. There have been 2,166 comments left. That makes me kind of sad. But I’m sure I’ve received some feedback via email. I’m hoping.

The most popular post category is:

Flowers – 362 Posts

The people to be referenced in posts the most often:

1. Jesse – 283 Posts
2. Teresa – 244 Posts
3. Shannon – 231 Posts
3. Jay – 231 Posts
5. Derrick – 220 Posts

Thanks to everybody that has given this blog a modicum of success through 2500 posts. Here is to the next 2500!

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!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 75 – MUSIC

Most people seem to have adjusted to the new way of things. As participation rates didn’t spike, but they also didn’t fall… too far.

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 are the submissions for MUSIC:


WEEK 75 - MUSIC - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - DAWN KRAUSE 1
Dawn Krause 1

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - DAWN KRAUSE 2
Dawn Krause 2

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - DAWN KRAUSE 3
Dawn Krause 3

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - DAWN KRAUSE 4
Dawn Krause 4

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 75 - MUSIC - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

A solid week of submissions! I’m glad so many people have MUSIC and a love of MUSIC in their lives! I weep openly for those of you that don’t.

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 76 - GOVERNMENT
GOVERNMENT!

“Oooh… GOVERNMENT. That sounds hard.” He heard a murmuring across the plains.

But it isn’t. Not at all. If you think about it, the GOVERNMENT is everywhere. I don’t mean that in a Big Brother-the NSA is wiretapping your phones and paying attention to whatever inane meme* you are posting on Facebook this week sort of a way. I mean that it is everywhere. That road you drove to work on today. That is the GOVERNMENT. That public park you went to this weekend. That is the GOVERNMENT. In the military? The United States military is the largest socialist organization in world. It is the GOVERNMENT. Police. GOVERNMENT. Firefighters. GOVERNMENT. Public schools. GOVERNMENT. Public universities. GOVERNMENT. Did you flush your toilet this morning? That stuff went into your city’s water treatment center. GOVERNMENT.

But GOVERNMENT doesn’t just mean your federal, state, county, or local government. That civic organization that you belong to. They have a GOVERNMENT. The youth sports organization altar that you sacrifice coin, happiness, and weekends upon. They have a GOVERNMENT. I’m even the President of a church organization. GOVERNMENT.

Of course, there are the obvious symbols of GOVERNMENT, like courthouses and capitol buildings. But as always, 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.

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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 governed Monday!

*All memes are inane.