Category Archives: Flowers

Season ‘Em, Put ‘Em on a Beat with Me, Then I’m Eating ‘Em

The world wasn’t ready for these MACRO pictures for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on Monday. I’m not sure that the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them back any longer:


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The grand majority of these pictures were taken in my back yard. The first seven were taken at Herman Park. The closed eye is Kim Barker. It was taken behind the building at the Day Job.

11-23-07

The pictures in the folder called 11-23-07 are experimental photography heavy.


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This deleted scene from THE EXORCIST really hits you hard.
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The experimental pictures are images projected onto objects and then photographed again. The ones that are like “hey buddy, you’ve had enough LSD for tonight are being projected into an agitated sink of water. If you look closely, you should be able to pick out where the water is coming from the tap on a couple of them. One is a dryer sheet. The obvious one is obvious.

By bringing these images into the SmugMug Gallery, I was able to restore the following blogs from November 2007:

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CLEARING MY HEAD


Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve a walk around the most beautiful campus in the world!

Yo, Ya Just Get in That, You Get in that Head Space, Ya Know

The general public wasn’t ready for these pictures to be unleashed on Monday for the WHITE theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Not sure they’re ready now, but I can’t hold them back any longer. Here are the alternates for WHTIE:


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Once again, there weren’t many alternates this week. I spent most of my WHITE week doing vacation type stuff. If you’re lucky, I might get into my vacation stuff on Sunday.

All of these pictures were taken in th ebackyard of the Photography 139 Studio.

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:


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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

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Sheri Fakhouri

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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:


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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!

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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!

11-08-07

Some experimental photos of flowers and a picture of guy that’s criminal incompetence endangered and probably cost the lives of at least 200 firefighters on 9/11 and then turned around and exploited their heroism to increase his national standing afterwards. Despite lying to them about the dangers of the air quality at the Ground Zero site. Then some experimental photography.


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Probably thinking about the time he falsely claimed he spent more time at Ground Zero than the workers.

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These pictures allowed me to “restore” this blog:

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Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve more Iowa State football!

A PHOTO JOURNAL – HENRY CARROLL – PAGE 119

Page 119 in THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT probably isn’t one that would appeal to most people. Some people might even call it a hipster page.


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Page 119 – Turn a DSLR into a Pinhole Camera

Some of you might be asking, “What is a pinhole camera?”

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a tiny aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side.

Turning a DSLR into a pinhole camera is done by drilling a small hole into a camera cover. The idea of a pinhole camera is that everything is supposed to be in focus sorta, but it is blurred often because of the long exposure settings.

I didn’t do the best job with making my pinhole camera. My first hole was too big, so I had to make it smaller with electrical tape. I probably should have just bought one.

Here are some of my other pinhole attempts:


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I’m not sure what page is next up for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.

Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope

I probably need to dip back into the backlog if I’m ever going to get caught back up. These pictures were take on July 15, 2016. That year isn’t a typo.


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Both the lilies and the hollyhocks were photographed in my backyard.

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A quick reminder that Boone will be celebrating National Pet Memorial Day today (September 17) at 1 PM. The ceremony will be at the Best Friends Pet Cemetery, which is located a few blocks north of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad on Division Street. Pastor Doug (of Boone First United Methodist fame) will offer a blessing. Refreshments will be served.

Yet Another New Toy

I recently picked up a new set of toys: Extension Tubes.

I don’t have a picture of the tubes themselves, but I do have a collection of pictures from the from the first test run. Have a look:


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I don’t have a picture of the extension tubes, but if you are wondering what it is they do here is a brief explanation.

Extension tubes sit between the rear of the lens and the body of the camera. What they do is reduce the minimum focusing distance of the lens, virtually making any lens a macro lens. Well, any lens with which they are compatible. Which isn’t every lens, by any stretch of the imagination. It is a relatively inexpensive way to play with macro photography without dropping a several Franklins.

It can also be used to turn a macro lens into a super macro lens.

Most of the pictures were taken with a lens that isn’t macro. The flower pictures were taken with a lens that was already macro.

The negative of extension tubes is you lose light (sometimes up to 3 stops) and they severely limit the focal range of your lens. But they sure are fun!

For example, the frog in the frog picture is about the size of a quarter. The pansies are also a little bit bigger than a quarter. More like a 50 cent piece. I’m sure these fun new toys will come in handy in about… oh 4 more weeks! If I was psychic.

Iowa State Fair Photography Salon – 2017

Now that the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon is officially over, I can reveal what picture was accepted for display and what 3 pictures were given the shaft.


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In case you didn’t know, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon is one of the hardest photo competitions in the world. They only accept about 20% of the photos entered. Now you know.

The following pictures did not fare so well. The judges looked them square in the eye and said, “Get out of here kid. You have no future!”


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The next photo contest on the docket is the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Those pictures have been selected by my hearty crew of volunteers and their order has been placed. You can check out those entries on the corner of 8th and Story in downtown Boone starting Thursday, September 7.

Here is a bonus picture:


Sara and Cousin Amy

Sara sent me a picture of she and Cousin Amy finding my picture at the Photography Salon!