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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!

Sprechen Sie Deutche, Baby – Beta

I read on Twitter once about a place claiming to be “the most photographed waterfall in Iowa”. Now I don’t know how they document that claim, especially when what they are referring to is actually a spillway, but I suppose water does fall over it.

Either way, this “waterfall” was the end destination for my black & white photo road trip.


LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

Thanks for taking the time to help me mock this pathetic collection of losers!

Frosted

Found this leaf on a hike around Lost Lake.




It has been a very bizarre winter, weatherly speaking.


PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 125
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm
APERTURE: f/4
EXPOSURE: 1/100
DATE: 12/24/2016 – 10:16
LATITUDE: 41.98226°
LONGITUDE: -93.89235°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Fog
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “Fear” by Lecrae

The Canvas Wall

The 9 Emotions Project Wall is no more. The 9 16×20 photos are gone. Technically they are stacked in the guest bedroom until I figure out what I’m going to do them.

I’ve replaced them with 9 16×20 canvases to diversify the pictures on my wall and I have this theory that they will be easier to dust. Or at least easier to put out the lie that I dust.

These are the 9 new photos you will see the next time you come visit the Photography 139 Studio:


Canvas No. 1

Canvas No. 2

Canvas No. 3

Canvas No. 4

Canvas No. 5

Canvas No. 6

Canvas No. 7

Canvas No. 8

Canvas No. 9

Right now the 20×30 9 Emotion picture is still up, but that is going to come down sometime soon. I just need to figure out if I’m going to use that space for a giant canvas, or if I’m going to break that spot up with a few more 16x20s. I guess we’ll see what the future holds.

Foggy Ledges

Another picture from my foggy Christmas Eve morning travels.




Tragically, a few days after I took this picture, a gentleman fell to his death from this same spot.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 18mm
APERTURE: f/8
EXPOSURE: 1/250
DATE: 12-24-2016 10:05
LATITUDE: 41.98203°
LONGITUDE: -93.89407°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Peace
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “How Could You Leave Us” by NF