Category Archives: Night

2018 Photography 139 Calendar

I’m pleased to announce that the 2018 Photography 139 Calendar is now on sale! It will be in stock on December 13th and available for delivery following that date.

The price of the calendar is still $10. A veritable bargain in this climate of rising prices!

I’m sure you are ready to plunk down $10 or $20 or $30 based on the high quality product that has existed in the past. I would gladly take your money, sight unseen, but I would at least like to reveal what pictures are in the 2018 Calendar.

Have a look:


2018 Calendar - Cover
Front Cover

2018 Calendar - January
January

2018 Calendar - February
February

2018 Calendar - March
March

2018 Calendar - April
April

2018 Calendar - May
May

2018 Calendar - June
June

2018 Calendar - July
July

2018 Calendar - August
August

2018 Calendar - September
September

2018 Calendar - October
October

2018 Calendar - November
November

2018 Calendar - December
December

Each picture was aligned with the month it was taken in. Okay maybe a hair of finagling was done at that front… I’ll never tell… Even if the .exif data will.

The calendars are 17 x 11 inches in size when they are open.

If you wish to order a calendar or calendar(s), you may email me at:

bennett@photography139.com

If you live within reasonable driving distance (about 45 minutes from Boone’s Golden Circle) I can hand deliver the calendar free of charge.

If the calendar needs to be mailed, there will be a shipping and handling charge of some kind.

Order fast! Supplies are limited!

Thanks!

Christopher D. Bennett
Photography 139
CDO
Chairman of the Board
President
Vice-President
Director
Superintendent of Invention

Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store

Last Thursday was the Christmas Lighted Parade in Boone. My church started (hopefully) a new tradition by entering a float in the parade. I went down to the parade with the thought of photographing it, but in the end, I ended up on the church float.

Here are a few pictures from the night:


Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

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Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

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Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

I’ll be excited to see where the church takes this new tradition in the future!

01-09-08 & 01-15-08

The following images came from the folders called 01-09-08 and 01-15-08:


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I don’t really know a good way to describe most of these images, so I’ll just let it be.

By adding these images to the Photography 139 Smugmug Gallery, I was able to restore these old timey journal entries to their original glory:

NOTES FROM YESTERDAY
COMMUTER ART
BROKEN


The next walk down memory lane will involve one of the few times I’ve wasted memory card space on pictures of a cat.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 114 – TRANSPORTATION

A pretty decent week of submissions. TRANSPORTATION really motivated a few people to get out there with there camera!

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


WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 114 - TRANSPORTATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 115 - WEATHER
WEATHER!


WEATHER! What a great theme! I don’t think that WEATHER needs an explanation, but I have noticed in recent months the surprising amount of people who don’t know the difference between climate and WEATHER. Therefore, here is a definition of WEATHER:

the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.

What is a WEATHER picture? A picture that shows the temperature. Or precipitation. Is is sunny or is it cloudy? What about wind? Convey those things into a photographic image and that my friends will be gold.

I would remiss if I didn’t point out that thee are other definitions of WEATHER. Therefore, feel free to interpret the theme in any way you see fit.

As always, I look forward to 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. 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 weathered Monday!

12-30-07

The pictures from the album called 12-30-07 are more experiments with projection. I might need to get back into that in the near future. It is a good thing to play with when it is -7 out and the sun goes down at 4:05 PM.


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By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Smugmug Gallery I was able to restore the following blog to original greatness:

YEAR IN REVIEW?


In next Saturday’s waltz down Memory Lane we will make our first dip into 2008 folders. Even though most of the pictures in it were taken in 2007. The pictures will include some Christmasy stuff, a throwback to a sadly dead tradition, and photos of one of the worst humans on earth (yes, almost a worse person than Rudy Giulani).

12-09-07 & 12-28-07

These are images from the folders called 12-09-07 and 12-28-07:


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The pictures of Nader were taken at Ada Hayden Park in Ames.

The pictures of me were taken by Jay around various parts of the mean streets of urban Boone. The beanies I am wearing were a Christmas gift from Teresa. Most of these have unfortunately been lost over the years.

This gift was inspired by a COLLEGE GAMEDAY story on Boise State football player Ian Johnson who made beanies and sold them in the parking lots before Boise State games.

By adding these images to my SmugMug Gallery, I was able to restore the following blog:

CHRISTMAS BEANIES

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve more experimental photography.

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween - 2017
Happy Halloween!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween! To cap it off, I want to give you my personal candy bar power rankings.

Best Candy Bars in the World

1. Whatchamacallit
2. Peanut M&M’s
3. Twix Caramel
4. Snickers
5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Worst Candy Bars in the World

1. Three Musketeers
2. Milky Way
3. Almond Joy
4. Mounds
5. Nestle Crunch

Hope these lists help you out.

12-07-07

Most of the pictures in the folder called 12-07-07 were taken at Bandshell Park in Ames.


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There is a Swift Stop gas station in the bottom 2 pictures. In another life when I ran the campus outpost of the Evil Clown Empire there was a guy that worked for me that was the most America hating American I ever met. When he wasn’t talking about his Dungeons & Dragons empire, he was talking about how he wanted to move to Australia because he hated this country so much.

He was scheduled to work the lunch shift on September 11, 2001. After the airplanes struck the towers he called in to see if we were closing for the day. The answer was “no”. We were staying open. I don’t know if it was the right decision to stay open, but I don’t have to grapple with that in my sleep. I didn’t make that decision.

Then he called back every hour hoping that the answer was something different. The answer was never anything different.

Finally at the appointed hour he waddled into the store and proceeded to fill the store with his pissing and moaning. He was the kind of guy that pissed and moaned all the time, but he was particularly on fire this morning.

It seemed to me that he felt that he was the only one experiencing the events of the day. He was the only one that wanted to be somewhere else.

Finally, after 30 minutes of his grousing, I got sick of him and snapped at him and sent him home.

I can’t remember if he quit or was fired from the Evil Clown Empire any longer. A few years later I heard that he had died. He was working at that Swift Stop gas station. He had a heart attack while he was working alone. There was nobody in the store. He died on the floor of that convenience store and laid there until the next customer came in and discovered him.

He never moved to Australia.

I think about him on 9/11. I think about him when I drive by that building. It isn’t a gas station any longer. I believe it is a restaurant now. I remember, if your dream is to move to Australia, do it. Sooner rather than later. Tomorrow you could end up dead on the floor of a convenience store.

And on that note, I was able to restore the following blog by uploading these pictures to the SmugMug Gallery:

Bandshell Park

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Nader.

LSD the Bridge

I have a rather shocking confession. I have never done LSD. However, if I had tried LSD, I imagine the experience would be something like walking across the High Trestle Trail Bridge on a dark night.

Several weeks back my cousin Sarah and my Aunt Linda were in town and we did just that. Here are a few pictures from the evening:


The High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail

Recently the neighbors have complained that the bridge is too noisy at night and now the authorities are turning the lights off at 9 PM. Very sad.