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A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 95

“Up next, we have a little dedication here. This journal entry is dedicated to all the player hating people that won’t let a little gangsta shine.”
-Uncle Chris

Niece Alert!

4 non-biological nieces in this post!

Page 95 for the PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT was one of the pages that I was most worried about being able to complete. It involves going to a party. When your the True Lone Wolf, you don’t get involved to many parties. The ones I do get invited to involved 1 to 3 year olds. At that point, I usually stop getting invited. Probably because I give books as gifts.

However, I was recently invited to Maven’s birthday party and I grabbed Sara’s camera, actually ripped it right out of her brother Steve’s hands and took a few pictures of some hardcore pinata action.

This is the picture that will be physically adhered into the Photo Journal:


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Use flash to capture the energy of a party.

Here are a few others that I considered, but much like the Highlander, there can be only one!


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I think I ultimately picked the picture of Layla because of Evie’s reaction behind her.

Thanks to Shawn for uploading these pictures to me. You are a scholar and tech savvy. Also, possibly a gentleman.

I need to get back to hitting THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT hard. I’ve only completed slightly over 30 of these pages. I already bought a similar book to do when I finish.

If you ever want to see the physical Photo Journal, it is housed at The Photography 139 Studio under lock and key. Guarded by a vicious guard dog. It can be seen by appointment only. So make an appointment.

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



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A FACELESS PORTRAIT is any portrait that doesn’t include the face. It could show any body part, just not the face. It doesn’t necessarily even have to include your subject. It could just include an environment that is uniquely the subjects.

Happy photo harvesting!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 105

On Good Friday I descended upon downtown Des Moines to take a picture for Page 105 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Take a photograph that could only be taken today, not yesterday or tomorrow.

I took off from the Computer Mine early on Good Friday and went to Des Moines to witness an event put on by The Bridge, a coalition of downtown Des Moines churches, called the Way of the Cross.

It is an interesting event where people carry or drag a cross through downtown Des Moines, stopping every few blocks or so to read a passage from The Bible and hear a small sermon or devotion or speech about that verse.

While I took several pictures along the way, only one can be physically adhered to the physical THE PHOTO JOURNAL. Here are some of the other pictures I took on this journey and I will follow it with my Yelp review of the event:


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This lady set up shop on the National Rifle Association.

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I even like her hat.

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This woman tore what I’m going to call Republican Jesus to pieces. They were both from a church called The Downtown Disciples.

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Note the lack of shoes – it was cold that day.

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Here is my quick review of “The way of the Cross”:

My biggest disappointment is that there wasn’t somebody there dressed like Jesus dragging the cross. Now I realize that this isn’t realistic and is actually the antithesis of the exercise. The exercise exists so that you can personally drag the cross and get the slightest modicum of what Jesus might have felt physically on that day. That being said, a dude dressed like Jesus would’ve made an even better photo opportunity. Especially if a couple of other dudes dressed like Romans followed along whipping him. Then part of the way through the event, another guy dressed like Simon of Cyrene joined the group and helped carry the cross the rest of the way.

I guess, maybe I should set the standard and show up next year dressed for the part myself.

My biggest legitimate complaint is that the sound system for the sermons was awful. They used a megaphone that wasn’t loud enough. It wasn’t loud enough by half. It might have been loud enough in a quiet room. It wasn’t near loud enough to battle or let alone compete with downtown Des Moines construction and traffic. The only sermons I could really hear were the two Downtown Disciples. The only reason I could hear them was because I got all up in their grill when I heard the lady in the sweet hat start busting on the NRA. I knew I had to hear that.

I was also disappointed in the size of the crowd. Now I know that not everybody gets excited for Good Friday. Many denominations don’t even do a service on Good Friday. Even the churches that do, I would describe those services as “sparsely attended”.

Which I get. I mean you can get the full Easter experience and give thanks to the one that gives you everything, but on the other hand, it is a Friday, and that beer isn’t going to drink itself. Is it?

Furthermore, even people that celebrate Good Friday, how many of them are going to take time off for work to wander around Des Moines on a cold Friday afternoon. I get it.

However, taking all of that into account, I thought there would be more people.

On the positive, I think it is an excellent outreach program. It is an excellent way to take the “Good News” out of the church and into what is falsely called the “secular world”. I witnessed many gawkers during the path. From people staring out their car, to other pedestrians, to office workers who rushed to their windows to watch the symbol of salvation pass by.

For the people that took their turn carrying the cross, it was a powerful experience. I’m sure if I would have taken my turn, it would have been powerful for me as well.

That is the curse of the photographer. The camera separates you from the experience.

Would I go again? I would, but I would take somebody with me. Hmmm… I hear Shannon’s new gig gives her Good Friday off.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Pages 50-51

Pages 50-51 in the PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT are “A record of missed photo opportunities”. I think that the actual intention is to write down missed opportunities, but I translated it to mean times when the only camera I had on me was my phone. Sometimes that resulted in serviceable pictures and sometimes in not so serviceable pictures. Here are the 4 pictures that will be physically adhered into the physical photo journal:


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The first 2 pictures were taken at the Computer Mine. One of my favorite aspects of the day job is that our building sits next to a little forest. There is quite the collection of wildlife that comes to our backdoor.

The third picture is from the annual Youth Group Hay Rack Ride.

The final picture was taken at an Iowa State women’s basketball game where we lucked into second row seats.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 29

In early December I made a trip down to Des Moines with Anders to see THE DISASTER ARTIST. Before the movie we supped at the Jordan Creek Zombie Burger. I took the following picture for Page 29 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Imagine you’re Elvis. What was your final photograph?

The burger is the Undead Elvis. It has peanut butter, fried bananas, bacon, American cheese, egg, and mayo on it. It is a delicious mess.

I took the original photo with a DSLR and then put it into a template to make it look like it was an Instagram post.

I downloaded the template from here:

Instagram Photoshop Template

I haven’t been tackling much of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT lately, so I’m not sure which page we will visit next time we visit it.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 98

This picture for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT was taken a couple months back during the annual Howard Family Photo Shoot:


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Photo Journal – Page 98 – Take a group portrait that captures the individuality of each subject.

Here are some other I took during the same session that I like, but won’t be physically adhered in the physical manifestation of A PHOTO JOURNAL:


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I’m not sure what page we will hammer out next time we check-in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Possibly pages 50-51.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 45

The other day when I was walking around at Ledges I came across what I thought would be the a good theme for Page 45 in THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Page 45 – Take a beautiful picture that follows no compositional rules.

Here are a few others I took at the same time, but won’t physically be printed and adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL:


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Next time we check in on the PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, we will most likely have a look at Page 98.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 93

A few weeks back I decided to tackle Page 93 for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Page 93 – How close can you get to someone without your presence being felt?

Because of my ninja like stealth, I decided that a fly would be the best thing to sneak up on. If I had chose a human, eventually the lens would just slam against their head. Then they would be annoyed.

Here are a few other photos from this project:


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Next time we check in on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT we’ll look at Page 98.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 33

On the last Saturday of my vacation I headed up to the downtown Boone area to stroll around and complete Page 33 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Cover your screen with black tape. Spend the day shooting and only remove the tape when you get home.

This was a little photo experiment that I enjoyed more than I anticipated. I would encourage anybody to try it.

I put an 18-135 zoom lens on my camera for this page. I decided I needed the extra challenge of also zooming blindly, in addition to composing blind for some reason.

Another thing that I didn’t expect to be so hard about the project (for me personally) was to have to so blindly trust auto-focus.

If you are getting a little bored in your photography, I definitely urge you to try this for an hour or so. It is more fun than it sounds. One other added bonus is not seeing the pictures takes us old-timers back to the days of film and not being able to get that instant gratification of what the picture looks like.

Here are the other pictures I took on this photo jaunt that I like (to one degree or another) but won’t physically be placed in the physical copy of A PHOTO JOURNAL:


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I did not crop or straighten any of the pictures.

Next time we check in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT we will most likely check in on Page 93.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 58 Beta

On the last Saturday of my vacation I corralled Jesse and we went out to McHose Park and took the second picture for Page 58 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Page 58 Beta – Take a picture of yourself pretending to be yourself.

Here are a couple of others we took during the session that won’t be physically adhered into the physic PHOTO JOURNAL:


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I have a few more pages for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT taken, so I’m not sure what page I will unveil next. Leaning towards Page 33 though.