Category Archives: Portrait

2009-06-06

The pictures from the folder 2009-06-06 are from the first Ames on the Half Shell concert of the 2009 season. The band that played was Vivace. I’m not sure if they are still around, but they were just a real solid classic rock cover band. Classic rock cover band pretty much describes the local music scene in central Iowa and pretty much describes almost every band to ever play Ames on the Half Shell.

Here are some pictures:


Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

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Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

Vivace

I drastically upgraded the Ames on the Half Shell website before this season. It looks like they still use the same platform that I built, but they have upgraded the look considerably. What is interesting is that they added a “History” page that lists every band that has played Ames on the Half Shell, except they don’t have anything listed for 2009.

That same year they Ames on the Half Shell logo was completely redesigned. It looks like the logo has been updated since then, but still plays on the same theme.

If you want to see more pictures from Vivace’s 2009 performance at Ames on the Half Shell, click on the picture below:


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Ames on the Half Shell



Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve even more Ames on the Half Shell.

A Photo Journal – Page 106

Page 106 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT was a difficult one for me to process at first. The idea is to send one of your photos to your “photography hero” and ask them what they had about it.

When you really break it down, my photography hero is my Dad. For obvious reasons, I can’t send him one of my pictures. Once you leave the family, most of my favorite photographers are also dead.

From Ansel Adams to Vivian Maier to Henri Cartier-Besson to Robert Frank to Margaret Bourke-White. They are all gone. In fact, Robert Frank just passed away on Tuesday.

So I thought about it and there are a couple of living photographers that I do admire and came up with a couple. Richard Bernabe. He is an amazing nature photographer and outspoken environmentalist. If you are looking for a great photography book, I highly recommend his book “Wildlife Photography”. You can look at my copy next time you make it to the Photography 139 Studio.

However, I chose to go a different direction. I decided to go with Pete Souza. Pete Souza was the White House Photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

If the election was held today, Joe Biden would be the next President of the United States. Frankly, the election wouldn’t even be all that close. I don’t think that Joe Biden will end up being the next President, but since he is the overwhelming favorite right now, when Joe Biden came to Boone, I knew instantly that I needed to send a picture to Pete Souza.

Below is the picture I sent to Pete Souza:


Photo Journal - Page 106
Page 106 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.

In the end, I never heard back from Pete Souza. To be honest, I didn’t expect to hear back from him. If I ever do hear from him, I’ll post that here.

Here are a couple other pictures I considered sending Pete Souza:


Photo Journal - Page 106 Alternate

Photo Journal - Page 106 Alternate

This leaves only the following images left to capture before finally closing the book on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

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This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is ARCHITECTURE.


WEEK 209 - ARCHITECTURE
ARCHITECTURE

An ARCHITECTURE picture is any picture that involves a building or a structure.

Happy photo harvesting!

A Photo Journal – Page 121

The Union Street Theater Movie Club had our September Movie Night last Saturday. The B Movie was ACTION JACKSON. The Feature was BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA. Jay made us ribs. It was a good night.

It was also a good night to knock off Page 121 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Anders gamely volunteered to put himself in danger to be the subject of Page 121.


Photo Journal - Page 121
Page 121 – Show us photograhy is a form of magic.

This type of image was all the rage at Iowa State Fair Photography Salon this year. I expect there will be many copycats next year. I don’t think I will be one of them, even though it is a fun image to take.

I took a couple more images, but the one above is one that will be physically adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL.


PHOTO JOURNAL - PAGE 121 ALTERNATE

PHOTO JOURNAL - PAGE 121 ALTERNATE

By knocking off Page 121 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, I am down to just the following pages left:

Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

I still have to shoot two of the pages, but hopefully this project will be finished next week!

Selfie Project – August

Now seems like a good time to check-in with my favorite pictures from my August SELFIE PROJECT pictures.

It would seem that I had a successful month of August. I met Vice-President Joe Biden. I competed in a barbecue contest at the Iowa State Fair. I also competed in a photography contest at the Iowa State Fair. I dine at a Brazilian Steakhouse totally not for Jay’s birthday. I went to an air show. I met my great nephew. I went to the Minnesota State Fair. I dined at Zeno’s. I went to an Iowa State football game.

Here are my favorites:


August 1, 2019
August 1

August 2, 2019
August 2

August 3, 2019
August 3

August 4, 2019
August 4

August 5, 2019
August 5

August 9, 2019
August 9

August 10, 2019
August 10

August 11, 2019
August 11

August 13, 2019
August 13

August 15, 2019
August 15

August 17, 2019
August 17

August 18, 2019
August 18

August 23, 2019
August 23

August 24, 2019
August 24

August 25, 2019
August 25

August 26, 2019
August 26

August 29, 2019
August 29

August 30, 2019
August 30

August 31, 2019
August 31

I’m not sure I’ve had as busy of a September, but I guess we’ll find out in October when I get a chance to look back at it.

A Photo Journal – Page 18

Pufferbilly Days is upon us! That means that by the time this entry sees the light of the day the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest should be up for delay. In addition to the 6 photos that all of you helped select, Carla has entered photos. Logan has entered photos. Vest has entered photos. So when you head up to Pufferbilly Days this weekend, you should go check out the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. They are on display in the new KWBG building on the corner of 9th and Keeler. If you don’t know where that is, check the image below:



Follow the Arrow

I’m excited that so many people that regularly contribute to this website have entered the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I started entering again a couple years back because I was worried that the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest was going to go away, like the barbecue contest or The Amazing Race. It sounds like there will be close to 20 entries just from people I know. It sounds like I could start my own Photography Contest at some point. It would tide over my burning desire to run the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Another reason I’m excited about the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest is that Logan has become the 3rd Generation of Bennetts to enter the Pufferbilly Days Contest. Our Dad used to enter the contest. Carla and I have entered the contest. Now our nephew Logan has entered the contest. Looks like today I put the clock on Kanoa.

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I recently went out in the woods with Micky to complete Page 18 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Page 18 is by far my least favorite page in THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, but completing it was actually pretty fun.


Photo Journal - Page 18
Shoot the other half of the picture by Jason Evans

The picture by Jason Evans is a picture of some cups sideways on top of a geometric pattern. There was no way I was going to reconstruct this cup thing, so I decided to redefine the intended meaning of shoot. I printed out the whole picture (more or less) and then Micky shot it, with arrows.

Only one picture can be physically adhered into the physical THE PHOTO JOURNAL, but we did take a few other pictures that I liked:


Photo Journal - Page 18

Photo Journal - Page 18

Photo Journal - Page 18

Photo Journal - Page 18

Photo Journal - Page 18

Photo Journal - Page 18

This leaves only the following images left to capture before finally closing the book on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

Of the 6 left on the list, I have 3 left to shoot. I have a solid 3 ideas for all 3 of them. 2 of them I still need to find models. The third one, I know the models, but they don’t yet.

If you are interested in modeling for one of the last 2 pages, let me know. In 1, you might get a little wet. In the other, you might have to be placed in a slightly embarrassing situation.

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Here is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SKY:


WEEK 208 - SKY
SKY

A SKY picture is any picture that involves the SKY in some way, shape, or form.

Happy photo harvesting!

A Photo Journal – Page 64

On the last day of the Iowa State Fair I went to the Fair with Nader and Logan met us down there. Logan has recently purchased a new camera and is thinking of coming back to the family and being a Sony man.

Logan was using his new camera to take some street photography pictures. I used this as an opportunity to knock off Page 64 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 64
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.

The point of this page was to be pushed to take a picture that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. I have a pretty big comfort zone when it comes to photography and street photography is something I enjoy for the most part. So I decided to use this as an opportunity to get closer to an unknown subject than I normally do. Thus, this photo of a vendor at the Iowa State Fair.

I actually did take several other pictures on this day, but I don’t like any of them, so you don’t get to see them.

This leaves only the following images left to capture before finally closing the book on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason Evans. – This is a profoundly stupid page, but I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it at some point.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

Iowa State 29 Northern Iowa 26

On Saturday, the Iowa State Cyclones opened their season by thrashing an upstart team from Cedar Falls. The referees tried valiantly to keep the Purple Hawks in the game by awarding them 2 touchdowns they didn’t earn. The first was an incomplete pass that UNI “recovered” and returned for a touchdown, which shocked everybody in the stadium because you can not recover an incomplete pass. Let alone return it. The Purple Hawks second “touchdown” was an incomplete pass that was the product of a helluva scramble by their midget quarterback and then “caught” with the aid of the ground in the endzone by the Purple Hawk running back. I’m guessing the refs just felt bad for the QB since he was running for his life and couldn’t even be aided by his running back to make a simple catch. So they just gave them the touchdown.

The referees’ efforts were in vain. The Cyclones prevailed in the third overtime when Sheldon Croney bowed into the endzone to end the game and send the Cyclone faithful home, well relieved more than anything else.

The good news is that the Cyclones have 2 weeks to figure out what the hades just happened and fix a bunch of mistakes that kept a game that wasn’t all that close on the field, close on the scoreboard.

I took an old “point and shoot” camera to the game that Logan had given me a few weeks back. I thought I’d take it to play with since nobody really cares all that much about the UNI game, including what appeared to be most of the Iowa State players.

I didn’t take many pictures because as I tinkered with it I determined that this camera isn’t right for taking pictures in this situation. Also, the game was a little too close for comfort and while I know full well that nothing I do in the stands effects the outcome of the game, I have noticed that every time I fiddle with a camera, Iowa State starts to suck it up.

So here are a few pictures of the band and cheerleaders and from tailgating. We did a dry run for Taco Tailgate, which is still tentatively scheduled for either the TCU or Oklahoma State game.


Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Derrick couldn’t go to the game because he “cares about his job” or some nonsense like that, so Brandon took his ticket.

2009-05-29

There are a wide variety of pictures in the folder 2009-05-29. They range from pictures of socks that Shannon made to Ernie trimming trees to baby worst birds to invites to my housewarming party to pictures Sara took at my housewarming party.


Baby Grackles

Baby Grackles

Shannon Socks

Shannon Socks

Cherries

Lift

Lift

Lift

Lift

Lift

Lift

Lift

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

2009 Birthday/Housewarming Party Invitation

The guy in the picture with me and Jesse was my neighbor across the street from me. He would sometimes drop by at all hours of the night. He was a good guy, but his struggles overcame him and he passed away a couple years after this picture was taken.

However, looking at these pictures, it does inspire me to bring back the birthday party in 2020. I’m about 95% sure that I will.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

The Fruit of the Mystery Trees
Mr. Bunyan
Memorial Day Backyard
Shindy
Housewarming Invites

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

Baby Take State Fair

A couple Tuesdays back, Baby Got Rack took its award winning Meat Loaf Cupcakes to the Iowa State Fair to compete against the best the Cyclone State has to offer.

I believe there were 8 other combatants in the category of Combo/Specialty and 44 combatants altogether.

Here is a collection of photos from the day that started at 4:45 AM:


Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

The unofficial roster for Baby Got Rack on this day was Scottie D., Hammer, Little Porter, and Humble Narrator. Of course Melissa contributed more than her fair share, but she doesn’t like to take any credit.

We once again won our category, but failed to win the Overall. I believe the beef winner won overall for the second year in a row. Tells me we might need to start hitting beef a little bit harder for next year.