Category Archives: Portrait

The Selfie Project – Denouement

It is over! The Selfie Project is over! But we should have a couple last looks at all that was “accomplished”!

Here are my favorite pictures from December:


December 2, 2017
December 2

December 4, 2017
December 4

December 6, 2017
December 6

December 7, 2017
December 7

December 9, 2017
December 9

December 11, 2017
December 11

December 12, 2017
December 12

December 13, 2017
December 13

December 16, 2017
December 16

December 17, 2017
December 17

December 18, 2017
December 18

December 20, 2017
December 20

December 21, 2017
December 21

December 22, 2017
December 22

December 23, 2017
December 23

December 24, 2017
December 24

December 28, 2017
December 28

December 29, 2017
December 29

December 30, 2017
December 30

January 1, 2018
January 1

Here is a photomosaic of the December 31 selfie:


Selfie Project - Mosaic

This photomosaic consists of 3000 tiles. 1 images is used a maximum of 10 times. If you would like to see the image at full resolution, click on the link below to download:

FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO MOSAIC


I also made a video featuring all 367 images. You can watch it below:



Of course, if you subscribe to this blog via email or RSS Feed, you will have to physically go to this blog entry to view the video!

It was a good project and while at least Michelle is sad to see it go, it is time to put it to bed. Maybe I’ll bring it back in 2019.

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Webster City Field Work

On Saturday, the Tenderloin Appreciation Society hopped in one of Scottie D.’s many vehicles and headed north on 17 to Webster City. Home of the Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge. The current reigning Best Tenderloin in Iowa according to the Iowa Pork Producer’s Association.


Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Scott and Porter had their game faces on. Although Porter actually ordered chicken strips. He is still in training.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
They have one of those pin your location maps.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Boone! Represent!

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
They also have coloring contests.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
The official plaque!

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Our waittress delivering our tenderloins.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
The tenderloin.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Austin. About to become a man.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Scottie D.’s first bite.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Austin with a “tenderloin bomb”.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Austin makes it official.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Side view.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Are you taking the picture?

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
My first bite.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
The aftermath.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Christopher D. Bennett was here.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
His work done. He retired for the day.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
They have a mailbox for Santa.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
They’ve won some awards. Dilly dilly!

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
Their nightly specials.

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill

Tenderloining at Grid Iron Grill
The Tenderloin Appreciation Society

THE VERDICT

THE GOOD

  • The meat to bun ration was nearly dead on. Could have used a touch more meat, but awful close to the golden ratio.
  • A good thick cut of meat. Not one of those flat pork fritters masquerading as a tenderloin.
  • A light breading, which worried me, but the breading had a good flavor.
  • The bun was toasted.
  • It is a clean restaurant with good service.
  • They serve Pepsi products.

THE BAD

  • Red onions. Not a complete miss, but not the preferred tenderloin onion.
  • Kaiser bun. Seemed to distract from the tenderloin. But at least it wasn’t as terrible as a panini bun.
  • Standard tenderloin came with onion, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. The standard tenderloin SHOULD come with onion and pickles. You should put the mustard and ketchup on yourself.  Get rid of the lettuce and tomato.

THE UGLY

  • Sweet pickles. This was the biggest miss by far. Sweet pickles don’t belong on a tenderloin.
  • Very greasy.  I know. A tenderloin. But so greasy that the bottom bun was very soggy and made it a challenge to finish the sandwich and keep my glorious beard relatively clean. I’m not sure if this sogginess was a result of the kaiser bun OR because the tenderloin wasn’t properly drained after it was pulled from the fryer. My gut reaction is that it is a conglomeration of both.

THE FINAL WORD

The Grid Iron Grill serves a good, but not great tenderloin. I would gladly eat it again, but I would not pursue it. It is does not belong in the Pantheon with Nick’s or Cole’s or The Legal Limit (may she rest in peace), but it is certainly several notches above garbage tenderloins like you see at The Lucky Pig or Gramma’s Kitchen or Thunderhead Sports Bar & Grill.

Next Up

Sometime in January the Tenderloin Appreciation Society will be visiting the 2017 runner-up in Winterset. If you would like to apply for a spot on our next field work trip, you know how to contact me.

#Methodists2Houston

I wanted to start today’s entry into An Artist’s Notebook by thanking Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile to the Senate.

Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile to the Senate.
Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile that thinks that homosexuality should be a crime and compared it to bestiality to the Senate.
Thank you Alabama for not sending a serial pedophile that thinks that homosexuality should be a crime and compared it to bestiality and thinks that we should get rid of the amendments that freed the slaves, gave African-Americans the right to vote, gave women the right to vote, and outlaws voter suppression via taxes.
Thank you Alabama!

Now to the meat of this entry. On Sunday night we had our annual Christmas Play at the church. Before the play the youth group hosted a soup supper as a fundraiser for the mission trip to Houston. Here are a few photos from that event:


Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Soup Supper Fundraiser

Thank you to everybody that came out and supported the youth group mission trip and donated the fat stacks of cash!

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

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

Lighted Parade - 2017

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!

Strap a Grenade to my Head, Pull Out the Pin, My Photography is Mind Blowing, Ain’t Nobody Do It Like I Do It

The world wasn’t ready for these PORTRAIT images on Monday. I’m not sure the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them back any longer:


PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

Most of these PORTRAITs were taken around the computer mine. Some were taken during communion at my church. Others were taken in my back yard.

You’re welcome world!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 116 – PORTRAIT

The theme PORTRAIT was the least popular theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE in years. A bit surprising because usually I get quite a selection of pictures of children and grandchildren. A little disturbing to me that children have fallen so out of favor with this group of people. But I get it. Children. They are here to replace us. You have to watch them all the time!

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


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

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 117 - WATER
WATER!


WATER! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to define WATER for you. It is literally everywhere. Granted most of it is polluted because one of the ingredients in the recipe to make humans is something like 30% stupidity. Higher in certain parts of the South and Nebraska. However, it is still there. For now!

As always, I look forward to 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 watery Monday!

Selfie Project – November

I don’t know that I did much that was particularly interesting in November, but I do feel like I did get some interesting photos, even though it doesn’t feel like I did that much in November.

Here are my favorites from THE SELFIE PROJECT from the month of November:


November 3, 2017
November 3

November 4, 2017
November 4

November 5, 2017
November 5

November 6, 2017
November 6

November 7, 2017
November 7

November 9, 2017
November 9

November 10, 2017
November 10

November 11, 2017
November 11

November 12, 2017
November 12

November 13, 2017
November 13

November 15, 2017
November 15

November 16, 2017
November 16

November 19, 2017
November 19

November 20, 2017
November 20

November 22, 2017
November 22

November 23, 2017
November 23

November 24, 2017
November 24

November 25, 2017
November 25

November 26, 2017
November 26

November 28, 2017
November 28

November 30, 2017
November 30

There is 1 month and one day left in THE SELFIE PROJECT. I’m sure that my Instagram followers look forward to its conclusion. I don’t know if I will substitute with a different daily project or if I will just take some time to sit under my own vine and fig tree.

If you do want to keep up with THE SELFIE PROJECT on a daily basis and see what other things I Insta, you can follow me under the following handle

@christopherdbennett

You can also see all of THE SELFIE PROJECT images by clicking on the link below:

SELFIE PROJECT – 2017

I’ll try to finish up the last 30 or so THE SELFIE PROJECT images strong! But we’ll see.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – PORTRAIT

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


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT


Here is a good definition of PORTRAIT provide by the good folks at Wikipedia:

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study.

Seems simple enough! Here are a few examples:


LOSER - PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT - LOSER

Faceless Portrait Loser

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest



WEEK 68 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

AMUSEMENT - DAE HEE YOON

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

That collection ought to get your creative juices flowing!

Happy photo harvesting!