Category Archives: Ruins

The Town Sign Project Vol. 8 Auxiliary

This is a collection of pictures I took when I was tooling around Highway 169 taking pictures for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT.

If you recall, some of the towns I went through were Lamoni, Ellston, Tingley, Shannon City, Arispe, Afton, Lorimor, and Winterset.

I also went through a town called Kellerton, but I couldn’t find a sign that said, “Welcome to Kellerton!” So it wasn’t included in THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT.

I have an attraction to the decrepit, the dillapidated, the abandoned. This collection might make some of these towns look worse than they are. Except Shannon City. I couldn’t make that town look worse than it is.


Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
I mostly present this picture because next Monday, this car will be paid off. It is thanking me by needing new rear brakes.

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Kellerton, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Kellerton, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Kellerton has a bunch of these flower pots in its business district.

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
There is a town sign for Beaconsfield in Kellerton, but not for Kellerton.

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
I didn’t actually make it to Beaconsfield, but this isn’t the first town to try to claim ownership of Peggy Whitson.

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Ellston, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
#OuthousesOfInstagram

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Ellston, Iowa Museum

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Ellston, Iowa Museum

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Ellston, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Shannon City, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Shannon City, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
If Shannon City has 1 thing over Beaver, it is that it does have a church.

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Shannon City, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Shannon City, Iowa

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
Big if true!

Town Sign Project - Auxiliary
I actually thought I was going to get stuck on a road in Shannon City, no way I was tempting this road.

I don’t have any more THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT photos in the hopper. I probably will need to get some of those done when I get my brakes done. I will get my brakes done before driving down to Dallas to watch Iowa State play in the Big 12 Championship Game. Hopefully.

07-20-07

The images from the folder 07-20-07 run the gamut from pictures from the first mission trip I ever went on to pictures from the Miller Farm to pictures from a RAGBRAI stop in Ames.

The mission trip photos are from Cedar Rapids. I went with an adult group from my church.

The Miller Farm pictures were taken before June and Dean moved off the farm and into town.


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


Cedar Rapids Mission Trip - 2008


07-27-08


07-27-08


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


Miller Farm - 2008


The mission trip to Cedar Rapids was after a flood. After working the second day, you drove home. One the second day we worked in a house where they had to pull a Youth Group out of because they found pornography.

I still can’t describe how bad that house smelled. The family had left their cat behind. It survived the initial flood. Then it came back to the house. Then it crapped all over the house. Well, mostly behind the couch. The food was still in the fridge. You could stand on the other side of the street and still smell the house.

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

Jeff and Yin

Miller Farm

Cedar Rapids Trip Day 1

Cedar Rapids Trip Day 2

There are a ton more pictures from the Cedar Rapids Mission Trip than I posted here. You can peruse those by clicking on the link below:

Cedar Rapids Mission Trip – 2008

There are also a ton more pictures from the Miller Farm. You can peruse those by clicking the link below:

Miller Farm – 2008

Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve a vacation I made to Kentucky.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 55

A few weeks back Jay sent me an enigmatic message about archaeological photography. After drilling down, I figure out he was talking about taking pictures of a recently abandoned apartment in his building. An apartment that the former occupants left in less than stellar conditions.

One Sunday after a post church meal with the family I grabbed a camera and went over to Jay’s apartment building for a tour of Apartment 4. After a quick look around, I knew that somewhere in this mess was a perfect subject for Page 55 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 55
Page 55 – ‘I am at war with the obvious.’ William Eggleston. Join Eggleston’s war.

Here is the idea for this page in THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT from the tips in the back.

Sunsets, pretty flowers, and beaches. These are ‘obvious’ subjects offering a conventional idea of beauty. Instead, hunt down more unusual, surprising subjects-the sort that only come alive when they are photographed.

Only one picture can physically be adhered into the physical manifestation of THE PHOTO JOURNAL, however I did take several other pictures in Apartment 4. Here are the pictures that I like, but won’t be place in THE PHOTO JOURNAL.


Page 55 - Reject


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Next time we check in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, we will probably check in with Page 40 or Page 47 or Page 111.

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Here is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PERSPECTIVE.

A PERSPECTIVE photo is any photo that involves a different perspective from the way you normally see the world. Above where you normally see the world. Below where you normally see the world. Another example of perspective is making something small look big by putting it in the foreground and something large in the background. This is called forced perspective.


WEEK 157 - PERSPECTIVE
PERSPECTIVE!


Happy photo harvesting!

Them Degeneffe Boys – Volume 2

As Pufferbilly Days wound to a close, I would like to share the photos that were selected by popular vote and how they did in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
No Love.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
No Love.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
No Love.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
3rd Place – Hidden Treasures of Boone County.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
1st Place – Photojournalism.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
1st Place – Photoshop.

As far as I know, there wasn’t anybody else in the contest that I know. Once again, they didn’t put any names on any of the photos. In years past they had at least put a sheet of paper at the bottom of the display with a list of who finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. It is what it is.

I started entering the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest again 2 years ago because I was worried that the amount of entries had gotten really small. the last couple of years the numbers had ballooned. This year, the amount of entries atrophied again.

Hopefully it bounces back again next year.

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We are so close to the end of the 2016 backlog that you can probably feel it. After this post, there is only one photo shoot left to publish.

But before we get to that, we need to finish up with the pictures of Austin and Porter at a McHose Park playground.


Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Degeneffe Boys

Next Sunday, when hit the 2016 backlog, we look at a commercial photo shoot I did for a Minnesota leather company.

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

As the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest polling was drawing closer, I felt that I should go out and take one more picture for the Hidden Boone County Treasures.

I knew I wanted to take a picture of the Mill Creek Stone Bridge. It is located near what was once The Kate Shelley Museum. I suppose that it probably still is The Kate Shelley Museum, but I can’t imagine a day in the future where it is open again.

The Boone Historical Society has become something of a town embarrassment I’m told. Which makes me sad because I grew up somewhat in its shadow. On one of the bookshelves (humble brag, I know how to read) in my bedroom I still have an extensive collection of Trail Tales from the 80s. A magazine put out by the Boone Historical Society. My Dad was a frequent contributor.

From what I know of the debacle, The Boone Historical Society recently decided to close down the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace. The director had a whiz-bang plan of turning it into a bed & breakfast. Which if you’ve ever been inside the house, you would know is a pretty terrible idea.

This raised the dander of the former members of a separate historical society that used to run the Eisenhower Birthplace because they sold the house to the Boone Historical Society for a $1.

Apparently meetings got pretty heated. Enough so, and for no apparent reason, they started having armed guards at them. Whenever guns get involved, you know it has gotten stupid.

The city and the county started withholding their funding for the Historical Society.

The Historical Society then sent out some kind of pledge to its members asking them to pledge to “stop talk so much trash about us” in the social media world. I’m sure that worked really well for them. Because telling people to “stop talking about how bad we are at our jobs because it makes us look bad at our jobs” seems like a sound strategy. Seems like something Donnie Moscow would try to do. A pledge my Mom refused to sign.

It recently came to a head, where due to lack of funding, the Historical Society had to terminate its director, administrative assistant, and cleaning crew. They also announced that they will have to put the Eisenhower Birthplace on the market.

I don’t know what the future of the Boone County Historical Society holds, but I imagine a major re-direction is on the horizon. Hopefully maybe some day they will put some work into the Kate Shelley Museum.

So under that cloud, I sojourned out to Moingona to photograph one of the more interesting abandoned train bridges in Boone County. Here are some of those images:


Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Mill Creek Stone Bridge

Since we talkin’ trains. Reminder that Pufferbilly Days starts on the morrow. You can see the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest in the window of the KWBG building. 9th and Keeler.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Entry Selection Process

It is once again time for me (and by me, I mean you guys) to pick out my photos to enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Once again, I am going to leave it up to a popular vote.

The Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest allows you to enter up to 6 photos.

There are 4 Categories:

1. Nature
2. Photojournalism
3. Photoshop Enhanced
4. Hidden Treasures of Boone County.

I was told that voting for the Boone County Fair was too complicated. A computer guy even told me it was a tough nut to crack. Therefore, I have made the process as easy as I can conceive this time. I had the QA guy from the Computer Mine Beta Test for me. Thanks Micky!

I have selected 60 images for you to consider. To simplify things, I have split the 60 photos into 6 sets of 10. If you wish to exercise your enfranchisement, clicking on the link below will take you to Poll #1. Vote for one of those pictures and then move onto the next poll, until you have voted in all six polls.

The winner of each poll will be entered into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Click on the link below to start voting:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominees

Voting will end at midnight, August 8.

If you want to study up beforehand, keep scrolling down to see the nominees here:

POLL 1 – PHOTOSHOP


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#2

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#7

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#8

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#9

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#10

POLL 2 – PHOTOJOURNALISM

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#2

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#3

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#5
2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#7


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#9


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#10



POLL 3 – NATURE (FLOWERS)
2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#2


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#10



POLL 4 – NATURE (ANIMALS)
2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#2


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#7


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#9


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#10



POLL 5 – HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY (GROUP 1)
2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#2


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#7


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
#10



POLL 6 – HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY (GROUP 2)
2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee
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Thank you in advance for your time and your opinions!

Boone County Fair Photo Contest Entry Selection Process

It is time to select my photos for the Boone County Fair Photo Contest and you get to help select the pictures that go.

I have placed 50 images in a SmugMug Photo Gallery. I would like you to go to that Photo Gallery and vote for up to 5 images in the gallery. You can also rate the images on a 5 star scale.

I will enter the 5 pictures with the most votes. The tie-breaker will be image with the highest star rating.

You will vote for an image by leaving a comment on the image you want to vote for.

Once you are at the gallery, look for something that looks like this:



The one caveat is that you need to have either a Facebook or a Google+ account to leave a comment.

Click on the link below to go to the gallery to vote:

BOONE COUNTY FAIR PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY SELECTION

The deadline to vote is next Tuesday at midnight.

Here are the nominees:


No. 1

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No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9

No. 10

No. 11

No. 12

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No. 47

No. 48

No. 49

No. 50

Thanks for helping pick the Boone County Fair Photo Contest Entries!

I’m Feeling It; You Don’t Like It Then Deal with It; And if God Ain’t Real; Real Isn’t

While it is true that Photography 139 doesn’t take holidays, it is also true that Photography 139, okay me, can try to rush stuff together and throw it all together because while they will still post on say Memorial Day, they don’t have all that much time.

This lead me to making a couple of regrettable errors in yesterday’s initial blog posting.

#1 – I mistakenly credited a series of photos to Linda Bennett (my aunt and occasional submitter) instead of Linda Clark. This error has since been corrected.

#2 – Kim Barker submitted 3 photos, but I only posted 1.

A pox upon me for a clumsy lout.

You can see the corrections by clicking on the link below:

Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 141 – Store

Below are my alternates for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

Store - Alternate

You’re welcome wold!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 141 – STORE

Before I get into the business of the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, I need to point out that today is Memorial Day. Happy Memorial Day. Don’t forget what this day celebrates.


Memorial Day - 2018
Iowa Veterans Cemetery – Van Meter, Iowa



The WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE took its customary holiday hit for participation rates. I also know that STORE is not the most popular theme, even though I enjoy it. However, as we close in on another new set of 52 themes, I would advise you to suggest themes for the next 52 themes. The best way to do that is to leave a comment in the “Comments” section of this here blog.

The only theme suggested for this next 52 has been BREAKFAST by Andy Sharp. Only 51 theme ideas to go!

However, you didn’t come here to talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 141 - STORE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 141 - STORE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 141 - STORE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 141 - STORE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 141 - STORE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Clark

WEEK 141 - STORE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Clark

WEEK 141 - STORE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Clark

WEEK 141 - STORE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 141 - STORE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

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 142 - RELIGION
RELIGION


RELIGION! What a great theme! But what is a RELIGION photo? A RELIGION photo is any photo that involves the practice of religious belief. That could be a religious book, a religious building, religious art, or religious ritual.

As usual, 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 due date. 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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 WEBMASTER

2 out of the last 3 days and 3 times in the last 30, the publishing of the blog has caused the website to crash. I’m currently working on the matter. Hopefully this post didn’t crash the website. This will possibly lead to a new page being added to the website. We will see.

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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 religious Monday!