Town Sign Project Vol. 9

When I went on my birthday road trip with Jesse back in May, I used the trip to Decorah as a chance to do some sign hunting for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. This was the first time that I had hunted for signs this year. I thought I would have made more progress than that by now, but I have hunted in most of the areas immediately surrounding Boone, so now I have to expand my hunting grounds.

Here are the signs I harvested on that day:


Dumont, Iowa
Dumont, Iowa – Small Town Big Heart

Fort Atkinson, Iowa
Fort Atkinson, Iowa

Hampton, Iowa
Hampton, Iowa – The Heart of Franklin County

Ionia, Iowa
Ionia, Iowa – The Little Town with a “Big Welcome”

Rowan, Iowa
Rowan, Iowa

Latimer, Iowa
Latimer, Iowa – A Progressive Community

St. Lucas, Iowa
St. Lucas, Iowa

Allison, Iowa
Allison, Iowa

Blairsburg, Iowa
Blairsburg, Iowa

Calmar, Iowa
Calmar, Iowa

Decorah, Iowa
Decorah, Iowa

Coulter, Iowa
Coulter, Iowa – A Nice Place to Call Home – Population 282

I have actually went sign hunting since then. I’ll publish that harvest soon.

RAGBRAI – VOLUME 2

As we get very near the beginning of another RAGBRAI, I need to get more of
last year’s RAGBRAI journey through Boone.

As I was looking through these photos, I realized how great it would have been to have Rodan139 back then to get some aerial images of the mass of humanity that rode their bikes through Boone. Maybe this year, but let’s face it probably not. I’ve been hemorrhaging PTO lately and I think I’m about to ask for a bunch more.

Here are some more images:


RAGBRAI - 2018

RAGBRAI - 2018

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RAGBRAI - 2018

RAGBRAI - 2018

RAGBRAI - 2018

RAGBRAI - 2018

I have plenty more RAGBRAI photos left to share!

One is the Loneliest Number

Dipping back into the 2018 backlog today. There is a one room schoolhouse that has been restored and is occasionally open to the public northwest of Boone. One June day, when we were returning home from our post church meal, Teresa, Logan, Mom, and I stopped to check it out.

Here are a few pictures from it:


One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse

I think they even rent it out for events. I’m not sure what kind of events, but you can use your imagination.

WPC – WEEK 200 – SIGNS

SIGNS were a very popular theme. In fact, it was the third week in a row that we hit double digits for submissions. I have a feeling that this week’s theme wont’t be so popular.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about submission rates, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 200 - SIGNS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK  200 - SIGNS - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 200 - SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

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 201 - ANGER
ANGER

ANGER! What a great theme! But what is an ANGER picture? An ANGER picture is any picture that shows somebody that in in the middle of ANGER or the results of ANGER or something that creates ANGER.

I look forward to your interpretations.

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HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

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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 angry Monday!

2009-04-07/Electric_Car

The pictures in the folder 2009-04-07/Electric_Car are from a trip I took out to the Junck Farm with Sara.

We went out there shortly after her parentals had purchased an electric car from 1925. I had no clue that they made electric cars in the 1920s. It seems weird that the technology existed back then and then abandoned it for about 80 years. It is almost as if big oil companies have way too much power. But I’m sure that isn’t the case. Can’t be…


04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car
I almost died in this car years later…

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

04-07-09 - Electric Car

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

Junck Family Adventure

Next week’s walk down will definitely involve the Cadillac of breakfast pastries.

A Photo Journal – Page 36

A week ago I went to my mailbox and found the results sheet from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon sitting in my mailbox waiting for me.

The Iowa State Fair Photography Salon is one of the most prestigious and hardest photo contests in the state. I usually count myself lucky if I get one picture accepted. There have been plenty of years where I have been shutout. It is always with low expectations when I grab the yellow card out of my mailbox and take a look at it:



It would appear that I got one picture accepted and that picture got an award. That is nice. If you pushed me on it, I would probably rather get multiple pictures in rather than an award, however an award comes with a cash prize, so that is nice.

I don’t know what picture got accepted, but I guess this gives you a reason to go to the Iowa State Fair. I will find out when I go to the Photographer’s Reception in early August.

Since I can’t pick up my pictures until the last day of the fair, it looks like I will be going to the fair on the last day again. If you would like to attend with me, let me know. I usually hit the fair about 11 AM on that day. Leave after 10 PM, so this isn’t a trip to be considered lightly. And if you are a woman, for God’s sake, wear sensible shoes!

Unfortunately, there is no badass band like Here Come the Mummies playing on the last day of the fair this year. However, Nelson will be taking the stage at 8 PM that night. Although I confess, I’ll probably try to make my way to the Bill Riley Stage at 8 PM to see Unspoken. They are a Christian rock band.

Looks like all the hands that were in the air to join me at the fair just went down when the bodies they were attached to read the words “Christian rock”. I’m telling you, Unspoken is a solid band and you would probably love the song “Who You Are” and more than enjoy the tune “Reason”. If you don’t like “Start A Fire”, I think you probably just have terrible taste in music.

Hit me up on the horn or the Snapchat or the Insta or the Tweets or the emails if you are interested.

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The other Sunday Brandon joined us for our post-church feeding. I have had my eye on Brandon for awhile now as the model for Page 36 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. I used this chance to get him to come over so we could get Page 36 knocked out.


Photo Journal - Page 36
Page 36 – Use shutter speed to capture anger.

I took several pictures for Page 36 (including one with a camera inside the aquarium), but only one can be physically adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL. Here are some of the other pictures I liked, but will only exist in the tunnels of cyberland:


Photo Journal - Page 36

Photo Journal - Page 36

Photo Journal - Page 36

Photo Journal - Page 36

Photo Journal - Page 36

Photo Journal - Page 36

The shutter speed on these pictures is 1/8000th of a second.

This is the list of pages I have left to capture for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

PAGE 16 – Photograph the last thing that made you laugh.
Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason by Jason Evans.
PAGE 27- Create drama around the edge of your frame.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 31 – Tell a joke with two pictures.
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 73 – Turn form into rhythm.
PAGE 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compse your shot using touch rather than vision.
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
PAGE 116 – Shoot an advert where the image says it all without need for any additional copy.
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds in to your favourite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.
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.

I might be looking for some volunteers to help finish this project off.

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Reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SIGNS:


WEEK 200 -SIGNS
SIGNS

A SIGNS picture is any picture that involves a SIGN(S).

Happy photo harvesting!

President Quest 2020 – Kamala Harris

On July 3 I went down to Water Works Park in Des Moines with Jesse and to meet Russell to see Kamala Harris speak. It was absolutely pouring down rain and Water Works is an outdoor venue.

The Kamala Harris campaign was nice enough to give us ponchos as we waiting in the downpour. After about 10 minutes they came down the line and announced that the event was moved to Confluence Brewing.

This sucked because I was excited to see Kamala Harris. She is the first candidate that I have see that has a legitimate shot of being the next President of the United States. You could make a case for Bernie, but considering his national profile, if he was going to win the nomination his poll numbers would be much better right now. Plus he seems to be fighting for the same voters as Elizabeth Warren and as she surges he becomes more of an afterthought.

I can say that Confluence Brewing is a better venue than the Livery Deli. The lighting isn’t great, but it is better than at the Livery Deli. One thing that is hard to get past is the odor. It is a brewery, so it smells somewhat like rotting hops. Even worse when the person standing next to you is drinking what has to be the world’s strongest smelling beer. Puke.

However, since it was pouring down rain, this was better than nothing.

If you don’t know who Kamala Harris is, here is a little bit about her from her Wiki:

Kamala Devi Harris (/ˈkɑːmələ/ KAH-mə-lə;[1] born October 20, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011, then as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017. On January 21, 2019, she officially announced her campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election.

Harris was born in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In the 1990s, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2004, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

Harris won the election as California’s Attorney General in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 by a wide margin. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female U.S. Senator, and the first of Jamaican or Indian ancestry.[2] Since becoming a Senator, she has supported single-payer healthcare, federal descheduling of cannabis, municipal protection for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, and lowering the tax burden for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest one percent of Americans.

Kamala recently surged in the polls after her performance in the first Democrat Debate. I didn’t get to watch either debate because they happened while I was on the mission trip, but that is the analysis that I digested afterwards.

Here is an example of one of her positions from her campaign website:

OUR AMERICA
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
Affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege. But today in America, the costs of health insurance, surprise bills, and prescription drugs are straining budgets and bankrupting families. Health care simply costs too much and it’s time to take on the powerful special interests that want to continue to put profit over people.

When Kamala’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, it was one of the worst days of her life. But Kamala was so grateful that her mother had Medicare. She believes we must guarantee Medicare-for-All.

Medicare for All will eliminate premiums and out-of-pocket costs. It will guarantee comprehensive care including dental and vision, and ensure Americans are not denied services or doctor choice. It won’t leave anyone behind, including the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and 61 million Americans with disabilities. It will save money by taking profit out of America’s health care system and finally make affordable, universal coverage a reality.

Affordable health care also means lowering the cost of prescription drugs by taking on pharmaceutical manufacturers and private insurance companies. That’s what Kamala has done throughout her career. As Attorney General, she won a more than $320 million settlement from insurance companies that defrauded elderly Californians and people with disabilities. As president, Kamala will continue the fight. She’ll prosecute opioid makers profiting from the health crisis they’ve helped cause, allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription prices, and shut the revolving door between pharmaceutical companies and our government.

Kamala also believes health care will never be a universal right unless we fight back against the constant attacks on women’s health care. That’s why, as Attorney General, Kamala led a coalition of 16 states to urge the Supreme Court to protect women’s access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and, as Senator, fought back against President Trump’s attempts to repeal the law. As president, Kamala will nominate judges who know Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, protect Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund essential health services, and address racial disparities in maternal health care. Reproductive rights are protected by the Constitution and Kamala will keep fighting until those rights are protected and guaranteed in every state.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

I didn’t get a selfie with Kamala. To do that, I would have had to shove several small children out of the way. I have a feeling this isn’t the last time I see Kamala speak though.

Selfie Project – June

Seems like a good to share my favorite pictures from THE SELFIE PROJECT from June.

I don’t know that my June was super active, but at least I actually left the state for the first time since early April.


June 1, 2019
June 1

June 2, 2019
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June 6, 2019
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June 29, 2019
June 29

We are 1/3 of the way through July and I realize, I don’t know if I have done anything this month. I need to get on it!

Happy Birthday Naima!!!

If you are in possession of a Photography 139 Calendar, you know that today is Naima’s birthday! She will probably be lazing around the house most of the night. But I’ll probably take her on a birthday trip to the park. So if you are going to drop by with birthday gifts and birthday wishes, you might want to call ahead to find out her locations.

She prefers dog treats. She isn’t picky. Could probably use some of the breath freshening dog treats. She isn’t big into chew sticks.

Since it is her birthday, seems like a good time to look at some of my favorite Naima pictures from over the years:


Photo of the Day 0003 - May 5, 2014

Naima's Dickcissel Adventure

Naima's Dickcissel Adventure

Naima's Dickcissel Adventure

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima & Tempe

Naima

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima and Noreen

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Dog Pool Party - 2018

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima enjoying a car ride.

Naima - Red Filter Test

2019 Blizzard

2019 Blizzard

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Orange Filter Test

Naima Blue Filter Test

Naima Blue Filter Test

Yellow Filter Test

Naima Green Filter Test

Naima vs. Mother Goose

She was a very good girl this year! I’m sure she will be again this year!

WPC – WEEK 199 – ROAD TRIP

We are approaching the Boone County Fair, which means that I need to select pictures for the Boone County Fair Photo Contest. I am picking those pictures in the same way that I did last year. I’m letting other people pick them for me.

The next FOUR people that text me that they are interested in picking one of my entries will get to pick my five entries for the Boone County Fair. Once you have been selected as a selector, I will send you instructions on how to make your selection.

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I don’t know if it was the holiday or if ROAD TRIP was just a particularly popular theme, but there were several submissions for the ROAD TRIP theme. The submissions were taken as far east as Chicago and as far north as near Canada.

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


WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 199 - ROAD TRIP - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

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 200 -SIGNS
SIGNS!

SIGNS! What a great theme! But what is a SIGNS photo? A SIGNS photo is literally any picture of a SIGN(s). Remember, there is more than one definition of SIGNS.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

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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 signed Monday!