Impromptu

A few weeks back when Bethany and Nora were back for a wedding, we had a little impromptu photo shoot in Shorty’s living room.

This is one of my favorite photos from that photo shoot:




There might be a few more of these that I’ll publish at some point.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 1000
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm
APERTURE: f/4
EXPOSURE: 1/100
DATE: 07/09/16 – 13:31
NO GPS DATA RECORDED
PHOTO ASSISTANT: BETHANY
EDITING SOUNDTRACK: Cheers for the families of fallen police officers. (The DNC.)

Baby Got Boone County Fair

This isn’t exactly new news, because it has been leaked to the social media realm, but here it is:

Team Baby Got Rack cleaned up at the Boone County Fair Barbecue Contest. Baby Got Rack won all the categories except for two. Claiming the title for Turkey, Beef, Combination, and Overall.

This victory has secured Baby Got Rack a berth at the Iowa State Fair’s Barbecue Contest. We will be loading up Scott’s truck and heading down to do battle with the Cyclone State’s best barbecue teams on August 16th. It is a Tuesday, but if you are at the Fair, I invite you to come look us up.

After we were given our victor’s crown, we put our fedoras back on and posed for a picture.



Photo Credit: Mel D.

There will be a plethora of pictures from the competition published at some point. That point is when I get a chance to edit them. A smart person would be able to figure out how to look at the unedited pictures through this blog… but I digress.

One other thing. Let me put a bug in your ear. Baby Got Rack will be defending our People’s Choice Award at the Pufferbilly Days Barbecue Contest in about 6 weeks. I invite you to come down for that and help us defend our title against 23 other barbecue teams. More information on that as it becomes available.

Silver Efex Pro 2 Volume 2

A look at the remainder of the default filters in the Silver Efex Pro 2 filter from the Nik Plugin Collection.


Original Image
Original Image

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FINE ART HIGH KEY FRAMED
Fine Art High Key Framed

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - TRISTE 1
Triste 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - TRISTE 2
Triste 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - WET ROCKS
Wet Rocks

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FULL CONTRAST AND STRUCTURE
Full Contrast and Structure

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - SILHOUETTE
Silhouette

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - DARK SEPIA
Dark Sepia

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - SOFT SEPIA
Soft Sepia

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - COOL TONES 1
Cool Tones 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - COOL TONES 2
Cool Tones 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FILM NOIR 1
Film Noir 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FILM NOIR 2
Film Noir 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FILM NOIR 3
Film Noir 3

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - YELLOWED 1
Yellowed 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - YELLOWED 2
Yellowed 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - ANTIQUE PLATE 1
Antique Plate 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - ANTIQUE PLATE 2
Antique Plate 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - PINHOLE
Pinhole

ORIGINAL CREATION
My Original Creation

That should close out our look at the Nik Plugin Collection.

But I cannot complete this post with out wishing a hap, happiest birthday to long time Photography 139 supporter, Russell!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 45 – FLOWER

There was a tremendous reaction to FLOWER. Lots of participation! How exciting!

The submissions for FLOWER:


WEEK 45 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 3
Carla Stensland 3

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 4
Carla Stensland 4

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 5
Carla Stensland 5

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest 1

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest 2

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 45 - BECKY PERKOVICH - FLOWER
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

Another 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 46 - ART
ART!

What is ART? I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.

Get out there and get a picture of your favorite sculpture or mural or stained glass window. Take a picture of somebody creating art. Somebody doing art. Something that is used to make art. Make you are arrogant enough to think any time you click the shutter release you make ART. I’m not here to judge. As always, though define the theme any way that you want. Maybe you know a guy named Art, I wish I did.

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. Nobody new has displayed their class, taste, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try to do better next week.

That’s all I got, 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 artistic Monday.

Silver Efex Pro 2 Volume 1

I thought now would be a good time to take another look at a filter from the Nik Plugin Collection. This time, we will look at the default filters in the Silver Efex Pro 2 collection. There are 38 of them, so I’ll split this into 2 posts.

The Silver Efex Pro 2 filter is a quick, easy, and powerful way to convert any image into black & white with a myriad of options.

Here is the first batch.


Original Image
Original Image

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - NEUTRAL
Neutral

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - UNDEREXPOSED
Underexposed

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - OVEREXPOSED
Overexposed

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - HIGH CONTRAST HARSH
High Contrast Harsh

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - HIGH CONTRAST SMOOTH
High Contrast Smooth

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 = HIGH STRUCTURE HARSH
High Structure Harsh

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - HIGH STRUCTURE SMOOTH
High Structure Smooth

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - HIGH KEY 1
High Key 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - HIGH KEY 2
High Key 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - LOW KEY 1
Low Key 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - LOW KEY 2
Low Key 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - PUSH PROCESS 1
Push Process 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - PUSH PROCESS 2
Push Process 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FULL DYNAMIC HARSH
Full Dynamic Harsh

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FULL DYNAMIC SMOOTH
Full Dynamic Smooth

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FULL SPECTRUM INVERSE
Full Spectrum Inverse

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FULL SPECTRUM
Full Spectrum

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - GRAD NV 1
Grad NV 1

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - GRAD 2
Grad NV 2

SILVER EFEX PRO 2 - FINE ART

Fine Art

It is the same subject, with the same composition, but each filter suggest a slightly different emotion. Will look at the rest of the filters soon.

Another Lily?

Yep. Another lily. I’ve got a ton of them!




That just counts the lily pictures from my own yard.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 60mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 07/15/16 – 18:43
LATITUDE: 42.05527°
LONGITUDE: -93.87072°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Naima
EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “Highway 69” by UnHingd