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Selfie Project – September

Seems like as good of a time as any to check in with the Selfie Project. My September was incredibly busy. I had several photo shoots, youth group was back in session, Pufferbilly Days, Iowa State football season is ramping up, and Elainie was back in town.

But I confess that my selfies might not reflect that, it feels like.

Here are my favorite September Selfies:


September 2, 2019
September 2

September 3, 2019
September 3

September 4, 2019
September 4

September 6, 2019
September 6

September 7, 2019
September 7

September 8, 2019
September 8

September 9, 2019
September 9

September 13, 2019
September 13

September 14, 2019
September 14

September 17, 2019
September 17

September 19, 2019
September 19

September 20, 2019
September 20

September 21, 2019
September 21

September 22, 2019
September 22

September 24, 2019
September 24

September 25, 2019
September 25

September 27, 2019
September 27

September 29, 2019
September 29

3 months to go in the Selfie Project. I’m slated to actually leave the state in October. So that is something at least.

WPC – WEEK 211 – RUINS

After STREET PHOTOGRAPHY killed our double digit submissions buzz last week, RUINS brought us all the way back to the glory of double digit submissions! Woot! Woot!

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


WEEK 211 - RUINS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 211 - RUINS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 211 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 211 - RUINS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 211 - RUINS - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 211 - RUINS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 211 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 211 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 211 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 211 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 211 - RUINS - Becky Parmelee
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 211 - RUINS - 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 212 - FRAMED
FRAMED

FRAMED! What a great theme! But what is a FRAMED photo? A FRAMED photo is where the subject matter is framed by objects that aren’t the main subject of the photo. This can be done by putting your subject in a doorway or a window or through any thing that can be used as negative space. They don’t have to be FRAMED on a 4 sides. Of course, there is more than one definition of the term FRAMED.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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 framed Monday!

College Ames Day Eve

I really wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it to College Ames Day, so the Friday night before I went over to at least check out the set.

At the time I was walking around the set, ESPN had yet to announce who was going to be the celebrity guest picker. I was still excited by the possibilities. It obviously should have been Seneca Wallace, but he had already been eliminated. Then it was leaked that the celebrity guest picker was going to be a musician.

The no-brainer in that situation would be Corey Taylor. The out of the box pick would’ve been Neil Diamond.

Later that night, we would find out is was some hillbilly bob named Eric Church. I’m not an expert on a new country music, (although I do enjoy and was raised on old-timey music*), but from what I understand is that modern country music is split into 2 categories. Douche country and tolerable country. Florida-Georgia Line is douche country. I don’t know anything by Eric Church, but just by looking at him, he has to be douche country. He looks like Adam Levine, if Adam Levine was an even bigger douche.

Eric Church capitalized on my belief that he is douche country on College Ames Day, but that is a story for a different blog post.


Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Plenty more pictures from actual College Ames Day coming soon.

*There is even a reference to Hank Williams Sr. in every WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE entry.

Pufferbilly Westminster

On the Sunday of Pufferbilly Days I was once again tapped to do photography for the Pufferbilly Days Pet Show by Kio.

There was a lot of Bennett to the Pet Show as Logan and Mom were both judges. Teresa also showed Mocha. I’d like to say that the show was a smashing success, but as the 11 AM start time approached, there was only one entry, a cat.

Fortunately, a couple were walking a couple dogs past the Pet Show and I was able to wrangle them into entering the Pet Show. I mean, I couldn’t have a cat win Best Overall. Not that I hate cats. A completely false reputation.

I also was able to talk Teresa into entering and I almost got Carla to enter, but she couldn’t get Chloe there in time.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2019

So next year, YOU should bring your pet down to the pet show. A good chance that afterwards, you will be able to claim that your dog is award winning!

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.

2009-05-10

The pictures in the folder 2009-05-10 are from a Mother’s Day Celebration. I think it is the first family celebration I hosted at my current abode. Might have been one of the last.

I don’t know that I will ever host one again because my house is on the smaller side, but I do have a new grill and a “new” 60 year old dining room table that seats 8.

Here are some pictures:


Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

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

Mother’s Day

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a lift and some socks.

A Photo Journal – Page 117

I recently went over to my Grandma’s house with my Mom to take a picture for Page 117 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. I don’t usually explain what the directions for the page before I unleash the picture on the world, but I’m going to explain the theme first this time.

The directions for Page 117 are “Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds into your favorite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.”

I don’t have a favorite film 100%, but I do have at least a handful that I would say are in the conversation. There A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, KING KONG (1933), PSYCHO (1960), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, and INHERIT THE WIND.

I actually went through all of these movies before deciding on INHERIT THE WIND. I know INHERIT THE WIND, so l’ll explain a big of it.

INHERIT THE WIND was directed by Stanley Kramer. Stanley Kramer was an underrated director who also directed THE DEFIANT ONES, ON THE BEACH, JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.

It is a dramatized telling of the Scopes Monkey Trial. The trial in Tennessee in 1925 where John Scopes was put on trial for teaching evolution.

INHERIT THE WIND stars Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond, a dramatized version of Clarence Darrow, who was probably the greatest legal mind in our history. Darrow was Scopes’ defense attorney. Frederic March plays Matthew Harrison Brady, a dramatized version of William Jennings Bryan, who ran for president 3 times, and assisted the prosecutors. Gene Kelly played E.K. Hornbeck, a dramaitzed version of H.L. Mencken, who was a brilliant journalist that covered the trial.

The scene that happens right before the scene that is unfolding at 57 minute 32 second mark of the movie is a “prayer meeting” in the park where the local Pastor (who is also the father of the defendant’s girlfriend) preaches damnation for the defendant and his defenders. Brown is the pastor. Rachel is his daughter:

BROWN

Do we call down hellfire on the man who has sinned against
the Word?

ALL

(Roaring)

Yes!

BROWN

(Deliberately shattering the rhythm, to go into a frenzied

prayer , hands clasped together and lifted heavenward)

O Lord of the Tempest and the Thunder! O Lord of Right-
eousness and Wrath! We pray that Thou wilt make a sign
unto us! Strike down this sinner, as Thou didst Thine enemies
of old, in the days of the Pharaohs! (All lean forward, almost
expecting the heavens to open with a thunderbolt . rachel is
white. Brady shifts uncomfortably in his chair; this is pretty
strong stuff, even for him) Let him feel the terror of Thy
sword! For all eternity, let his soul writhe in anguish and
damnation—

RACHEL

No! (She rushes to the platform) No, Father. Don’t pray
to destroy Bertl

BROWN

Lord, we call down the same curse on those who ask grace
for this sinner— though they be blood of my blood, and flesh
of my flesh!

Brady stops him from going on and preaches a more forgiving brand of Christianity:

BRADY

(Rising, grasping brown’s arm)

Reverend Brown, I know it is the great zeal of your faith
which makes you utter this prayer! But it is possible to be overzealous, to destroy that which you hope to save— so that
nothing is left but emptiness, (brown turns) Remember the
wisdom of Solomon in the Book of Proverbs— ( Softly ) “He
that troubleth his own house . . . shall inherit the wind.”
(braby leads brown to a chair, then turns to the townspeople)
The Bible also tells us that God forgives His children. And
we, the Children of God, should forgive each other, (rachel
slips off) My good friends, return to your homes. The bless-
ings of the Lord be with you all.

After this scene Brady and Drummond (who are old friends) are sitting on the front porch of the boarding house where they are both staying. They are discussing the prayer meeting. Drummond describes it as gilded. Glossy on the outside and hollow on the inside he compared it to a toy he wanted as a child:

BRADY

There used to be a mutuality
of understanding and…
admiration between us, Henry.
Why is it, my old friend, that you’ve…
you’ve moved so far away from me

DRUMMOND

Well, all motion is relative, Matt.
Maybe it’s you who have
moved away by standing still.

BRADY

Hmm.
If progress means abandoning God
abandoning the faith of our fathers…

DRUMMOND

I saw a demonstration of that faith tonight.
it’s a pretty deadly instrument, I’d say.

BRADY

What you saw was a reflection
of the violence and hate
in the world around them,
Henry… your world
But they’re driven to it
because their faith was challenged.
These are simple people, Henry, poor people.
they work hard
and they need to believe in something…
something beautiful.
They’re seeking for something
more perfect than what they have

DRUMMOND

Window shopping for heaven.

BRADY

why do you want to take it
away from them, Henry
it’s all they have…
like a golden chalice of hope.

DRUMMOND

Ah.
Like my golden dancer.

BRADY

Your what?

DRUMMOND

Golden dancer.
She stood in the big side window
in the general store in Wakeman, Ohio.
I’d stand out on the street
and say to myself,
“if I had golden dancer, I’d have
everything in the world I ever wanted. ”
I was about 7 years old at the time
and a great judge of rocking horses.
Golden dancer had a bright-red mane,
blue eyes,
and she was gold all over with purple spots.
And when the sun hit her stirrups,
She was a dazzling sight to behold.
But she was a week’s wages for my father,
So golden dancer and I
always had a big plate-glass window
between us.
And then…
Let’s see…
It couldn’t have been Christmas.
It must have been my birthday.
I woke in the morning,
and there was golden dancer
at the foot of my bed.
Mom had skimped on the groceries,
and my father had worked nights for a month.
I jumped into the saddle,
and I started to rock…
and it broke.

BRADY

No

DRUMMOND

Split in 2. The wood was rotten.
The whole thing was put together
with spit and sealing wax.
All shine and no substance,
And that’s how I feel about that
demonstration I saw tonight, Matt…
All glitter and glamour.
You say you’re giving the people hope
I think you’re stealing their hope.

BRADY

Oh no, Henry…

DRUMMOND

As long as the prerequisite
for that shining paradise
is ignorance, bigotry, and hate…
I say, “the hell with it. “

It is this scene of two old friends sitting on a front porch that inspired me to take this picture:


Photo Journal - Page 117
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds into your favorite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.

I did take a few more pictures that I like, but only one can be physically adhered into the physical PHOTO JOURNAL. Here are a few alternates:


Photo Journal - Page 117

Photo Journal - Page 117

Photo Journal - Page 117

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 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 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compose 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 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.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is RED!


WEEK 206 - RED
RED!

A RED photo is any picture that centers around a subject that is RED.

Happy photo harvesting!

Indianola Balloon Festival – Volume 1

Before we get into pictures from the Indianola Balloon Festival I want to point out that I have been tinkering with the way that the blog comes to the inbox of Photography 139 email subscribers. If you have a gmail email account, you should have noticed the change starting on Tuesday. Rather than getting provided with a link to see the blog post, it should be arriving in your inbox in their entirety. People with other types of email accounts should be seeing this change in the near future as well.

Last year I went to the Indianola Balloon Festival with Carla and my Mom. It was the first time had actually been there and it was pretty cool. It doesn’t look like I’m going to make it there this year, but hopefully make it again in the future. I still have a goal of actually going on a hot air balloon ride at some point.


Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Plenty more hot air balloon pictures in the hopper!

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.

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!