Category Archives: Naima

Just for You to Say You’re Not the Compliment Type

One of my unwritten (spoiler: they are all unwritten) goals for 2023 it to bring back the wishing of happy birthdays to the important people in my life.

So happy birthday Tim!



If I don’t wish you a birthday of happiness on this website, it is because I forgot, or don’t know when your birthday is, or don’t love you. You will have to figure out which one it is.

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One of these days, I’m going to get back to Formal Portrait Sunday. I swear it. But, this isn’t this Sunday. This Sunday I’m going to clean out all the pictures from February of last year that just didn’t have a spot in other posts for various reasons.


Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Just for You to Say You're Not the Compliment Type

Another month cleaned up. Feels pretty good!

Selfie Project – December 2022

Time to share the December images from THE SELFIE PROJECT. I don’t know I did a tremendous lot in December, but I think there are a few good pictures in there.

Here are my favorite December images:


Day 335 - December 1, 2022
December 1

Day 337 - December 3, 2022
December 3

Day 339 - December 5, 2022
December 5

Day 340 - December 6, 2022
December 6

Day 342 - December 8, 2022
December 8

Day 344 - December 10, 2022
December 10

Day 346 - December 12, 2022
December 12

Day 347 - December 13, 2022
December 13

Day 348 - December 14, 2022
December 14

Day 349 - December 15, 2022
December 15

Day 350 - December 16, 2022
December 16

Day 351 - December 17, 2022
December 17

Day 352 - December 18, 2022
December 18

Day 353 - December 19, 2022
December 19

Day 354 - December 20, 2022
December 20

Day 355 - December  21, 2022
December 21

Day 356 - December 22, 2022
December 22

Day 357 - December 23, 2022
December 23

Day 358 - December 24, 2022
December 24

Day 359 - December 25, 2022
December 25

Day 360 - December 26, 2022
December 26

Day 361 - December 27, 2022
December 27

Day 363 - December 29, 2022
December 29

Day 364 - December 30, 2022
December 30

Day 365 - December 31, 2022
December 31

Day 366 - January 1, 2023
January 1

Then I had to make a photomosaic out of the 365 THE SELFIE PROJECT images of what I looked like on January 1:


The Photomosaic from the 2022 SELFIE PROJECT.

I’m not doing THE SELFIE PROJECT in 2023. Maybe I’ll bring it back in 2024. But it isn’t happening in 2023. Sorry to all this disappoints.

Hello 2023.

It is the first day of 2023. I’m not really a “resolutions” person. Pastor Adam was on vacation today so we had a substitute seromizer in church this morning. He gave an impassioned, longwinded sermon on resolve. It took more than a bit of my resolve to stay awake during the longest sermon these ears have heard in quite sometime.

But if I were to take the words on resolve to heart, I would say that I’m not without goals. Last year my main goal was to complete THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. I did that.

My main goal in 2023 is to complete Phase 2 of THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT and put the book together. I should be freeing up sometime to work on that buy dropping a couple of photo projects that I did in 2022.

My second goal in 2023 is to begin work and complete my new photo project. Details are still foggy, but it is to create Boone postcard. Not a bunch of Boone postcards. Not even to print up a bunch of one Boone postcard. But to make one big image of one Boone postcard. While the end goal is one image, it will involve taking at least several hundred (probably thousand) images. It will make more sense when I get going on it.

My third goal in 2023 is to keep the positive momentum that was achieved in 2022 in participation rates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I’m not likely to go out and beat the drums looking for participants, but doesn’t mean you guys can’t. Right?

My fourth goal in 2023 is to consider and maybe take action on visiting and photographing every State Park in Iowa.
That seems more straight forward than it actually is because in addition to State Parks there are State Forests and State Preserves and State Recreation Areas. Boone County contains 3 Minor State Forests alone! We will see where this one goes, but we all know I could use the exercise.

I don’t have any goals related to the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. That type of stuff is a considerable amount of luck. So best not to have goals that are out of one’s hands. Maybe my goal should just be to give my best effort.

Hopefully 2023 is a good year for all of us!

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Time to share the December images for the FatMumSlim Photo A Day Challenge. This is also the final collection of images as I will be dropping this pursuit in 2023. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it still eats up a fair amount of time. Hopefully time freed up that I can use to pursue some of those 2023 goals.

Here are the December images:


December 1
December 1 – I Love This!

December 2
December 2 – I Bought This!

December 3
December 3 – Starts with T

December 4
December 4 – I Held This

December 5
December 5 – Something Red

December 6
December 6 – Peace

December 7
December 7 – Tree

December 8
December 8 – Looking Up

December 9
December 9 – Small

December 10
December 10 – Out + About

December 11
December 11 – Free Choice

December 12
December 12 – Lights

December 13
December 13 – Something Green

December 14
December 14 – Decoration

December 15
December 15 – A Star

December 16
December 16 – Candy Cane

December 17
December 17 – A Hat

December 18
December 18 – I Made This!

December 19
December 19 – Joy Is…

December 20
December 20 – Begins with S

December 21
December 21 – On the Floor

December 22
December 22 – A Gift

December 23
December 23 – A Tradition

December 24
December 24 – Someone I Love

December 25
December 25 – My Day

December 26
December 26 – This is Delish

December 27
December 27 – Colourful

December 28
December 28 – A Book

December 29
December 29 – Us

December 30
December 30 – How I Relax

December 31
December 31 – Best Part of 2022

Top 9
Top 9 Most Popular Images

I did enjoy this project and I’m not walking away from it because I didn’t enjoy it. I “met” numerous other people in this community that I will continue to follow, like @bea.photoaday, @sara.fms.photoaday, @outnbout, @gerkgirl, @pink_koffie, and @lostfate13.

But there were other things I didn’t like. Most people used the challenge to curate images, rather than take new images every day. The person that ran the challenge is Australian. That meant that a lot of the prompts were seasonal for Australia, meaning they weren’t seasonal for Iowa. Prompts repeated an awful lot. Not that they wouldn’t after 365 days, but I felt like they repeated more than necessary.

These minor complaints aside, I would consider doing it again in a future year. Just not this year. I’m sure many of you have minor complaints about how I run THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE as well.

WPC – WEEK 380 – EXPLORE

It is time to reveal the July image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - July
July

This picture was taken just west of I-35 on Highway 3. I pulled over on my way home from a TOWN SIGN PROJECT harvesting trip to take tis picture. A sunset in a break in the clouds in the rainstorm. It was too beautiful to not to stop and enjoy it.

There is no particular reason this picture was set for July, other than it had to go somewhere. That was a great story.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: SONY ILCE-7M2
DATE: APRIL 23, 7:33 PM
LENS: TAMRON 28-75 f/2.8
FOCAL LENGHTH: 75mm
APERTURE: f/18
EXPOSURE: 1/80
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS: -.7

Tomorrow I will reveal the August picture for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

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It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. Some people refer to this as The Kio Dettman Rule. Even though it isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique? The goal is NOT to take as many picture for the theme as possible. The goal is to take the best picture for the theme you can, during the week.

The three photo suggestion would better be referred to as The Kio Dettman Suggestion or The Kio Dettman Best Practice.

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week. Although we did hit 30 participants last week, so maybe a hard limit of 1 per person is on the horizon.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up again for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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Was EXPLORE a popular theme or did get shot down in flames by the Ghost of Christmas Present? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 19, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Sarah Karber – 2 weeks
6-Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
7-Willy McAlpine – 5 weeks
8-Tamara Peterson – 7 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 13 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 21 weeks
12-Sarah Toot – 22 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 23 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 26 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 30 weeks (2)
16-Kim Barker – 36 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 37 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 39 weeks (2)
19-Teresa Kahler – 48 weeks (2)
20-Carla Stensland – 48 weeks (2)
21-Michelle Haupt – 49 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 50 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 51 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 52 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 56 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 57 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 59 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 61 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 52 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 27 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 53 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 19 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 49 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 49 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 57 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 31 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 58 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 38 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 37 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 62 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 22 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 40 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 51 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 50 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 23 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 60 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 8 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 49 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine

23 participants. Not a great week, but it is to be expected, considering a somewhat abstract theme and the Christmas holiday.

I received submissions (assumptions on my part) from Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas.

I took my picture about 5 miles from my front door.

As you can guess it was a streak bloodbath. Suzie and Vest couldn’t extend their streaks to 2. Sarah’s streak went kaput at 2 weeks. Jesse’s streak ended at 5. 13 wasn’t a lucky number for Sara. Worst of all, Monica’s 23 week streak is gone.

But it wasn’t all bad news. Andy joined the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

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 381 - BODY PART
BODY PART

BODY PART! What a great final theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a BODY PART image? Simply put, it is a picture where a major compositional element of the image is a BODY PART. Doesn’t have to be your BODY PART. Could be somebody else’s. It could belong to an animal. There are so many BODY PART(s) to choose from! Heads. Shoulders. Knees. Toes. Just to name a few.

While considering possible subjects for your BODY PART picture, meditate on the following quotes:

Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.
-Cindy Crawford

People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.
-Salma Hayek

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of BODY PART in this place that consists of lots of my parts put to work next Monday.

Caroline

Today I reveal the March image for the 2023 Photography Calendar.


2023 Calendar - March
March

I took this picture of this American Gothic barn near Mount Vernon, Iowa on a TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trip with Michelle on November 14, 2021.

Here is a picture of us standing in front of it:


Day 318 - November 14, 2021

Here are some fun facts about the picture:

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: Sigma 28-75 F/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 53 mm
FIELD OF VIEW: 37.5 degrees
APERTURE: f/4.5
SHUTTER: 1/200
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS: +.3

I also Photoshopped a powerline out of the image… cause I hate powerlines.

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Hello I’m looking for a friend I lost some time ago
Your mother says she wants her girl back home
Sometimes you think you’ve found yourself you really only lost yourself
Or maybe you’re afraid to be alone
-Brandi Carlile

Thursday is for flowers! Today I’m sharing the final collection of flowertography pictures I took on August 14, 2022.


Through Dirt - 2022

Hush - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Caroline

Caroline

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

So Does Hope - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline

Nora was infatuated with moonflowers, which shows she has great taste!

More flower pictures next Thursday!

WPC – WEEK 377 – ANIMAL

Did ANIMAL inspire a lot of people to get out there and photograph their favorite furry or feathered creatures? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 28, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Sarah Karber – 2 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 4 weeks
7-Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 10 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 18 weeks
12-Sarah Toot – 19 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 20 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 23 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 27 weeks
16-Kim Barker – 33 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 35 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 36 weeks
19-Teresa Kahler – 45 weeks (2)
20-Carla Stensland – 45 weeks (3)
21-Michelle Haupt – 46 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 47 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 48 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 53 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 54 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 56 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 58 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHAWN LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 11 weeks (Assisted by Shawn Lockner)

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 15 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 19 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 20 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 21 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 24 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 28 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 34 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 36 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 37 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 47 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 48 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 49 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 50 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 54 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 55 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 57 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 59 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 480 weeks


29 participants! That is a great week!

Had submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and St. Thomas of the Virgin Islands.

My picture was taken about 15 steps from my back door, but with this week’s theme I will have to travel farther than that.

There were no big milestones and only two streaks came to an end. Sarah Karber’s 2 week streak came to a halt. Surprising when she is a big dog lover. Becky Parmelee (another big dog lover) had her streak halt at 6 weeks. There could have been more dogs!

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 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY? Besides consistently the least popular theme… every single year. This is the most important thing to note: it is NOT a picture of a street. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is photography that is done in a public place. The most popular version would be candid portraits, but it doesn’t have to be a portrait. It can be anything found in public. Like a piece of public art. Anything you find in public that interests you.

And if you think you need some extra inspiration, look into the works of Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Besson, Saul Leiter, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand. Some of the greatest street photographers of all-time.

Vivian Maier’s history is particularly interesting, and worth a Google search.

While thinking about possible subject, meditate on the following quote:

Street photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.
-Thomas Leuthard

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of STREET PHOTOGRAPHY in this place that learned many a lesson on the streets next Monday.

Selfie Project – November 2022

I don’t know that November was a particularly active month for me. It is getting to the hardest part of the year to do this project. The sun isn’t up when I go to work. It is barely up when I get off work. That being said, I think I took a few decent picture in November for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Day 305 - November 1, 2022
November 1

Day 307 - November 3, 2022
November 3

Day 308 - November 4, 2022
November 4

Day 309 - November 5, 2022
November 5

Day 310 - November 6, 2022
November 6

Day 312 - November 8, 2022
November 8

Day 313 - November 9, 2022
November 9

Day 314 - November 10, 2022
November 10

Day 315 - November 11, 2022
November 11

Day 316 - November 12, 2022
November 12

Day 317 - November 13, 2022
November 13

Day 319 - November 15, 2022
November 15

Day 321 - November 17, 2022
November 17

Day 323 - November 19, 2022
November 19

Day 324 - November 20, 2022
November 20

Day 325 - November 21, 2022
November 21

Day 326 - November 22, 2022
November 22

Day 327 - November 23, 2022
November 23

Day 328 - November 24, 2022
November 24

Day 329 - November 25, 2022
November 25

Day 331 - November 27, 2022
November 27

Day 332 - November 28, 2022
November 28

Day 333 - November 29, 2022
November 29

I don’t know that I’ll be that active in December either. But I’ll try.

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


WEEK 377 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

ANIMAL! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an ANIMAL picture? Simply put it is a picture of an ANIMAL. It can be a wild ANIMAL or it can be a pet or it can be a stuffed ANIMAL or it can be a statue of an ANIMAL. It can be a dog or a bird or a squirrel or a fish or a lizard or a dog or a deer or a possum or a dog or a hamster or a rat or a dog or a bear or an alligator or a dog.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 376 – IN THE AIR

It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. Some people refer to this as The Kio Dettman Rule. Even though it isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique? The goal is NOT to take as many picture for the theme as possible. The goal is to take the best picture for the theme you can, during the week.

The three photo suggestion would better be referred to as The Kio Dettman Suggestion or The Kio Dettman Best Practice.

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week. Although we did hit 30 participants last week, so maybe a hard limit of 1 per person is on the horizon.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up again for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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Was IN THE AIR a popular theme? Or did people eat too much Thanksgiving turkey to participate? The answer is blowin’ in the wind, so you will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 21, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jesse Howard – 1 week
2-Sarah Karber – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Tamara Peterson – 3 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 9 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 13 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 14 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 17 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 18 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 19 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 22 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 26 weeks (3)
14-Kim Barker – 32 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 34 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 35 weeks (2)
17-Teresa Kahler – 44 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 44 weeks (3)
19-Michelle Haupt – 45 weeks
20-Micky Augustin – 46 weeks
21-Andy Sharp – 47 weeks
22-Bill Wentworth – 48 weeks
23-Cathie Morton – 52 weeks
24-Elizabeth Nordeen – 53 weeks
25-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 55 weeks
26-Kio Dettman – 57 weeks (2)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 23 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 33 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 47 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 58 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 18 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 2 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 4 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 19 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 35 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 48 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 45 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 27 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 54 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 10 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 53 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 45 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 56 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 20 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 46 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks


29 participants! That is a great week! Especially considering there was a major holiday smack in the middle!

I received submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Colorado this week. That is a lot of places!

I took my picture in my back yard.

There were once again 3 Sara(h)s participating. Over 10 percent of the participants.

Sara Lockner reached the double digit streak club! WooHoo!

Another great development was that no streaks were snapped this week! WooHoo!

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 377 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

ANIMAL! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an ANIMAL picture? Simply put it is a picture of an ANIMAL. It can be a wild ANIMAL or it can be a pet or it can be a stuffed ANIMAL or it can be a statue of an ANIMAL. It can be a dog or a bird or a squirrel or a fish or a lizard or a dog or a deer or a possum or a dog or a hamster or a rat or a dog or a bear or an alligator or a dog.

While considering possible subjects for your theme, meditate on the following quote:


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened, Michelle.
-Anatole France

I might have added the Michelle part.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of ANIMAL in this place that doesn’t have enough dog pictures next Monday.

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

Today I’m going to share a collection of images that I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme BLACK & WHITE, but they didn’t make the cut. As you know, BLACK & WHITE is my first love in photography and therefore will always be a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. And with that statement, now you know 1 of the 52 themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The other 51 will remain a mystery for the time being.

In this collection are pictures of Logan that are similar to the image I ultimately chose as my interpretation of the theme. There are also pictures of Naima sitting on our couch and pictures taken in McHose Park. These pictures were taken back in January as BLACK & WHITE was the first theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There were 29 other submissions for it.

Here are the rejected:


I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

You might look at the last picture of Logan and be thinking, “Hey, wait a second! That picture isn’t black and white! What is with these shenanigans!”

That picture was originally taken in black and white and then I colorized it with a neural filter in Photoshop. Someday I might cover the neural filters in Photoshop. I’d like to get back to some of the “how-to” posts again in the future. Hopefully I’ll get back to that, someday. But even a fool will tell you…

The swirl effect in the last two pictures of Logan are 100% in-camera effect though. No how to post on that coming though.

Again Today

Broken sticks and broken stones
Will turn to dust just like our bones
It’s words that hurt the most now isn’t it
Are you sad inside, are you home alone
If I could just pick up the phone
Maybe you could see a better day
And you won’t waste away
Under my watchful eye
Because I’m your hero and you’re my weakness

Who’s gonna break my fall
When the spinning starts
The colors bleed together and fade
Was it ever there at all
Or have I lost my way
The path of least resistance
Is catching up with me again today

I’m broken down, not good enough
The broken promises add up
To twice their weight in tears which I have caused

I’m afraid to sink, I’m afraid to swim
I’m sad to say I miss my friends
I know that I’m supposed to step away
But they need me to stay and keep a watchful eye
On all my heroes and all their demons
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. And sometimes, for pictures of Naima scratching herself. These flower pictures were taken in my yard on August 9.


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Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

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Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

I love our Flower Thursdays!