Category Archives: Naima

Fat Mum Slim – May 2022

On Tuesday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. It was month of random prompts and I think for the most part, there is some good work mixed in with mediocre work. The kind of thing you get with a Photo A Day Challenge. This month I took pictures in 3 different states. Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota. I’m not sure how many different towns I took pictures in, but for sure it was Boone, Miami, Miami Beach, Des Moines, Ames, Nevada, Alta Vista, and Minneapolis. A few in rural areas as well.

Here are May’s pictures:


May 1
May 1 – This is Me

May 2
May 2 – Good Morning

May 3
May 3 – Free Choice

May 4
May 4 – Trees

May 5
May 5 – Mirrors

May 6
May 6 – Leaf

May 7
May 7 – View from Here

May 8
May 8 – Love

May 9
May 9 – A Seat

May 10
May 10 – Where I Stood

May 11
May 11 – Something Small

May 12
May 12 – In Nature – See the turtle?

May 13
May 13 – Green

May 14
May 14 – Sunshine

May 15
May 15 – Upside Down

May 16
May 16 – This Season

May 17
May 17 – A Shape

May 18
May 18 – A Door

May 19
May 19 – Creative

May 20
May 20 – I Read This…

May 21
May 21 – Waves

May 22
May 22 – Flying

May 23
May 23 – Stairs

May 24
May 24 – A Pair

May 25
May 25 – Something Warm

May 26
May 26 – Pink

May 27
May 27 – Lucky

May 28
May 28 – Horizon

May 29
May 29 – A Car

May 30
May 30 – Sky

May 31
May 31 – This is Also Me

The plant that is in the picture for May 6 is also the plant in the picture for May 17.

There is only one prompt for the month of June. That is Grateful. The instructions are simply take a photo each day of something you’re grateful for.

This could be a very difficult month or a very easy one. I have a ton of things in my life to be grateful for, so in theory it should be pretty easy. But on the other hand, it is actually coming in to contact with those things (or more directly people) to get the pictures that I want in my head. I’ll at least try to make it happen. Or maybe my Instagram feed will just be filled with 30 pictures of nonsense. It could break either way.

Remember, you can follow along with this project on the daily at the Instagram account I’ve created just for this project at @fmsbennett.

Here’s hoping June goes well and that you are grateful you get to see those pictures.

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


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

But what is a FLOWER picture? Simply put, a FLOWER picture is any picture where a FLOWER is a major compositional element of the picture. The FLOWER can be real. The FLOWER can be fake. The FLOWER can be a artistic rendering. There are so many options!

Happy photo harvesting!

SELFIE PROJECT – MAY 2022

After what was a fairly inactive April, I seemed to be constantly on the move in May. That possibly resulted in an interesting collection of images for THE SELFIE PROJECT.

Here are some of my favorites from May:


Day 121 - May 1, 2022
May 1

Day 123 - May 3, 2022
May 3

Day 124 - May 4, 2022
May 4

Day 125 - May 5, 2022
May 5

Day 126 - May 6, 2022
May 6

Day 127 - May 7, 2022
May 7

Day 128 - May 8, 2022
May 8

Day 129 - May 9, 2022
May 9

Day 130 - May 10, 2022
May 10

Day 131 - May 11, 2022
May 11

Day 132 - May 12, 2022
May 12

Day 133 - May 13, 2022
May 13

Day 134 - May 14, 2022
May 14

Day 135 - May 15, 2022
May 15

Day 136 - May 16, 2022
May 16

Day 137 - May 17, 2022
May 17

Day 138 - May 18, 2022
May 18

Day 139 - May 19, 2022
May 19

Day 141 - May 21, 2022
May 21

Day 143 - May 23, 2022
May 23

Day 144 - May 24, 2022
May 24

Day 145 - May 25, 2022
May 25

Day 147 - May 27, 2022
May 27

Day 148 - May 28, 2022
May 28

Day 150 - May 30, 2022
May 30

Day 151 - May 31, 2022
May 31

Now there can only be one selfie per day, but I took a ton of other selfies in May. Here are some of my favorite alternates:


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I’m pretty sure June won’t be as active as May. For one thing, the Computer Mine won’t be sending me out of state for 7 days. However, I hope June is in the ballpark of good times that I had in May.

Selfie Project – April 2022

Another month is down for THE SELFIE PROJECT. I feel that April was an okay month. I didn’t probably have as many adventures as I thought I might. But I had a few more than I thought, when I started looking back. Maybe May will have plenty of adventure. We will see how that trip to Miami works out. Right now, I’m trying to figure out how many fedoras to pack. I special ordered a baseball hat to go to a MLB game. I don’t really wear baseball hats because I am an adult*, but I feel having one special one in the rotation won’t hurt me too much.

Here are some of my favorites from April:


Day 91 - April 1, 2022
April 1

Day 92 - April 2, 2022
April 2

Day 93 - April 3, 2022
April 3

Day 94 - April 4, 2022
April 4

Day 97 - April 7, 2022
April 7

Day 98 - April 8, 2022
April 8

Day 99 - April 9, 2022
April 9

Day 100 - April 10, 2022
April 10

Day 102 - April 12, 2022
April 12

Day 105 - April 15, 2022
April 15

Day 106 - April 16, 2022
April 16

Day 107 - April 17, 2022
April 17

Day 110 - April 20, 2022
April 20

Day 111 - April 21, 2022
April 21

Day 112 - April 22, 2022
April 22

Day 113 - April 23, 2022
April 23

Day 114 - April 24, 2022
April 24

Day 116 - April 26, 2022
April 26

Day 117 - April 27, 2022
April 27

Day 119 - April 29, 2022
April 29

Day 120 - April 30, 2022
April 30

There can only be one selfie per day, so here are some alternates from April:


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Hopefully May is eventful in all the good ways.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens

Back in October I picked up a new Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens. I always meant to right and in depth piece on it, and well, here we are… almost seven months lately and I haven’t even gotten to look at the first set of pictures I took with the lens. Until today!

Here are some of the specs of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens:

Focal Length: 28-75
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Aperture Blades: 9 (circular)
Minimum Focal Distance 7.1″ (Wide)/15″ (Tele)
Filter Size: 67mm
Minimum Aperture: f/22

Here are the first pictures I took with this lens. Mostly pictures of Naima:


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Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

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So far I have loved this lens. It is a good standby lens since it covers the focal distances that are used the most. My lens philosophy is still that it is best to use a prime lens over a zoom lens, but zoom lenses have come a long way. I do still enjoy giving somebody a camera with a prime lens and asking them to take a picture, just to here them ask, “How do I zoom?”

To which I always get to respond, “With your feet.”

Fat Mum Slim – March 2022

Last Thursday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. I don’t know how many winners are this month, but I think there are at least a couple of them in there.

Here are the pictures from March:


March 1
March 1 – the weather

March 2
March 2 – something in my kitchen

March 3
March 3 – skyline

March 4
March 4 – makes you feel nostalgic

March 5
March 5 – books

March 6
March 6 – a corner

March 7
March 7 – a bus stop

March 8
March 8 – sunset

March 9
March 9 – from inside the car

March 10
March 10 – a meal you made

March 11
March 11 – somewhere with a good view

March 12
March 12 – an insect

March 13
March 13 – a close-up

March 14
March 14 – something you’ve never photographed

March 15
March 15 – a playground

March 16
March 16 – a local café

March 17
March 17 – something you think is boring

March 18
March 18 – flowers

March 19
March 19 – a grocery store

March 20
March 20 – something weird

March 21
March 21 – a colourful place

March 22
March 22 – a garden

March 23
March 23 – a leaf

March 24
March 24 – a sunbeam

March 25
March 25 – graffiti

March 26
March 26 – an empty road

March 27
March 27 – a tree

March 28
March 28 – a shop window

March 29
March 29 – an old building

March 30
March 30 – a stranger

March 31
March 31

I post these pictures daily on my Fat Mum Slim Instagram account. You can follow that here:

@fmsbennett

The April prompts are all food related:

April 1 – ON MY PLATE
April 2 – A VEGETABLE
April 3 – A FRUIT
April 4 – BREAKFAST
April 5 – LUNCH
April 6 – DINNER
April 7 – RAW
April 8 – COOKED
April 9 – IN MY PANTRY
April 10 – DESSERT
April 11 – A GREEN FOOD
April 12 – SNACK
April 13 – A FAVE RECIPE
April 14 – INGREDIENT
April 15 – KITCHEN
April 16 – 2 THINGS
April 17 – A DRINK
April 18 – A WHITE FOOD
April 19 – HEALTHY
April 20 – INDULGENT
April 21 – A RED FOOD
April 22 – SAVOURY
April 23 – SWEET
April 24 – IN MY CUP
April 25 – ON MY FORK
April 26 – YUK!
April 27 – I EAT HERE!
April 28 – THIS IS DELICIOUS
April 29 – UTENSIL
April 30 – IN MY BOWL

Hopefully there are some winners in this month too!

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


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GRATITUDE

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

But what exactly is a GRATITUDE picture? It is simply a picture of something or somebody that you are thankful for. It could also be somebody showing thanks as well.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 342 – FRAMED

FRAMED has proven to be a theme that is fair in popularity.

As of 10:59 AM on Monday, April 4, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Kim Barker – 1 week
+ Linda Bennett – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Monica Henning – 2 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 10 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 10 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 11 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 12 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 13 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 14 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 18 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 19 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 21 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 24 weeks

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 342 - FRAMED - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 3 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 1 week

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 14 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 1 week

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WEEK 342 - FRAMED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 25 weeks

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WEEK 342 - FRAMED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 11 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 22 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 15 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 12 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 19 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 2 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 11 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 3 weeks

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Logan Kahler

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 20 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 13 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 11 weeks

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

26 submissions from 21 participants! That is a solid week!

There were only 4 streaks snapped this week. Kim, Layla, and Sara could not build on their submissions from last week. Becky had her two week snapped.

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 25 weeks
2. Shannon – 22 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 20 weeks
4. Cathie – 19 weeks
5. Bill – 15 weeks

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:


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GRATITUDE

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

But what exactly is a GRATITUDE picture? It is simply a picture of something or somebody that you are thankful for. It could also be somebody showing thanks as well.

While considering possible GRATITUDE subjects, meditate on the following quote:

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
– William Faulkner

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

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 our idea of GRATITUDE in this place that I am thankful for next Monday.

Selfie Project – March 2022

Tomorrow is the Final Four. Thought it would be a good time to check-in on the Roundball Oracles.

With 3 games left to go in the NCAA tournament this is the Top 3:

1. Becky Parmelee – 231 Points
2. Carla Stensland – 229 Points
3. Angie DeWaard – 224 points

This is the Bottom 3:

34. Joey Randazzo – 143 points
35. Olivia Baier – 141 points
36. Toby Sebring – 140 points

At this point, there are 4 people left that have a chance of taking home the Championship Trophy. 2 people still have a shot at The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for The Sara:

If Villanova beats Kansas then Toby “wins” The Sara.
If Kansas beats Villanova then Joey “wins” The Sara.

Note as Olivia Baier is a child, she is not eligible for The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for the Championship:

If Duke wins the National Championship then Sarah Karber wins the trophy.
If Kansas wins the National Championship then Ben Baier wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats Duke for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Villanova for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Kansas for the National Championship then Ben wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats North Carolina for the National Championship then Derrick Gorshe wins the trophy.

It is possible, that there is an error in my math, but I’m fairly certain this is correct.

Root accordingly.

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I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I think I actually did some stuff in March. I didn’t go to Pennsylvania and Illinois (briefly) and North Carolina (briefly), but I did stand in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota all at the same time. I ate the reigning Best Tenderloin in Iowa. I went to two Iowa State NCAA Tournament games. I stood on the highest point in Iowa and the second highest. I hosted Alligator Movie Night. I had some good times with friends and some poignant times with family. March wasn’t too bad. Raised the bar a bit for April.

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from March:


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Day 62 - March 3, 2022
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Day 63 - March 4, 2022
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Day 64 - March 5, 2022
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Day 66 - March 7, 2022
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Day 67 - March 8, 2022
March 8

Day 68 - March 9, 2022
March 9

Day 70 - March 11, 2022
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Day 71 - March 12, 2022
March 12

Day 72 - March 13, 2022
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Day 74 - March 15, 2022
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Day 75 - March 16, 2022
March 16

Day 76 - March 17, 2022
March 17

Day 77 - March 18, 2022
March 18

Day 78 - March 19, 2022
March 19

Day 79 - March 20, 2022
March 20

Day 80 - March 21, 2022
March 21

Day 82 - March 23, 2022
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Day 84 - March 25, 2022
March 25

Day 85 - March 26, 2022
March 26

Day 88 - March 29, 2022
March 29

Day 89 - March 30, 2022
March 30

Day 90 - March 31, 2022
March 31

Oh yeah! I also bought a new camera in March! I hope to continue to do good work in April!

Of course, there can only be one selfie for each day. Here are my favorite alternates I took for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


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Jesse is a sleeper!

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


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FRAMED

But what exactly is a FRAMED picture? It is simply a picture where the subject is FRAMED in by something else. In the theme reveal, the edge of the garbage can makes a frame for the subject of the refuse. A doorway makes a good frame. So does a hall way. A window Any thing that creates negative space makes a great frame for your subject. Or you could even do something as easy as taking a picture of something that is in a literal picture frame.

Happy photo harvesting!

New New

It has been a long time since I bought a new camera. Something like 3 years. I had circled early 2022 as the time to make the move as I am committed to Sony (as it is a family tradition by default)* and their mirrorless system (because it is the best camera system on the market) and the new Sony A7IV was due to come out then.

I ordered it and then waited. I got a tracking number from B&H Photo and saw that it was being shipped by FedEx, the worst of the worst when it comes to shipping companies. I now knew it was like a 50-50 chance I would ever see my camera. Yes, I’m still fuming over the fact that they delivered my bed to the people who live across the street and then east last year. It is not an easy task hauling a bed from all the way down there to my house.

I had the A7IV shipped to the computer mine because based on when it was due to arrive, that is where I would be and if FedEx was delivering to a business instead of a house, maybe there would be a greater chance they wouldn’t mess things up.

On Wednesday, I was mining away. Pick axe in one hand. A warning canary in the other. Then I felt a presence behind me. Kind of an overall aura of greatness. I turned around. Standing behind me was a beautiful woman presenting me with my beautiful new camera. It was the things dreams are made of. The new new had arrived! It was a great day!

Here are some pictures of the Sony A7IV:


The Sony A7IV

The Sony A7IV

The Sony A7IV

Here are some of the specs for the Sony A7IV:

Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E
Sensor Resolution Actual: 34.1 Megapixel
Effective: 33 Megapixel
Sensor Type 35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis

Exposure Control
Shutter Type Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Photo
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
Video
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range -3 to 20 EV
White Balance Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 33 MP for up to 828 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes
Self-Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay

Still Image Capture
Image Sizes 3:2 Raw
7008 x 4672
3:2 JPEG
7008 x 4672
4608 x 3072
3504 x 2336
1:1 JPEG
4672 x 4672
3072 x 3072
2336 x 2336
4:3 JPEG
6224 x 4672
4096 x 3072
3120 x 2336
16:9 JPEG
7008 x 3944
4608 x 2592
3504 x 1968
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File Format JPEG, Raw, HEIF
Bit Depth 14-Bit

Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot Slot 1: CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O 1 x Sony Multi/USB Micro-B Input/Output (Shared with Remote Input)
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 2) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Power I/O 1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
Wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Monitor
Size 3.0″
Resolution 1,036,800 Dot
Display Type Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD

Viewfinder
Type Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Size 0.5″
Resolution 3,680,000 Dot
Eye Point 23 mm
Coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3

Focus
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 759
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to +20 EV

Here are some of the first pictures I took with the new new:


New New
THE first picture.

New New

New New

New New

New New

Sony A7IV

Sony A7IV

New New

New New

I look forward to the many adventures I will have with the Sony A7IV. But first I need to master all of its settings!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is GOVERNMENT.


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GOVERNMENT

I’ve already had some great images sent to me from people on vacation in Arizona and Louisiana. And an image sent to me from an employee of Iowa State University.

If you haven’t taken your GOVERNMENT image, here is a refresher on what a GOVERNMENT image might look like…

But what exactly is a GOVERNMENT image? A GOVERNMENT image is anything that involves a GOVERNMENT. There are all types of GOVERNMENT. There is the federal GOVERNMENT. A state GOVERNMENT. A county GOVERNMENT. A local GOVERNMENT. Churches have GOVERNMENT bodies. Every business has some kind of GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT image could be anything that deals with a GOVERNMENT. A public park. GOVERNMENT. The road you drove on to get to that public park. GOVERNMENT. Public school. GOVERNMENT. If you work for the GOVERNMENT, you are the GOVERNMENT. The military, the police, fire department. All GOVERNMENT. Public library. GOVERNMENT. There are so many possibilities!

Happy photo harvesting!

* Technically a Minolta family tradition, but when Sony bought out Minolta they got the Bennetts too!

Fat Mum Slim – February 2022

Back on Monday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. I once again should thank Elizabeth as she assisted on a few of the photos this month.

Here are the pictures from February:


February 1
February 1 – A is For…

February 2
February 2 – B is For…

February 3
February 3 – C is For…

February 4
February 4 – D is For…

February 5
February 5 – E is For…

February 6
February 6 – F is For…

February 7
February 7 – G is For…

February 8
February 8 – H is For…

February 9
February 9 – I is For…

February 10
February 10 – J is For…

February 11
February 11 – K is For…

February 12
February 12 – L is For…

February 13
February 13 – M is For…

February 14
February 14 – N is For…

February 15
February 15 – O is For…

February 16
February 16 – P is For…

February 17
February 17 – Q is For…

February 18
February 18 – R is For…

February 19
February 19 – S is For…

February 20
February 20 – T is For…

February 21
February 21 – U is For…

February 22
February 22 – V is For…

February 23
February 23 – W is For…

February 24
February 24 – X is For…

February 25
February 25 – Y is For…

February 26
February 26 – Z is For…

February 27
February 27 – Letters

February 28
February 28 – Your Fave Word

This month I did manage to take pictures in 3 different states. Iowa, of course. Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I was also in Illinois for a bit, but didn’t take any pictures there. At least not for the Photo A Day Challenge.

These are the Photo A Day Challenge Prompts for March

March 1 – Weather
March 2 – Something in Your Kitchen
March 3 – Skyline
March 4 – Makes You Feel Nostalgic
March 5 – Books
March 6 – A Corner
March 7 – A Bus Stop
March 8 – Sunset
March 9 – From Inside the Car
March 10 – A Meal You Made
March 11 – Somewhere with a Good View
March 12 – An Insect
March 13 – A Close-up
March 14 – Something You’ve Never Photographed
March 15 – A Playground
March 16 – A Local Cafe
March 17 – Something You Think is Boring
March 18 – Flowers
March 19 – A Grocery Store
March 20 – Something Weird
March 21 – A Colorful Place
March 22 – A Garden
March 23 – A Leaf
March 24 – A Sunbeam
March 25 – Graffiti
March 26 – An Empty Road
March 27 – A Tree
March 28 – A Shop Window
March 29 – Old Building
March 30 – A Stranger
March 31 – Under a Tree

Of course, you can follow the daily posting on The Gram by following @fmsbennett.

Fat Mum Slim – January 2022

This year, in addition to THE SELFIE PROJECT, I’ve decided to participate in the popular Instagram Photo of a Day Project run by Fat Mum lim. Each day there is a different photo prompt. I’ve created a separate Instagram account to post these pictures, so if you are Instagram, you can follow that account at @fmsbennett.

Here are the pictures from January:


January 1
January 1 – How I’m Starting 2022

January 2
January 2 – This is me

January 3
January 3 – Breakfast

January 4
January 4 – Something blue

January 5
January 5 – This year I’ll

January 6
January 6 – Begins with G

January 7
January 7 – Words to live by

January 8
January 8 – Get in the photo

January 9
January 9 – Play

January 10
January 10 – Makes me smile

January 11
January 11 – Lunch

January 12
January 12 – I am here!

January 13
January 13 – Happy

January 14
January 14 – Reflection

January 15
January 15 – Heck Yes!

January 16
January 16 – Self care

January 17
January 17 – In the sky

January 18
January 18 – Serenity

January 19
January 19 – Lucky number

January 20
January 20 – A path

January 21
January 21 – Happens every day

January 22
January 22 – I love this colour

January 23
January 23 – A place

January 24
January 24 – A shape

January 25
January 25 – Flowers

January 26
January 26 – Water

January 27
January 27 – Dinner

January 28
January 28 – Nature

January 29
January 29 – A book cover

January 30
January 30 – Mirror

January 31
January 31 – I need to do this…

I need to acknowledge Elizabeth for helping on two of the projects. She threw the basketball in the air for “Up in the sky” and she also provided and held the illustration for “Flowers”.

The February themes are all letter related:
February 1: A is For…
February 2: B if For…
February 3: C is For…
February 4: D is For…
February 5: E is For…
February 6: F is For…
February 7: G is For…
February 8: H is For…
February 9: I is For…
February 10: J is For…
February 11: K is For…
February 12: L is For…
February 13: M is For…
February 14: N is For…
February 15: O is For…
February 16: P is For…
February 17: Q is For…
February 18: R is For…
February 19: S is For…
February 20: T is For…
February 21: U is For…
February 22: V is For…
February 23: W is For…
February 24: X is For…
February 25: Y is For…
February 26: Z is For…
February 27: Letters
February 28: Your Fave Word

Hoping to collect some fun images in February.

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


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JUNK

JUNK! What a great theme for Week 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a JUNK image? Simply put, it is any picture that involves JUNK in the composition. It can be as simple as opening up your JUNK drawer and taking a picture. I have at least 5 JUNK drawers in my house and one more in the office. You could got to a local salvage yard. You could go to a local “antique” store. It could be simply a picture of something you don’t like. There are numerous definitions of JUNK and feel free to explore any of those definitions. I think you know the definition I’m talking about.

Happy photo harvesting!