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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.

WPC – WEEK 375 – COMMUNICATION

Just want to start out by saying that if you or somebody you know needs a place to get a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving, my church is hosting a Thanksgiving meal. Here is the information:



Pass the word! A bird is the word. A turkey bird.

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COMMUNICATION? Is it always the same? Was it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 14, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Myriah Sharp – 1 week
2-Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks
3-Mary Green – 4 weeks (3)
4-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
5-Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 8 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 12 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 16 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 17 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 18 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 21 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 25 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 31 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 33 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 34 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 43 weeks
18-Carla Stensland – 43 weeks (3)
19-Michelle Haupt – 44 weeks
20-Micky Augustin – 45 weeks
21-Andy Sharp – 45 weeks
22-Bill Wentworth – 47 weeks
23-Cathie Morton – 51 weeks
24-Elizabeth Nordeen – 52 weeks
25-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 54 weeks
26-Kio Dettman – 55 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 375 - COMMUNICATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 22 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 32 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 46 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 53 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 56 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 18 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 45 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 48 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 3 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 34 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 26 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 35 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 46 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 44 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 19 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 52 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 44 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 9 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 18 weeks

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 55 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WCP 375 - COMMUNICATION -BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 14 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 13 weeks

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

27 participants! That is a pretty good week!

This week, there were submissions (assumptions on my part mostly) from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas.

My picture was taking about 1 mile from my front door.

So far this year, I’ve received submissions from these state:


WPC - Submissions Map

It is completely unchanged in the last month. Although I did get two submissions that wouldn’t go on this map. One from Puerto Rico and one from the Bahamas (if I remember correctly). We will check back in on this map in a month.

There were 3 Sara(h)s that submitted this week. That is over 10% of the participants! I need to meet more Sara(h)s!

Cathie reached a big milestone. She joins Kio, Shannon, and Elizabeth with streaks of 1 year or greater! Awesome job Cathie! Can Bill join that club in 4 weeks???

It wasn’t all good news though. Myriah’s streak snapped at 1. Mary’s steak snapped at 4 and Sabas’ streak snapped at 5. The humanity!

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 376 - IN THE AIR
IN THE AIR

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

But what is an IN THE AIR image? Simply put, an IN THE AIR image is a picture where the subject of your picture is untethered from the earth. So a flag, that is technically IN THE AIR, but it is still tethered to a flagpole, which is tethered to the earth. (Yeah technically everything is tethered to the earth via gravity, but take it easy Isaac.) This picture can be as simple as throwing something up in the air (or have somebody else do it) and taking a picture of it. An exercise that produces interesting pictures is throw something to somebody and take a picture of them trying to catch it. The portraits you can get this way are often intriguing and are a different way to see somebody.

While considering possible subjects for your IN THE AIR image, meditate on the following quote:

Well, I remember, I remember don’t worry
How could I ever forget?
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep this silence up
No, you don’t fool me
The hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and me

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh, lord
-Phil Collins

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 IN THE AIR in this place that is filled with lots of hot air next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 374 – STRONG

Thanks to the three people that left ideas for themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I am very grateful for your suggestions. I will consider all of them, except for Andy’s last one, which was ridiculous.

So was STRONG a strong theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Mary Green – 3 weeks (7)
6-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
8-Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 7 weeks
10-Suzie Brannen – 11 weeks
11-Brandon Kahler – 12 weeks
12-Linda Bennett – 15 weeks (2)
13-Sarah Toot – 16 weeks (2)
14-Monica Jennings – 16 weeks (2)
15-Angie DeWaard – 20 weeks (2)
16-Dawn Krause – 24 weeks (2)
17-Kim Barker – 30 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 32 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 33 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 42 weeks (4)
21-Carla Stensland – 42 weeks
22-Michelle Haupt – 43 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 44 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 44 weeks (2)
25-Bill Wentworth – 46 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 50 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 51 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 53 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 55 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 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 56 Weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 54 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 47 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 16 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 8 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 21 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 31 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp – 1 week

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 52 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 12 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 18 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 17 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 51 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 44 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 33 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 25 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

26 participants! That is a good week! But a big fall from the 30 from the previous week.

There were submissions this week from (assumptions here) Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Puerto Rico. My picture was taken about 5 miles from my front door.

There was the first ever submission from Myriah Sharp. Her picture was the one from Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico to be exact.

Elizabeth reached a huge milestone. She is the third person to join the 1 Year Streak Club. WooHoo! Nice work Elizabeth!

But it wasn’t all good times, with good friends, and strong drinks in tropical locations. There was a streak bloodbath. Evie couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Willy couldn’t either. Vest also, a one week man. Jesse’s streak was snapped at 5 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:


WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

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

But what is a COMMUNICATION photo? A COMMUNICATION photo is simply a photo where the subject or a major compositional element shows a form of COMMUNICATION. The theme reveal picture is of a sign that is COMMUNICATIONing that there are rules to using this parking lot. It is for church parking and no overnight parking is allowed. While signs are great at COMMUNICATIONing, there are all sorts of COMMUNICATION. The phone. A letter. A postcard. Talking. Just talking to somebody.

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

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
-Epicetus

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 STRONG in this place that is filled with my every day strength next Monday.

*This is not to be seen as any kind of endorsement of astrology, which is complete and utter nonsense.

WPC – WEEK 373 – DECORATION

REMINDER: This is the last week you can suggest themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The one and only way to do that is to leave your suggestions in the COMMENTS section of this post. Do not email them to me or text them to me. The suggestions have to be left in the COMMENTS section of this post! So far only Andy has made any suggestions, but he also tried to question the definitive Candy Bar Power Rankings, so we’ll see what happen to his suggestions.

So was DECORATION a popular theme? Did Kio Dettman adhere to the Kio Dettman Rule? Did everybody adhere to the Kio Dettman Rule? Did Tamara Peterson make a comeback after having her 40 week streak snapped? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 31, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 2 weeks (3)
2-Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
3-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 4 weeks
5-Sara Lockner – 6 weeks
6-Suzie Brannen – 10 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 11 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 14 weeks (2)
9-Sarah Toot – 15 weeks (3)
10-Monica Jennings – 16 weeks (2)
11-Angie DeWaard – 19 weeks
12-Dawn Krause – 23 weeks (2)
13-Kim Barker – 29 weeks
14-Joe Duff – 31 weeks
15-Logan Kahler – 32 weeks (2)
16-Teresa Kahler – 41 weeks (2)
17-Carla Stensland – 41 weeks (3)
18-Michelle Haupt – 42 weeks
19-Micky Augustin – 43 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 44 weeks
21-Bill Wentworth – 45 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 49 weeks (2)
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 50 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 52 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 54 weeks (4)

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 373 - DECORATION - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - WILLY MCALPINE
Will McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 1 week

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 3 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 5 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 7 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 11 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 12 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 15 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 16 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 17 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 20 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 24 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 30 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 33 weeks

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 42 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 42 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 43 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 44 weeks

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 45 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 46 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 50 weeks

WEEK 363 - DECORATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 51 weeks

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 53 weeks

WEEL 373 - DECORATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 55 weeks

WEEL 373 - DECORATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 373 - DECORATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 477 weeks

30 participants! That is a great week! So close to getting that 30 participant average!

Had submissions from (assumptions here): Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.

I took my picture about 15 miles from my front door.

There weren’t any milestones reached this week, but there also weren’t any streaks snapped. So it is all good.

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 374 - STRONG
STRONG

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

But what is a STRONG picture? It is simply a picture of something that is STRONG. This one might be a bit more of an abstract theme than many. But remember there are all types of strength. Something or somebody can be physically STRONG. Things can smell STRONG. Food can have a STRONG taste. Many people are STRONG in their FAITH.

For example, the theme reveal image is a picture of the Zodiac in the north entry way of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. This picture is of something STRONG in a few ways. It is a picture of a bull. Bulls are STRONG. The bull is the zodiac symbol for Taurus. If you know a Taurus, they are very STRONG headed*. This zodiac symbol at Iowa State is of STRONG construction. It also represents a STRONG superstition held by the Iowa State community.

You don’t know about this superstition? Read a little bit about the history of Iowa State’s zodiac:

Architect/designer William T. Proudfoot chose to incorporate the ancient symbols of the zodiac into the north entry floor — classic Greek/Roman mythology for a classic-Greek/Roman-style building. In the 20’s, the zodiac was not as well known as it is now. Proudfoot planned for intentional wearing away of the bronze forms by placing them above the surface of the floor – to be sculpted further by building users until, eventually, they would be the same level as the floor. We know that by 1929, students had decided that if you stepped on the zodiac, it was unlucky – that you’d flunk your next test. Rumor has it that the students created this “curse” because they liked the raised effect of the zodiac and they wanted to preserve the zodiac signs even though it went against what the architect originally intended. Now most students, hedging their bets, walk around. If you accidentally invoke the curse, you can throw a coin in the fountain to take it away!

Information is from Iowa State’s Memorial Union website.

If you are wondering, I’m not a superstitious person. But I am a littlestitious. I’ve been graduated from Iowa State University for 20 years. I don’t take tests these days, but I still walk around the zodiac when I’m at the Union.

While thinking about possible subjects for your STRONG photo, meditate on the following quote:

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
-Maya Angelou

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 STRONG in this place that is filled with my every day strength next Monday.

*This is not to be seen as any kind of endorsement of astrology, which is complete and utter nonsense.

WPC – WEEK 372 – ART

It is Halloween! So happy Halloween everybody. On Halloween, I like to release my Candy Power Rankings. It is a definitive list of the 10 best candy bars on the market.

So without furth adieu…

CANDY BAR POWER RANKINGS
10. Caramel M&M’s
9. Baby Ruth
8. Payday
7. Heath
6. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
5. Twix Caramel
4. Snickers
3. Peanut M&M’s
2. Take 5
1. Whatchamacallit

Please respect my decision. There will be no interviews at this time.

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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?

I accept suggestions this Monday and next Monday, BUT only in the comments section of this post and next Monday’s post. Don’t email your suggestions to me. Don’t text them to me. Don’t Snapchat them to me. Don’t send them to me via United States Postal Service. Don’t call me with them. Don’t stop me in the grocery store with them. They can ONLY be submitted in the Comments section.

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REMINDER: This is repetitive since you just read the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ, but this is one of two weeks you can suggest themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The one and only way to do that is to leave your suggestions in the COMMENTS section of this post. Do not email them to me or text them to me. The suggestions have to be left in the COMMENTS section of this post!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 24, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (6)
3-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
4-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 5 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 9 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 10 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 13 weeks (2)
12-Sarah Toot – 14 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 15 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 18 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 22 weeks (2)
16-Kim Barker – 28 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 30 weeks (2)
18-Logan Kahler – 31 weeks (4)
19-Teresa Kahler – 40 weeks (2)
20-Tamara Peterson – 40 weeks
21-Carla Stensland – 40 weeks (3)
22-Michelle Haupt – 41 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 42 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 43 weeks
25-Bill Wentworth – 44 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 48 weeks (2)
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 49 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 51 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 54 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 372 - ART - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 31 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 55 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 14 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 2 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 372 - ART - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 52 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 15 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 372 - ART - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 19 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART -BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 45 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 44 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 43 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 50 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART -
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 372 - ART - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 32 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 372 - ART - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 29 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 41 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 41 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 372 - ART - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 10 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 23 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 372 - ART - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 49 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 372 - ART - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 11 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 42 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 16 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 372 - ART - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 6 weeks

26 participants! A good week, but a pretty big fall from last week. I guess not everybody has ART in their life and that makes me sad.

There were submissions this week from (mostly assumptions here) Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

I took my picture about 1 mile from my house.

There were a couple big accomplishments this week. Suzie joined the double digit streak club! Shannon reached a year straight of submissions. Only the second person to ever do that! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Jen couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Willy and Vest’s 2 week streaks are gone. But most tragically… Tamara’s 40 week streak is over. By far the longest streak to be snapped. But I won’t be sad that it is over. I choose to be happy that it happened.

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 373 - DECORATION
DECORATION

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

But what exactly is a DECORATION photo? A DECORATION image is simply a picture of a DECORATION or a picture where a DECORATION plays a heavy element in the composition. Seeing how today is Halloween, there are a ton of DECORATION(s) out there for you to photograph. Just for an example.

While considering possible subjects for your DECORATION picture, mediate on the following quote:

Like a rhyme with no reason
In an unfinished song
There was no harmony, life meant nothin’ to me until you came along
And you brought out the colors
What a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be, shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love
All over my heart
You decorated my life
-Kenny Rogers

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 DECORATION in this place that is filled with everything that has decorated my life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 371 – LINES

LINES. A quick and easy theme. But did it trigger the creative juices of a ton of people? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Harrison Gorshe – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 9 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 12 weeks (3)
10-Sarah Toot – 13 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 17 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 21 weeks
14-Kim Barker – 27 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 29 weeks (2)
16-Logan Kahler – 30 weeks (4)
17-Teresa Kahler – 39 weeks (2)
18-Tamara Peterson – 39 weeks
19-Carla Stensland – 39 weeks (3)
20-Michelle Haupt – 40 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 41 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 42 weeks
23-Bill Wentworth – 43 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 47 weeks
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 48 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 50 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 53 weeks (4)

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 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 371 - LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 30 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 54 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 371 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 13 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 371 - LINES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 41 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 51 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 44 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 371 - LINES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 42 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 18 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 28 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 49 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 371 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 43 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 9 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 5 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 31 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 22 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 371 - LINES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 10 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 15 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 371 - LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES -JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES -JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 371 - LINES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 48 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 14 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 371 - LINES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

30 participants! That is a great week. Possibly 30!

Pictures this weeks from Madrid, Spain for the international flavor. Those were Joe’s pictures. From the States, I got pictures submitted that were taken in Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, and California. The California submission will probably be the last from California for a bit. Sabas has moved to Iowa and is becoming an Iowan. A welcome addition to the Cyclone State!

I took my picture about 4 miles from my house.

The big accomplishment this week was Brandon. He joined the double digit streak club!

It wasn’t all good news though. Harrison’s couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. But submitting at all is a pretty big accomplishment from a toddler.

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 372 - ART
ART

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

But what is an ART image? It is simply a picture of something that is a piece of ART. I would urge you to not just take a standard straight on picture of a piece of ART. Try to see it from a different angle than it might be normally viewed. While your subject might be ART, your interpretation of your subject should be ARTistic. Now a truly arrogant photographer could just claim that every picture they take is ART.

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

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
-Aristotle

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 ART in this place where I record the art of my life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 370 – MACRO

MACRO. Close-up photography. One of my favorite types of photography, but was it popular on the aggregate level? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 10, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 1 week (2)
4-Sarah Karber – 1 week
5-Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
6-Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 8 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 11 weeks (3)
9-Sarah Toot – 12 weeks (2)
10-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks
11-Angie DeWaard – 16 weeks
12-Mary Green – 16 weeks (2)
13-Dawn Krause – 20 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 26 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 28 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 29 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 38 weeks (2)
18-Tamara Peterson – 38 weeks
19-Carla Stensland – 38 weeks
20-Michelle Haupt – 39 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 40 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 41 weeks (3)
23-Bill Wentworth – 42 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 46 weeks (2)
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 47 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 49 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 52 weeks (2)

As of that same time and same morning, this is a look at states I’ve received submissions from (this calendar year):


WPC - Submissions Map

I have not created a world map, but I did get a submission for the Bahamas last week and I bet there is a submission from a European country this year. Sorry for the spoiler.

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 370 - MACRO - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 42 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 43 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 17 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 29 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 53 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 12 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 50 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 27 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 48 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 370 - MACRO - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 47 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 9 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - HARRISON GORSHE
Harrison Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 41 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 15 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 13 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 40 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 21 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 30 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler


28 participants! That is a good week.

Had submissions from (assumptions mostly) Pennsylvania, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, and California. And… Spain.
Which picture was from Spain? Joe’s hot dog picture.

Last week I forgot to point out that Kio I had a year straight of submissions! Very impressive.

But it isn’t all good news and Spanish hot dogs…

4 streaks were snapped. Jen and Evie and Sarah Karber couldn’t add a second week to their streak. Most tragically, Mary’s 16 week streak has gone down in flames!

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 371 - LINES
LINES

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

But what is LINES photo? Lines are a very powerful compositional element. The eye will naturally follow lines through the image. This is why they use of leading LINES is a very popular tool. That would be placing your subject at the end of a line in the picture. But you don’t have to just use leading LINES. Just any picture of a LINE(S) would work. Whether they lead somewhere or nowhere. Of course there are all sorts of different types of LINES. There are LINES to the bathroom (or so I’m told, I’m a man, I’ve never experienced such a thing) or LINES at a cash register. Traffic LINES. Some of us that are a little more aged even have LINES on our face. In some ways, it is practically impossible to take an in-focus picture that doesn’t include LINES.

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

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
– Paul Klee

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 LINES in this place that is nothing more than a few million lines of code next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 369 – VIOLET

VIOLET. Purple. Lavender. I got submission sent under all those headings. But did I get a lot of them? Was VIOLET a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 3, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1Becky Parmelee – 1 week
2Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
3Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
4Brandon Kahler – 7 weeks
5Linda Bennett – 10 weeks (2)
6Sarah Toot – 11 weeks
7Sabas Hernandez – 13 weeks
8Monica Jennings – 13 weeks
9Angie DeWaard – 15 weeks
10Mary Green – 15 weeks (4)
11Dawn Krause – 19 weeks
12Kim Barker – 25 weeks
13Joe Duff – 27 weeks
14Logan Kahler – 28 weeks (2)
15Teresa Kahler – 37 weeks (2)
16Tamara Peterson – 37 weeks
17Carla Stensland – 37 weeks (3)
18Michelle Haupt – 38 weeks
19Micky Augustin – 39 weeks
20Andy Sharp – 40 weeks
21Bill Wentworth – 41 weeks
22Cathie Morton – 45 weeks
23Elizabeth Nordeen – 46 weeks
24Shannon Bardole-Foley – 48 weeks
25Kio Dettman – 51 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 369 - VIOLET - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 38 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 16 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 41 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 40 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 26 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 28 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET -
Carla Stensland – 38 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 52 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 29 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 16 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 49 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 38 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 42 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 46 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SARA TOOT
Sarah Toot – 12 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 39 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 11 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 47 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 14 weeks


Dawn Krause – 20 weeks


Dawn Krause

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 369 - VIOLET - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 8 weeks

28 participants! That is a good week.

We had submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. My pictures was taken approximately 16 steps from my front door.

Also, Cathie’s pictures were taken in the Bahamas!

Another fun fact! 3 Sara(h)s is once again the record for most participants of one first name.

Another fun fact! On Sunday I learned that October is Pastor Appreciation Month. There were submissions from 2 former pastors of my church. I do appreciate their contributions into making me the person that I am. Hopefully who I am is appreciated by somebody, cause they definitely tried!

Also, congratulations to Kim who joined the Half Year Club! Way to go Kim!

But it wasn’t all good times. Becky couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Tragically, Sabas’ epic 13 streak ends at unlucky number 13.

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 370-  MACRO
MACRO

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

But what exactly is a MACRO photo? There is a long technical definition of MACRO photography that involves being a 1:1 ratio on 35 mm film, but for our purposes, just think of MACRO photography as getting close to your subject. On this theme you should figure out what the closest focusing distance of your camera is and be awful close to that in your closeness to your subject.

While considering possible subjects for you submission, meditate on the following quote:

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
-Robert Capa

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 MACRO in this place that is both a macro and a micro look at my life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 368 – RUINS

The old. The forgotten. The abandoned. The falling apart. The rusty. The dilapidated. I love that stuff, but were RUINS a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 26, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
2+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3+ Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
4+ Jesse Howard – 6 weeks
5+ Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks
6+ Linda Bennett – 9 weeks
7+ Sarah Toot – 10 weeks
8+ Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks
9+ Monica Jennings – 12 weeks
10+ Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks
11+ Mary Green – 14 weeks (2)
12+ Dawn Krause – 18 weeks
13+ Kim Barker – 24 weeks
14+ Joe Duff – 26 weeks
15+ Logan Kahler – 27 weeks
16+ Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks (3)
17+ Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks
18+ Carla Stensland – 36 weeks (2)
19+ Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks
20+ Micky Augustin – 38 weeks
21+ Andy Sharp – 39 weeks
22+ Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks
23+ Cathie Morton – 44 weeks
24+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks
25+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks
26+ Kio Dettman – 49 weeks (6)

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 368 - RUINS - BEKCY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
WEEK 368 - RUINS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 7 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 10 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 11 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 13 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 13 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 15 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 15 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 19 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 25 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff 27 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 28 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 38 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 39 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 40 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 41 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 46 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 46 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 48 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 472 weeks

26 participants this week! A good, but not great week. But I’ll take it.

Submissions from (most of these are assumptions) Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, California, and Iowa this week. My picture was taken about 30 miles from my front door.

Congrats to Linda who joined the double digit streak club!

It wasn’t all fun and games this week though. Willy couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. Jesse’s 6 week streak is a pile of rubble. Ruins, one might say.

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 369 - VIOLET
VIOLET

VIOLET! What a great theme for year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a VIOLET photo. It is simply any picture where the color VIOLET (or purple if you will) plays an important part of the composition. It can be a picture of something that is VIOLET. Or it can be surrounded by VIOLET. Heck, you can crack out a VIOLET filter and make everything VIOLET.

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

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
-Alice Walker

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 VIOLET in this place that is very purple next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 367 – SIGNS

It is our monthly time to look at the WPC FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. 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 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.

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?

I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.

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Was SIGNS a popular theme? You’ll have to scroll down to find out.

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

+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 9 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks
+ Mary Green – 13 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 17 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 23 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 25 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 26 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 35 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 35 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 35 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 36 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 37 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 38 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 39 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 43 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 44 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 46 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 49 weeks (4)

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 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 9 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 26 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 24 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 18 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 38 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 39 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 44 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 10 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

27 participants this week! That is a good week!

Recently I’ve become curious where pictures were taken that have been submitted and decided to put together a little map of what states submissions have been taken from. It might not be 100% accurate, but I think it is pretty darn accurate. It doesn’t include submissions from foreign countries like France and Spain and Mexico, off the top of my head. That would be another project. Here is that map:


WPC - Submissions Map

Obviously a heavy cluster around the midwest. But in a way, it does stretch from coast to coast. If you look closely, even D.C. is represented.

This week, I believe the states of Iowa, Alaska, California, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are represented.

My picture was taken about 55 miles east of my front door, as the crow flies. Down US-30.

You might notice that Monica’s streak is back and magically intact. Maybe. I have no comment on the matter at this time.

There were not streaks broken, but there were a few milestones reached. Sarah reached double digits on her streak. Joe reached the Half-a-Year Club with his streak! Congratulations to you both!

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 368 - RUINS
RUINS

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

But what is a RUINS photo? It is simply a picture of something that has been abandoned, forgotten. Something that is rusting. Dilapidated. No longer being properly maintained. Or improperly maintained. This is one of my Top 5 favorite themes! It can be an old building. An old car. Just for examples. But there are a lot of things out there that have been abandoned. Forgotten. That are wasting away. Waiting for you to immortalize them through the art of photography.

While considering what you want to immortalize, meditate on the following quote:

Ruin is when man-made has become a part of nature.
-Marco Casagrande

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 RUINS in this place that will someday become a part of nature next Monday.