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Today is Lowell’s birthday so I need to wish him a happy birthday!


Day 138 - May 18, 2022
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOWELL!

If you don’t know, Lowell is not Kim and is not the tall guy.

It is one of my most profoundest birthday wishes that today is a good day.

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This is one of my favorite posts of the year. To share what people said was their favorite calendar image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. There is still 1 calendar left to distribute, but I don’t know when that will happen. I got a response back from most people I gave a calendar to. Some people must have just immediately thrown it in the garbage and never given it a second thought. But that’s okay. Maybe opens up new calendar recipients for 2025…*

Some of these picture below are of different people in the same family that got one calendar, in case you are wondering if I gave, say 6 calendars to the Baiers.

Here we go:

FRONT COVER
2024 Calendar Favorites
Brandon Kahler

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Nora Yoon

JANUARY
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Jay Janson

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Jen Ensley-Gorshe

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Sabas Hernandez

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Sara Lockner

FEBRUARY
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Jesse Howard

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Kevin Krause

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Layla Gorshe

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Olivia Baier

MARCH
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Andree Jauhari

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Andy Sharp

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Bill Wentworth

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J.J. Baier

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Kim Barker

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Russ Kahler

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Scott Degeneffe

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Will Baier

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Willy McAlpine

APRIL
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Colleen Hobe

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Joe Duff

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Michelle Haupt

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Monica Jennings

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Teresa Kahler

MAY

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Ben Baier

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Fran Duncan

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Beck Gorshe

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Jason Carpenter

JUNE

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Carrie Baier

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Logan Kahler

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Mike Vest

JULY

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Jason Baier

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Russell Kennerly

AUGUST WAS UNIVERSALLY UNLOVED

SEPTEMBER

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Becky Parmelee

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Elizabeth Nordeen

OCTOBER

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Alexis Stensland

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Derrick Gorshe

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Jorge Rios

NOVEMBER

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Carla Stensland

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Elainie Hernandez

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Jeanette Duff

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Johnathan Stensland

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Kio Dettman

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Melissa Degeneffe

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Nader Parsaei

DECEMBER

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Anders Runestad

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Dawn Krause

That is it. I’m done writing about the calendar until the next one comes out!

*This is facetious.

WPC – WEEK 434 – SUNDAY MORNING

SUNDAY MORNING. Everybody has one. But did many people take a picture on SUNDAY MORNING or a picture that suggests SUNDAY MORNING to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

1-Sara Lockner – 1 week
2-Brandon Kahler – 1 week
3-Carrie Moellers – 1 week
4-Amy Peterson – 1 week (2)
5-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2)
6-Scott Degeneffe – 19 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 20 weeks
8-Mike Vest – 25 weeks
9-Sheri Fakhouri – 29 weeks (2)
10-Logan Kahler – 30 weeks (2)
11-Nathanial Brown – 31 weeks
12-Jesse Howard – 31 weeks (2)
13-Tamara Peterson – 34 weeks
14-Mindi Terrell – 46 weeks (3)
15-Linda Bennett – 75 weeks (3)
16-Sarah Toot – 76 weeks
17-Angie DeWaard – 80 weeks
18-Dawn Krause – 84 weeks
19-Kim Barker – 90 weeks
20-Joe Duff – 91 weeks
21-Teresa Kahler – 102 weeks (3)
22-Carla Stensland – 102 weeks (2)
23-Micky Augustin – 104 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 105 weeks
25-Bill Wentworth – 106 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 110 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 111 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 113 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 115 weeks

Reminder. Here is the updated list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


1. The picture must 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 and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography39.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 5.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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


WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 81 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 107 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Waukee, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 85 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 92 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 91 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 76 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan) – 3 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING -MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 77 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC 434 - SUNDAY MORNING - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

32 participants! That is a pretty great week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Michigan
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the Year 11 list of states where submissions have been taken:

+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Michigan
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Particularly exciting about this week’s participants was Lowell’s first ever submission! WooHoo! Also, Michelle came out of retirement! WooHoo! Hoping for big things from both of them in the future.

The big milestone this week was Vest joining the Half Year Streak Club!! WooHoo! I wonder if I can get Monica to design badges for these clubs? First I have to get Monica to start submitting again. Horse before the cart.

But it wasn’t all new participants, old friends coming back into the fold and major streak accomplishments! There was some heartache involved. Sara, Carrie, and Amy could not build on their submissions last week and their streaks are over before they even began.

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 435 - UGLY
UGLY – SUGGESTED BY SARAH TOOT

UGLY! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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 UGLY in this place that finds most things beautiful next Monday.

The Weekly Photo Challenge Year in Review

As yesterday closed the book on Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, now seems like a good time to review all that happened.

There were 59 different people that submitted photos. Ranging from submitting 1 picture to 124 pictures.

There were 2,311 photos submitted.

The average week was 31.1 participants.

The average week had 44.4 submissions.

The most popular week was Week 422. The theme was #INSTAGOOD. There were 41 participants.

The most popular week by submissions was Week 405. The theme was FLOWER. There were 62 submissions.

3 themes tied for least popular theme by participants. TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES; REFLECTION; and SUNRISE, SUNSET each has only 25 participants.

TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES was the least popular theme by submissions. It received only 30 submissions.

Here is my favorite submission from all 59 different people that submitted and some statistics about each participant.


WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - HEATHER COURTNEY
Heather Courtney
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - PEPPER DUNCAN
Pepper Duncan
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - COREY FAUST
Corey Faust
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 423 - VINTAGE -  ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon
1 week – 2%
3 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 423 - VINTAGE - HARRISON GORSHE
Harrison Gorshe
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CARRIE MOELLERS
Carrie Moellers
1 week – 2%
1 submission
Current Streak: 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MIKE PARMELEE
Mike Parmelee
1 week – 2%
1 submission
Current Streak: 1 week

WEEK 418 - SKY - ERNIE REDD
Ernie Redd
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 426 - FOOD - DIANE SHARP
Diane Sharp
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 425 - SIGNS - JULIE SHARP
Julie Sharp
1 week – 2%
1 submission
No current streak

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous
2 weeks – 4%
3 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe
2 weeks – 4%
3 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe
2 weeks – 4%
2 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe
2 weeks – 4%
2 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 388 - FRAME - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber
2 weeks – 4%
2 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland
2 weeks – 4%
2 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei
3 weeks – 6%
3 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 421 - RELIGION - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp
3 weeks – 6%
5 submissions
No current streaks

WEEK 394 - BLUE - PORTER DEGENEFFE
Porter Degeneffe
4 weeks – 8%
4 submissions
No current streaks

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe
6 weeks – 12%
6 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 406 - 'SCAPE -AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson
10 weeks – 19%
14 submissions
Current Streak: 1 week

WEEK 429 - HOMETOWN -ELAINIE STENSLAND
Elainie Stensland
12 weeks – 23%
15 submissions
No current streak

WPC 430 - LINES - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk
14 weeks – 27%
19 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe
19 weeks – 37%
22 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 387 - PLAY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee
23 weeks – 44.2%
26 submissions
No current streak

WPC 430 - LINES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri
29 weeks – 56%
53 submissions
Current streak: 29 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe
32 weeks – 62%
46 submissions
Current streak: 19 weeks

WEEK 409 - A SHAPE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green
32 weeks – 62%
68 submissions
Current streak: 2 weeks

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner
33 weeks – 63%
39 submissions
Current streak: 1 week

WEEK 416 - NATURE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine
34 weeks – 65%
37 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 395 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen
35 weeks – 67%
50 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland
35 weeks – 67%
72 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 408 - TIME - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez
43 weeks – 83%
43 submissions
Current streak: 20 weeks

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings
43 weeks – 83%
60 submissions
No current streak

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell
46 weeks – 88%
124 submissions
Current streak: 46 weeks

WEEK 423 - VINTAGE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown
47 weeks – 90%
77 submissions
Current streak: 31 weeks

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard
49 weeks – 94%
62 submissions
Current streaks: 31 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest
50 weeks – 96%
50 submissions
Current streaks: 25 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler
51 weeks – 98%
55 submissions
Current streak: 1 week

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler
51 weeks – 98%
81 submissions
Current streak: 30 weeks

WEEK 416 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson
51 weeks – 98%
56 submissions
Current streak: 34 weeks

WEEK 395 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin
52 weeks – 100%
55 submissions
Current streak: 104 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley
52 weeks – 100%
55 submissions
Current streak: 113 weeks

WEEK 420 - ARCHITECTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker
52 weeks – 100%
60 submissions
Current streak: 90 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett
52 weeks – 100%
52 submissions
Current streak: 537 weeks

WEEK 408 - TIME - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett
52 weeks – 100%
91 submissions
Current streak: 75 weeks

WEEK 427 - PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman
52 weeks – 100%
107 submissions
Current streak: 115 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard
52 weeks – 100%
59 submissions
Current streak: 80 weeks

WEEK 423 - VINTAGE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
52 weeks – 100%
71 submissions
Current streak: 91 weeks

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler
52 weeks – 100%
111 submissions
Current streak: 102 weeks

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
52 weeks – 100%
89 submissions
Current streak: 84 weeks

WEEK 395 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton
52 weeks – 100%
58 submissions
Current streak: 110 weeks

WEEK 422 - INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen
52 weeks – 100%
72 submissions
Current streak: 111 weeks

WEEK 416 - NATURE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp
52 weeks – 100%
72 submissions
Current streak: 105 weeks

WEEK 419 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland
52 weeks – 100%
90 submissions
Current streak: 102 weeks

WEEK 406 - 'SCAPE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot
52 weeks – 100%
96 submissions
Current streak: 76 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth
52 weeks – 100%
54 submissions
Current streak: 106 weeks

Here are a few quick stats from last year:

+ 44 different participants
+ 1811 photos submitted
+ Least popular theme for participation was ROCK with 16 participants
+ Most popular theme for participation was SELF-PORTRAIT with 31 participants
+ Least popular theme for submissions was ROCK with 20 submissions
+ Most popular theme for submission was LINES with 51 submissions
+ The average week had 24.6 participants
+ The average week had 34.8 submissions

To put in perspective compared to last year:

+ 15 more different participants.
+ 500 more submissions.
+ The most popular theme had 10 more participants.
+ The most popular theme by submissions has 11 more submissions.
+ The average participation was up almost 7 participants per week.
+ The average submissions was up nearly 10 per week.

Hopefully Year 11 has a similar amount of growth!

WPC – WEEK 433 – HUMANS

It is time to share the July image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar image. It is a picture taken with Rodan139 of somebody setting off fireworks on the 4th of July in my neighborhood.


2024 Calendar - July
JULY

I chose this image since I felt the fireworks represented the 4th of July well.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D020c
DATE: July 24, 2023 – 1010 PM
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 3 seconds
ISO: 400

Tomorrow I will share the August image!

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HUMANS! They are all over the place! But are there enough of them kicking around to make HUMANS a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week
3-Elainie Hernandez – 1 week
4-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
5-Alexis Stensland – 1 week
6-Scott Degeneffe – 18 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 19 weeks
8-Mike Vest – 24 weeks
9-Sheri Fakhouri – 28 weeks (3)
10-Logan Kahler – 29 weeks (3)
11-Nathanial Brown – 30 weeks (2)
12-Jesse Howard – 30 weeks
13-Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks (2)
14-Mindi Terrell – 45 weeks (3)
15-Linda Bennett – 74 weeks (2)
16-Sarah Toot – 75 weeks (2)
17-Angie DeWaard – 79 weeks
18-Dawn Krause – 83 weeks
19-Kim Barker – 89 weeks
20-Joe Duff – 90 weeks (2)
21-Teresa Kahler – 101 weeks (3)
22-Carla Stensland – 101 weeks (2)
23-Micky Augustin – 103 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 104 weeks
25-Bill Wentworth – 105 weeks (3)
26-Cathie Morton – 109 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 110 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 112 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 114 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:


WPC 433 - HUMANS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CARRIE MOELLERS
Carrie Moellers (Mambai, India) – 1 week

WPC 433 - HUMANS - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Jewell, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 433 - HUMANS - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Ames, Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan) – 2 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Goldie’s – Prairie City, Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Noel, Missouri) – 25 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS -JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Sun Records – Memphis, Tennessee) – 31 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS -JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Big River Crossing – Memphis, Tennessee)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Swede Valley Church – Rural Boone County) – 34 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 75 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Kansas City, Missouri) – 76 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 80 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 84 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 90 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 91 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Hilton Coliseum – Ames, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC 433 - HUMANS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Story County, Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 106 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Waukee, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Tursi’s Latin King – Des Moines, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC 433 - HUMANS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Beale Street – Memphis, Tennessee) – 537 weeks

30 participants! That is a pretty great week, considering the holiday! Thanks to Cathie’s sister we end the year with a new country. India! I believe that to be the first submission from Asia ever for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Kansas
+ India
+ Iowa
+ Missouri
+ Tennessee
+ Texas

Here is the final calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Hawaii
+ Idaho
+ Illinois
+ Indiana
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Kentucky
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Mississippi
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Hampshire
+ New Jersey
+ New Mexico
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Vermont
+ Virgin Islands
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

41 states and 1 district and 1 territory! That is pretty impressive! Over 80% of the way there!

The state nobody submitted from are:
+ Alabama
+ Alaska
+ Connecticut
+ Delaware
+ Maine
+ Massachusetts
+ Rhode Island
+ Virginia
+ West Virginia

Here is the final map for 2023:



The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ Spain
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Canada
+ Peru
+ France
+ Austria
+ Germany
+ Italy
+ India
+ Slovenia
+ Belize

The big milestone this week was Micky joining the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But not everybody rang in the new year with their streak intact. Evie’s couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Either could Elainie. Or Willy. Or Alexis.

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 434 - Sunday Morning
SUNDAY MORNING – SUGGESTED BY SARAH TOOT

SUNDAY MORNING! What a great first theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

This year I’m not going to give a description of the theme. I’m going to trust you can figure it out on your own and through the theme reveal image. However, if you do have a question, don’t be afraid to ask.

Here is an updated list of the rules for Year 11:


1. The picture must 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 and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures.

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 SUNDAY MORNING in this place that likes to have plenty of submissions by Sunday morning next Monday.

Stanhope Watermelon Day – IV

Time to share the April image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It is a picture of tulips taken in Pella:


2024 Calendar - April
APRIL

I chose this tulips picture for April cause April is really the beginning of flowertography season. And tulips are really the first flowers of the year that I really like. Daffodils are just kind of okay in my book.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: April 29, 2023 – 10:02 AM
LENS: 17-28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/125
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will share the May image!

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Time to share the rest of the images from my trip to the Stanhope Watermelon Day with Teresa:


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The Foreigner cover band was a bonus. It was a pretty great day and I think I will hit Stanhope Watermelon Day again next year.

WPC – WEEK 432 – GREEN

Friendly Reminder: Next Monday is New Year’s Day. While the bank and government employees get the day off, there are no holidays for Photography 139. If you are busy around the New Year’s holidays (and a lot of people are) plan on getting your submission in early this week.

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Merry Christmas! Christ is born!


Merry Christmas - 2023
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you have a great Christmas!

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As most of the Photography 139 Calendars have been distributed it seems like a good time to start sharing the images for the 2024 calendar.

Here is the cover:


2024 Calendar - Front Cover
FRONT COVER

I don’t usually include pictures of people in the calendar, but I included this one of Jesse and Willy because it was the picture that was displayed at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon this year.

TECHNICAL DETAILS:

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: May 29, 2022 – 6:13 PM
LENS: 105mm f/2.8 Sigma Art Macro
FOCAL LENGTH: 105 mm
APERTURE: f/2.8
EXPOSURE: 1/8000
ISO: 800

Tomorrow I will share the image from January.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT SOME OF THESE MIGHT CHANGE STARTING NEXT YEAR. FOR EXAMPLY THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS WILL CHANGE TO 2 STARTING NEXT YEAR.

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO.

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

This limit will change to 2 starting with next year’s first theme.

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 for 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.

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

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 widest 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. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that.

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

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

GREEN! A great theme! But was it great enough to make it a popular theme. You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (2)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
3-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
4-Scott Degeneffe – 17 weeks
5-Sabas Hernandez – 18 weeks
6-Mike Vest – 23 weeks
7-Sheri Fakhouri – 27 weeks (2)
8-Logan Kahler – 28 weeks
9-Nathanial Brown – 29 weeks
10-Jesse Howard – 29 weeks
11-Tamara Peterson – 32 weeks
12-Mindi Terrell – 44 weeks
13-Brandon Kahler – 67 weeks
14-Linda Bennett – 73 weeks
15-Sarah Toot – 74 weeks
16-Angie DeWaard – 78 weeks
17-Dawn Krause – 82 weeks (2)
18-Kim Barker – 88 weeks
19-Joe Duff – 89 weeks
20-Teresa Kahler – 100 weeks (3)
21-Carla Stensland – 100 weeks (2)
22-Micky Augustin – 102 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 103 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 104 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 108 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 109 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 111 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 113 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:


WPC 432 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole Foley (Honey Hollow – Rural Warren County) – 112 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Waukee, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 105 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri)

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Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska)

WPC 432 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Orlando, Florida)- 103 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Boone – Ogden, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas) – 90 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas)

WPC 432 - GREEN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa) – 89 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa) – 79 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Chicago, Illinois) – 75 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Chicago, Illinois)

WPC 432 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 74 weeks

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Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 432 - GREEN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 45 weeks

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Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Branson, Missouri) – 30 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Branson, Missouri)

WPC 432 - GREEN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Le Mars, Iowa)

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Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 29 weeks

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Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

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Logan Kahler (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC 432 - GREEN - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 432 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 432 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 432 - GREEN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 432 - GREEN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Parkersburg, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 432 - GREEN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Parkersburg, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Parkersburg, Iowa)

WPC 432 - GREEN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

30 participants! That is a pretty great week, considering the holiday!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Florida
+ Kansas
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Missouri
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Hawaii
+ Idaho
+ Illinois
+ Indiana
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Kentucky
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Mississippi
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Hampshire
+ New Jersey
+ New Mexico
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Vermont
+ Virgin Islands
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

41 states and 1 district and 1 territory! That is pretty impressive! Over 80% of the way there!

The missing states are:
+ Alabama
+ Alaska
+ Connecticut
+ Delaware
+ Maine
+ Massachusetts
+ Rhode Island
+ Virginia
+ West Virginia

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ Spain
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Canada
+ Peru
+ France
+ Austria
+ Germany
+ Italy
+ Slovenia
+ Belize

The major milestone stone this week was Andy joining the 2 Year Streak Club.

But it wasn’t all fun and reindeer games. Suzie couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Jen’s streak ends at 2. Sara’s streak ends at 4. Sadly, Brandon’s streak ends at 67.

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 433 - HUMANS
HUMANS

ONCE AGAIN. DON’T FORGET THAT NEXT MONDAY IS NEW YEARS DAY! PLAN ON GETTING YOUR SUBMISSION IN AROUND THE HOLIDAY! OTHERWISE, THERE COULD BE A TON OF STREAKS BITING THE DUST.

HUMANS! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! Even if HUMANS are mostly a failed species.

But what exactly is a HUMANS image? Simply put it is a picture that captures either a collection of HUMANS (or just one HUMAN) or the effects of HUMANity. A place where you can look at for inspiration is Humans of New York. After all, it did inspire this theme.

While thinking about possible subjects for your submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great image:

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
-Albert Einstein

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 HUMANS in this place that is ran by one next Monday.

Stanhope Watermelon Day – III

Time for another collection of images from the trip I made to Stanhope Watermelon Day with Teresa. This collection of images is from when we returned to Watermelon Day. After the parade we took off to Bradford for lunch. Then we came back for the free watermelon and the Foreigner cover band.

Here are some pictures:


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Still one more collection of images to share from this day!

WPC – WEEK 431 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Friendly Reminder: Next Monday is Christmas. While the bank and government employees get the day off, there are no holidays for Photography 139. If you are busy on Christmas (and a lot of people are) plan on getting your submission in early this week.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY! One of my favorite themes! But it is also a notorious streak buster. But this year was it actually popular or did it once again end a ton of streaks. You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (3)
2-Monica Jennings – 1 week
3-Alexis Stensland – 1 week
4-Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
6-Susanna Funk – 5 weeks
7-Scott Degeneffe – 16 weeks
8-Sabas Hernandez – 17 weeks
9-Mike Vest – 22 weeks
10-Sheri Fakhouri – 26 weeks (2)
11-Logan Kahler – 27 weeks (3)
12-Nathanial Brown – 28 weeks
13-Jesse Howard – 28 weeks
14-Tamara Peterson – 31 weeks
15-Mindi Terrell – 43 weeks (3)
16-Brandon Kahler – 66 weeks
17-Linda Bennett – 71 weeks (3)
18-Sarah Toot – 73 weeks (3)
19-Angie DeWaard – 77 weeks
20-Dawn Krause – 81 weeks
21-Kim Barker – 87 weeks
22-Joe Duff – 88 weeks
23-Teresa Kahler – 99 weeks (2)
24-Carla Stensland – 99 weeks (2)
25-Micky Augustin – 101 weeks
26-Andy Sharp – 102 weeks
27-Bill Wentworth – 103 weeks
28-Cathie Morton – 107 weeks
29-Elizabeth Nordeen – 108 weeks
30-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 110 weeks
31-Kio Dettman – 112 weeks (2)

The third week of each month I like to share a map of all the states that have had pictures taken in them that were submitted for this calendar year. Well, I checked my calendar and this is the third Monday of the month. Here is the map, heading into this week:



That is a lot of states filled in. In fact, going into this week, there are only 9 states that haven’t been visited and photographed by somebody that submits here. I don’t think there is any chance we will fill in the entire map this year, but we sure have gotten a lot closer than I ever would have guessed! There are 3 weeks (including today) left in this calendar year. I don’t anticipate any more states being filled in at this point.


WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Des Moines, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 88 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Pella, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 72 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

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Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Bayard, Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 78 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 89 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 27 weeks

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Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 29 weeks

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Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Pella, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Oskaloosa, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Oskaloosa, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 82 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) 109 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Sioux City, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State Campus – Ames, Iowa)

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 74 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 104 weeks

29 participants this week! Not a high number by current standards. But I think STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is a hard concept for some people to grasp or love. But not 29 or you… more or less.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Hawaii
+ Idaho
+ Illinois
+ Indiana
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Kentucky
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Mississippi
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Hampshire
+ New Jersey
+ New Mexico
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Vermont
+ Virgin Islands
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

41 states and 1 district and 1 territory! That is pretty impressive! Over 80% of the way there! Every continental state west of the Mississippi is now accounted for.

The missing states are:
+ Alabama
+ Alaska
+ Connecticut
+ Delaware
+ Maine
+ Massachusetts
+ Rhode Island
+ Virginia
+ West Virginia

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ Spain
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Canada
+ Peru
+ France
+ Austria
+ Germany
+ Italy
+ Slovenia
+ Belize

There were quite a few big milestones this week. Angie joined the Year and a Half Club! WooHoo! Teresa and Carla both joined the Triple Digit Club! WooHoo! Bill joined the 2 Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all great photography in a public place. Monica and Alexis couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Willy’s streak ends at 3. Worst of all, Funk’s streak slid back down the mountain at 5.

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 432 - GREEN
GREEN

ONCE AGAIN. DON’T FORGET THAT NEXT MONDAY IS CHRISTMAS! PLAN ON GETTING YOUR SUBMISSION IN AROUND THE HOLIDAY! OTHERWISE, THERE COULD BE A TON OF STREAKS BITING THE DUST.

GREEN! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a GREEN image? Simply a picture of something GREEN or the color GREEN plays a major compositional element of the image. But of course, there is more than one definition of GREEN.

While thinking on possible subjects for your image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great image:

Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.
– Mary Webb

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 GREEN in this place that is far from green next Monday.

Stanhope Watermelon Day 2023 – II

Time for another collection of images from my trip to the Stanhope Watermelon Day with Teresa. This collection of images is of the parade. I’m not really a parade person. In fact few things are more boring than a parade. Well actually few things have greater gap between participating in and watching. Being in a parade is tons of fun. Watching a parade is tons of boring. Similarly to fireworks. Lighting off fireworks is tons of fun. Watching fireworks is boring. Baseball also fits into this category as well. But I digress.

Here are the parade pictures:


Watermelon Day - 2023

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Watermelon Day - 2023

Still plenty more pictures to share from Watermelon Day. Including many pictures of delicious… delicious watermelon!

WPC – WEEK 430 – LINES

LINES! They are literally everywhere you look. But did enough people see them to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 4, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
2-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
3–Mary Green – 3 weeks (2)
4-Susanna Funk – 4 weeks
5-Elainie Hernandez – 5 weeks
6-Scott Degeneffe – 15 weeks (2)
7-Sabas Hernandez – 16 weeks
8-Mike Vest – 21 weeks
9-Sheri Fakhouri – 25 weeks
10-Logan Kahler – 26 weeks
11-Nathanial Brown – 27 weeks
12-Jesse Howard – 27 weeks
13-Tamara Peterson – 30 weeks
14-Mindi Terrell – 42 weeks (2)
15-Brandon Kahler – 65 weeks
16-Linda Bennett – 70 weeks (2)
17-Sarah Toot – 72 weeks
18-Angie DeWaard – 76 weeks
19-Dawn Krause – 80 weeks
20-Kim Barker – 86 weeks (2)
21-Joe Duff – 87 weeks
22-Teresa Kahler – 98 weeks (2)
23-Carla Stensland – 98 weeks (2)
24-Micky Augustin – 100 weeks
25-Andy Sharp – 101 weeks
26-Bill Wentworth – 102 weeks
27-Cathie Morton – 106 weeks
28-Elizabeth Nordeen – 107 weeks
29-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 109 weeks
30-Kio Dettman – 111 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:


WPC 430 - LINES - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 430 - LINES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 77 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 103 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES -BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 66 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Hilton Coliseum – Ames, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Hilton Coliseum – Ames, Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (San Antonio, Texas) – 107 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (San Antonio, Texas)

WPC 430 - LINES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Washington D.C.) – 1 week

WPC 430 - LINES - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Washington D.C.)

WPC 430 - LINES - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Washington D.C.)

WPC 430 - LINES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas) – 88 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 87 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 71 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 430 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 430 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 430 - LINES - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Hollywood, Florida) – 28 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (U.S. Virgin Islands) – 73 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (U.S. Virgin Islands)

WPC 430 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Fashion Institute of Technology – New York City, New York)

WPC 430 - LINES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (30hop – Ankeny, Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (30hop – Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Torreys Peak, Colorado) – 5 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC 430 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC 430 - LINES -WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 3 weeks

32 participants! That is a pretty good week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Texas
+ U.S. Virgin Islands
+ Washington D.C.

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Hawaii
+ Idaho
+ Illinois
+ Indiana
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Kentucky
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Mississippi
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Hampshire
+ New Jersey
+ New Mexico
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Vermont
+ Virgin Islands
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

41 states and 1 district and 1 territory! That is pretty impressive! Over 80% of the way there! Every continental state west of the Mississippi is now accounted for.

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ Spain
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Canada
+ Peru
+ France
+ Austria
+ Germany
+ Italy
+ Slovenia
+ Belize

The major milestone this week was Sheri joining the Half Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses! Mary’s streak ends at 3. Elainie’s is gone at 5.

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 431 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY… besides one of my favorite forms of photography?

Here is a definition from the Nashville Film Institute:

Street photography is a genre of photography that captures the day-to-day life of people in a public setting. However, street photography may also be devoid of people and be filled with objects or an environment associated with human presence. For example, capturing the shadow or a discarded object leaves an intriguing effect on the viewer, as they signify an unfinished story. To excel in street photography, you have to be a reasonable observer. With observation, you can convey hints, feelings, ideas, stories, or questions that prompt your viewer.

The most important thing to take is that STREET PHOTOGRAPHY takes place in a public place. It is NOT posed. It does NOT have to include a street. It does NOT have to include a person.

Got it? Cool. 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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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