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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 23 – TECHNOLOGY

The improved weather and the theme of TECHNOLOGY must have gotten the creative juices flowing for many. We had the highest participation rate in weeks! That includes first time submitter Bill Wentworth!

Here are the submissions for TECHNOLOGY:


WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - DUSTIN JACKSON
Dustin Jackson

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

I love the fact that there was a wide variety of old and new technology. Both black and white and color submissions. This was one of my favorite weeks ever!

But why live in the past. Let’s look at this week’s theme…


WEEK 24 - ABSTRACT
ABSTRACT!!

But what is ABSTRACT?

Well here is a pretty good definition of abstract art from the interwebs:

“Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.”

Here is an example from my own photography:



or

A couple things to try would be to find an abstract piece of art to photograph, photograph something or somebody completely out of focus, use a long exposure (probably best at night) and move the camera around, move the zoom on your lens while the photographing something or somebody, or define abstract any way that you feel fits you.

As always, I look forward to seeing your guys’ creative efforts!

HOUSEKEEPING

Nothing new to report today. I’ll try to do better this week.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 22 – JUNK

There was a bump in participation this week. Maybe we’ll get another bump next week.

I have to confess that I wasn’t able to get the image I wanted this week because the junkyard I was going photograph was snowed over. Which is too bad, even though it is a chore to get there. You have to cross a stream 3 times and go through a tunnel and then solve the riddle of a troll. I’ll have to photograph it at a later date. If I can solve the riddle.

The submissions for JUNK:


WEEK 22 - JUNK - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD

WEEK 22 - JUNK - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER

WEEK 22 - JUNK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 22 - JUNK - MIKE VEST
MIKE VEST

Time to look at this week’s theme:


WEEK 23 - TECHNOLOGY
TECHNOLOGY

As always… feel free to interpret TECHNOLOGY however you feel fit.

HOUSEKEEPING

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

We are pleased to announced that Bill Wentworth has become the latest person to display his keen intellect, taste, and sophistication by becoming a PHOTOGRAPHY 139 EMAIL SUBSCRIBER. The addition of Bill stretches the PHOTOGRAPHY 139 EMPIRE to the forsaken land of Nebraska. Replacing Arkansas as the worst state in the Photography 139 Union. I don’t know what I should tell you about Bill. I’ve known him since probably 9th Grade when he was a deacon in Lowell’s shortly lived church.

Bill was a founding member of Saturday Morning Basketball. I was not a founding member of Saturday Morning Basketball, so I assumed that Bill was quite the baller because every time I saw him in the hallways of dear old Boone High School, he was sporting some form of Chicago Bulls gear and talking about basketball.

One Saturday morning I was sleeping in the family den when the doorbell rang. At the door was Anders and Lowell. One of the members of Saturday Morning Basketball was not able to play because he was being forced to work his family garage sale. I was invited to take his place. I jumped at the opportunity because I love playing the greatest game ever invented.

When we arrived at the Health Center, Bill was warming up, his vast array of spin moves and shot fakes. He came over and formally introduced himself. Then he pulled me aside.

“Look” he said, “We aren’t really all that good. Mostly you’ll just want to get the ball to Willy (McAlpine) and Dan (Dill) and let them do most of the scoring.”

I took his sage advice to heart, but I didn’t come there to watch two other guys play basketball.

It was on that Saturday a new friendship with Bill was forged AND a one man basketball revolution came to Saturday Morning Basketball.

Out went the old rule that Dan and Willy couldn’t be on the same team. In came the tacit acceptance that if you weren’t on my team, you weren’t winning.

In the years since Bill has received his diploma from Boone High School, graduated from Iowa State University, moved to Chicago, Saint Louis, and Omaha. Bill is a talented artist and I hope that we will soon see many a submission from him for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

So if you find yourself in Omaha, feel free to give Bill a knowing glance and teach him the super-secret Photography 139 handshake.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE ARCHIVE

Reminder that if you want to look back at past submissions to the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, follow the link below:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE GALLERY

As always, I look forward to seeing this week’s submissions.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 20 – MUSIC

This week’s theme was MUSIC. There must not many lovers of MUSIC out there as participation took a bit of a dip this week. That is okay, because the submissions were great. Hopefully next week’s theme trips more triggers.

The submissions for MUSIC:


WEEK 20 - MUSIC - KIMBERLY BARKER
KIMBERLY BARKER

WEEK 20 - MUSIC - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 20 - MUSIC - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD

WEEK 20 - MUSIC - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER

Time to reveal this week’s theme:


WEEK 21 - LANDMARK
LANDMARK!

While there aren’t many music lovers out there, maybe there are numerous LANDMARK lovers out there.

What is a LANDMARK?

Something that a town might be known for. A famous thing. Like the Campanile at Iowa State or the water tower in Ogden. Something that if you were giving directions, you would reference. At Milton Lott’s Grave, take a right. Right into the river.

Time for a reminder of the rules.

RULES

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by noon on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

HOUSEKEEPING

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. Nobody showed their keen intellect and sophisticated tastes by becoming an email subscriber to this here blog.

Maybe you have a keen intellect and sophisticated tastes and would like to become an email subscriber to this here blog, but don’t know how.

It is easy, just send an email to this email: bennett@photography139.com indicating that you would like to become an email subscriber. The benefits are… well there are just too many to describe at this time.

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 ONGOING PHOTO PROJECT DIVISION

A reminder that the THE SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT is ongoing and you can check it out by following the link below:

THE SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT

That is it for today. I look forward to all the LANDMARKS that end up in my inbox.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 19 – GRAFFITI

It is exciting times around the PHOTOGRAPHY 139 WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS. There is a first time submitter in Dustin Jackson this week.

Dustin is a very talented photographer and I would encourage you to follow him on his Facebook page, if you haven’t. I would post a link, but then I’d have to go on Facebook and this has been a pretty great week so far. My disdain for humanity is at a low and I don’t want that to go away right now.

Maybe later.

Either way, I’m super excited to have Dustin as a fairly regular contributor. I’m expecting great things from him!

Here are this week’s submissions for GRAFFITI:


WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD 1

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - ANGIE DEWAARD
ANGIE DEWAARD 2

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - DUSTIN JACKSON
DUSTIN JACKSON

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - SHANNON BARDOLE
SHANNON BARDOLE

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND*

WEEK 19 - GRAFFITI - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER

But what is this week’s theme? Well, you don’t have to wait any longer!


WEEK 20 - MUSIC
MUSIC!

As always, you can define MUSIC any way you want. For example, I know people that define Five Finger Death Punch as music, whereas I do not. Good luck to everybody participating.

A quick review of the rules.

RULES

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by noon on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

HOUSEKEEPING

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

I told you this is a great week! I get to proudly announce that there have been not ONE, but TWO people that have exercised their keen intellect by displaying both their taste and sophistication by becoming Photography 139 email subscribers. Please welcome aboard Dustin Jackson and Derrick Gorshe. If you see them out and about walking the mean streets of Ogden or Ames, feel free to give them a knowing glance.

I’ve known both Dustin and Derrick for what feels like forever. All of us used to toil in the mines of the Evil Clown Empire in another life. Back then Dustin used to go by the moniker Action Jackson and Derrick used to go by the name D-Rock. They are also both amazing cooks and are both married to smart, beautiful, strong, amazing women. I’m going to guess this is the result of their keen intellects and their sophisticated tastes.

Dustin and I were founding members in an underground beverage society that supported and encouraged the drinking of Jones Soda. We once fought the good fight against Jones Soda suppression that the local Hy-Vee was engaged in. Although we lost the battle, Hy-Vee definitely knew they were in a fight.

Derrick and I were once in the faux jam band Bratwurst Explosion. We definitely rocked many a faux stage in our day. Derrick, to his credit, also rocked many a real stage in his youth.

Derrick is also the twin brother of longtime Photography 139 supporter Jill Gorshe.

Dustin does not have a twin, but I don’t hold that against him. As long as he keeps feeding me homemade pretzel buns!

Welcome aboard Dustin and Derrick. I know you shall fare well.

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS COMMENTARY DIVISION

In the last couple of weeks, both Russell Kennerly and Jason Baier have earned their own avatars for use in the COMMENTS section of this here blog. Hopefully, they won’t be the last and hopefully, they will put these to good use in the future.

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SECRET HANDSHAKE DIVISION

It is with some sadness and a certain degree of remorse, that I’ve had to fold the PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SECRET HANDSHAKE DIVISION. They just weren’t making satisfactory progress. While I never like to see people put out of their jobs, sometimes, it just has to be done. I have given them the requisite pretzels, to let them know that they are being closed down.

So now and on into the future, we will go back to pretending that there is a super-secret Photography 139 secret handshake. Isn’t pretending more fun anyways?

*Technically I took this photo, but Carla told me to take it because she couldn’t.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 17 – TEXTURE

Considering that this week’s theme was the most accessible, I feel like the amount of submissions isn’t too shabby.

Let’s have a look at the submissions for TEXTURE:


WEEK 17 - TEXTURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 17 - TEXTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 17 - TEXTURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 17 - TEXTURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 17 - TEXTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

But what is this week’s theme? Scroll down:


WEEK 18 - STORE
STORE!

There are multiple definitions of STORE. When this theme was written, Humble Narrator was thinking about a place you go and buy things, but you can define the word in any way that speaks to you.

Since we are several weeks in, we should have a rules refresher.

RULES

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by noon on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

HOUSEKEEPING

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

There is a new email subscriber to celebrate this week. Sarah Karber has shown her keen intellect and sophisticated tastes by becoming a Photography 139 email subscriber. Sarah once worked for the Smithsonian and she got her Divinity degree from Vanderbilt. In short, she is one of the most fascinating people I know. So if you see her out and about walking the mean streets of Boone, feel free to give her the knowing glance and show her the super-secret Photography 139 handshake.

PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SUPER-SECRET HANDSHAKE DIVISION

I haven’t heard any reports from this division for quite some time. I think they’ve given up.

BLOGGING NEWS

A reminder that while I’m not posting these in AN ARTIST’S NOTEBOOK AKA The Journal AKA this here blog, the 2016 SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT (or as Russell calls it THE SELFIE PROJECT) is ongoing and you can check in on it over yonder:

2016 SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT

On Saturdays, I’m going to start publishing lists. This won’t be shared on any social media. It will be kind of a perk for being an email subscriber. Well, maybe a perk. Maybe a torment. I don’t really have real strong plans for it, but I’m sure you’ll be able to look forward to my opinions on things I know about (the best tenderloin spots in Iowa) and things I don’t really know about (I’m not really sure what qualifies here) to things I don’t really care about, but other people do (ranking the best STAR WARS movie to the worst).

Well, stop reading this and get out and take a STORE picture!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 16 – RED

There were a surprising amount of submissions this week for it being a holiday season. Hopefully we build on that this week.

Submissions for RED:


WEEK 16 - RED - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 16 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 16 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 16 - RED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 16 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 16- RED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 16 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

So what is this week’s theme?

Let’s have a look:


WEEK 17 - TEXTURE
TEXTURE

This should be an interesting one. It might be one of the more difficult themes, but I hope that doesn’t scare anybody away. As always, I’ll be excited to see all the submissions.

GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING NOTES

No new subscribers.
No movement on the secret handshake development front.

2015

So the walk down memory lane now concludes. With a look at the images that were in the calendar that early this morning will be taken down from kitchen walls (most common place I’ve seen the calendar hung up), office walls, cubicle walls, and placed gently in the trash with yesterday’s coffee grounds. 2015 Photography 139 Calendar I bid you a fond adieu.


2015 Calendar Cover
Front Cover

January - 2015 Calendar
January

February - 2015 Calendar
February

March - 2015 Calendar
March

April - 2015 Calendar
April

May - 2015 Calendar
May

June - 2015 Calendar
June

July - 2015 Calendar
July

August - Flower Calendar
August

September - 2015 Calendar
September

October - 2015 Calendar
October

November - 2015 Calendar
November

December - 2015 Calendar
December

If you ever get bored and want to take this walk down memory lane again, you can visit the Calendar and Postcards Gallery in the PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY. Link below:



CALENDAR & POSTCARD GALLERY


Since yesterday was the end of year and a holiday that many people celebrate (not me though, I don’t need the calendar gestapo telling me when to start a new year) I would like to take a quick moment to thank everybody that has continued to be an email subscriber to this here blog.

Off the top of my head and I apologize if I miss anybody:

These people are all original subscribers or at least haven’t changed their email since August 22, 2011. Which is how far back the records from off the top of my head go.

Jay Janson
Jason Baier
Shannon Bardole
Scott Degeneffe
Corey Faust
Susanna Funk
Jill Gorshe
Jesse Howard
Sara Lockner
Teresa Kahler
Nader Parsaei
Becky Perkovich
Bernice Verhoorn
Janice Peterson

Suzie Brannen – Since June 22, 2012
Eric Hiatt – Since August 20, 2012
Kim Barker – Since September 18, 2012
Amy Junck-Wallendal – December 18, 2012
Russell Kennerly – Since May 13, 2013
Tim Tucker (Not the one most of you are thinking about) – Since June 27, 2013
Michelle Haupt – Since July 12, 2013
Tim Tucker’s Woman (Sorry, never caught her name) – Since August 22, 2013
Geri Derner – Since September 30, 2013
Micky Augustin – Since October 10, 2013
Angie DeWaard – Since August 24, 2015
Mike Vest – Since September 9, 2015
Melissa Degeneffe – Since September 14, 2015
DaeHee Yoon – Since September 29, 2015
Monica Kewer – Since October 2, 2015 (Current email)
Carla Stensland – Since October 5, 2015
Joe Lynch – Since October 9, 2015
Jorge Rios – Since October 9, 2015
Anders Runestad – Since October 11, 2015
Elizabeth Nordeen – Since November 2, 2015
Laura Miller – Since November 9, 2015
Michael Houlihan – Since November 16, 2015
Dawn Krause – Since December 21, 2015
Joe Duff – Since December 21, 2015

Thanks for all the support and for making 2015 a successful year, by some sense of the word. I hope our little family here continues to grow. I’ll try and do better in 2016!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 15 – FRAMED

I expected Christmas to take a toll on this week’s submissions… and it did.

But 2 submissions isn’t too bad for a more difficult theme and it was Christmas!

This week’s submissions for FRAMED:


WEEK 15 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 15 - FRAMED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 15 - FRAMED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 15 - FRAMED - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

Time to look forward to this week’s theme…


WEEK 16 - RED
RED!

That should be a simple enough theme. Especially as the holidays continue. Including one of the biggest holidays of the year. The beginning of the Big 12 Basketball Conference Schedule!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 14 – BLACK AND WHITE

I don’t think that it is a secret to anybody that knows me at all that black and white photography is my true photographic love. And we all know that true love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe.

But I digress.

The point is I’ve been looking forward to this week for 13 weeks now! Let’s see the submissions.


WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE -  KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - DEB KIBBY
Deb Kibby

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICKY 2
Micky Augustin 2

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 14 - BLACK AND WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

If it was up to me, I would’ve thrown in BLACK AND WHITE as a category 4 or 5 times. Unfortunately, it just dawned on me that it is up to me. Maybe next year.

But why dwell on the past, when we have the future to look forward to? Let us look at this week’s theme…


WEEK 15 - FRAMED
FRAMED

This category doesn’t necessarily mean an object inside of a literal frame. Think of this as an object that your view is framed by other objects. Or think of this any way that you like.

MESSAGE FROM PHOTOGRAPHY 139’S SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION.

Big time welcomes are due to not ONE, but TWO new email subscribers. So give BIG welcomes to new Photography 139 email subscribers Dawn Krause AND Joe Duff. I believe Joe to be our first subscriber from Texas! Going global… soon!

I would normally tell you that if you see them on the streets to give them a knowing glance AND don’t be shy about showing them the secret Photography 139 handshake. However, the Secret Handshake Division has yet to finalize the handshake. So at this time the knowing glance will have to suffice.

Welcome aboard Joe and Dawn. I know you shall fare well!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 12 – STILL LIFE

If I didn’t already have an established protocol for the naming of the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE journal entries, I might have named this here entry: WHERE HAVE ALL THE DUDES GONE?

Male participation has declined dramatically in the last couple of weeks. I’m not complaining for personal reasons. I’ll never complain about being surrounded by such lovely ladies. I’m just saying its weak. Get on it men!

Here are this week’s submissions for STILL LIFE:


WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 12 - STILL LIFE - LAURA MILLER
Laura Miller

Time to look to the future and reveal this week’s theme:


WEEK 13 - GAMES
GAMES!

But how does one define GAMES? I would define it like this:

GAMES – noun – a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decide by skill, strength, or luck.

Nothing new from Photography 139’s Shameless Self-Promotion Divison to report.

As always, I look forward to seeing this week’s submissions!