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Blessings 2020

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a terrible year. I could spend hours and hours polishing this turd, but a turd is still a turd.

I basically only see 2 other people on a regular basis right now. Willy and I haven’t held a Friday Night Supper Club since March 13. We went to Jimmy’s for their Friday the 13th sale. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen any of my nieces and nephews this year. I’ve been able to hold a couple of Union Street Theater Nights in the reconfigured Union Street Theater, but it isn’t really the same. The masks and the sound of the air purifiers makes conversation a little difficult and food is definitely a missing element. Since March, the only stores I have been inside are the Boone Wal-Mart and Boone Hardware. I go to Hy-Vee every other week. I’ve seen Bethany twice. Nate and Laura once. Becca, not at all. I haven’t seen the Lockners at all. I’ve seen the Gorshes thrice. I run into Willy around town now and again. Jay stops by here and there to work on his homework. I see Jesse now and again. I haven’t met Kalista’s baby. Baier, Russell, Andree? Distant memories. Since I left the Computer Mine with the belief that I would be working from home for a few weeks, the only co-workers of note that I’ve seen in person are Vest, Lowell, Kim, and Elizabeth. I haven’t met Jorge’s twins. My church has had maybe a dozen worship services and those are suspended again. The Mission Trip is cancelled. There will be no Mission Trip next year. Youth Group has been put on hold indefinitely. For the first time since September 18, 2004, they played football games at Jack Trice Stadium and I wasn’t in attendance. The Cyclones Women’s Basketball Season just tipped off. I wasn’t there. I will most likely, not be able to attend any Cyclones Men’s games this year.

All of that being said, 2020 has still been an embarrassment of blessings for me. In a time where the pandemic was horribly mismanaged by an inept and corrupt federal government, causing employment rates to go through the roof and food insecurity and evictions to sweep across the country like a second plague, I have not had to worry about my job. As these pandemic pounds can attest, I haven’t once had to worry about my next meal. I was in a solid enough financial position that when the $1200 dollar stimulus check hit my bank account I wasn’t sure what to do with it. We were supposed to put it where it would do the most good, so I donated some of it to Joe Biden’s campaign.

While the only people I see on a regular basis are Mom and Teresa. I am still blessed with a pretty incredible family:


Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

While I see them rarely, I still have a pretty incredible set of friends:


March 12, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 13, 2019

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

Self Portrait Project - 2012

Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

Honey Hollow

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

While we don’t get to worship an awesome God together right now, I still have a pretty incredible church family:


October 27, 2019

October 30, 2019

September 25, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 23, 2019

January 16, 2019

While I continue to work at home, I still talk to and try to stay in contact with my amazing work family:


August 30, 2019

December 27, 2019

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

And while Naima is becoming off the charts spoiled, I’m blessed to have her in my life as well:


Black and White Alternate

I hope to see so much more of all of you in 2021. In fact, I’ve started to compile a list of things that I look forward to doing when this pandemic subsides. It isn’t a glamorous list. But that is a sign of 2020.

WPC – WEEK 267 – ANIMAL

56 weeks in a row people. We even had double digit submissions before Monday morning! Now this week’s theme is a little more challenging, I feel like we will once again, hit double digits. You can tell that the weather must be getting colder. While the theme is ANIMAL, every single picture taken was of a pet. Wel, one isn’t, but it is also taken inside. I wasn’t going to take a picture of Naima, but my original plan fell through. Or actually fell down. Well, wasn’t inflated anyways.

I’m not saying my submission this week is anything special, but it uses a new technique that is fairly controversial in photography circles. If you were in Iowa last week, you might have a good idea of how it is manipulated. Or you might not. There will be a post on this “new” thing in the future.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 267 - CATHIE RALEY - ANIMAL
Cathie Raley

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shanno Bardole-Foley

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 268 - FRAMED
FRAMED

FRAMED! What a great theme! But what is a FRAMED image? A FRAMED image is easier to make than it might sound. All it is, is an image where your main subject is buffeted on a least one side by something that isn’t the main subject. So basically, a subject matter, with negative space on multiple sides of it. For the sake of this challenge we will consider negative space, either something that is nondescript, one color, or out of focus. Of course, there are other ways to define FRAMED. Something that is in a framed is FRAMED. However, the idea here is to create a framed for you subject with other things in the environment.

Here is a look back at the 5 times previously that FRAMED was a theme:

RWPE #5 – FRAMING

RWPE Y2 #29 – FRAMING

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 15 – FRAMED

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 112 – FRAMED

WPC – WEEK 212 – FRAMED

I look forward to seeing your new interpretations.

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very framed Monday!

WPC – WEEK 256 – TRANSPORTATION

Made it! 45 straight weeks of double digit submissions! Once again, I didn’t even have to send out a single reminder text this morning!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

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 257 - MACRO
MACRO

MACRO! What a great theme! But what is a MACRO photo? A MACRO photo is basically a closeup image of some object. For example, the reveal photo is a picture of a wash cloth. Now there is a technical definition of macro that involves 1:1 on a negative, but you don’t need to worry about that. You just want to be get close to an object as you can with the camera equipment you possess.

I look forward to seeing your submissions!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very close Monday!

WPC – WEEK 254 – ANIMAL

I might have to change the release time for this weekly blog to 1:01 PM CST because there was a recent mine shaft collapse at the Computer Mine and I’ve had to change my work schedule to compensate, thus changing my lunch hour. But we’ll see how it goes for now.

WooHoo! 43 straight weeks of double digit submissions. Another week where I didn’t have to send out any reminder text messages this morning. I like how this is trending people!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

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 255 - NATURE
NATURE

NATURE! What a great theme! But what is a NATURE photo? A NATURE photo can be anything that isn’t man made. A lake. A river. A wildflower. A wild animal.

Remember, “Nature is God’s art. Art is man’s nature”.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very natural Monday!

May Flowers

I need to start by wishing Jay a happy birthday, so happy birthday Jay!


Mankato Road Trip - 2009

9 Emotions Project - Jay Janson


I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

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Here is a collection of pictures I took in my backyard in the middle of May:


Flower

Lilac

Lilac

Lilac

Lilac

Lilac

Flower

Nature's Amen - 2020

Whispering Beauty - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

Water Drop

The picture of the peony bud is bittersweet. I planted peonies in my yard about 3 years ago. I probably didn’t pick the best spot for them because they have never bloomed. In fact, that peony bud is the first time it has budded. One single bud. I was super excited, but then the bud never bloomed. It kind of just withered on the vine. Maybe next year.

WPC – WEEK 251 – BLACK AND WHITE

Would you believe it? 40 straight weeks of double digit submissions. I didn’t even need to send out any reminders this morning! WooHoo!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - JOSEPH LYNCH
Joseph Lynch

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

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 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAIT! What a great theme! But what is a FACELESS PORTRAIT image? A FACELESS PORTRAIT image is a picture of somebody, but there face isn’t in the picture. It can be cropped out of the image. It can be from an angle where you don’t see the face. It can be a picture where something is in front of the face. Hundreds of ways to take a FACELESS PORTRAIT.

For example, Aaron’s submission for this week is an example of a FACELESS PORTRAIT. Logan’s is as well. As is Cathie’s.

I look forward to seeing your submissions!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very faceless Monday!

WPC – WEEK 248 – YELLOW

No problems reaching double digits for 37 straight weeks! I didn’t even have to send out an reminder text messages this morning!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 248 - YELLOW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 248 - YELLOW - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

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 249 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great theme! It might be one of the harder themes consider the current public health environment, but just getting in your car and getting groceries or gas is a ROAD TRIP these days. Even showing the planning on a ROAD TRIP that you will be able to take some day is a good ROAD TRIP image.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very trippy Monday!

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit!

The tree-shrub-bush that is right in front of my front door recently was the home to a robin’s nest. I managed to take a few pictures of the transformation from eggs, to nestling to a fledgling that hangs out in my cherry tree in the backyard.


Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

Holy Astringent Plum-like Fruit

The picture from egg to fledgling are about three weeks apart. Nature is amazing!

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


WEEK 246 - FRIENDS
FRIENDS

Hopefully you can find some FRIENDS to photograph. Not the easiest theme, but furry friends count too.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 245 – SELF-PORTRAIT

I need to start by wishing everybody a happy Memorial Day!


Happy Memorial Day - 2020

Today is a unique Memorial Day, as we honor both our military personnel that have died in military service and the over 100,000 Americans that have died during the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, we will be in a better place in the world next year.

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Woooo! 34 straight weeks of double digit submissions. I got a lot of feedback from people saying that a SELF-PORTRAIT wasn’t easy for them like it is for me. They aren’t a combination of a young Brad Pitt and a middle-aged Robert Redford. While, I understand that my good looks can be intimidating, it is the fact that I am interesting looking that makes me so dang photogenic, not the fact that I’m so ruggedly handsome.

One person went so far as to send me the excuse that they can’t do a self-portrait, because they only do portraits with somebody holding their neck back. Ridiculous!

That being said, enough people showed the testicular fortitude to get on the other side of the camera for us to eek out double digits again!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions!


WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 245 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

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 246 - FRIENDS
FRIENDS

FRIENDS! What a great theme! I mean for most of you. Seeing how I have been scientifically documented to be the one True Lone Wolf, the man that is an island, this will be a difficult theme for me. I might have to play creepy photographer and find a couple of FRIENDS hanging out and clandestinely take their picture.

For the rest of you, this should be fairly simple. Grab a picture of a couple of your FRIENDS physically distancing, while remaining social.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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.


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very friendly Monday!

An Artist’s Notebook Post #3751

We have hit another milestone in the history of “An Artist’s Notebook”. Post #3751. I would normally make these statistical look back at the past type posts on even numbers, but I felt you guys were probably chomping at the bit to see the entries for RULE OF THIRDS.

This blog/online journal burst onto the world on August 9, 2006. Nearly 14 years later, it is somehow still around. That is success of some kind. At least it is perseverance.

As you know, I like meaningless statistics. That is what these posts are usually about. That and to take stock as to how I’m doing with my original mission to:

#1. Write in it.
#2. To be truthful as possible towards my true thoughts and feelings.
#3. Produce something that makes me worthy of having a pretentious sounding journal title like: “An Artist’s Notebook”.

I’m going to say that I continue to manage all 3. You probably wouldn’t know if I was being honest with you on my thoughts and feelings anyways. You’ll just have to take my work for it.

The last time we looked at these stats in Post #3500 on October 4, 2019 these were the 10 most popular categories on “An Artist’s Notebook”:

10. Photography – 311 Posts
9. Teresa – 312 Posts
8. Carla – 314 Posts
7. Shannon -351 Posts
6. Black & White – 390 Posts
5. Weekly Photo Challenge – 394 Posts
4. Jesse – 404 Posts
3. Animals – 477 Posts
2. Portrait – 516 Posts
1. Flowers – 537 Posts

Here are the current “standings”:

MOST POPULAR CATEGORIES

10. Mom – 332 Posts
9. Teresa – 338 Posts
8. WPC – Submissions – 342 Posts
7. Carla – 354 Posts
6. Shannon – 384 Posts
5. Jesse – 455 Posts
4. Portrait – 491 Posts
3. Animals – 554 Posts
2. Black & White – 568 Posts
1. Flowers – 594 Posts

Back in October, these were the 10 Most Popular Not People Categories:

10. Art – 243 Posts
9. Nature – 260 Posts
8. Personal Photo Project – 261 Posts
7. Road Trip – 288 Posts
6. Photography – 311 Posts
5. Black & White – 390 Posts
4. Weekly Photo Challenge – 390 Posts
3. Animals – 477 Posts
2. Portrait – 516 Posts
1. Flowers – 537 Posts

Here are the current “standings”:

MOST POPULAR NOT PEOPLE CATEGORIES

10. Naima – 263 Posts
9. Photoshop – 285 Posts
8. Art – 287 Posts
7. Nature – 303 Posts
6. Road Trip – 308 Posts
5. WPC – Submissions – 342 Posts
4. Portrait – 491 Posts
3. Animals – 559 Posts
2. Black & White – 568 Posts
1. Flowers – 594 Posts

I anticipate by the time we get to post 4,000 Black & White will surpass Flowers. Especially considering I’m giving some consideration into breaking Flowers down by flower type. All that would be one beast of a job.

Back in October, these were the 10 Most Tagged Humans:

10. Jen – 222 Posts
9. Vest – 234 Posts
8. Willy – 238 Posts
7. Derrick – 267 Posts
6. Jay – 294 Posts
5. Mom – 300 Posts
4. Teresa – 312 Posts
3. Carla – 314 Posts
2. Shannon – 351 Posts
1. Jesse – 403 Posts

These are the current standings:

10 MOST TAGGED HUMANS:

10. Jen – 243 Posts
9. Vest – 247 Posts
8. Willy – 258 Posts
7. Derrick – 284 Posts
6. Jay – 312 Posts
5. Mom – 332 Posts
4. Teresa – 338 Posts
3. Carla – 353 Posts
2. Shannon – 384 Posts
1. Jesse – 455 Posts

It is strange that the Top 10 Humans is almost identical. Except Carla has passed Teresa.

You may be wondering, what does it take to improve my Photography 139 Score? How do I get on the big board by the time Post 3750 comes around next August-ish?

1. Submit pictures for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.
2. Assist or pose for photo projects.
3. Be related to me.

If you are wondering who is just outside of the top ten? The 3 people just outside of the Top Ten are Kim, Sara, and Logan.

But what are the most popular pictures and galleries of this website?

Currently, there 74,942 files in the Photography 139 Gallery. That takes up 450.88 GB of storage space on the SmugMug servers.

Over time, it is historically difficult to determine what is the most popular photos and galleries. I can only track statistics for the last 365 days. But for the last 365 days, these are the most popular albums:

TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY 139 ALBUMS (POPULARITY BY VIEWS)


Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

#10 Miller Triplet 1st Birthday Party – 13751 Views

Miller-Peterson Christmas - 2019

#9 Family Happenings – 14222 Views

Iowa State vs. Iowa

#8 Iowa State Cyclones Football – 2019 – 15711 Views

#7Naima– 16108 Views

Taylan Howard

#6 Taylan Howard -2020– 21320 Views

Autumn Sharp

#5 Autumn Sharp – 2020– 21852 Views

WEEK 158 - BOREDOM - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

#4 Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 6– 29218 Views

July 14, 2019

#3 Selfie Project – 2019 – 40726 Views

9 Emotions - Bill

#2 9 Emotions Project – 43867 Views

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

#1 Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 7 – 48433 Views

These are the 10 Most Popular Images (by Views):

10. 973 Views

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

9. 1056 Views

Minnesota State Fair - 2019

8. 1063 Views

Rapid City Mission Trip - 2019

7.1082 Views

Thanksgiving - 2019

6. 1116 Views

Howards - 2019

5. 1141 Views

Autumn Sharp

4. 1635 Views

Garrett Larson

3. 1261 Views

Stenslands- 2019

1283 Views

July 15, 2017

1. 2283 Views

January 14, 2019

I’m surprised that THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT is still so popular, since I haven’t touched it in over a year. But I do hope to get back to it. In fact, I have purchased a few things to make it possible to get back to THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT while safely physically distancing. So if you are interesting in being a victim… err… a subject. You know where to find me.