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WPC – WEEK 330 – BLACK + WHITE

As we are about to kickoff the 9th Year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (birthed into this world kicking and screaming as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT) I thought we could look at what we accomplished as a community in Year 8.

+ There were 866 total submissions by 35 different participants. Averaging 16.65 submissions a week.
+ The most popular themes were HOBBIES and FRIENDS. Both had 30 submissions.
+ SYMMETRY + PATTERNS had the most participants with 19.

Here are the individual statistics for the 35 different participants:
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 52 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Kio Dettman – 50 weeks, 119 photos.
+ Micky Augustin – 44 weeks, 53 photos.
+ Tamara Peterson – 44 weeks, 44 photos.
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Kim Barker – 36 weeks, 43 photos.
+ Carla Stensland – 32 weeks, 73 photos.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks, 40 photos.
+ Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Bill Wentworth – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Cathie Raley – 26 weeks, 26 photos.
+ Andy Sharp – 26 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Teresa Kahler – 22 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Joe Duff – 19 weeks, 25 photos.
+ Mike Vest – 16 weeks, 16 photos.
+ Logan Kahler – 14 weeks, 32 photos.
+ Jesse Howard – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Dawn Krause – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 12 weeks, 20 photos.
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks, 14 photos.
+ Monica Henning – 11 weeks, 24 photos.
+ Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks, 11 photos.
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks, 8 photos.
+ Sara Lockner – 5 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Amy Peterson – 4 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Susanna Funk – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Aaron Barnett – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Lori Backous – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Steve White – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Jodie Cue – 1 week, 3 photos.
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week, 1 photo.

Thanks to everybody that participated on any level!

I’ve gotten slightly into Snapchat streaks in the last few weeks and I’m going to carry the idea of streaks over to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Heading into this week, these are the people that have “streaks” of submitting photos for consecutive weeks:

+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Angie DeWaard – 1 week.
+ Andy Sharp – 1 week.
+ Teresa Kahler – 1 week.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Bill Wentworth – 2 weeks.
+ Joe Duff – 2 weeks.
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks.
+ Cathie Raley – 6 weeks.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 7 weeks.
+ Kim Barker – 9 weeks.
+ Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks.
+ Kio Dettman – 12 weeks.
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 431 weeks.

Okay, in fairness, I run this show and it does bend around my schedule, slightly, so my streak doesn’t really count for much. It will be interesting to see who is able to build on their streak this week and who has their streak snapped.

As we start up Year 9, just a reminder that the picture has to be taken the week of the theme. The picture needs to be taken somewhere between 12:01 PM on the Monday the theme is revealed and 11:00 AM the following Monday, when I click Schedule on this post and head to lunch. This is a get off your butt and TAKE photos challenge. It is NOT a curate your photos challenge.

Photos are not evaluated for quality (at least not by me) to be posted. This challenge is about doing the work. You put in the work, the quality will come. What I am saying is, don’t hold back a submission because you don’t think it is good enough.

There are two ways to submit your photos to me. You can email me at bennett@photography139.com OR you can text them to my phone. Either one is perfectly acceptable.

These are not rules, but I’d say fairplay guidelines:

+ Don’t send me multiple pictures of the same subject in the same week. Send me multiple pictures, sure, but make them unique.
+ Don’t send me multiple pictures and ask me to choose the best one. I won’t do it. Even on a theme that is coming up in a few weeks where there will be for the first time ever a limitation of 1 submission per participant, I still won’t do it.
+ Watch the resolution of the images you submit. The size should be at least 800 pixels for it to look decent on the website.
+ YOU should be the one taking the picture. If a friend of yours takes a picture and you want to submit it for them, that is fine, but they should get the credit for the picture and they should be cool with it being posted.

Enough of that noise. You didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates and the best ways to participate, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (3 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Tamara Peterson (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley (7 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Teresa Kahler (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Elizabeth Nordeen (8 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (4 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (2 weeks)

29 submissions from 20 participants. That 20 participants is more than any theme had last year! I’m pumped now! That is a great week! Lots of streaks continued. Only the streaks of Mike Parmelee, Angie DeWaard, and Jen Ensley-Gorshe came to an end.

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 331 - ROCK
ROCK

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

But what is a ROCK photo? Well, there are several types of rocks. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  All you have to do is find a rock you like (I’m partial to igneous) and take a picture of it. And ROCKs have so many uses, they can hold historical markers, they are canvasses for artists, and people build things out of them.  Just to name a few.  Of course, ROCK can have multiple meanings. There is the type of ROCK that Twisted Sister wants to do. Which isn’t all that different from the kind of ROCK that AC/DC salutes those about to engage in or that Queen wants to do to you. Whatever definition of ROCK you use, it will be the right one for you.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ROCK was a theme suggested by Angie.  Thanks for the suggestion Angie.

While thinking on your possible subjects for  your ROCK picture, think on this following quote from one of my old time favorite movies.  INHERIT THE WIND. It is a highly dramatized telling of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. One of the lawyers that is prosecuting the teacher on trial for teaching evolution has taken the stand as an expert on The Bible. The lawyer defending the teacher is cross examining him.

Drummond:  It’s sad that we don’t all have your positive knowledge of what is right and wrong, Mr. Brady. How old do you think this rock is?

Brady: I am more interested in the “Rock of Ages” than I am in the age of rocks.

Drummond: Dr. Paige of Oberlin College tells me this rock is at least 10 million years old.

Brady: Well, well, Colonel Drummond, you managed to speak here some of that scientific testimony, after all.

Drummond: Look, Mr. Brady. These are the fossil remains of a marine prehistoric creature found in this very county, and which lived here millions of years ago when these very mountain ranges were submerged in water.

Brady: I know. The Bible gives a fine account of the flood. But your Professor’s a little mixed up in his dates. That rock is not more than six thousand years old.

Drummond: How do ya know?

Brady: A fine biblical scholar, Bishop Usher, has determined for us the exact date and hour of the Creation. It occurred in the year 4004 B.C.

Drummond: Well, that’s Bishop Usher’s opinion.

Brady: It’s not an opinion. It’s a literal fact — which the good Bishop arrived at through careful computation of the ages of the prophets, as set down in the Old Testament. In fact, he determined that the Lord began the Creation on the 23rd of October, 4004 B.C. at, uh, 9:00am.

Drummond: [Is] that Eastern Standard Time? Or Rocky Mountain Time? It wasn’t Daylight Saving Time, was it, because the Lord didn’t make the sun until the fourth day.

Brady: That is correct.

Drummond: That first day, what do you think, it was 24 hours long?

Brady: [The] Bible says it was a day.

Drummond: Well, there was no sun out. How do you know how long it was?

Brady: The Bible says it was a day!

Drummond: Well, was it a normal day, a literal day, 24 hour day?

Brady: I don’t know.

Drummond: What do you think?

Brady: I do not think about things that I do not think about.

Now maybe that scene doesn’t have much to do with rocks, but any chance I can even tangentially reference that movie I will.  I look forward to seeing your ROCK interpretations.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of ROCK in this place that records my metamorphic change next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 329 – EDUCATION

Here we are. The end of Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There were 866 images submitted this year. Smashing the record set by Year 7, 807. Hopefully we break the record again in Year 9. To have a look at them, click on the link below:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 8

EDUCATION has proven to be a very popular theme.

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


WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - MIKE PARMELEE
Mike Parmelee

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

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:

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 330 - BLACK + WHITE
BLACK + WHITE

BLACK + WHITE! What a great theme to kick off Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

To know me at all, is to know that my first love in photography is always been BLACK + WHITE. But what is BLACK + WHITE photo? Well, the obvious answer is that it simply a picture that is monochrome. Not color. But BLACK + WHITE. However, there are some things to know about taking a good BLACK + WHITE picture. Once you remove color from an image, you can’t rely on color to provide interest. Here are things to think about to make a good BLACK + WHITE image:

+ Shape and Form – The shapes of things will be more dominant.
+ Contrast – Without colors to separate your subjects, you will need the contrast between BLACK + WHITE to separate the objects in the picture.
+ Texture – A good subject in BLACK + WHITE photography will have texture. Texture really pops.

While considering possible subjects for your BLACK + WHITE picture, consider this quote by Ansel Adams:

“Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes.”
-Ansel Adams

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of BLACK + WHITE in this place that is little more than my shades of gray next Monday.

Selfie Project – December

I’ve decided to do the SELFIE PROJECT in 2022. I usually don’t do this in back to back years, but I thought I would give it a shot.

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from December:


Day 335 - December 1, 2021
December 1

Day 336 - December 2, 2021
December 2

Day 337 - December 3, 2021
December 3

Day 338 - December 4, 2021
December 4

Day 343 - December 9, 2021
December 9

Day 345 - December 11, 2021
December 11

Day 346 - December 12, 2021
December 12

Day 347 - December 13, 2021
December 13

Day 348 - December 14, 2021
December 14

Day 350 - December 16, 2021
December 16

Day 353 - December 19, 2021
December 19

Day 354 - December 20, 2021
December 20

Day 355 - December 21, 2021
December 21

Day 356 - December 22, 2021
December 22

Day 358 - December 24, 2021
December 24

Day 360 - December 26, 2021
December 26

Day 361 - December 27, 2021
December 27

Day 363 - December 29, 2021
December 29

Day 364 - December 30, 2021
December 30

Day 365 - December 31, 2021
December 31

To check out all THE SELFIE PROJECT images from 2021, click on the link below:

Selfie Project – 2021

I took several selfies that couldn’t be included in THE SELFIE PROJECT cause there can only be one per day, but I would like to share some of my favorite alternates:


Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Hopefully the 2022 SELFIE PORTRAIT PROJECT goes off without a hitch.

Computer Mine Secret Santa

The December image from the 2022 Photography Calendar is a drone picture of a forest along the banks of the Des Moines River.


2022 Calendar - December

I hope people enjoy the calendar this year. I’ve got some positive feedback on it anyways.

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Several years ago, I used to finish the year with the Proust Questionnaire as a form of reflection on the year past. Well, I think we can all agree that 2021 was a terrible, terrible year. And while even terrible, terrible years do have some positives and are still worthy of reflection, I didn’t feel like doing the entire 31-35 question questionnaire. So I thought maybe just answering the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire would be enough:

1. What is your favorite word? Well… I actually overuse it more than actually enjoy using it.
2. What is your least favorite word? Maybe.
3. What is your favorite drug? The open road.
4. What sound or noise noise do you love? Juicy Wiggle.
5. What sound or noise do you hate? My phone ringing.
6. What is your favorite curse word? Mulkey.
7. Who would you like to see on a new banknote? Ted Lasso – Be curious. Not judgmental.
8. What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? Most really. Any job with more human contact than mine. It is pretty evident at this point in history that humans suck at the aggregate level.
9. If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? Golden retriever.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Matthew 25:21.

Maybe next year I’ll bring back the Proust Questionnaire. Maybe.

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Back a week or so ago, we did a Secret Santa thing at the Computer Mine for hybrid or work in the office full-time. I took some pictures for the Computer Mine social medias. Here are some pictures from the event:


Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Michelle was my Secret Santa. She got me some sweet Cyclone socks and some of my favorite candies. I was Denise’s Secret Santa. I got her some booze and some peanut butter cups.

Southwest Iowa Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

The October image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is of an abandoned farmhouse in rural Benton County.


2022 Calendar -October

Tomorrow I will share the November image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

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Way back on Monday I screwed a couple things up on THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. First, I incorrectly labeled the picture below as a submission from Logan Kahler, but it was Jesse Howard’s submission:


WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

The second mistake I made was to have a communication breakdown with Elizabeth and I forgot to include her second submission of her Christmas tree and stockings and gifts:


WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

I had a pretty good streak going of not messing up. It is a good thing that I recently added a proofreader to the staff that I will probably never use.

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It is time once again to share some auxiliary images from the couple of times I went to southwest Iowa to harvest some town signs. Once again, I think I have the towns lined up correctly, but this trip was a while ago.


Fremont County - Farragut
Farragut

Fremont County - Farragut
I love old neon almost as much as I love working neon.

Fremont County - Farragut

Fremont County - Farragut

Fremont County - Farragut

Page County - Yorktown
Yorktown

Page County

Page County

Taylor County and Adams County - Lenox
Lenox

Decatur County - Van Wert
Van Wert

Decatur County - Van Wert

Decatur County - Grand River
Grand River

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield
Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Beaconsfield

Ringgold County - Kellerton
Kellerton

Ringgold County - Kellerton

Ringgold County - Kellerton

Ringgold County - Kellerton

Ringgold County - Kellerton

Ringgold County - Kellerton

There still are plenty of auxiliary images from southwest Iowa left to share.

WPC – WEEK 328 – HOLIDAYS

The August image of the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a drone shot of the High Trestle Trail Bridge:


2022 Calendar - August

Tomorrow I will share the September image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

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HOLIDAYS proved to be fairly popular theme.

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


WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEL 328 - HOLIDAYS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Jesse Howard

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

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 329 - EDUCATION
EDUCATION

EDUCATION! What a great theme to end Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on!

But what is an EDUCATION image? An EDUCATION photo is a picture of anything that relates to EDUCATION. Kids in school. A picture of school. Degrees. Diplomas. Books. Libraries. But not all EDUCATION happens in a school. I would actually argue that next to no EDUCATION happens in schools, but that is another subject for another time. However, my point is don’t discount other forms of EDUCATION. For example, back in my prime, I used to take fools to school on the basketball court all the time.

As you consider your possible subjects for EDUCATION, mediate on this scene from one of my all-time favorite movies GOOD WILL HUNTING:

CHUCKIE
Yeah, cause I think I had a class
with you.

At this point, several interested parties materialize. Morgan
Billy and Will try, as inconspicuously as possible, to situate
themselves within listening distance. A rather large student
in a HARVARD LACROSSE sweatshirt, CLARK (22) notices Chuckie.
He [Clark] walks over to Skylar and Lydia, nobly hovering
over them as protector. This gets Will, Morgan, and Billy’s
attention.

SKYLAR
What class?

CHUCKIE
Ah, history I think.

SKYLAR
Oh…

CHUCKIE
Yah, it’s not a bad school…

At this point, Clark can’t resist and steps in.

CLARK
What class did you say that was?

CHUCKIE
History.

CLARK
How’d you like that course?

CHUCKIE
Good, it was all right.

CLARK
History? Just “history?” It must
have been a survey course then.

Chuckie nods. Clark notices Chuckie’s clothes. Will and Billy
exchange a look and move subtly closer.

CLARK
Pretty broad. “History of the World?”

CHUCKIE
Hey, come on pal we’re in classes
all day. That’s one thing about
Harvard never seizes to amaze me,
everybody’s talkin’ about school all
the time.

CLARK
Hey, I’m the last guy to want to
talk about school at the bar. But as
long as you’re here I want to “seize”
the opportunity to ask you a question.

Billy shifts his beer into his left hand. Will and Morgan
see this. Morgan rolls his eyes as if to say “not again…”

CLARK
Oh, I’m sure you covered it in your
history class.

Clark looks to see if the girls are impressed. They are not.

When Clark looks back to Chuckie, Skylar turns to Lydia and
rolls her [own] eyes. They laugh. Will sees this and smiles.

CHUCKIE
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t there
much. The class was rather elementary.

CLARK
Elementary? Oh, I don’t doubt that
it was. I remember the class, it was
just between recess and lunch.

Will and Billy come forward, stand behind Chuckie.

CHUCKIE
All right, are we gonna have a
problem?

CLARK
There’s no problem. I was just hoping
you could give me some insight into
the evolution of the market economy
in the early colonies. My contention
is that prior to the Revolutionary
War the economic modalities especially
of the southern colonies could most
aptly be characterized as agrarian
precapitalist and…

Will, who at this point has migrated to Chuckie’s side and
is completely fed-up, includes himself in the conversation.

WILL
Of course that’s your contention.
You’re a first year grad student.
You just finished some Marxian
historian, Pete Garrison prob’ly,
and so naturally that’s what you
believe until next month when you
get to James Lemon and get convinced
that Virginia and Pennsylvania were
strongly entrepreneurial and
capitalist back in 1740. That’ll
last until sometime in your second
year, then you’ll be in here
regurgitating Gordon Wood about the
Pre-revolutionary utopia and the
capital-forming effects of military
mobilization.

CLARK
(taken aback)
Well, as a matter of fact, I won’t,
because Wood drastically
underestimates the impact of–

WILL
“Wood drastically underestimates the
impact of social distinctions
predicated upon wealth, especially
inherited wealth…” You got that
from “Work in Essex County,” Page
421, right? Do you have any thoughts
of your own on the subject or were
you just gonna plagiarize the whole
book for me?

Clark is stunned.

WILL
Look, don’t try to pass yourself off
as some kind of an intellect at the
expense of my friend just to impress
these girls.

Clark is lost now, searching for a graceful exit, any exit.

WILL
The sad thing is, in about 50 years
you might start doin’ some thinkin’
on your own and by then you’ll realize
there are only two certainties in
life.

CLARK
Yeah? What’re those?

WILL
One, don’t do that. Two — you
dropped a hundred and fifty grand on
an education you coulda’ picked up
for a dollar fifty in late charges
at the Public Library.

Will catches Skylar’s eye.

CLARK
But I will have a degree, and you’ll
be serving my kids fries at a drive
through on our way to a skiing trip.

WILL
(smiles)
Maybe. But at least I won’t be unoriginal.
(beat)
And if you got a problem with that,
I guess we can step outside and deal
with it that way.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation next week.

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Next Monday will mark the beginning of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Here are the 52 themes for next year:

1. Black + White
2. Rock
3. Triangle
4. #love
5. Junk
6. Believe
7. Still Life
8. Harmony
9. Hobbies
10. Government
11. Abstract
12. Shadow
13. Framed
14. Gratitude
15. Orange
16. Letters or Numbers
17. #Instagood
18. Square
19. Slice of Life
20. Hat
21. History
22. Flower
23. Children
24. Service
25. Self-Portrait
26. Entertainment
27. Road Trip
28. Work
29. Wild
30. Odd Camera Angle
31. People
32. Family
33. Animal
34. Weekends
35. Circle
36. Colorful
37. Green
38. Paths
39. Signs
40. Ruins
41. Violet
42. Macro
43. Lines
44. Art
45. Decoration
46. Strong
47. Communication
48. In the Air
49. Street Photography
50. Water
51. Explore
52. Body Part

Now you can start thinking on them, but you can’t start shooting them. Them’s the rules. Speaking of rules…

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of EDUCATION in this place that is little more than result of my misspent learning next Monday.

Southwest Iowa Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

The March image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a picture of a geranium dripping with water. This picture was taken in my yard.


2021 Calendar - March

Tomorrow I will share the April image.

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A few weeks back I prowled through several counties in southwest Iowa harvesting town signs. This is the first collection of auxiliary images I took on this trip. In all honesty, I might be getting some of the town locations for these pictures wrong. It has been a minute, as they say.


Adams County - Prescott
Prescott

Adams County - Prescott

Adams County - Corning
Corning

Adams County - Corning
I want to live in this store, just based on the name alone.

Adams County - Carbon
Carbon

Montgomery County - Villisca
Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca
It looks like a town that had more than one ax murder.

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Grant
Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant
I want to walk through that door so bad!

Montgomery County - Elliot
Elliot

Montgomery County - Red Oak
Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak
I had some high hopes for this place…*

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Stanton
Stanton

Montgomery County - Stanton

Montgomery County - Stanton

Page County - Essex
Essex

Fremont/Page County - Shenandoah
Shenandoah

Fremont/Page County - Shenandoah
This sign must have been amazing in its heyday.

Fremont County - Imogene
Imogene

There are plenty more pictures from southwest Iowa.

* BUT… my source on the ground (Elizabeth’s friend) say it isn’t very good. Sigh.**
** Correction, and this is a direct quote: “She didn’t say it wasn’t good. She said it wasn’t great, and it was ok
If you are going to report, you need to get the story straight.”

WPC – 327 – CANDID PORTRAIT

The January image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is an image I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It is of a corn crib (methinks) that was blown askew by the derecho. It is slightly east of Boone on US-30.


2022 Calendar - January

Tomorrow I will reveal the February image.

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Thus far, CANDID PORTRAIT has proven to be a very popular theme.

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


WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensely-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEL 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 327 -CANDID PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

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 328 - HOLIDAYS
HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAYS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! But wait, I thought the themes were random? Seems also convenient that HOLIDAYS is the theme the same week as Christmas? Yeah, it does seem convenient. Perhaps even desperately random…

But what exactly is a HOLIDAYS image? Simply put, a HOLIDAYS image is just any image that suggest the celebration of a HOLIDAY. Opening presents, decorations, making treats, hanging with family or friends or co-workers. There are so many possibilities! And yes, Christmas is this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the basement and pull out your favorite Arbor Day decoration and take a picture of that.

While considering your possible subjects for your HOLIDAYS image, consider the following quote:

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
-Garrison Keillor

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of HOLIDAYS in this place that is little more than where I go for my personal holidays next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 326 – ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE has proven to be an oddly successful theme!

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


WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP (Photo by Don Lester)
Submitted by Andy Sharp – Photo by Don Lester

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE -BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE -  MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

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

But what is a CANDID PORTRAIT image? A CANDID PORTRAIT image is simply an image where the person that is the subject of the photo isn’t posing for the picture. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know their picture is getting taken, but they definitely aren’t posing for the picture. They are just being themselves. Which is why I prefer CANDID PORTRAITS a gazillion to one over formal portraits. But that is just me.

While thinking on your subjects for your CANDID PORTRAIT image, meditate on the following quote:

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
-Unknown

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of CANDID PORTRAIT in this place that is little more than me being candidly candid next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 325 – BLUE

BLUE didn’t give the BLUEs to too many people. Meaning more than a few people were able to get out of bed and find a reason to take a picture of something BLUE in their life.

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


WEEK 326 - BLUE -TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 326 - BLUE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 326 - BLUE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 325 - BLUE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 325 - BLUE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 325 - BLUE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 325 - BLUE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 325 - BLUE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 325 - BLUE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 325 - BLUE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 325 - BLUE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 325 - BLUE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 325 - BLUE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

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 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly an ODD CAMERA ANGLE image? Well it couldn’t be simpler. You see, most people when they take a picture stand and bring the camera up to their face and take the picture straight on from their height. An ODD CAMERA ANGLE image is just a picture where you change your body from its normal position or the angle of the camera. Take a picture of something looking straight down at it. Or straight up. Get on the ground. Or climb up to the top of something. Or rather than having the camera stay level, move it like 45 degrees. You subject can be anything, but try looking at your subject from a different vantage point than you normally see it.

While thinking up your ODD CAMERA ANGLE and the subject for it, meditate on the following quote:

Thoughts are odd misfires.
-Patricia Cromwell

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of ODD CAMERA ANGLE in this place that is little more and my odd view on the world next Monday.