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WPC – WEEK 332 – TRIANGLE

So far TRIANGLE has been a fairly popular theme. In fact, it was a record setting theme! More on that later.

Heading into the third week of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, these were the current streaks:

* Mike Vest – 1 week
* Michelle Haupt – 1 week
* Monica Henning – 2 weeks
* Micky Augustin – 2 weeks
* Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
* Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
* Andy Sharp – 3 weeks
* Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks
* Bill Wentworth – 4 weeks
* Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
* Cathie Raley – 8 weeks
* Elizabeth Nordeen – 9 weeks
* Kim Barker – 11 weeks
* Shannon Bardole-Foley – 11 weeks
* Kio Dettman – 14 weeks

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


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE- CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 10 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 15 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 5 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 12 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 2 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 12 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 9 weeks

Very impressive! 28 submissions from 22 participants! I think the 22 participants might be a new THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE record! Only two streaks were snapped. Mike Vest’s “streak” of 1 week did not extend to 2 weeks. Dawn Krause’s streak of 5 weeks ends at 5.

The three longest streaks remained intact and Elizabeth joined the world of double digit streaks.

Here are the top streaks:

#1. Kio – 15 weeks
#2. Kim – 12 weeks
#2. Shannon – 12 weeks
#4. Elizabeth – 10 weeks

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 333 - LOVE
#LOVE

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

But what is a #LOVE image. What is #LOVE? #LOVE is the most popular hashtag on Instagram. Instagram has more than 1 billion users that use the app every month. It is the second most downloaded free app. The average Instagram user browses images 53 minutes a day. Instagram is used by 25% of smartphone users. The first ever photo posted to Instagram was of a dog (duh!) near a taco stand (double duh!), taken by a Instagram founder. As I write this, #LOVE has been used 2,147,483,647 times on Instagram. That is billion with a b.

Now if you read all that, and you were like, great, but what is a hashtag? Sigh.

A hashtag is a label used on social media sites that makes it easier to find information with a theme or specific content. Hashtags encourage social media users to explore content that catches their eye. Associations can use hashtags to reach their target audience and to help members filter information.

But for our purpose here, you don’t need to worry about a hashtag. The hashtag is merely the inspiration for this week’s theme. When you are considering your subjects, think, would it be something that somebody could hashtag it with LOVE? The subject could be something that you #LOVE, or it could be something that represents #LOVE to you. Whatever trips your heartstrings. I’m not here to judge. Love is love and #LOVE is #LOVE too.

While considering your possible subjects, think on the following quote and I know you will take a great #LOVE image:

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
-Zora Neale Hurston

I look forward to 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 #LOVE in this place that is little more than a where I put all my loves 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.

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.

WPC – WEEK 319 – GREEN

REMINDER!!! This week and next week are you chance to help mold the next 52 weeks for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. To do that leave suggestions for themes in the COMMENTS section of this here journal entry. There were some good suggestions last week and one truly terrible one. Terrible because it was overly specific about a certain species of animal and not because of my alleged feelings towards that specific species of animal.

GREEN is a pretty gosh dang easy theme, so hopefully there are lots of submissions.

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


WEEK 319 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 319 - GREEN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 319 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 319 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 319 - GREEN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 319 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 319 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 319 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 319 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 319 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 319 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 319 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 319 - GREEN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 319 - GREEN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 319 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 319 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 319 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 319 - GREEN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 319 - GREEN - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 319 - VEST - ,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:


WEEL 320 - HERO
HERO

HERO! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a HERO photo? A HERO photo is a picture of somebody that is considered a HERO. Might be a personal HERO of yours. Don’t everybody ask to take my picture at once. Once at a time… Or it can be a picture of a fictional character. It can be somebody you know in everyday life or like in the theme reveal image it can be somebody you have never met. This week is Halloween. I bet you will see all sorts of people out and about dressed like HEROes. That is a happy coincidence, though. The order of the themes were selected randomly last November.

While considering your HERO image, consider the following quote:

You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
– George Bernard Shaw

Good luck capturing your HERO!

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 HERO in this place that that records many of my personal idols next Monday.

Journal Entry #4,250

Can you believe that this is the 4,250th post in this crazy little thing called “An Artist’s Notebook’. 4,250 posts! It has been 5,549 days since I took keyboard in hand on August 9, 2006 and typed these words:

So here is the first journal entry.

The name of that first journal entry was “First Journal Entry”. I really started out with a bang!

What was that first journal entry?

A set of goals:

+ To write in this journal. Mission accomplished.
+ To be truthful. I’m sure there are some that would disagree, but I’m calling that mission accomplished.
+ To record my achievements and failures in the world of art. Mission accomplished.
+ To produce something that makes me “worthy” of having a pretentious sounding journal title like: “An Artist’s Notebook. Jury might still be out on that one.

In that first entry I also wrote about attending the Photography Salon Reception with Sara. I go on to complain about the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest and tell a tale about how Jay convinced me to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest that year.

That was it. A simple beginning for a simple man. 5,549 days ago.

When I hit these milestones, I like to check in on a few statistics, to see how things are trending. I like statistics cause they seem to bring order to chaos. It is like the saying goes: “There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.”

Here are some damn lying statistics.

I use “Categories” to help organize this blog. There are 194 of them and the 100 most used Categories can be found on the sidebar of every page on this website. The 100th most used Category is a 3 way tie amongst “Jaycees”, “Vacation”, and “DaeHee”. I’ve use those 3 Categories 65 times each. The 2 Categories that have the greatest shot at breaking into the Top 100 are “Kelly” at 61 current uses and “Town Sign Project” at 59 current uses.

These are the 10 Most Used Categories (Post 4000 Rank and entries):

10. Art – 408 (NR)
9. WPC – Submissions – 417 (8 – 381)
8. Mom – 422 (10 – 363)
7. Carla – 435 (7 – 391)
6. Portrait – 450 (5 -472)
5. Shannon – 458 (6 – 421)
4. Jesse – 529 (4 – 495)
3. Animals – 665 (3 – 620)
2. Flowers – 754 (2 – 693)
1. Black and White – 819 (1 – 698)

These are the 10 Most Used Not a Person Categories:

10. Photoshop – 368 (8 – 327)
9. Nature – 379 (6 – 349)
8. Macro – 390 (7 – 332)
7. Road Trip – 394 (9 – 326)
6. Art – 408 (10 – 314)
5. WPC – Submissions – 417 (5 – 381)
4. Portrait – 450 – (4 – 472)
3. Animals – 665 – (3 – 620_
2. Flowers – 754 – (2 – 693)
1. Black and White – 819 (1 – 698)

There are the 10 Most Used Person Categories (Post 4000 Rank and entries):

10. Vest – 274 (9 – 258)
9. Jen – 277 (10 – 254)
8. Willy – 278 (8 – 268)
7. Derrick – 311 (7 – 295)
6. Jay – 329 (6 – 320)
5. Teresa – 405 (4 – 364)
4. Mom – 422 (5 – 363)
3. Carla – 435 (3 – 391)
2. Shannon – 458 (2 – 421)
1. Jesse – 529 (1 – 495)

The Non Person Categories most likely to break into the Top Ten are “Naima” at 323, “Formal Portrait” at 320, and “Candid Portrait” at 303.

The Person Categories that are most likely to break into the Top Ten are “Kim” at 263, “Logan” at 248, “Sara” and “Micky” both at 239.

After 750 posts, “Photography”, “Friends”, and “Life” were my three most used Categories. I’ve since tried to de-centralize those Categories and they have fallen. I’m trying to do the same with “Portrait”, so It should eventually fall out of the Top Ten as well.

After 1,000 posts, “Jay”, Jesse”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories.

After 1,500 posts, “Jesse”, “Jay”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories”.

After 2,500 posts, “Jesse, “Teresa”, and “Shannon” were the most used Person Categories. It was the same after 3000 posts.

After 4,000 posts, Top 3 had changed to “Jesse”, “Shannon”, and “Carla”. I’ll be curious to see where these number are in another 250 posts.

If you are wondering how to increase your Category usage, it is simple. Submit to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Be a photo assistant. Show up in THE SELFIE PROJECT. Go on road trips with me. It doesn’t hurt to be related to me either.

But this is a photography online journal, so let’s look at what are the most popular images and galleries on my website?

Most Popular Photography 139 Galleries of the last 365 days:


#10 Weekly Photo Challenge – HOF – 25,192 Views

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2013
#9 Daisies 26,286 Views

Punch Myself in the Face
#8 Christopher D. Bennett 31,665 Views

9 Emotions - Bill
#7 9 Emotions Project 49,215 Views


#6 Iowa 59,724 Views

Soccer with Evie and Layla
#5 Gorshe Family 60,179 Views

Xenia, Iowa
#4 Town Sign Project 72,850 Views

WEEK 293 - HANDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
#3 Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 8 82,681 Views

Day 162 - June 11, 2021
#2 Selfie Project – 2021 128,029 Views

Alexis Pregnant with Anela
#1 Alexis Pregnancy Photo Shoot – 2020 236,976 Views

At post 4,000 The most popular album was “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 7”. #2. Was “Christopher D. Bennett”. #3. was “9 Emotions Project”. I’m impressed with the sustained popularity of THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT. I haven’t taken a new picture for it in years. Although I do want to fire it up again.

Most Popular Photography 139 Images of the last 365 days:

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party
#10. Maven’s Gift Table – 2,013 Views

Moingona, Iowa
#9. Moingona Town Sign – 2,029 Views

Iowa State Fair - 2010
#8. Alexis Cheering at the 2010 Iowa State Fair – 2,177 Views

Mom's Retirement Party
#7. Mom’s Retirement Party – 2,669 Views

Day 73 - March 13, 2021
#6. Mom and I at John Wayne Birthplace Museum – 3,716 Views

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010
#5. Andrea, Josh, and Kids at Youth Group Fundraiser – 2010 – 4,221 Views

Alexis Pregnant with Anela
#4. Alexis Pregnant with Anela – 5,485 Views

Day 51 - February 20, 2021
#3. Selfie in Ackley – 6,369 Views

Day 0 - December 31, 2020
#2. Selfie in Front Yard – 6,587 Views

Alexis Pregnant with Anela
#1. Alexis Pregnant with Anela – 10.355 Views

That picture of Alexis was also #1 at the 4,000 Post Mark, but the other 9 Pictures are completely different. Last time #2 was a picture of Taylan and #3 was a picture of me and Scottie D. at the Pufferbilly Days Parade.

That leads us to my most popular individual posts.

Most Popular An Artist’s Notebook Entries (by Comments)

#10. TOWN SIGN PROJECT: HAMILTON COUNTY – 21 Comments

#10. POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT – MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER BIRTHPLACE – 21 Comments

#10. TOWN SIGN PROJECT: DALLAS COUNTY – 21 Comments

#7. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 43 – SUNRISE/SUNSET 22 Comments

#7. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 9 – FOOD – 22 Comments

#7. POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT – SOME CHURCHES – 22 Comments

#3. THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE – ROUND TWO – 24 Comments

#3. TENDERLOIN APPRECIATION SOCIETY – WORKING AT HOME – 24 Comments

#3. CARROLL COUNTY AND CRAWFORD COUNTY AUXILIARY IMAGES – 24 Comments

#3.WPC – WEEK 283 – WIND – 24 Comments

#2. LIPTON CUP OF ZINNIA – 32 Comments

#1. TOWN SIGN PROJECT: JASPER COUNTY – 37 Comments

I have to confess that I haven’t been very good about responding to comments left on my blog lately. I swear that I will get better at this again.

The final statistic I want to share are who my most loyal email subscribers. Loyalty isn’t probably the most accurate term, but it is all I have.

Top Five Most Loyal Photography 139 Subscribers

5. Jeanette Duff – 96.4%
4. Angie DeWaard – 98.5%
2. Michelle Haupt – 99.7%
2. Joe Duff – 99.7%
1. Kio Dettman – 100%

Jeanette, Angie, and Kio are new to the Top 5. They replaced Corey, Sara, and Shannon.

Linda and Tamara are the two most likely to break into the Top 5 in the next 250 posts.

We’ll have to check in on these statistics again in another 250 posts!

WPC – WEEK 313 – JUNK

So far JUNK hasn’t been an extremely popular theme, which I think is a bunch of JUNK. But I love JUNK.

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


WEEK 313 - JUNK - SHANNO BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 313 - JUNK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 313 - JUNK - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 313 - JUNK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 314 - JUNK - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 313 - JUNK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 313 - JUNK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 313 - JUNK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 313 - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 313 - JUNK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 313 - JUNK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 313 - JUNK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 313 - JUNK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 313 - JUNK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 313 - JUNK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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 314 - WORK
WORK

WORK! What a great theme for Week 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

What is a WORK photo? Well, let’s of people miss WORK because it looks like opportunity. Wait, that isn’t how that quote goes. My point is that a WORK photo is simply a photo of somebody working or a picture of the tools that somebody uses for WORK. It could be their WORK environment. It could be their co-WORKers. It doesn’t have to be WORK that people get paid to do. It can be the WORK that people love to do. A WORK picture is simply any picture that involves work.

While thinking on your possible WORK photo, meditate on this quote:

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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 WORK in this place that is little more than the place that is filled with the WORK that makes me happy next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 308 – TOY

The theme TOY really spoke to a ton of people this week. There were a bunch of submissions and I didn’t even send out any reminder texts this morning because I was dealing with wrapping up the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. My first one as a chair was some mixed and melty, but I’m already flush with ideas (mine and others) on how to make improvements for next year. But I’ll get into a Pufferbilly Days recap at a later date.

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


WEEK 308 - TOY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 308 - TOY -  Micky Augustin
Micky Augustin

WEEK 308 - TOY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 308 - TOY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 308 - TOY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 308 - TOY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 308 - TOY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 308 - TOY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 308 - TOY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 308 - TOY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 308 - TOY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 308 - TOY - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous

WEEK 308 - TOY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 308 - TOY - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous

WEEK 308 - TOY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 308 - TOY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 308 - TOY - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson

WEEK 308 - TOY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 308 - TOY - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson

WEEK 308 - TOY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

A great week of submissions!

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 309 - MOVEMENT
MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT! What a great theme! But what is a MOVEMENT photo? Simply put, a MOVEMENT photo is a picture of something that is in motion. There are two different ways to capture movement. Use a quick shutter speed to freeze movement. Use a longer shutter speed to blur motion.

When you are thinking about creating your MOVEMENT image, think on the following quote:

Light in nature creates the movement of colors.
-Robert Delaunay

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 MOVEMENT in this place that is little more than my motions next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 304 – HISTORY

Lots of people decided to make HISTORY by taking a HISTORY image this week. I understand that it can be a bit difficult for people that aren’t like me. You see, it is easy for me cause I’m making HISTORY every day.

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


WEEK 304 - HISTORY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - CHIRSTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEL 304 - HISTORY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEL 304 - HISTORY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 304 - HISTORY - 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 305 - MUSIC
MUSIC

BY THE WAY: WEDNESDAY IS THE LAST CITY BAND CONCERT OF THE YEAR IN BOONE.

MUSIC! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a MUSIC photo? A MUSIC photo is any picture that’s composition includes anything related to MUSIC. A person playing MUSIC. Sheet MUSIC. A MUSICal instrument. Anything involved in the creation of MUSIC.

While thinking on your MUSIC photo, consider this quote:

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
-John Erskine

Think on that quote, and you will no doubt create a stunning MUSIC image for next MONDAY.

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 MUSIC in this place that like to think it is a metaphorical melody next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 303 – ADVENTURE

Despite the holiday weekend, there was pretty good participation in this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. At least a few of you got out there and had an ADVENTURE last week.

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


WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEL 303 - ADVENTRUE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEL 303 - ADVENTRUE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE - 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:


WEEK 304 - HISTORY
HISTORY

HISTORY! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a HISTORY photo? A HISTORY photo is any picture that records something that happened in the past. For example, in the theme reveal picture is the break room (building) for the employees of a Cracker Jack factory that has been gone for 50 years. A HISTORY picture could be a picture of a museum or an old building or a mural that depicts a HISTOR(Y)IC event. Or it could be a picture of a HISTOR(Y)ICAL artifact. It doesn’t need to be a piece of HISTORY that is as significant as Cracker Jack. It could be personal HISTORY.

As you think on a great subject for your HISTORY image, think on this quote:

History is a race between education and catastrophe.
-H.G. Wells

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 ADVENTURE in this place that is just a record of my HISTORY next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 300 – RED

The theme of RED did fire the passions of a few people as there were a healthy amount of submissions for RED this week.

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


WEEK 300 - RED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 300 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 300 - RED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett
WEEK 300 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 300 - RED - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 300 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 300 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 300 - RED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 300 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 300 - RED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 300 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 300 - RED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 300 - RED - 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 301 - WHITE
WHITE

WHITE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a WHITE image? A WHITE image is simply and image where the color WHITE plays an import part of the composition of the image.

Think about the following quote when you think about composing your image:

Working in white makes people look into it. White is ethereal. There’s a purity to it, it makes things look elevated in a way. There’s a whole palette of white…
-Johnatan Milne

Meditate on these words and I have no doubt you will create a magnificent WHITE image.

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 WHITE in this place that contains much WHITE next Monday.