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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 41 – HOMETOWN

A nice collection of submissions this week for HOMETOWN:


WEEK 41 - HOMETOWN - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 41 - HOMETOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 41 - HOMETOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 41 - HOMETOWN - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 41 - HOMETOWN - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

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 42 - TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION!

This is a pretty easy one. There are about a million sources of transportation. From helicopters to rivers to trains to planes to streets to feets. The list goes on and on and on. So find your voice and get out there and get a TRANSPORTATION photo!

Remember that next Monday is the 4th of July. While the government, your bank, and maybe where you work takes the day off… Photography 139 does not. Plan accordingly.


HOUSEKEEPING



A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. 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.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

The latest person to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription is Willy McAlpine. I’ve known Willy for over 20 years now. Willy is known around these parts for his crazy workouts. Sometimes he runs in excess of 100 miles in a week. Sometimes he will run 100 miles in 24 hours. For fun! So if you see Willy running around the mean streets of Boone, feel free to give him a knowing glance and don’t be shy about teaching him the super-secret Photography 139 handshake.

That’s all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 40 – BLUE

I though I would be Johnny-on-the-Spot and guess this out as soon as I got back from Milwaukee, but I spent my weekend being in parades, helping give sermons, raising money through pie auctions, supping with friends and family, going on walks with Naima, going to baby showers, watching about a thousand secondary characters I don’t care about get killed on GAME OF THRONES, and sleeping. Lots of sleeping. Laundry too.

This morning was the first time I’ve touched a computer in over 8 days.

So without further adieu, here are the submissions for BLUE:



Kim Barker 1

WEEK 40 - BLUE - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 40 - BLUE - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim 1

WEEK 40 - BLUE - STEPHANIE KIM 2
Stephanie Kim 2

WEEK 40 - BLUE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 40 - BLUE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

In a couple of hours, I’ll be posting the images from HOMETOWN. Better get the emailed to bennett@photography139.com soon!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 38 – PERSPECTIVE

This week ended up being something of a rebound week. All the negative emotions that people felt towards EMOTIONS was left behind and they expressed positive emotions towards PERSPECTIVE. Particularly exciting this week is we have a submission from first time contributor Stephanie Kim. Stephanie lives the farthest east and by far the largest city of any other contributors, so I’ll be excited to see her perspective on things in the future!

The submissions for PERSPECTIVE:


WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim 1

WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - STEPHANIE KIM 2
Stephanie Kim 2

WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - JODIE BENNETT
Jodie Bennett

WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 38 - PERSPECTIVE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 39 - PERSPECTIVE - 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!


WEEK 39 - SKY/CLOUDS
SKY/CLOUDS

SKY/CLOUDS! But what does that mean? While your submission probably should include the sky and/or some clouds, don’t feel that the sky or cloud has to be the focus of your composition. That being said, if the sky or cloud isn’t the main feature of your composition, it should add to the emotional impact of your image.

All that noise being said, feel free to interpret the theme in any way that you see fit.

HOUSEKEEPING

MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE RULES DIVISION

Don’t blow by this because you know the rules. There is a slight rule change in there for going forward as my lunch hour at the day job has changed.

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. 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.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com> by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report on this front. However, if you are reading these words and don’t have a Photography 139 email subscription. Let a guy know. I’ll get you hooked up!

That’s all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune again next Monday. Hopefully with lots of looks at our flat earth’s sky.

THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ

QUESTION 11

I was lucky to be accepted and graduate from the most beautiful and prestigious university in the land. What was my major?

ANSWER: Political Science

BONUS

What was my minor?

ANSWER: History

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 36 – LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS

It looks like LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS also wasn’t an extremely popular theme. Might have to put it on the chopping block if this little project continues into a second year. I guess we’ll see.

On the positive though, it was extremely popular with first time submitter Sara Lockner. Hopefully this won’t be the last time a theme rings the creative bell for Sara.

This week’s submissions:


WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 35 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER 1
Sara Lockner 1

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER 2
Sara Lockner 2

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER 3
Sara Lockner 3

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER 4
Sara Lockner 4

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

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 is…


WEEK 37 - EMOTIONS
EMOTIONS!

But what are EMOTIONS! Google defines EMOTION as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationship with others. So capture somebody displaying an emotion. Even a second hand emotion like love. Or capture a scene that is the result of a emotion. Capture an image that is supposed to incite an emotion. (Although, quite frankly I hope that is what you’re trying to do with every image.) Or as always, define the theme any way that you want.


HOUSEKEEPING

RULES

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

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 REMINDER DIVISION

A reminder that you can check out all the submission thus far by visiting the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE TAKE 3 Gallery on this here website. Click the below:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE TAKE 3 GALLERY


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

I’m pleased to announce that the Persons are the latest people to show their taste, class, and sophistication by grabbing a Photography 139 email subscription. The short scoop on them is that they are the most talented photographers I know and have been family friends for as long as I have memories. If you see them out and about walking the mean streets of Boone, give them a knowing glance and show them the Super Secret Photography 139 handshake.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, we will commune again next Monday. Hopefully with a plethora of EMOTIONS pictures!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 35 – GLASS

GLASS did not end up being an extremely popular theme. That being said, there are some solid submissions here. Let’s have a look at the submissions for GLASS.


WEEK 35 - GLASS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 35 - GLASS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 35 - GLASS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 35 - GLASS - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 36 - GLASS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 35 - GLASS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 35 - GLASS - AMY HAHN
Amy Hahn

But that is the past. Let’s look to the future. After all, the future is where we will spend the rest of our lives! Future events such as these will effect us in the future!


WEEK 36 - LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS
LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS


I don’t think LETTERS AND/OR NUMBERS requires much of an explanation. You are staring at letters right now. However, there are many forms of letters and numbers, so as always… define the theme as you see fit.

It is a good time to review the rules of the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

RULES

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

That is it, them’s the rules.


HOUSEKEEPING

THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

I am pleased to announce that in the last week, we have added 4 new email subscribers to the Photography 139 Empire. Jodie Bennett, Corinna (Logan’s lady friend that I never attained a last name for), Jeff Daniel, and Stephanie Kim all showed off their keen intellect and sophistication for signing up for an email subscription to this here blog. I’d normally go into a lengthy description of each person, but since this entry is already getting off the presses over 7 hours late, I’ll just remind you that if you run into these fine folks on the streets of Brooklyn or wherever, feel free to give them the knowing glance and teach them the super secret Photography 139 handshake.

That is all I got, so if the Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise we’ll see you here again next Monday.

The Birthday Party of Fate (Roundup)

I’ve thanked all these people in person, but I’d like to publicly thank everybody that helped out in some either small or big way with my birthday party on Saturday.

Big shout out to Scott for making tons of delicious mouth watering chicken and jalapeno cream corn. I only wish I would have had time to help do more than just brine the chicken. If I am so inclined to do this again next year and you are so inclined to help with the food next year, I will have to schedule this so I can be more hands on with the process. I may have been The Master, but Scott was undeniably the Smoker Master. I just can’t overstate how amazing the chicken was people.

Much love to Scott’s (better-other-less high maintenance) half for making the Pick and Pluck. If I would’ve thought of it, I would’ve bought several gallons of ice cold chocolate milk to knock down while setting up shop on that thing.

Thanks to Logan and Corinna for holding down the grill and making an assortment of hot dogs and sausages to compliment the mouth watering chicken. I don’t really have any photos of the event, perhaps next year I can talk him/them into doing some candid photography for the party.

I’m always able to count on Dae Hee when I need some assistance. He came over and helped put up the canopies for the outdoor dining area, the tent for an additional child area, moved all the chairs from the basement to the outdoors, and watched 2 hours of GAME OF THRONES. A pretty solid effort!

Thanks to Jason for loaning me his Cornhole set.

Thanks to Shannon for loaning me her canopies, although I’m still unclear where one gets tailgating tents that don’t have Iowa State colors. Or why a person would even want such a thing.

Thanks to Jesse for laminating the beverage identification signs.

Thanks to Teresa for helping out in various tasks before the party started.

Thanks to my Mom for making a copious amount of side dishes and desserts. Nobody went home hungry. That is for sure.

Finally, thanks to everybody that took time out of their lives to come visit me:


Teresa
Brandon
Logan & Corinna
Aunt Linda
Kio
Steph, Katie, Jeff, & Yin
Carla, Jason, Alexis, and Johnathan
Mom
Scott, Melissa, Austin, and Porter
Steve
Dawn, Kevin, Scott, and Kayelee
Jen, Derrick, Evie, and Layla
Sara, Shawn, and Gretchen
Jesse, Kelly, Kalista, Saydie, and Taylan
Willy
Dan and Angie
Suzie
Monica and Jeff
Bethany, Dae Hee, and Nora
Jason, Will, Ben, and Nader
Andree
Anders & Nicholas
Shannon and Jason
Geri
Michelle, Craig, and Lily
Kim and Kevin

A special thanks to Dae Hee, Bethany, and Nora who came from Minnesota. Aunt Linda who came from Kansas. Stephanie who came all the way from Brooklyn. I guess I’m morally obligated to visit her in October now. Right?

Since I think that this party was a success on some level, I am tentatively planning on doing it again next year. Tentatively thinking about some time on Memorial Day Weekend next year. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles.

Now to the less than stellar news…

The Photo Booth was a success, but far from perfect. It turns out that the photo booth program I used has a painful little quirk. If the “Finish” button wasn’t pushed at the conclusion of the photo session, the program timed out and didn’t save the photo strip! The good news is that it did save the original images. The bad news is that there will be a night in my future where I’ll be piecing together photo strips from saved images. Yeah me!

For that reason, I did load up all the images into the party gallery. Not just the “finished” photo strips.

To see those images, click on the link below… (You can also download them by clicking on the down arrow icon.)

MANOS & PHOTOBOOTH IMAGES

However, thought I would share a few of them here as well:








































But the good news is that I now have a thousand different ways to improve the photo booth for next year. Tentatively.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 34 – PORTRAIT

Another solid week of submissions. Here are the submissions for PORTRAIT:


WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 1
Bill Wentworth 1

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 2
Bill Wentworth 2

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin


Carla Stensland 1

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland 2

Solid submissions across the board! But why live in the past. Let’s look to the future. After all, that is where we will live the balance of our lives.

This week’s theme…


WEEK 35 - GLASS
GLASS!

Those of you with a little bit of elephant in you may be a little like: “Didn’t we just do GLASS?” However, those of you that are more learned will know that more than just windows are made of GLASS. Things like glasses are made of GLASS. The kind you drink out of and the kind you put on your face. (At least they used to be.) Bottles. Also made of glass. (At least they used to be.) Lenses. Made of glass. (At least they used to be.) Lots of wonderful art is made out of GLASS. So go out and explore the wonderful world of GLASS.

HOUSEKEEPING

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

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 33 – WINDOWS

A slight dip in submissions this week, but that was to be expected with a bit harder of a theme. It wasn’t too much of a challenger for first time contributor Geri Derner though! Here are the submissions for WINDOWS:


WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - KIM BARKER 3
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - KIM 4
Kim Barker 4

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - MICHAEL AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 33 - WINDOWS - GERI DERNER
Geri Derner.

What is this week’s theme? Keep scrolling!


WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT!

This is a nice and easy theme. The only person I would expect to struggle with this theme would be a true Lone Wolf. For the sake of this theme, a PORTRAIT would be considered a posed photo of somebody. That somebody could be a person, an animal, or a stuffed animal. Interpret away! As always, I can’t wait to see the submissions.

No HOUSEKEEPING today. I’ll try to do better next week.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 32 – COUNTRY

Going to be a quick write up today, but excited that there were a plethora of submissions this week. Including a submission from first time submitter Jodie Bennett. Which is pretty sweet!

Here are the submissions for COUNTRY:


WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - JODIE BENNETT
Jodie Bennett

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

A fine selection of submissions!

But what is the theme for this week?


WEEK 33 - WINDOWS
WINDOWS!

WINDOWS is not as easily accessible of a theme as COUNTRY, but everybody has access to WINDOWS. Of course there are many ways to interpret WINDOWS. Some would say that the eyes are the WINDOWS to the soul. If you are serious about running your business, WINDOWS is the OS for you. Of course, there are WINDOW(S) displays for WINDOW(S) shopping. Even cars have WINDOWS. Translate the theme however you see fit.

No HOUSEKEEPING today. I’ll try to do better next week.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 31 – OLD

So I made a rookie mistake and left my camera battery at work over the weekend. Good thing that I had already taken a plethora of pictures of old things on Wednesday.

This week’s submissions for OLD:


WEEK 31 - OLD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 31 - OLD - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 31 - OLD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 31 - OLD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 31 - OLD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 31 - OLD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

A pretty good selection of submissions methinks.

So what is this week’s theme…


WEEK 32 - COUNTRY
COUNTRY!

So what is COUNTRY? When I wrote this theme down and put it on a Post-It note, my basic concept of country was anything that isn’t within a city limits. Anything rural would qualify. However, you can take the theme any way you want it. Want to saunter down to your local honky tonk and grab a picture of a pretend cowboy. That would qualify. Have a cherry collection of old Tom T. Hall 8 tracks? Take a picture of that. If you want to take a picture of a map and say “look, it’s a country!” Do that. Express the theme however you see fit.

No HOUSEKEEPING today. I’ll try to do better next week.

If the Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll see you next Monday. With a sweet collection of COUNTRY pictures, I have no doubts.