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WPC – WEEK 307 – PATHS

At least a few people were able to figure out what PATHS they are walking for the theme of PATHS.

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


WEEK 307 - PATHS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 307 - PATHS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 307 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 307 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 307 - PATHS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 307 - PATHS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 307 - PATHS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEL 307 - PATHS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 307 - PATHS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 307 - PATHS - 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 308 - TOY
TOY

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

But what is a TOY image? Simply put, a TOY image is a picture of something that you use for recreation. It isn’t used for work. It is used for play. However, what one person might consider a TOY, another person might consider a TOOL. What is considered a TOY might be more personal than one thinks at first glance.

Think on these words when considering your subject for this week’s image:

As men get older, the goys get more expensive.
-Marvin Davis

Heed these words and there is no doubt you will create a most playful TOY images.

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 TOY in this place that is little more than my plaything next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 306 – ARCHITECTURE

The theme of ARCHITECTURE rang the bell of a few people. Quite a few people, actually. Anita Ward would be proud.

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


WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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 307 - PATHS
PATHS

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

But what is a PATHS image? Simply put, a PATHS image is a picture of a route used by beings to get from one place to another. Trails are PATHS. Roads are PATHS. Railroads are PATHS. Sidewalks are PATHS. Aisles are PATHS. Of course, you don’t have to be literal. There are the PATHS we are on in our life. There is the faith PATHS that we walk.

In the theme reveal image, there is a literal trail from an observation tower back to the woods and eventually, back to my car.

When considering subjects for this week’s image, consider the following quote:

When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place. The foot touches the ground, but not for long.
-Hakim Sanai

Heed these works and there is no doubt your path will take you to a most intriguing PATHS 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 PATHS in this place that like to think it is your trail to my soul 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 302 – COMMUNICATION

The theme of COMMUNICATION did not communicate to a tremendous amount of people. That is fine. Maybe this week’s theme will be more popular.

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


WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (This was actually Andy’s submission for WHITE that I missed, but it also works here.)

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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


WEEK 303 - ADVENTURE
ADVENTURE

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

But what is an ADVENTURE image? An ADVENTURE image is simply any image that was taken while on an ADVENTURE or preparing for an ADVENTURE or going on an ADVENTURE. The theme reveal picture could qualify for all 3. The twist to this picture is that YOU have to figure out what you consider to be an ADVENTURE.

DON’T FORGET THAT INDEPENDENCE DAY IS SUNDAY, THEREFORE MANY PEOPLE HAVE MONDAY AS A VACATION. BUT PHOTOGRAPHY 139 DOES NOT TAKE HOLIDAYS. PLAN YOUR SUBMISSION ACCORDINGLY!!

Also, meditate on this quote before thinking about your ADVENTURE photo:

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen.
-Winnie the Pooh

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 ADVENTURE(s) next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 301 – WHITE

It appears that WHITE was not a super 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 301 - WHITE -SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 301 - WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 301 - WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 301 - WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 301 - WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 301 - WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 301 - WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 301 - WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 301 - WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 301 - WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 301 - WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 301 - WHITE - 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 302 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

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

But what is a COMMUNICATION image? It is simply any picture that shows a type of COMMUNICATION or people COMMUNICATIONing or things that are used for COMMUNICATION. For example, in the theme reveal there are several things being COMMUNICATIONed. The business is a carwash. The phone number to reach the proprietor is 515-890-1900. Somebody fears the commercialization of Christmas. They also must like fish. Signs are a great form of COMMUNICATION, as just an example.

Think on these lyrics by Led Zeppelin while you are thinking about subjects for your COMMUNICATION image:

Hey, girl, stop what you’re doin’
Hey, girl, you’ll drive me to ruin
I don’t know what it is I like about you, but I like it a lot
Won’t you let me hold you, now, let me feel your lovin’ touch

Communication breakdown, it’s always the same
Havin’ a nervous breakdown, a-drive me insane

Meditate on these words any you will no doubt, create a phenomenal COMMUNICATION 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 COMMUNICATION in this place that is just another form of COMMUNICATION 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.

WPC – WEEK 299 – WORDS

Despite last Monday being a holiday and a shorter week for some people, there were still a fair amount of submissions for WORDS.

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


WEEK 299 - WORDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 299 - WORDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 299 - WORDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 299 - WORDS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 299 - WORDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 299 - WORDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 299 - WORDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 299 - WORDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 299 - WORDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 299 - WORDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 299 - WORDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 299 - WORDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 299 - WORDS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 299 - WORDS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 299 - WORDS - 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 300 - RED
RED

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

But what is a RED image? A RED image is simply any image where the color RED plays an important part of the composition of the image. For example, the main subject of the picture is RED.

Meditate on these words as you consider your RED image:

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
-Bill Blass
If you consider those words, you will no doubt create a fascinating RED 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 RED in this place that contains much RED next Monday.

My (Sad) Photo Contest History – 2

When we left off, I had just won 1st Place in Black and White and 3rd Place in Color at the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, but had been completely rejected by the Iowa State Fair for the 4th year in a row.

Whatever I was selling, the judges were not buying. I was despondent, but not discouraged because I knew I had entered some great photos, but they were not what the judges were looking for that year.

2011 comes around. I decided to retire from the Boone County Fair Photo Contest and to start a new way of picking pictures for the Pufferbilly Days. I also had what was probably the peak of my photo contest career at the Iowa State Fair. I got all 4 pictures exhibited. This is extremely hard to do. Thousands of people enter the contest every year. Only 5 of us got all 4 pictures exhibited. You can do the math. It is a big deal.

These are the pictures that were exhibited:


2011 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - I Recommend Pleasant

2011 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon
2nd Place Class 25

2011 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Must Be Truth

2011 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Drenched in Loneliness
Honorable Mention Class 13

For the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest it was the second year of letting other people select my entrants. Dawn, Derrick, Jen, Scott, Russell, and Rebecca chose my entries. Dawn’s choice got 2nd Place in Black and White:


2011 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - Radiant Beams
2nd Place – Black and White

I was pretty excited for 2012. I thought I had cracked the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Code, but there is no code. Some years the judge like you. Some years they don’t. In 2012, they like one of my pictures:


2012 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Truth Perception

That year, I decided to retire from the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Then shortly after that, I decided to retire from Photo Contests altogether.

But in 2017, the itch came back. I decided to put on a Washington Wizards Jersey and come out of retirement. Hard. I decided to enter all 3 contests again. I got all Blue Ribbons at the Boone County Fair:


2017 Boone County Fair

2017 Boone County Fair

2017 Boone County Fair

2017 Boone County Fair

2017 Boone County Fair

I got one picture selected for display at the Iowa State Fair:


2017 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Little Apple

I had the following people select my entries for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest: Jim Robbins (yeah that is a long story), Micky, Michelle, Amber, Laura, and Dawn. However, none of the pictures earned a ribbon.

In 2018, my Boone County Fair entries were determined by popular vote:


2018 Boone County Fair
Red

2018 Boone County Fair
Purple

2018 Boone County Fair
Blue

2018 Boone County Fair
Blue

2018 Boone County Fair
Blue

I had two pictures selected for display at the Iowa State Fair:


2018 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Peep

2018 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Christmas Eve Morn

My Pufferbilly Days entries were also selected by popular vote that year:


2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - INRI
1st Place Photoshop

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - Freedom Flight
1st Place Photojournalism

2018 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - Abandoned (Mill Creek)
3rd Place Hidden Treasures of Boone County

2019 would also be a successful year. I moved to having individuals select my Boone County Fair entrants. Shannon, Michelle, and Logan selected my entries.


2019 Boone County Fair
Purple

2019 Boone County Fair
Blue

2019 Boone County Fair
Red

2019 Boone County Fair
Blue

2019 Boone County Fair
Purple

I had one picture selected for exhibition at the Iowa State Fair and it earned a ribbon:


2019 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Entry - Green Little Vaulter
Honorable Mention Class 18

My Pufferbilly Day entries were once again selected by popular vote:


2019 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - Hocks
1st Place Nature

2019 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - Drops
1st Place Photoshop

In 2020 the pandemic hit and all photo contests were cancelled. Which was sad and I think it was avoidable because in a digital age, I think they could have found a way. For example the Iowa State Fair still held its Fine Arts competition.

Which brings us to 2021. I’m currently working on my next embarrassing failure at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. However, I am not going to enter the Boone County Fair this year. There is a reason for this decision. A very good reason. However, I’m not going to share the reason until it becomes official or it falls through. Things seem to fall through quite often these days. No decision has been made on Pufferbilly Days yet, but Pufferbilly Days has been moved to early August this year. I’m not crazy about the decision, but I’ll give it a chance.

If you want to peruse all 153 Photo Contest entrants in this long weird journey, click on the link below:

Photo Contests

You can see them all from the out of focus to the award winners. The good, the bad, and the moldy jam equivalent.

WPC – WEEK 298 – UP IN THE AIR

Despite the busy holiday weekend, a handful of stalwart photographers managed to submit an image for UP IN THE AIR.

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


WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

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 299 - WORDS
WORDS

WORDS! Another great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a WORDS image? I know many of you didn’t come here fore reading! Top to bottom, left to right… a group of words together is called a sentence. Take Tylenol for any headaches… Midol for any cramps.

But one of the greatest comedies of all-time aside, WORDS are merely collections of letters. You can find WORDS all over the place. Books. Signs. Advertising. Newspapers. Magazines. All over the place. You are literally (used correctly) looking at WORDS right now!

You could think on these WORDS from HAMLET as you consider the composition of you image:

POLONIOUS: What do you read, my lord?
HAMLET: Words, words, words.
POLONIOUS: What is the matter, my lord?
HAMLET: Between who?
POLONIOUS: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.
HAMLET: Slanders, sir. For the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams—all which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for yourself, sir, should be old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward.
POLONIOUS: Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

Meditate on these words and I have no doubt you will make a most powerful WORDS 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 WORDS in this place that consists mostly of WORDS next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 297 – GOVERNMENT

Once again, there was a healthy amount of submissions for GOVERNMENT. Apparently many of you decided that GOVERNMENT wasn’t all that bad. Or at least better than anarchy.

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


WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 297 - GOVERNMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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


WEEK 298 - UP IN THE AIR
UP IN THE AIR

First thing to note is that next Monday is Memorial Day. While the GOVERNMENT, banks, and possibly your job takes the day off, there are no holidays on the Photography 139 Calendar (not literally). If you are going to be going to the cemetery or to a service or camping or grilling out, plan when you submit accordingly.

UP IN THE AIR! Another great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a UP IN THE AIR photo? It is simply a photo of something that is UP IN THE AIR. A bird. A plane. Superman? Well, if Superman isn’t standing on the ground. A good idea is to just throw something into the air and photograph it. Or a good candid portrait is to throw something in the air and have them try to catch it. This is a great candid portrait technique.

But whatever you do, do not think about this quote from the movie UP IN THE AIR while composing your image:

How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders. Feel ’em? Now I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. You start with the little things. The things on shelves and in drawers, the knick-knacks, the collectibles. Feel the weight as that adds up. Then you start adding larger stuff, clothes, table-top appliances, lamps, linens, your TV. The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. And you go bigger. Your couch, bed, your kitchen table. Stuff it all in there. Your car, get it in there. Your home, whether it’s a studio apartment or a two bedroom house. I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can’t even move. And make no mistake, moving is living. Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. It’s kind of exhilarating, isn’t it? Now, this is gonna be a little difficult, so stay with me. You have a new backpack. Only this time, I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office, and then you move into the people that you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your cousins, your aunts, your uncles, your brothers, your sisters, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend or your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack. And don’t worry. I’m not gonna ask you to light it on fire. Feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake – your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. Do you feel the straps cutting into your shoulders? All those negotiations and arguments, and secrets and compromises. You don’t need to carry all that weight. Why don’t you set that bag down? Some animals were meant to carry each other, to live symbiotically for a lifetime – star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not those animals. The slower we move, the faster we die. We are not swans. We’re sharks.

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 UP IN THE AIR in this place that travels from my server to your computational device through the air next Monday.