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WPC – WEEK 386 – BOOKS

It is time to determine whether or not BOOKS was a popular theme. I thought it might be, because I’m pretty sure the Photography 139 readership is highly literate. But you won’t know until you scroll down:

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 30, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
2-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
3-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
6-Nathanial Brown – 3 weeks
7-Mike Vest – 4 weeks
8-Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
9-Brandon Kahler – 24 weeks
10-Linda Bennett – 27 weeks
11-Sarah Toot – 28 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 32 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 36 weeks
14-Kim Barker – 42 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 43 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 45 weeks (2)
17-Teresa Kahler – 54 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 54 weeks
19-Micky Augustin – 56 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 57 weeks
21-Bill Wentworth – 58 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 62 weeks (2)
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 63 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 65 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 67 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Texas) – 1 week


Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Missouri) – 2 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 28 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 29 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 33 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 37 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 44 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 58 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 59 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 68 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa) – 490 weeks

28 participants! That is a pretty great week!

This week we had submissions from:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Missouri
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

There were no new additions to the map. This year’s list is:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

10 states is still pretty good for this time of year though!

This week I took my picture about 2 miles from my front door. I’m still not helping to grow the map.

There were no major milestones reached this week, BUT there were also no streaks snapped either. So that is good news.

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 387 - PLAY
PLAY

PLAY! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a PLAY image? It is simply a picture of something that is PLAYed with or somebody at PLAY. There are all sort of different things that can be PLAYed. A sport. A game. A musical instrument. A human being. Or even a PLAY is PLAYed. Remember, what some might consider WORK others consider PLAY.

While considering possible subjects for your PLAY submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great picture:

It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
-Fred Rogers

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PLAY in this place that is in a constant state of play next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 385 – SILENCE

I need to start today off by wishing Jim a happy birthday!


Nora

Happy birthday Jim! I hope it is filled with all the joy that you desire!

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It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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It is time to break the SILENCE on whether or not SILENCE was a popular theme. For you to find out, you only have to keep scrolling.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 23, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (2)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
4-Jesse Howard – 1 week
5-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
6-Nathanial Brown – 2 weeks (3)
7-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
10-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
11-Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks
12-Brandon Kahler – 23 weeks
13-Linda Bennett – 26 weeks (2)
14-Sarah Toot – 27 weeks
15-Angie DeWaard – 31 weeks
16-Dawn Krause – 35 weeks (3)
17-Kim Barker – 41 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 42 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 53 weeks (3)
21-Carla Stensland – 53 weeks (2)
22-Micky Augustin – 55 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 56 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 57 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 61 weeks (2)
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 62 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 64 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 66 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 42 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 27 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 45 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 28 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Georgia) – 65 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 58 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 62 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 36 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 43 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MOINCA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 3 weeks

26 participants. Not a particularly popular theme. But not bad. SILENCE only silenced creative juices of a few people.

This week we had submissions taken in:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Georgia is a new addition to the map. Making this year’s list:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

That is 10 states. 20% of the map. And I haven’t even contributed to the growth of the map at all!

This week I took my pictures about 2 miles from my front door. But Shannon added Georgia to the map!

It wasn’t all good news though. 3 streaks bit the dust today. Jen couldn’t extender her streak to 2. Mary’s streak is no more at 2. As is Sara’s streak.

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 386 - BOOKS
BOOKS

BOOKS! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a BOOKS image? Simply put, it is any image where the subject or a major compositional element is a BOOK or BOOKS.

While thinking about possible subjects for your BOOKS image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great image:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
-Jane Austen

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of BOOKS in this place that likes to pretend to be book smart next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 384 – RED

RED. A great color. I don’t know a person who doesn’t look great in cardinal. However, was RED a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (2)
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week
4-Sara Lockner – 1 week
5-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Tamara Peterson – 11 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 22 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 25 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 26 weeks (4)
11-Angie DeWaard – 30 weeks
12-Dawn Krause – 34 weeks
13-Kim Barker – 40 weeks
14-Joe Duff – 41 weeks
15-Logan Kahler – 43 weeks (3)
16-Teresa Kahler – 52 weeks (2)
17-Carla Stensland – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 54 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 55 weeks
20-Bill Wentworth – 56 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 60 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 61 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 63 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 384 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 57 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 42 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 26 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 27 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 61 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 384 - RED - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 35 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 41 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks


29 participants! That is an awesome week! The best so far this year!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Florida and Missouri are new additions to the map, Making this year’s list:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

That is 9 states. We’ve covered almost 20% of the states!

Once again, I did not help. I took my picture in my living room. But Nathanial and Cathie filled in a couple more states for us!

It wasn’t all good news though. Willy’s couldn’t extend his streak to 2 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 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

While considering a place of SILENCE for you to photograph, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will capture a great SILENCE image:

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
-Mother Teresa

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SILENCE in this place that’s anything but next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 383 – REFLECTION

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a holiday that celebrates the the great civil rights leader. If you have never had a chance to visit the Civil Rights Museum that is near where he was assassinated in Memphis, I highly recommend it.


Civil Rights Museum

I won’t wish you a “Happy” Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I do hope that you spend some time today learning more about the civil rights struggle in this country. Cause it is very far from over.

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REFLECTION! A popular photographic technique. But was it a popular WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Mike Vest – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 24 weeks
9-Sarah Toot – 25 weeks
10-Angie DeWaard – 29 weeks (3)
11-Dawn Krause – 33 weeks
12-Kim Barker – 39 weeks
13-Joe Duff – 40 weeks
14-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (2)
15-Teresa Kahler – 51 weeks
16-Carla Stensland – 51 weeks (2)
17-Michelle Haupt – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 53 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 54 weeks (2)
20-Bill Wentworth – 55 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 59 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 60 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 62 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 25 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada) – 26 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 56 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 30 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 41 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 40 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 2 weeks

25 participants! That is another solid week!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Texas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

Nevada was a new one for this year. Making this year’s list:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Arkansas
+ Texas
+ Pennsylvania
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

I took my picture in my yard. So once again, I didn’t venture very far.

I’m most excited about a newcomer to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Nathanial Brown! He made his first ever submission! Nathanial is one of the most talented photographers I know. He was a judge the last two Pufferbilly Days Photo Contests and he got 3 photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

Remember, you don’t have to be as talented or a professional like Nathanial to participate. Just a love for photography.

There were two huge milestones reached this week. Both Teresa and Carla reached the 52 Week Streak Club! Is it a coincidence that they are sisters? Is it a coincidence that they are my sisters?

But it wasn’t all great news. Suzie couldn’t extender her participation into a 2 week streak. Jesse’s 2 week streak is gone. Sabas’ 4 week streak is gone. Becky’s 4 week streak is gone. And Michelle’s 52 week streak is nothing more than a distant memory.

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 384 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

While considering possible subjects for your RED image, meditate on the following quote and I’m sure you will come up with a great image:

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
-Bill Blass

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of RED!

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of RED in this place that’s favorite shade of RED is cardinal next Monday.

Weekly Photo Challenge Year 9 Review

Thought I would take a quick look back at Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Here are a few quick stats:

+ 44 different participants
+ 1811 photos submitted
+ Least popular theme for participation was ROCK with 16 participants
+ Most popular theme for participation was SELF-PORTRAIT with 31 participants
+ Least popular theme for submissions was ROCK with 20 submissions
+ Most popular theme for submission was LINES with 51 submissions
+ The average week had 24.6 participants
+ The average week had 34.8 submissions

If you want to look back at all 1811 images that were submitted this year, click on the link below:

Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 9

Michelle once told me that her kids think that THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is a contest and they always ask her if she “won” this week. It isn’t a contest and I’m not really sure art should compete against other art (yes I run and enter photo contests), but I thought I would share my favorite picture from all 44 participants this year:


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TIM CUCULIC
Tim Cuculic
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 339 - GOVERNMENT - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - BROOKLYN ERB
Brooklyn Erb
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 2
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim
Weeks Participated: 2 – 4%
Submissions: 2
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous
Weeks Participated: 3 – 6%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 340 - ABSTRACT - HARRISON GORSHE
Gorshe Twins
Weeks Participated: 3 – 6%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 8 – 15%
Submissions: 8
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber
Weeks Participated: 10 weeks 19%
Submissions: 10
Current Streak: 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 16 weeks – 31%
Submissions: 17
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 351 - FLOWER - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 18 weeks – 35%
Submissions: 18
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest
Weeks Participated: 19 weeks – 37%
Submissions: 19
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine
Weeks Participated: 21 weeks – 40%
Submissions: 23
Current Streak: 7

WEEK 371 - LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez
Weeks Participated: 23 – 44%
Submissions: 23
Current Streak: 3

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler
Weeks Participated: 24 weeks – 46%
Submissions: 24
Current Streak: 20

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot
Weeks Participated: 24 – 46%
Submissions: 37
Current Streak: 24 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green
Weeks Participated: 26 – 50%
Submissions: 66
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner
Weeks Participated: 32 – 62%
Submissions: 43
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 353 - SERVICE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee
Weeks Participated: 32 – 62%
Submissions: 36
Current Streak: 3

WEEK 379 - WATER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen
Weeks Participated: 35 weeks – 67%
Submissions: 38
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard
Weeks Participated: 36 – 69%
Submissions: 44
Current Streak: 28

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard
Weeks Participated: 40 – 77%
Submissions: 46
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 357 - WORK - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett
Weeks Participated: 42 – 81%
Submissions: 94
Current Streak: 23

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings
Weeks Participated: 44 – 85%
Submissions: 60
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker
Weeks Participated: 48 – 92%
Submissions: 59
Current Streak: 38

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
Weeks Participated: 48 – 92%
Submissions: 70
Current Streak: 32

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
Weeks Participated: 49 – 94%
Submissions: 63
Current Streak: 39

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler
Weeks Participated: 49 – 94%
Submissions: 102
Current Streak: 41

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson
Weeks Participated: 50 – 96%
Submissions: 55
Current Streak: 9

WEEK 338 - HOBBIES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 51
Current Streak: 51

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 106
Current Streak: 50

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 93
Current Streak: 50

WEEK 349 - HAT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 57
Current Streak: 52

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 53
Current Streak: 61

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CHRISTOHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 52
Current Streak: 485

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 156
Current Streak: 63

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Morton
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 56
Current Streak: 58

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 64
Current Streak: 59

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 71
Current Streak: 53 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 54
Current Streak: 54

Don’t think I put a ton of effort into picking my favorite images from each person. But I did put some effort in it.

2022 was a great year for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Hopefully 2023 is even better!

WPC – WEEK 381 – BODY PART

The last theme of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! Going into Year 10 I am going to make one change. I am making the Kio Dettman Suggestion the Kio Dettman Rule. In Year 10 there will be a limit of 3 submissions per participant. This could go lower if the number of participants goes up. I considered moving the time of the deadline and the publishing time of this post to later in the day, but for now I’m going to leave everything as it is.

The reason for the Kio Dettman Rule isn’t to squash anybody’s creativity. On the contrary, limitations actually fan the flames of creativity. Compare Spielberg’s early movies to the movies where he had an infinite budget. However, the limitation isn’t about encouraging creativity. It is because a ton of submissions by one person overwhelms the submissions of other people. Also, on average it takes me 5 minutes to process every image I receive to get it from where I got it, to store it locally, to rename it, to upload it, to label it, and to code it so it shows up on these posts. So the Kio Dettman Rule is a way of streamlining my workload.

So what happens if somebody submits more than 3 pictures? Will I choose the 3 that I think are best or fit the theme best? No, I will use the first 3 I get. Sorry, but it is a blessing that participation numbers are up so high, but I have to balance the workload too.

One more thing, I’m toying with retconning the first 2 years of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, when it was known as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT into the numbering scheme. So if next Monday the week number jumps 104 numbers (technically 105), you weren’t in a coma for two years. You didn’t gets sucked into a wormhole. You didn’t accidentally trigger a time machine. There wasn’t a blip. It was just me retconning like the director of a HALLOWEEN movie*.

So, was BODY PART a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 26, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
2-Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
3-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks (3)
4-Tamara Peterson – 8 weeks
5-Brandon Kahler – 19 weeks
6-Linda Bennett – 22 weeks
7-Sarah Toot – 23 weeks
8-Angie DeWaard – 27 weeks
9-Dawn Krause – 31 weeks
10-Kim Barker – 37 weeks
11-Joe Duff – 38 weeks (2)
12-Logan Kahler – 40 weeks (3)
13-Teresa Kahler – 49 weeks
14-Carla Stensland – 49 weeks (2)
15-Michelle Haupt – 50 weeks
16-Micky Augustin – 51 weeks
17-Andy Sharp – 52 weeks
18-Bill Wentworth – 53 weeks
19-Cathie Morton – 57 weeks
20-Elizabeth Nordeen – 58 weeks
21-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 60 weeks
22-Kio Dettman – 62 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 381 - BODY PART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 1 week

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - BEKCY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 9 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 20 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 23 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 24 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 28 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 32 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 38 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 39 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 41 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 50 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 50 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 51 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 52 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 53 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 54 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 58 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 59 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 61 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 63 weeks

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 381 - BODY PART - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 485 weeks

28 participants! That is a pretty great week considering it was coming off a holiday weekend.

I received submissions (assumptions mostly on my part) from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas. Elizabeth’s picture was from Ohio. That is the first submission from Ohio for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

And since the next theme will beginning of Year 10, it will wipe the map clean and we will start again. I do ask you, if you took your picture in a different state than the one you live in, please let me know where the picture was taken. For example, Bill lives in Nebraska, so when I get a picture from Bill I will assume it was taken in Nebraska, unless he tells me that it was taken in say Wyoming.

My picture this week was taken in the middle of my house. Well, not the exact middle.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I will be putting together a post with a bunch of statistics and what not from Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. A bunch of stuff that only me and Joe Duff will probably care about.

The big milestone this week was Micky joined the 1 Year Streak Club! There are some whispers that he was going to throw in the towel after he hit 52 weeks. I guess we will find out next week.

There were no streaks snapped this week! Huzzah!

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  382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMIBLES! Oh my! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOBOMILES picture? Simply put it is a picture that involves a TRAIN or a PLANE or an AUTOMOBILE. All 3 don’t have to be in the picture. One will suffice. The picture can also be of anything that is tangential to TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMBILES. Roads, bridges, train tracks, terminals, stations, are all fair game.

I made this a theme this year because it will be one of the categories in this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. If you submit a photo for this theme, you have a picture you can enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Boone has lots of TRAINS. Plenty of AUTOMOBILES. Technically 3 airports! If Boone has all that, I bet your town does too.

While considering your subject for TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES meditate on the following quote and you will no doubt create a great image:

You can start by wiping that f****** dumb-ass smile off your rosy f****** cheeks. Then you can give me a f****** automobile. A f****** Datsun. A f****** Toyota. A f****** Mustang. A f****** Buick! Four f****** wheels and a seat!
-Neal

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is ude.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES in this place that was heavily influenced by a book on trains next Monday.

*Thanks to the maybe two people that will get that joke and quietly guffawed to themselves. Which another 2023 goal is to replace LOL with QG. Quietly guffawed.

WPC – WEEK 379 – WATER

It is that time of year. You know what time. The time where I start to reveal the images for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar! The following image is the picture that graces the cover:


2023 Calendar - Front Cover
Front Cover

I took the picture of this mural in a back alley in the downtown business district of Le Mars, Iowa. I like the cover image to have some kind of message to it. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite writers and I definitely agree that “there is no beauty without some strangeness”.

Just look at my friends. All of them beautiful. All of them strange.

Here are some technical details:

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: March 11, 2022 – 3:19 PM
LENS: Sigma 17-28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/3.2
EXPOSURE: 1/200
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS:+.7
FIELD OF VIEW: 65.5 degrees
HYPERFOCAL DISTANCE: 8.15m

I think I put together a decent calendar this year and if you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t wait for you to see it!

+++++++

Seems like a good time to reveal the 52 themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
2. Reflection
3. Red
4. Silence
5. Books
6. Play
7. Frame
8. Music
9. Store
10. Sunrise, Sunset
11. Purple
12. Competition
13. Blue
14. Humans
15. Odd Camera Angle
16. Scenes from your Couch
17. Friends
18. Road Trip
19. School
20. Ruins
21. Happy
22. Park
23. Texture
24. Slice of Life
25. Flower
26. ‘Scape
27. Wild Card
28. Time
29. A Shape
30. Guilty Pleasure
31. Liquid
32. Self-Portrait
33. Negative
34. Art
35. Shadow
36. Nature
37. Shoes
38. Sky
39. Black and White
40. Architecture
41. Religion
42. #instagood
43. Vintage
44. Favorite Sports Team
45. Signs
46. Food
47. Portrait
48. Animal
49. Hometown
50. Lines
51. Street Photography
52. Green

Looks like it ill be a good year!

Special thanks to Sarah Toot, Angie, and Andy for making suggestions for this set of themes. I used or modified and used several of their suggestions. After I trimmed the list to 52 themes, I ran it through the random generator 8 times to set the order.

Hoping Year 10 will be the best year yet!

+++++++

WATER? It is everywhere? But as a theme, is it wet behind the ears, or was it popular. You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 12, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Sarah Karber – 1 week
2-Jesse Howard – 4 weeks
3-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks
4-Tamara Peterson – 6 weeks
5-Sara Lockner – 12 weeks
6-Brandon Kahler – 17 weeks
7-Linda Bennett – 20 weeks
8-Sarah Toot – 21 weeks
9-Monica Jennings – 21 weeks
10-Angie DeWaard – 25 weeks
11-Dawn Krause – 29 weeks
12-Kim Barker – 35 weeks (2)
13-Joe Duff – 36 weeks (2)
14-Logan Kahler – 38 weeks (3)
15-Teresa Kahler – 47 weeks (2)
16-Carla Stensland – 47 weeks
17-Michelle Haupt – 48 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 49 weeks (2)
19-Andy Sharp – 50 weeks
20-Bill Wentworth – 51 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 55 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 56 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 58 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 60 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 379 - WATER - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 57 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 5 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 26 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 51 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 50 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 48 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 379 - WATER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 61 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 379 - WATER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 379 - WATER - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 37 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 47 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 379 - WATER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 21 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 379 - WATER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 379 - WATER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 379 - WATER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 39 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 379 - WATER - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 2 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 7 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 52 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 379 - WATER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 30 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 379 - WATER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 36 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 22 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 379 - WATER - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 49 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 56 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 379 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 379 - WATER - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 5 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 22 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 59 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 13 weeks

WEEK 379 - WATER - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

29 participants! That is a great week!

We had submissions (mostly assumptions on my part) from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas this week.

I took my picture inside my house.

We had some pretty big milestones! Angie joined the Half Year Club as her streak reached 26 weeks.

Bill joined the 1 Year Club as his streak reached 52 weeks!

And there was no bad news! There wasn’t a single streak snapped this week! WooHoo!

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 380 - EXPLORE
EXPLORE

REMINDER: Next Monday is the day after Christmas. It isn’t a holiday per se, but most people don’t work. I don’t work at my day job. I might just go on a road trip that day. What I am saying is plan to get your submission in cause you might not get any kind of reminder.

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

But what is an EXPLORE picture? Simply put it is a picture taken of somebody that is EXPLOR(E)ing or trying to at least. See Billy’s efforts in the theme reveal image. It can be of something you found when you were out on the EXPLORE. Or it could be a picture of things you use when you are out on the EXPLORE. There are so many possibilities!

While considering possible places for you to EXPLORE, meditate on the following quote:

Not all those who wander are lost.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

I look forward to your interpretation.

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 your idea of EXPLORE in this place that I hope more than I just get lost in next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 378 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is always the least popular theme. But it is one of my favorite kinds of photography and it was practiced by my favorite photographers. I fully expect it to snap several streaks, but that is okay, I will make you love it!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, December 5, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green- 1 week
2-Mike Vest – 1 week
3-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
5-Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
6-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
7-Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 11 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 15 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 19 weeks
12-Sarah Toot – 20 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 21 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 24 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 28 weeks
16-Kim Barker – 34 weeks (2)
17-Joe Duff – 35 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 37 weeks (3)
19-Teresa Kahler – 46 weeks (3)
20-Carla Stensland – 46 weeks
21-Michelle Haupt – 47 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 48 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 49 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 54 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 55 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 57 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 59 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 25 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 56 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 35 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 47 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 49 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 50 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 60 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 48 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 58 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 20 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 50 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 6 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 36 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 29 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 21 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 17 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 12 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 38 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 55 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 47 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 22 weeks

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

25 participants. A decent dip. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY continues to be an unpopular theme, so yes, it will be one of the 52 themes for next year. I will MAKE you LOVE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY!

Sometime soon I will reveal the 52 themes for next year. Probably next Monday.

There were pictures from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas from inside the United States. And then from outside the United States, Kim had submissions from Barbados and St. Kitts. Here is my question for you do you think the picture of her wearing a shirt from Barbados was the one taken in Barbados?

My picture was taken about a mile from my front door.

There were no big milestones this week, but there could be some in the near future.

Like expected, STREET PHOTOGRAPHY did snuff out several streaks. Mary and Vest could not extend their streaks to two. Jen and Sabas couldn’t extend their streaks to three. But most heartbreaking, Suzie’s 15 week streak is gone with the wind.

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 379 - WATER
WATER

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

But what is a WATER picture? Simply put, a WATER picture is a picture where one of the major compositional elements is WATER or related to WATER. For example, in the them reveal picture is a WATER tower. The picture doesn’t necessarily have to include straight WATER. But can be something that is WATER related. Or a picture of something that contains WATER.

While considering possible subjects for your WATER picture, meditate on the following quote:

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
-Lao Tzu

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of WATER in this place that could easily be destroyed by one good spill next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 377 – ANIMAL

Did ANIMAL inspire a lot of people to get out there and photograph their favorite furry or feathered creatures? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 28, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Sarah Karber – 2 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 4 weeks
7-Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 10 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 18 weeks
12-Sarah Toot – 19 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 20 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 23 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 27 weeks
16-Kim Barker – 33 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 35 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 36 weeks
19-Teresa Kahler – 45 weeks (2)
20-Carla Stensland – 45 weeks (3)
21-Michelle Haupt – 46 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 47 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 48 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 53 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 54 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 56 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 58 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHAWN LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 11 weeks (Assisted by Shawn Lockner)

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 15 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 19 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 20 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 21 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 24 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 28 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 34 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 36 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 37 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 47 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 48 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 49 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 50 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 54 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 55 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 57 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 59 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 480 weeks


29 participants! That is a great week!

Had submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and St. Thomas of the Virgin Islands.

My picture was taken about 15 steps from my back door, but with this week’s theme I will have to travel farther than that.

There were no big milestones and only two streaks came to an end. Sarah Karber’s 2 week streak came to a halt. Surprising when she is a big dog lover. Becky Parmelee (another big dog lover) had her streak halt at 6 weeks. There could have been more dogs!

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 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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

But what is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY? Besides consistently the least popular theme… every single year. This is the most important thing to note: it is NOT a picture of a street. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is photography that is done in a public place. The most popular version would be candid portraits, but it doesn’t have to be a portrait. It can be anything found in public. Like a piece of public art. Anything you find in public that interests you.

And if you think you need some extra inspiration, look into the works of Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Besson, Saul Leiter, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand. Some of the greatest street photographers of all-time.

Vivian Maier’s history is particularly interesting, and worth a Google search.

While thinking about possible subject, meditate on the following quote:

Street photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.
-Thomas Leuthard

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of STREET PHOTOGRAPHY in this place that learned many a lesson on the streets next Monday.

ISF Day 6 Wanderings

On the 6th day of the Iowa State Fair I spent the morning competing with the award winning barbecue team Baby Got Rack. After we finished the competition and collecting the spoils of victory, they went home and I hung around the Iowa State Fair for a few more hours with Monica and Graham.

Here are some pictures from the afternoon:


Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

Iowa State Fair - 2022

I also went to the Iowa State Fair on the last day of the fair. A collection of pictures from that day are still forthcoming.