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Blessings 2020

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a terrible year. I could spend hours and hours polishing this turd, but a turd is still a turd.

I basically only see 2 other people on a regular basis right now. Willy and I haven’t held a Friday Night Supper Club since March 13. We went to Jimmy’s for their Friday the 13th sale. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen any of my nieces and nephews this year. I’ve been able to hold a couple of Union Street Theater Nights in the reconfigured Union Street Theater, but it isn’t really the same. The masks and the sound of the air purifiers makes conversation a little difficult and food is definitely a missing element. Since March, the only stores I have been inside are the Boone Wal-Mart and Boone Hardware. I go to Hy-Vee every other week. I’ve seen Bethany twice. Nate and Laura once. Becca, not at all. I haven’t seen the Lockners at all. I’ve seen the Gorshes thrice. I run into Willy around town now and again. Jay stops by here and there to work on his homework. I see Jesse now and again. I haven’t met Kalista’s baby. Baier, Russell, Andree? Distant memories. Since I left the Computer Mine with the belief that I would be working from home for a few weeks, the only co-workers of note that I’ve seen in person are Vest, Lowell, Kim, and Elizabeth. I haven’t met Jorge’s twins. My church has had maybe a dozen worship services and those are suspended again. The Mission Trip is cancelled. There will be no Mission Trip next year. Youth Group has been put on hold indefinitely. For the first time since September 18, 2004, they played football games at Jack Trice Stadium and I wasn’t in attendance. The Cyclones Women’s Basketball Season just tipped off. I wasn’t there. I will most likely, not be able to attend any Cyclones Men’s games this year.

All of that being said, 2020 has still been an embarrassment of blessings for me. In a time where the pandemic was horribly mismanaged by an inept and corrupt federal government, causing employment rates to go through the roof and food insecurity and evictions to sweep across the country like a second plague, I have not had to worry about my job. As these pandemic pounds can attest, I haven’t once had to worry about my next meal. I was in a solid enough financial position that when the $1200 dollar stimulus check hit my bank account I wasn’t sure what to do with it. We were supposed to put it where it would do the most good, so I donated some of it to Joe Biden’s campaign.

While the only people I see on a regular basis are Mom and Teresa. I am still blessed with a pretty incredible family:


Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

While I see them rarely, I still have a pretty incredible set of friends:


March 12, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 13, 2019

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

Self Portrait Project - 2012

Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

Honey Hollow

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

While we don’t get to worship an awesome God together right now, I still have a pretty incredible church family:


October 27, 2019

October 30, 2019

September 25, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 23, 2019

January 16, 2019

While I continue to work at home, I still talk to and try to stay in contact with my amazing work family:


August 30, 2019

December 27, 2019

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

And while Naima is becoming off the charts spoiled, I’m blessed to have her in my life as well:


Black and White Alternate

I hope to see so much more of all of you in 2021. In fact, I’ve started to compile a list of things that I look forward to doing when this pandemic subsides. It isn’t a glamorous list. But that is a sign of 2020.

WPC – WEEK 269 – TREE

First, I want to give thanks to Andy for giving suggestions for the next 52 weeks of themes. He was the only person to make a suggestion, but he made some good suggestions:

Music
Water
Wind(tough it would kill streak)
Hero
Sports
Hobby
Charity
Love
Funny
Celebrating
Teaching
Family
Sunrise
Sunset
Dream job
Landscaping
Rock
Red green(duct tape)

At least a few of these will definitely be included in the next set of 52 themes. Thanks Andy!

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We did it! Despite it getting dark at like 5 PM now and the chaos of the election last week, for the 58th week in a row, we had double digit submissions! Well done America!

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


WEEK 269 - TREE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 269 - TREE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 269 - TREE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 269 - TREE - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 269 - TREE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 269 - TREE - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 269 - TREE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 269 - TREE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 269 - TREE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 269 - TREE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 269 - TREE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 269 - TREE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 269 - TREE - 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 270 - ART
ART

ART! What a great theme! But what is an ART picture? An ART picture is a picture of any piece of ART or supplies that are used in making ART or a picture of somebody creating ART. A truly confident person could argue that any picture they make is ART. It doesn’t have to be professional or great ART. It can be that thing your kid drew that you hung on the fridge.

Here is a look back at all the times in the past that ART has been a theme:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 46 – ART

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 70 – ART

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 108 – ART

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 174 – ART

WPC – WEEK 239 – ART

I look forward to seeing your new interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very artistic Monday!

WPC – WEEK 268 – FRAMED

A reminder to start of this post. This is the last day to suggest a theme for the next 52 weeks of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There is only one way to suggest a theme for the next 52 weeks in THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Don’t email me a suggestion. Don’t text me a suggestion. Don’t call me with a suggestion. Leave your suggestion(s) in the Comments section of this here journal entry.

All suggestions will be considered, but might not necessarily make the cut. For example, if you suggested CATS, that would be dismissed out of hand. Save your key strokes.

The last time we didn’t hit double digit submissions was September 23, 2019. The theme was STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. If I don’t get a couple of suggestions, I might just make every week STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Not just out of spite, but also because I do legitimately love STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Even though, a pandemic that is completely out of control in Iowa, is not a good time for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY.

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57 straight weeks of double digit submissions!! WooHoo! I was worried about FRAMED, but I didn’t even have to send any reminder messages to people.

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


WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Kim Barker

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - 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 269 -TREE
TREE

TREE! What a great theme! But what is a TREE image? It is any image of a TREE or anything that deals with trees, like a leaf, or mulch, or a stump, or lumber or, you get the idea.

Here is a look back at all the times that TREE has been a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 27 – TREE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 84 – TREE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 151 – TREE

WPC – WEEK 196 – TREE

WPC – WEEK 242 – TREE

I look forward to seeing your new interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very woody Monday!

WPC – WEEK 266 – BLACK AND WHITE

Double nickels people! Sammy Haggar might not be able to drive 55, but we can do 55 straight weeks of double digits like it ain’t no thing.

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


WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - KALISTA HOWARD
Kalista Howard

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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


WEEK 267 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

ANIMAL! What a great theme! An ANIMAL photo is a simple enough concept. It is merely any picture of an ANIMAL (wild or domesticated) or an ANIMAL byproduct (meat, toy, tracks, food). Easy enough!

Here is a look back at all the times in the past that ANIMALS has been a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

RWPE Y2 #44 – ANIMAL

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 26 – PET

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 77 – ANIMAL

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 153 – ANIMAL

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 164 – WILD ANIMAL

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 166 – PETS

WPC – WEEK 254 – ANIMAL

I look forward to seeing your new interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION
The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very animalistic Monday!

WPC – WEEK 264 – SIGNS

Sorry that this is several minutes late today. I went to cast my ballot for the 2020 election during my lunch break from the mine:


Early Votiong 2020

A reminder that if you live in Iowa, early voting starts today! It might be easier and safer than voting on November 3. But you have to make the choice that is best for you.

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I need to start today by wishing Johnathan a happy birthday. Happy birthday Johnathan!


Johnathan at 400mm

Photo of the Day 0009 - May 11, 2014

09-22-07

Stensland Family Photo Shoot - 2016

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

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WooHoo! 53 straight weeks of double digit submissions!! Once again, I didn’t even have to send out any reminder texts.

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


WEEK 264 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 264 - SIGNS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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


WEEL 265 - SELF-PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT

SELF-PORTAIT! What a great theme! But what is a SELF-PORTRAIT? This is simply a portrait where the subject and the photographer are one and the same. If you don’t like taking your own picture, you can always take a picture of somebody else taking a SELF-PORTRAIT. That is a pro tip for ya!

Here is a look back at the previous 7 times SELF-PORTRAIT was a theme:

RWPE #8 – SELF-PORTRAIT

RWPE Y2 #52 – SELF-PORTRAIT

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 25 – SELF-PORTRAIT

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 68 – SELF-PORTRAIT

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 144 & WEEK 145

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 179 – SELF-PORTRAIT

WPC – WEEK 245 – SELF-PORTRAIT

HOUSEKEEPINGA MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very selfish Monday!

WPC – WEEK 261 – MACRO

Woohoo!! 50 straight weeks of double digit submissions! Starting off the Hall of Fame segment of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE in style!

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


WEEK 261 - MACRO - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 261 - MACRO - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 261 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 261 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 261 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 261 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 261 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 261 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 261 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 261 - MACRO - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 261 - MACRO - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 261 - MACRO - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 261 - MACRO - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 261 - MACRO - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 261 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 261 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 261 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 261 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 262 - MACRO - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 261 - MACRO - 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:



WATER

WATER! What a great theme! But what is a WATER image? It is any image where WATER plays a major compositional element in the photo.

Here is a look back at the previous 7 times that WATER was a theme:

RWPE #9 – WET

RWPE Y2 #50 – WET

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 8 – WATER

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 94 – WATER

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 117 – WATER

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 185 – WATER

WPC – WEEK 235 – WATER

I look forward to seeing the new interpretations!
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HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very wet Monday!

WEEK 261 THEME REVEAL – MACRO

First of all, happy Labor Day. I hope you spend sometime to day thinking about how much better your life is because of organized labor movements. For example, you like weekends? Thank you unions! You like fair wages and relative income equality? Well, this has begun slipping away, but thank you unions for these things almost existing at one time. You like not having to send your 6 year old to work in the coal mine? Thank you unions! You like having widespread employer-based health coverage? Well actually, it is an extremely stupid idea to tie people’s health coverage to their job, but it is a vast improvement from before when next to nobody had health insurance. Thank you unions! Finally, do you like the Family and Medical Leave Act? This law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave annually to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, seriously ill family member or for your own illness. Thank you unions!

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If my vacation is going as planned, I’m somewhere on a road or in a park in eastern Iowa right now. Therefore, I will publish this week’s submissions later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Sometime after I get back to the Photography 139 worldwide headquarters.

However, just because I’m out gallivanting around, doesn’t mean you can’t start on this week’s theme. It is:


WEEK 261 - MACRO
MACRO

MACRO! Wait, didn’t we just do MACRO 3 weeks ago? In fact we did. Last week’s theme SKY represented the end of Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. With the end, I’ve decided I want to line up the beginning of Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE with the beginning of the calendar year. The problem, it is 17 weeks until 2021. I know, that seems like forever and a day. But the real question was, what to do in the 17 week interim? Give you guys a 17 week break. Nah fam. I’m gong to have 17 weeks of Hall of Fame of themes.

What does that mean?

Well, I went through the list of every theme we’ve had over the 7 years of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I compiled a list of the themes that we have used the most and created a list of 17 themes that have been used the most. Actually, the list ended up being 22 themes, and then 4 had to sadly be eliminated. I mean, they were sent to the farm to live with grandpa.

5 themes have been used in every set of 52 THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes:

1. SELF-PORTRAIT
2. SIGNS
3. MACRO
4. STILL LIFE
5. WATER

2 themes have been used in 6 out of 7 sets.

6. BLACK & WHITE
7. ANIMAL

15 themes have been used in 5 out of 7 sets.

8. FRAMED
9. REFLECTION
10. SHADOW
11. NIGHT
12. TREE
13. FOOD
14. FLOWER
15. ART
16. ROAD TRIP
17. RELIGION
18. MUSIC
19. COLORFUL
20. FACELESS PORTRAIT
21. RUINS
22. TRANSPORTATION

I randomly eliminated 5 themes from the third set to get to my Hall of Fame list of 17:

1. MACRO
2. WATER
3. STILL LIFE
4. SIGNS
5. SELF-PORTRAIT
6. BLACK AND WHITE
7. ANIMAL
8. FRAMED
9. TREE
10. ART
11. NIGHT
12. RUINS
13. FOOD
14. FACELESS PORTRAIT
15. COLORFUL
16. ROAD TRIP
17. TRANSPORTATION

Now you know the list and order for all the themes for the rest of 2020.

If you want to take a look back at the ghosts of MACRO past, here are the links to the 7 previous times that MACRO was the theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

RWPE #13 MACRO

RWPE Y2 #5 MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 50- MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 66 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 109 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 175 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 257 – MACRO

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was originally called THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. It was first published on January 14, 2010. While I am not its guardian, it was originally more of an idea by Vest. Originally the submissions were published on both of our websites. Well, his submission and my submission were published on both websites. Then whomever else we got to submit were published on their respective websites.

On Monday mornings, a new theme was spit out by a random generator program that Vest wrote. The very first theme was USE OF SPACE. Now I write up the entire list of 52 themes and put it into a list generator website. Whatever it spits back out is the order of the themes.

THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT was for a from a success. I was lucky to get 3 to 4 submissions on a good week. I cancelled THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT after two years. The final theme was SELF-PORTRAIT. It was published on January 2, 2012. There were only two submissions. My submission and Vest’s submission. In fact, you had to go all the way back to November 21, 2011 to find a submission from somebody besides me or Vest. There was one submission by Jesse for the theme SIGNS.

I pulled the plug, and thought is was a fun attempt at getting participation for the website. However it failed miserably. However, every once in awhile, people would tell me that they missed it and wished I would bring it back. I mostly ignored these people, because if they enjoyed it so much, I’m pretty sure that they would have submitted. Finally after about the fifth different person pushed for its return, I reluctantly brought it back. This time, under the new name, THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

On September 21, 2015 THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE burst from its tomb like Lazarus. Resurrected by a groundswell of support. The theme for the first week was NIGHT. There were submissions from Angie, Becky, Micky, Michelle, Dawn, and Vest. It was good start, but I expected it to peter out quickly. Here we are, 5 years later. To my amazement, the strongest this weird little experiment that Vest and I started in 2010 is somehow the strongest it has ever been.

I thank everybody that participates. Either every once in a while or every week. It really is one of my favorite parts of running this website. To everybody that thinks about participating, but just hasn’t pulled the plug. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. The idea of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE isn’t to create a masterpiece. The point is to create!

2010-03-26 & 2010-03-27

I need to start the day by wishing Vest a happy birthday. Happy birthday Vest!


PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

01-01-08

Computer Mine Holiday Card - 2017

2019  Computer Mine Holiday Card

I hope your birthday was as amazing as you hoped it would be.

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Most of the pictures in the folders 2010-03-26 and 2010-03-27 are pictures of Jill and Shannon that I took for a couple of PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECTs.


WEEK 12 - SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Amplification

Amplification

Amplification

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Jill's Hand and Foot

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 14

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 15

RWPE #12 – SIGNS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the time I scientifically proved that I am the the true Lone Wolf!

2010-02-03, 2010-02-11, and 2010-02-13

Today’s walk down will involve 3 folders, but hardly any pictures. The pictures in the folders 2010-02-03, 2010-02-11, and 2010-02-13 are some self-portraits and pictures for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.

The picture of me with the basketball was taken to commemorate an extremely rare victory for the Computer Mine basketball team. We were a decent team the first few years, but we quickly descended to becoming the “girlfriend game”.

There is no Computer Mine team now and I doubt there is a rec league this year, but I don’t know if these old bones will continue to play any more any ways. Maybe I have one more year in me. I’m certainly rested right now.


WEEK 5 - FRAMING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 6 - ADVENTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Little Dribblers

Before

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE #5 – FRAMING

A Phenomenal Week

RWPE #6 – ADVENTURE

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve hearts. At least I think it will involve hearts. It won’t involve hearts. It will involve flowers though.

WPC – WEEK 250 – ABSTRACT

The Boone Chamber announced on Friday that they are cancelling Pufferbilly Days. I think it is the only responsible thing that they can do. I was worried that they would hold it, after the Boone County Fair decided to go on. Pufferbilly Days worried more than the Boone County Fair because way more people come to Pufferbilly Days and from way more places. Put in conjunction with IMCA Super Nationals, it was not going to be a good situation for the Coronavirus in Boone.

Here is the press release:

After much consideration, deliberation, research and countless hours of working to find solutions that would provide a safe and fun environment for patrons that would attend the Pufferbilly Days™ festival, the Boone County Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the celebration for 2020. A number of factors played a part in arriving at this decision:

• Guidance from the Boone County Board of Health:

– Despite earlier projections in April and May of a lessening of COVID-19 cases to a level of nearly eliminating positive test outcomes by September, current case numbers have not declined to the levels previously expected and new projections show the potential for a reoccurrence by that time this year.

– With the Farm Progress Show and the IMCA Supernationals, two major events typically attended by visitors from outside Boone County and the state, and that immediately precede Pufferbilly Days™, the potential for a surge or hotspot of cases greatly increases and could substantially tax local healthcare resources beyond capacity.

• Currently two of Pufferbilly Days™ key festival buildings are in use by Boone County Public Health, providing drive-up COVID-19 testing, and we are committed to their continued use in this manner.

• Early indications show that it will be difficult to find enough volunteers to staff key locations for each of the planned Pufferbilly Days™ activities and across the festival grounds, making it difficult to operate events.

• Key event registrations are far behind normal numbers for this time of the year signaling the likelihood of considerable funding shortfalls and putting future festivals at risk.

In attempting to stay on course for the 2020 Pufferbilly Days™ festival it was our hope and intention to provide a “light at the end of the tunnel”, a degree of normalcy, and an opportunity for the citizens of Boone County to finally get out and enjoy what makes our area special. In arriving at this difficult decision today we believe that the challenge to provide a safe and fun environment is unattainable, financially unfeasible, and would leave our loyal festival-goers too vulnerable to the transmission of the coronavirus.

The Pufferbilly Days™ Steering Committee sincerely appreciates the many hours and dedication from it’s event chairs and other volunteers in preparing for the 2020 celebration and plans to be back strong in 2021

This means all 3 of the photo contests I enter every year have been cancelled. Oh well.

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I thought this would be the theme that killed the double digit streak, but by the skin of our teeth, we made it to 39 straight weeks of double digit submissions!

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


WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT  - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 250 - ABSTRACT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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


WEEK 251 - BLACK AND WHITE
BLACK AND WHITE

BLACK AND WHITE!!! I think you know that this is by far my favorite theme! It is simple. Just take a BLACK AND WHITE image and submit it. Boom! End of story!

I look forward to seeing your submissions!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very monochrome Monday!