Category Archives: Willy

Post #3252 – 2018 Year in Review

Happy New Year to people who celebrate such things.

I like to look at some meaningless statistics every 250 posts and I also look at fairly meaningless year end statistics.

Just so happens that I get to combine them today!!

Here is both a year in review and a celebration that I have made it to 3252 blog posts. I was on the Alamo Bowl Road Trip visiting submarines, cults, and reality television stars when post #3250 came around, so I hope you can excuse the tardiness.

The first thing I want to look at are the most popular CATEGORIES in the history of “An Artist’s Notebook”.

Top 10 Journal Entry Categories

1. Portrait – 527
2. Weekly Photo Challenge – 504
3. Flowers – 497
4. Animals – 405
5. Jesse – 361
6. Photography – 355
7. Shannon – 320
8. Teresa – 296
9. Black & White – 291
10. Carla – 280

Top 10 People Categories

1. Jesse – 361
2. Shannon – 320
3. Teresa – 296
4. Carla – 280
5. Jay – 279
6. Mom – 277
7. Derrick – 256
8. Willy – 227
9. Vest – 221
10. Jen – 209

Top 10 Not-People Categories

1. Portrait – 527
2. Weekly Photo Challenge – 504
3. Flowers – 497
4. Animals – 405
5. Photography – 355
6. Black & White – 291
7. Road Trip – 262
8. Personal Photo Project – 261
9. Life – 234
10. Nature – 215

“Photography” and “Life” are general categories that I have been working on eliminating as I go back and restore historical “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory. Hopefully they will have both dropped off the Top 10 Lists by journal entry #3500.

If you are wondering how to become a Top 10 person on this list. The easiest way is to submit to the Weekly Photo Challenge. After that, the best way is to volunteer to model and photo assist for photography projects. Then after that, I would suggest going on road trips with me or attending Iowa State athletic events with me or going on road trips to Iowa State athletic events with me.

The people that are right outside of the Top 10 are:: Sara, Kim, Dawn, Becky, and Nader.

If you are looking for a goal for 2019, you could do worse than trying to crack the Photography 139 Top Ten People Category List. You obviously could do way, way, way, way, way, way, way better too.

Now we will turn out eye towards 2018.

Top 10 Most Popular Photography 139 Galleries of 2018 by Views

1. 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT – 48,722
2. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE YEAR 5 – 37,614
3. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE YEAR 5 – ALTERNATES – 33,622
4. 2008 – JANUARY – JUNE – 26,032
5. SELFIE PROJECT – 2017 – 23,141
6. HOUSTON MISSION TRIP – 2018 – 22,046
7. SOUTH DAKOTA TRIP – 2017 – 21,868
8. BOONE COUNTY FAIR CONTEST NOMINEES – 2018 – 17,211
9. SAYDIE HOWARD – CLASS OF 2017 – 14,808
10. IOWA STATE CYCLONES FOOTBALL – 2018

The 10 Most Popular Photography 139 Images by Views


Selfie Project - January 27
1. 2524

01-01-08
2. 2386


3. 2327

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
4. 1958

No. 45
5. 1621

No. 43
6. 1456

No. 12
7. 1445

July 15, 2017
8. 1321

WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
9. 1293

No. 38
10. 1241

On the Instagram, these were my 9 Most Popular Photos based on Likes:


My theme for my 2018 Instagram posts was Black & White. My theme for 2019 will be HDR Toning. Also, I will be bringing back THE SELFIE PROJECT to Instagram in 2019.

You can follow me on Instagram here:

@christopherdbennett

I entered 3 photo contests with the following results:


Boone County Fair - 2018
Red Ribbon – Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair - 2018
Purple Ribbon – Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair - 2018
Blue Ribbon – Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair - 2018
Blue Ribbon – Boone County Fair

Boone County Fair - 2018
Blue Ribbon – Boone County Fair

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Selected for Display – Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Not Selected for Display – Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Selected for Display – Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Not Selected for Display – Iowa State Fair

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
1st Place Photoshop – Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
1st Place Photojournalism – Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
3rd Place Hidden Treasures of Boone County – Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2018
Pufferbilly Days

Last note:

My goal for 2019 is the same as it was in 2018:

I’m gonna step my game up and get what is coming to me.

Good luck in 2019 everybody!

Iowa Trail Run – Ledges

As 2019 comes barreling down upon us like a runaway freight train with a faulty dead man’s switch, I realize I probably have quite a bit of 2018 back log to get through.

Back in March I went out to Ledges to watch Willy finish the Ledges leg of the Iowa Trail Run.

One thing I can remember about that morning is that it was EXTREMELY cold. It wasn’t a lot of fun waiting for him getting to the finish line.

Here are a few pictures:


Iowa Trail Run Series - Ledges

Iowa Trail Run Series - Ledges

Iowa Trail Run Series - Ledges

Iowa Trail Run Series - Ledges

The guy in the second picture won Willy’s race. I can’t remember where Willy placed, but I think it was in the Top 5.

Willy snuck up on me. I wan’t expecting him to wear such subdued colors, so I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of him crossing the finish line.

I was hoping that Willy would run the whole series, because some of the races had some amazing shirts. But pleads fell on deaf ears and I was unable to live my running life vicariously through Willy.

09-07-08

The pictures in the folder named 09-07-08 are from the 2008 Iowa State-Kent State football game.

Iowa State won the game to go 2-0 on the season.

Here are some pictures from the folder:


Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Iowa State vs. Kent State

Looking at some of these old pictures from 2008 makes me really miss when Willy and Jay would come over and tailgate. Makes me miss tailgating with Faust too.

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

Retribution (Part 1)

Retribution (Part 2)

One of those posts includes where I make a prediction that the 2-0 Iowa State team was going to a bowl game. They lost their last 10 games.

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane involves frogs, flowers, and a family reunion, amongst other things.

Blow Up!

Back on the 4th of July Willy and I got together to blow up some stuff and photograph the result.

I didn’t turn out exactly as one had hoped. Almost as soon as we started, the sky became overcast. Then it became dark. Then it started to rain. The worst possible conditions for short exposure photography.

I’ll add that even our timing didn’t seem to be up to its normal levels. However, there are a few photos that are worth sharing from the day.

Have a look:


Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

Independence Day Explosions - 2018

When we tackle this project again in 2019, we will take a totally different tact. I expect superior results.

Blessings – 2018

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving! It is the time of year where we are supposed to count our blessings.

I thought I would share a few of my current blessings:


I am blessed with a great family!

























Sympathy - Brandon Kahler

NATE - SYMPATHY

SURPRISE - LAURA MILLER

Bethany - Boredom

Elainie - Boredom

Fear - Alexis

Anger - Johnathan

Sadness - Logan

I have plenty of friends that share my love for the Cyclones!



Iowa State 30 #6 West Virginia 14

Liberty Bowl Road Trip



I have a job I don’t hate going to, where I work with several people I don’t want to punch in the face.





Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

Iowa State vs. Texas Tech





I have an amazing church family!

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Pufferbilly Days Float - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Easter - 2018 - Boone FUMC



I have an amazing friends family!



Anders - Fear









Shannon with her

Iowa State Fair - 2018

Maquoketa Caves Road Trip

2009 - Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

I’m blessed to share my life with Naima!







August 23, 2017

This is really just a handful of the blessings in my life! But I’m already getting this out late, so I’ll cut if off here. I’ll just end with a passage from a Rob Bell NOOMA video that really spoke to me:

“So the verse in First Timothy, it says command those that are rich to not put their hope in wealth… and then it goes on and it continues… and it says, but to put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

That phrase, a God that richly provides us with everything. All that we have is a gift.

Food. It is a gift.

Clothes. Gift.

Roof. Gift.

That breath you just took. It’s a gift.

Now there are some that will say: No, you don’t understand. I’ve worked for what I have. I deserve it. It is mine. But like it says in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8: You may say to yourself, my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, because it is God that gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

I thank God for the embarrassment of riches in my life!

06-11-08

The pictures from the folder 06-11-08 are from a road trip I took with Willy and Jay to Dyersville. The point of the road trip was to see The Field of Dreams. Jay actually suggested this road trip, even though he doesn’t like baseball. I agreed to go, even though I don’t like the movie FIELD OF DREAMS.

Also on the trip, we stopped at the Basilica of Dyersville. I’m not 100% sure of what Basilica is, but I believe it is a really fancy Catholic church where the Pope can hang out if he ever get kicked out of Rome.

Here are some pictures from the road trip:


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


Field of Dreams Road Trip


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

Field of Dreams

St. Francis Xavier Basilica

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to the Iowa State Fair!

Little White Lye Soap and Boone County Sea Dogs

At this point on our stroll down memory lane, rather than go through full folders, I’m taking a a bit out of a folder at a time, because some of these folders have hundreds and hundreds of images.

These images are from a “tubing” trip down the Des Moines River and pictures I took for Shannon for an article on her for The Des Moines Register.


Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Boone County Sea Dogs

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

Little White Lye Soap - Des Moines Register

The pictures that were taken on the river were taken with a disposable camera.

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

That Picture

Slow on the Take…

Boone County Sea Dogs

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to the Field of Dreams.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 47

I currently enter 3 photo “contests” a year. The Boone County Fair, The Iowa State Fair, and Pufferbilly Days. After the contests are over, a bag up the photos I entered and put them in a trunk.

While I was putting the Iowa State Fair entries in the trunk I decided it would be a good time to take Page 47 for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.


Photo Journal - Page 47
Page 47 – Re-photograph a photograph to change its original meaning.

This is the only setup I shot for this page, therefore there aren’t any alternates for this page.

Next time we check in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, we will probably visit Page 40.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WILD ANIMAL:


WEEK 164 - WILD ANIMAL
WILD ANIMAL


A WILD ANIMAL picture is a picture of an animal that isn’t a pet, or isn’t a farm animal. I would add that isn’t in the zoo either.

REMINDER: I won’t be publishing the submission for WILD ANIMAL until Tuesday.

Happy photo harvesting!

07-20-08

There are so many images in the folder called 07-20-08 that I’m going to split the next 2 folders into 3 posts, most likely.

The images in this post are from Ames on the Half Shell with Kountertop, the Iowa Games, some softball, and the Boone County Fair.

Kountertop was one of my favorite bands that played Ames on the Half Shell. To be honest, Ames on the Half Shell was a collection of nondescript classic rock cover bands. 1 band was just about indistinguishable from the next. Which worked for the target audience of Ames on the Half Shell. They just want to get a good buzz and listen to music that doesn’t challenge them.

There were a few exceptions, but they were pretty rare.

Kountertop did fit into the mold of classic rock cover band, but they at least had some style. Plus, they were skilled musicians.

The softball pictures are from a game between Boone and Madrid. It was a battle of some Bennett family friends. The Howards from Boone and the Madduxes from Madrid.

The Boone County Fair pictures were taken with Becky and some of her family. You should be warned that there are some bunny pictures in there. If you don’t like bunny pictures, turn back now!


07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop


07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

07-20-08 - Kountertop

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

By adding these photos to THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 PHOTO GALLERY, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

FRIDAY WITH KOUNTERTOP


IMAGES FROM A SATURDAY

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve even more softball, pictures from my first mission trip, and possibly a trip to the Miller farm.

The Howards: 2016 – Chapter 1

By the time this gets published, I’ll probably be making the trudge up Expo Hill towards the Cultural Building to pick up my photos from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

If you didn’t get a chance to duck into the Cultural Building to check out my photos, that is fine. That is dandy. Here are the 4 pictures I entered. 2 were accepted for display. 2 were not.


Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Not selected for display.

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Not selected for display.

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Selected for display.

Iowa State Fair Entry - 2018
Selected for display.

2 pictures for display was a solid showing. You never know what the judges will like. I was surprised that Willy’s eye was selected for display. I thought of the 4, it had the worst chance to make it. I guess you never know.

A few statistics from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon:

1018 Photographers Entered
3201 Photographs Entered
Photographers from 20 other states entered
863 Adults Entered
466 of adults who entered have at least one photograph on display
27% of the photos entered were exhibited

I should start planning for next year, but that hasn’t really been my style, yet.

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Starting on the 3rd to last photo shoot from 2016 to have the 2016 backlog cleared up.

This collection is from the Howard Family Photo Shoot:


Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

Howards - 2016

I told all the people that missed Saydie Sundays that she would be back. For at least one more week after this, even!