Category Archives: State Fair

Last Day of the Fair

On the last day of the Iowa State Fair, Jesse and I went down there and spent several hours down there before picking up my pictures from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. I barely made it in to the Cultural Center to get my photos because they started closing the building down at 7, which is when you were supposed to be able to go in and get your photos. I was one of the few people that let in and got my photos. I was lucky.

Here are some pictures from the day:


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I’m already looking forward to the 2022 Iowa State Fair. I hope we are completely through this pandemic by then so I can enjoy the Fair more freely.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ‘SCAPE.


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REMINDER: NEXT MONDAY IS LABOR DAY. WHILE THE BANK MAY TAKE A DAY OFF AND THE SCHOOLS MIGHT TAKE THE DAY OFF AND MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE THE DAY OFF AND THE COMPUTER MINE MIGHT TAKE THE DAY OFF… PHOTOGRAPHY 139 DOES NOT TAKE THE DAY OFF. EVERY DAY I’M HUSTLING. PLAN WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO ACCORDINGLY!

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

But what is a ‘SCAPE picture? Do you mean landscape? Don’t worry, I’m about to feed you baby bird.

Yes, a landscape picture could be a ‘SCAPE picture, but a ‘SCAPE picture isn’t necessarily a landscape picture. The theme reveal picture is a picture of a landscape that I took high up in the Loess Hills on Saturday. However it is the apostrophe before the SCAPE that is key here. You don’t have to limit your possibilities to a landscape. There are other types of ‘SCAPEs. There are citySCAPEs. There are also waterSCAPES and skySCAPEs and even inSCAPEs.

And if you don’t know what a landSCAPE is, it is this:

“all the visible features of an area of countryside or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.”

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – August 2021

Yesterday I completed yet another successful month of THE SELFIE PROJECT. I was surprised how packed a month it was. When I looked back at some of the images, I thought, “that happened in August? It feels like such a long time ago!”

Here are my favorites from August:


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Day 217 - August 5, 2021
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Day 223 - August 11, 2021
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Day 224 - August 12, 2021
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Day 227 - August 15, 2021
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Day 231 - August 19, 2021
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Day 239 - August 27,  2021
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Day 240 - August 28, 2021
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Day 241 - August 29, 2021
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Day 243 - August 31, 2021
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There can only be one Selfie per day, but I’ve decided to start sharing some alternate selfies from the month, that just didn’t make the cut:


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If you want to peruse all the THE SELFIE PROJECT images, click on the link below:

Selfie Project – 2021

Hopefully September is another successful month!

First Day of the Fair

On the first day of the Iowa State Fair I attended it with Jen, Layla, and Evie. Evie was performing with her Irish Dance Team. We wandered around the Fair for several hours before and after watching Evie perform. Here on some of the pictures from the day:


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I also went to the Fair on the last day with Jesse. I will share those pictures in the future.

If you want to take peruse the rest of my Day 1 Iowa State Fair pictures, click on the link below:

Iowa State Fair – 2021

Over 200 images in there right now.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PEOPLE:


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PEOPLE! What a great theme! But what is a PEOPLE photo? Fortunately for you, people infest nearly every corner of this planet, so they are easy to find. All you have to do is find some PEOPLE or remnants or proof that PEOPLE were once there. This group of PEOPLE doesn’t have to have any connection. They don’t have to be friends or family. They just have to be homo sapiens. I suppose Neanderthals would work as well.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 310 – FRIENDS

I’m pretty sure that this is the most popular theme in the history of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. 30 submissions! Wow! I’m glad to see so many people have people they consider FRIENDS or could at least find a group of somebody else’s FRIENDS to photograph or found something that represented a FRIENDShip to them. Or maybe THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is hitting new heights in popularity. Maybe every week there will be nearly 30 submissions. A guy can dream, right?

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


WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

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Kim Barker

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

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Tamara Peterson

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Tamara Peterson

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

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Andy Sharp

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Andy Sharp

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 311 - FRIENDS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

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WEEK 310 - FRIENDS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 310 - FRIENDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 310 - FRIENDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 310 - FRIENDS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

A great week of submissions!

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


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PEOPLE! What a great theme! But what is a PEOPLE photo? Fortunately for you, people infest nearly every corner of this planet, so they are easy to find. All you have to do is find some PEOPLE or remnants or proof that PEOPLE were once there. This group of PEOPLE doesn’t have to have any connection. They don’t have to be friends or family. They just have to be homo sapiens. I suppose Neanderthals would work as well.

When you are thinking about the picture you want to make, you can consider this quote and I have no doubt you will make a great PEOPLE photo:

I love mankind… it’s people I can’t stand!!
-Charles M. Schulz

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The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of PEOPLE in this place that is little more than my ineffective people trap next Monday.

2021 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Personal Results

By the time this publishes, my entries in this year’s Iowa State Fair Photography Salon should be safely in my possession. It seems like a good time to share what pictures I entered and how they fared.


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Class 45: Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Honorable Mention

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Class 22: Black & White People – Selected for Display

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Class 17: Plants, Flowers & Trees – Honorable Mention

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Class 13: USA Places & Landscapes – Not Selected for Display

I’m not going into the picture of my Mom that I entered, but probably will in a later post. I don’t think she would have liked to have a picture of her entered, but I also know she would have gotten over it pretty quickly.

I’ll just concentrate on the picture that didn’t get in. It was the one that I was most confident would get accepted for display, which meant it was doomed from the beginning. I entered it based mostly on the fact that it was the most commented on picture from the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar. I will never know why it wasn’t accepted for display, but I have a feeling it it because the highlights are overblown. Oh well, I guess it is time to start thinking on the 2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show – 2021

We are having some kind of sale at my Mom’s garage tonight and tomorrow morning.

The address is 111 South Benton Street. The sale tonight will start at 4 and end when people stop showing up. Tomorrow it will start at 7 and end when people stop showing up. Probably around 1.

The alley is a dead end, so don’t drive down it looking to park.

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I once again did the photography for the Pufferbilly Days Pet Show. It wasn’t a very good environment for photography because all the tables were crushed in together and there wasn’t a stage, so you really couldn’t see the animals that were on the ground.

There were 4 entries. All dogs. Despite the flyer having 2 cats and one dog… Just reporting the facts.

Here are some pictures from the Pufferbilly Days Pet Show:


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I look forward to the 2022 Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest where there will be 6 dogs and no cats.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is FRIENDS:


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FRIENDS! What a great theme! But what is a FRIENDS photo? It is simply a picture of a group of FRIENDS or even just a picture of one of your FRIEND(S). Maybe it could even be a picture of an object that represents a FRIENDShip to you. The theme reveal picture shows Jen, Layla, and Evie. They are a family, but they are also my FRIENDS. They are also in many ways, my family. However, the lines between FRIENDS and FAMILY can blur in multiple directions. So don’t get too hung up on is this person FAMILY or a FRIEND(S)? If you have to ask the question, the answer is that they are both.

Happy photo harvesting.

WPC – WEEK 309 – MOVEMENT

I want to start today by announcing that there will be some kind Estate/Garage/Tag/Rummage Sale at my Mom’s house on Friday evening and Saturday morning. I’m not really 100% sure of the hours, but the location is in the garage on the alley. The alley is a dead end, so don’t pull down there looking for a place to park. The address is 111 South Benton Street. It is hard to tell what is going to be for sale, but I’m sure it will involve lots of glassware and holiday decorations. When I have an idea of times, I will let you know.

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The theme MOVEMENT did cause many people to spring into action and capture an object displaying MOVEMENT of one kind or another.

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


WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

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Andy Sharp

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Andy Sharp

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

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Logan Kahler

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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Carla Stensland

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Carla Stensland

WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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Kio Dettman

A great week of submissions!

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


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FRIENDS

FRIENDS! What a great theme! But what is a FRIENDS photo? It is simply a picture of a group of FRIENDS or even just a picture of one of your FRIEND(S). Maybe it could even be a picture of an object that represents a FRIENDShip to you. The theme reveal picture shows Jen, Layla, and Evie. They are a family, but they are also my FRIENDS. They are also in many ways, my family. However, the lines between FRIENDS and FAMILY can blur in multiple directions. So don’t get too hung up on is this person FAMILY or a FRIEND(S)? If you have to ask the question, the answer is that they are both.

While you are thinking about your FRIENDS photo, think on this quote and you will no doubt create a photo as rare as the FRIENDShip you are trying to capture:

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of FRIENDS in this place that is little more than a record of my FRIENDS next Monday.

I’m Just Me

Today is the first day of the Iowa State Fair. In case you haven’t heard, I got 3 out of 4 pictures accepted for display. 2 pictures received Honorable Mentions. I would consider this my second best showing at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, behind the year I got all 4 pictures in. I know what two pictures got Honorable Mentions, but I don’t know what the third picture to get accepted for display is at this time. But hopefully by the time this publishes, I will.



It looks like participation might have been down a bit this year. I can’t remember what the numbers were in the past and I’m not going to get into the photo contest trunk just to find out but this year there were 636 photographers that submitted 2086 images. That seems a little light. From Boone County there were 11 photographers that entered 29 photographs. I was the only photographer from Boone (the city) to get any pictures accepted for display. However, several photographers from Madrid had pictures accepted. Seven if I counted correctly (4 from one family). None from Ogden.

Only two photographers got all 4 pictures accepted for display. 37% of of entered pictures were accepted for display. Of that 37%, 20% of those received a ribbon. Not counting the Youth Division, the Class that had the highest exhibition rate was Sports at 65% exhibition rate. The Class with the lowest exhibition rate was Color USA Places & Landscapes at 13%. The most entered Class was Color Animals, Insects, & Wildlife at 236 entries. The least entered category was High Dynamic Range at 20 entries. 27% of color entries are exhibited. 51% of black & white entries are exhibited. 44% of special division entries are exhibited. Next year’s special theme class is “The Open Road”. I never enter the theme class, but “The Open Road” seems to be one of my specialties.

If you want to look at the digital book, click on the link below:

Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Digital Book

You can find my two Honorable Mentions in the book, if you look real hard.

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Time to share another collection of pictures I have taken of my Mom’s flowers. Once again, mostly tulips, but one peony picture in there. These pictures were taken on April 28, 2021.


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I have many, many more flower pictures to share. So many more.

Selfie Project – July 2021

On Saturday night I completed another successful month of THE SELFIE PROJECT. It probably wasn’t the most exciting month, but I think we did some good work here now and then.

Here are my favorites from July:


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There can only be one Selfie per day, but I’ve decided to start sharing some alternate selfies from the month, that just didn’t make the cut:


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If you want to peruse all the THE SELFIE PROJECT images from 2021, click on the link below:

Selfie Project – 2021

Hopefully August is another successful month!

Truth Locks

I need to start by making a few photo contest announcements. First of all, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon is the only photo contest I will be doing this year. Before the pandemic shut them down last year, I have been doing the Boone County Fair and the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I am not doing either of those for good reasons.

I’m not doing the Boone County Fair because I am going to be one of the judges for the Boone County Fair. That takes me out of the running there. I also recently achieved a several year long goal of becoming the Chair of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Which also means I can’t enter that contest either.

However, I am very excited about taking over the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. It is too late in the game to make a few of the changes that I want to make and Pufferbilly Days is now only a month away, but I can still make a few of the changes.

Graphic design is not my forte, but I did slap together a flyer I hope to see on social media and hanging up around town in the next few days. Have a look:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyer - 2021

The entry deadline is only 2 weeks from today, so if you are interested in entering, better get on the ball!

Also, I got the results back (partially) from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon:


Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Results Card - 2021

I don’t know what picture or how many pictures (but I’ll assume it is one for now) were accepted, but I’ll let you know after the conclusion of the Iowa State Fair.

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Enough of that photo contest noise, here are some pictures I took around my yard:


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I’m hoping to rip out some of the bushes in my front yard out and replace one of them with a lilac bush. I do love lilacs so.