Category Archives: Photography

He Sure is a Good Friend

Today’s collection is a series of macro photos I took of a grasshopper hanging out by my back patio. I took this series of pictures back in August. Looking at these pictures I think has triggered the earliest I’ve ever missed warm weather. Even though the temperature yesterday was fairly decent.


He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

He Sure is a Good Friend

At least the weather for Halloween is supposed to be okay and it is supposed to be pretty nice on Election Day.

Postcard Recreation Project Reboot

Several years ago Jen suggested that for a photo project, I “recreate” old postcards. I loved the idea and I did it for exactly one postcard. Then did absolutely nothing else. For years. While I was on my vacation, I decided to start that project up again. I think I underestimated how difficult it might actually be to do well. I’m not sure my first (okay second) attempt at is necessarily done well.

In fact, in retrospect, I learned that I need to do a little more research before actually leaving my house and going out there to take the picture, to deliver on what I’m trying to do. For example, one of the pictures that was meant for today’s reveal, I definitely have to do again. I was not far enough west on 8th Street.

My goal is to go about near where the original postcard was taken, approximate the focal length of the original postcard, and then in editing deliver on the spirit of the original style of the postcard. Obviously, none of these will be a perfect recreation. In particular, the exact focal length will definitely be off. However, I think as long as I’m in the ballpark, I will be satisfied.

Postcard No. 2


Story Street from Ninth South Original
Original

Story Street from Ninth South Redux
Redux

This picture is looking south down Story Street, from the intersection with 9th Street. The original is more of an illustration than a photo, so I tried to make it look like an illustration in the editing. Making it bright and colorful. Like it probably was originally (I’m guessing) rather than how it has faded over the years.

Postcard No. 3


Story Street, North from Sixth Street
Original

Entrance to McHose Park
Redux

This picture postcard is looking north up Story Street from near Sixth Street. I really struggled with this one because I’m guessing this picture is probably from the 1950s. I am surprised by how many of the buildings in the original picture are gone. On that corner of 6th and Story used to house Vogler-Nieman Chevy, Buick and Pontiac. Plus a Champlin Oil. There was also a small building that sold popcorn there was well.

Here is a look at a couple old photos from a Boone News Republican article by Ed Mondt of that intersection:



1958


1940

If a guy wasn’t going to open a donut shop in his spare time, he could do worse than bringing back the popcorn shack.

Postcard No. 4


Entrance to McHose Park
Original

Entrance to McHose Park Redux
Redux

This postcard is a picture of the entrance to McHose Park. Not much has really changed much. There is a stop sign now. The road has been paved. There is a new McHose Park sign. The park was closed at the time I took the picture because of derecho damage. In the editing, I put a slight sepia tone to try to match the original.

I think I’m going to try to do these in sets of 3. The next set of 3 will probably involve the Boone Biblical College, Ledges State Park, and the location of Boone’s old post office.

A Little Here, A Little There

This post is mostly a catch-all of cleaning up some image collections taken back in August, that were either going to part of bigger journal entries that I have abandoned or just a few rando pictures taken here and there that I just want to clean up and get out of the way.

The first little collection is pictures taken from church when they presented scholarships to Autumn, Summer, and Jentry:


2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

2020 Scholarship Presentation

Church went back to the building in October. They opened all the windows in the sanctuary to increase air circulation. It gets pretty cold in there. Makes me miss warm weather all the more.

The second collection of pictures is of the creamed honey I purchased from Honey Hollow, AKA Shannon and her husband’s business. I got the straight honey, raspberry, and mango. I was going to do a little review and endorsement deal on them, and I still might some day. But I think it is sufficient to say, that it is honey. It is delicious. It doesn’t crystallize because it is creamed.


Honey Hollow Honey

Honey Hollow Honey

Honey Hollow Honey

Honey Hollow Honey

At one point I was going to do an entry on a remote control I bought for the A7 II. I think it is sufficient to say that I bought a remote control and I use it now and again. Usually with long exposures.


A7 II Remote Control

A7 II Remote Control

A7 II Remote Control

A7 II Remote Control

A7 II Remote Control

A7 II Remote Control

Speaking of photo equipment entries I planned and never made. I bought an infrared filter to play with. I have since misplaced this filter. It is one of 3 things in my house that I’m currently keeping an eye out for.


Infrared Filter

Infrared Filter
Test shot.

There there were some night sky photo I took when playing with a new fisheye lens.


Night Sky

Night Sky

Night Sky

Night Sky

I need to do some night photography again before it gets too cold.

Then finally, just a couple rando photos:


Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Beetle

Feels good to get these pictures out there. Real good.

WPC – WEEK 267 – ANIMAL

56 weeks in a row people. We even had double digit submissions before Monday morning! Now this week’s theme is a little more challenging, I feel like we will once again, hit double digits. You can tell that the weather must be getting colder. While the theme is ANIMAL, every single picture taken was of a pet. Wel, one isn’t, but it is also taken inside. I wasn’t going to take a picture of Naima, but my original plan fell through. Or actually fell down. Well, wasn’t inflated anyways.

I’m not saying my submission this week is anything special, but it uses a new technique that is fairly controversial in photography circles. If you were in Iowa last week, you might have a good idea of how it is manipulated. Or you might not. There will be a post on this “new” thing in the future.

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


WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 267 - CATHIE RALEY - ANIMAL
Cathie Raley

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 267 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shanno Bardole-Foley

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 268 - FRAMED
FRAMED

FRAMED! What a great theme! But what is a FRAMED image? A FRAMED image is easier to make than it might sound. All it is, is an image where your main subject is buffeted on a least one side by something that isn’t the main subject. So basically, a subject matter, with negative space on multiple sides of it. For the sake of this challenge we will consider negative space, either something that is nondescript, one color, or out of focus. Of course, there are other ways to define FRAMED. Something that is in a framed is FRAMED. However, the idea here is to create a framed for you subject with other things in the environment.

Here is a look back at the 5 times previously that FRAMED was a theme:

RWPE #5 – FRAMING

RWPE Y2 #29 – FRAMING

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 15 – FRAMED

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 112 – FRAMED

WPC – WEEK 212 – FRAMED

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.

+++++++

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 framed Monday!

Ice Ice Daisy

I took these pictures on what was surely a beautiful July day. I was beginning to work on a photo project where I freeze a flower in a block of ice. I still really haven’t got one I’m looking for exactly, but this was the beginning of the dream. A dream that I continue to pursue to this day. But this post is mostly other pictures.


Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Baby

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Ice Ice Daisy

Nature's Amen - 2020

While I was already missing all the flowers that populate my yard, now I’m starting to miss the insects. So sad.

2010-04-29

Whew! This is a big one. Just by adding these pictures to the SmugMug Gallery from the folder 2010-04-29, I was able to fix 5 “An Artist’s Notebook” posts. I believe I added pictures to 14 different photo albums.

The pictures in this folder are taken from over several days of vacation I took back in 2010. Some in Minnesota. Some at Iowa State. Lots of flowers. A few of people.

Here are a few of them:


Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 3 - Guinea Pig

The 5-8 Club

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Where It Got Its Life

Where it Got Its Life

Vacation - 2010

Vacation - 2010

Vacation Day 6

Vacation - 2010

Vacation - 2010

Where It Got Its Life

Where It Got Its Life

Where It Got Its Life

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

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:

VACATION DAY 3 – GUINEA PIG DENIAL

VACATION DAY 4 – COTTON CANDY

VACATION DAY 5 – THE JUICY LUCY

VACATION DAY 6 – CAMPUS

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 21

In that collection of restored posts, is a very bad take on how well Fred Hoiberg would do at Iowa State.

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Willy.

Back in Black and White

Here is another collection of alternates for last week’s BLACK AND WHITE theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Some were taken on my way back from Manhattan, Kansas. Some were taken around my house. Some were taken around my Mom’s house. Some were taken out by Don Williams.


Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Back in Black and White

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

A Proud Assertion - 2020

Back in Black and White

I can’t wait for BLACK AND WHITE to be a theme in the next set of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes!

+++++++

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


WEEK 267 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

An ANIMAL picture is any picture of an ANIMAL or something related to an ANIMAL.

Happy photo harvesting!

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Here is a collection of flower pictures that I took back in July. I could see one of these making the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar. I actually had a request of sorts on a picture to put in the calendar. First time that has happened in quite some time. The flower pictures still work for someone, at least.


Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Painted without Instruction -2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Soul Expansion - 2020

Flower Deeds. Done Dirt Cheap.

Still, plenty of flower pictures left to curate. Unfortunately, not many left to take this year.

Put that Fire in Your Soul

You know that BLACK AND WHITE is my favorite theme. You know darn well that I’m going to have lots of BLACK AND WHITE alternates. Lots and lots of alternates. Actually I think I have less alternates than I normally do for BLACK AND WHITE. That being said, I’m still going to break this down into multiple posts. Probably 2. Maybe 3. Definitely more than 1 though.


WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE ALTERNATE

Plenty more, BLACK AND WHITE images still coming later this week.

It’s Been a Long Time Coming

I should start by pointing out that I jacked up Kalista’s submission yesterday for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. This is what it was:


WEEK 266 - BLACK AND WHITE - KALISTA HOWARD
Kalista Howard

It came in after the 11 AM deadline and in my haste to get the picture posted before the 12:01 autopublish, I didn’t double check my copying and pasting. Not the first time it has happened. Certainly won’t be the last.

+++++++

Time for another collection of flower pictures. These pictures were taken around the yard in early August.


Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

A Proud Assertion - 2020

A Proud Assertion - 2020

A Proud Assertion - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

It's Been a Long Time Coming

It's Been a Long Time Coming

Music of the Ground - 2020

Music of the Ground - 2020

Music of the Ground - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Hope all the snow we got yesterday doesn’t mark the end of flowetrography season, but I’m sure it will be ending soon. Definitely sooner than I want it to end.