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POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT – SOME CHURCHES

Here we are, the last day of 2020. That means it is time for me to share the December image from the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar. Because of the pandemic, I got to deliver very few calendars in person this year. I think the only reactions that I got to see in person was from Alexis, Vest, and the Degeneffes (sans Melissa). Pretty much every other calendar delivery was done by leaving a calendar on a desk at work or a calendar in an envelope next to a front door or through the hard working folks of the United States Postal Service. While the response sometimes ranged from crickets to “I have a calendar on my phone, but thanks”, I did get a couple pictures sent to me of people’s reactions to getting the calendar that I want to share because they are amongst my favorite pictures I have received on my Pixel 5.


2021  Calendar Reaction
From Jen

2021  Calendar Reaction
From Sara Lockner

2021  Calendar Reaction
From Joe Duff

Those pictures really made my day(s)!

The December image of the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar is taken of the cross on top of the Boone First United Methodist Church with Rodan139. It was my Merry Christmas picture in 2019. That cross also appeared in the January 2018 Calendar image. It also appeared in the 2010 Calendar for December. Probably the item to be most included in the calendar. More than the High Bridge or the High Trestle Trail Bridge. That might require more research though. The picture was taken on December 23, 2019.


2021 Calendar - December

DETAILS
CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D-20c
LENS: 28.0mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 10.3mm (28mm in 35mm equivalency)
APERTURE: f/3.2
EXPOSURE: 1/30
ISO: 100
FIELD OF VIEW: 65.5 degrees
LATITUDE: 42.06296
LONGITUDE: -93.88240
ALTITUDE: 363 meters above sea level

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Today’s THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT old-timey postcard I’m working on recreating is a postcard with a picture of 5 different churches. Of the 5 buildings. Only two are currently standing.

They are labelled like this on the postcard:

German Lutheran
Catholic
Baptist
Presbyterian
Swedish Mission

The Catholic and Presbyterian churches are still standing. No problem finding those churches.

The Baptist church burned down in the 1940s, but it wasn’t hard to figure out what congregation used to be in that building. It was a little challenging to figure out where the Baptist Church used to be. Because they didn’t rebuild on the same location. Here are some pictures from the Baptist website of the fire:


Baptist Church Fire

Baptist Church Fire

Baptist Church Fire

I figured out where the old Baptist Church was located by consulting old Boone phonebooks. The address for the Baptist Church was 604 Greene Street. 3 out of 5 shooting locations located.

The next one I needed to figure out was the German Lutheran Church. A little research and I found out that the German Lutheran Church became Trinity Lutheran Church. But I didn’t know what happened to this original church building.

The German Lutheran church building also… wait for it…. burned down. But, the building wasn’t a total loss. They moved it to a different corner of the lot that they are still on and built a new building where the original church building was located. It was used as a school, until they finished building another school. Then I assume it was torn down. The trail grows cold there. Here is some info on the fire from Trinity Lutheran’s website:

Headlines and article from the
Boone Republic Newspaper, Daily
Edition, Thursday Evening Aug. 12,
1915

About 12:20 o’clock Thursday noon a fire was discovered by Fred Erbe son of the Rev. Otto Erbe in the belfy of the German Lutheran church at 12th and Boone Streets. The fire company was called at once and when they arrived flames were shooting out of every side of the tower. The fire was a mystery as the windows were protected by wire netting to keep birds from building nests and it was said the electrical wires were in first class condition. The only explanation for the fire is that the insulation on some wire that was not noticed burned off and set the tower afire. It was very hard to get at the flames, and they gained considerable headway before the fire company was able to control it. For a time it looked like the steeple would topple over onto the parsonage just south of it, but this did not happen. Perhaps the greatest loss was the pipe organ which had just been installed at a big expense, and which was situated under the steeple. This was damaged by water and some of the pipes were affected by the fire. Luckily the fire did not spread to any other part of the building or the whole structure would have been gone as it is a wooden building. The entire loss is covered by insurance.

Here is a picture of the fire:


German Lutheran Fire

I now had the congregations and the location of four out of five churches from the postcard. That left just the Swedish Mission Church.

It took me awhile to figure out if the Swedish Mission congregation still existed. This took some effort because as it turns out two different congregations in town split from one congregation. Evangelical Free and Augustana. Neither one is in the building in the picture. So trying to figure out which one was in that building and where that building used to be took some work.

Augustana used to have an address of 7th & Carroll address. But so did the Open Bible Church. While researching the Augustana history, it turns out that in the early 20th century, they traded churches with the Central Christian Church, because the trains were so loud that it was disrupting their activities. What I find funny about that, is that the Central Christian Church is on 8th and Greene (different building now) which is only ONE block from 7th and Carroll. Which I doubt makes a huge difference in the volume of passing trains.

I just think it is fascinating that congregations just traded church buildings.

In the end in turned out the Swedish Mission Church is now the Evangelical Free Church. It used to be located on 6th and Monona. Something I located looking at old Boone phonebooks. Which interestingly enough, this location, while it was a different building, housed the LDS Church, before they moved out on 22nd Street.

I don’t know what happened to the old Swedish Mission Church building. The Evangelical Church website has a video about their history on their website, but it doesn’t really say what happened to the old building when they moved.

But at one time, one block in Boone would have housed the Augustana Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Baptist Church. Across the street to the south would have been the Open Bible Church. Across the street to the north is the Central Christian Church. Half a block to the east, is both the Grace Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist Church. Kind of like the God District in Boone. Cause not far across the railroad tracks was Trinity Lutheran and Sacred Heart Catholic.

That is probably enough backstory. Here are the results of all that research:


Some Boone Iowa Churches - Original
Some Boone Iowa Churches – Original

Some Boone Iowa Churches - Redux
Some Boone Iowa Churches – Redux

Some Boone Iowa Churches - Modern Interpretation
Some Boone Iowa Churches – Modern Interpretation

Some Boone Iowa Churches - Modern Interpretation Take 2
Some Boone Iowa Churches – Modern Interpretation, with Color

Next time we take a look at THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT, we will tackle a government building. In fact, the next two will involve government buildings.

Rodan139: Downtown Boone

The October picture from the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken out at the Ensley Farm. It was taken during harvest season while the combines were out in the fields. It was taken on October 18, 2020.


2021 Calendar - October

Here are the photo details:

DETAILS
CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D-20c
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 10.3mm (28mm – 35mm equivalency)
APERTURE: f/4.5
EXPOSURE: 1/200
ISO: 100
FIELD OF VIEW: 65.5 degrees
LATITUDE: 42.11372
LONGITUDE: -94.02925
ALTITUDE: 409 meters above sea level.

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A few weeks back, when I went to the Boone First United Methodist Church to take my modern interpretation picture for THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT, I also took a few other pictures.


Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

Rodan 139: Downtown Boone

The weather has already started to turn and probably won’t be many drone pictures in the future for a few months. Although, I should have taken Rodan139 out on Saturday. I took a nap instead. Just being honest.

WPC – WEEK 276 – ROAD TRIP

The September image for the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar is a picture of an orange gazania that I sprayed down with a water bottle. This gazania was grown in the Photography 139 Flower Garden. It is one of the bucket flower pots that lives in the front yard next to my front porch. This picture was taken on June 27, 2020.


2021 Calendar - September

Here are details of the photo:

DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: FE 50mm 2.8 Macro
FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/100
ISO: 100
FIELD OF VIEW: 39.6 degrees
LATITUDE: 42.05523
LONGITUDE: -93.87072

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The theme that will be revealed later in this post for this week is the last theme in the run of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE HALL OF FAME themes. We will start a fresh new set of theme as we change to a new calendar. Particularly, if you have received a Photography 139 Calendar, you will see that the new theme for every week is printed on every Monday. I did not include any of the Hall of Fame theme is the next set of 52 themes. When we get to those set of themes next Monday, my description of every theme might sound a little bit difference to my descriptions in the past.

Here is a look at the next 52 Themes:

1. FAMILY
2. COMMERCIAL
3. HOBBIES
4. BLACK
5. USE OF SPACE
6. WIND
7. SYMMETRY & PATTERNS
8. LINES
9. PLAY
10. PICTURE IN PICTURE
11. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
12. LOVE
13. LOCAL INTEREST – SLICE OF LIFE
14. DRINKS
15. SHADOW
16. HANDS
17. TRAVEL
18. FACE
19. LIGHT
20. GOVERNMENT
21. IN THE AIR
22. WORDS
23. RED
24. WHITE
25. COMMUNICATION
26. ADVENTURE
27. HISTORY
28. MUSIC
29. ARCHITECTURE
30. PATHS
31. TOY
32. MOVEMENT
33. FRIENDS
34. PEOPLE
35. ‘SCAPE
36. JUNK
37. WORK
38. DREAM JOB
39. FLOWER
40. TIME
41. PASSION
42. GREEN
43. HERO
44. BUSINESS
45. RELIGION
46. REFLECTION
47. NATURE
48. BLUE
49. ODD CAMERA ANGLE
50. CANDID PORTRAIT
51. HOLIDAY
52. EDUCATION

There are many themes that we have tackled in the past. Some that haven’t been used in years. Some that have never been used before. Thanks to Andy for being the one person to suggest themes for what will be the 8th Year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE… born the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT a decade ago.

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ROAD TRIP was another theme that triggered plenty of creativity, despite the holiday season. I had double digit submission before I even went to bed Sunday night! 65 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 276 - ROAD TRIP - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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 277 - TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION! What a great theme! But what is a TRANSPORTATION picture? Any picture that has to deal with transporting things from point A to point B. A road is used in the example, but cars that drive on that road could be used. So could railroad tracks. Trains. Planes. Boats. Horses. Anything that takes anything or anybody from point A to point B is fair game!

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

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 42 – TRANSPORTATION

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 67 – TRANSPORTATION

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 114 – TRANSPORTATION

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 180 – TRANSPORTATION

WPC – WEEK 256 – TRANSPORTATION

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 transported Monday!

Miller Time – 2020 – Vol. 1

The picture for the August in the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken after the derecho devastate a good chunk of Iowa. It was taken of the elevator in Luther with a fisheye lens. It was taken on August 11, 2020.


2021 Calendar - August

Here are some details on the photo:

DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: Fisheye
EXPOSURE: 1/320
ISO: 100
LATITUDE: 41.96685
LONGITUDE: -93.82281

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Back in October, I made a daytrip to Manhattan, Kansas to take pictures of the triplets around the time of their first birthday. Although a more formal portrait was planned, candid portraits more ruled the day. 1 year olds (particularly 3 of them) don’t cooperate much for formal portraits.

Here are some of my favorites:


Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

Miller Family - 2020

When we got to the park, we ran into a group of witches. Just kidding, it was a group of women that were in the woods, dancing in a circle. They gave us bubbles though, so they were good witches… errr… women dancing in the woods in a circle.

There are definitely more pictures from this day to come.

2010-06-01

The July picture for the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken by Rodan139 of the High Trestle Trail Bridge looking east early one morning. This picture is the one that I’ve gotten the most feedback on from calendar recipients. It was taken on August 30, 2020.


2021 Calendar - July

Here are some details on the photo:

DETAILS
CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D-20c
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 10.3mm (28mm – 35mm equivalency)
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPSOURE: 1/500
ISO: 100
FIELD OF VIEW: 65.5 degrees
LATITUDE: 41.86697
LONGITUDE: -93.86821
ALTITUDE: 302 meters above sea level

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I hope everybody had a great Christmas. Or at least, as great of a Christmas as anybody can have under current conditions.

The pictures in the folder 2010-06-01 were taken on Memorial Day. They are almost exclusively flower pictures. Some that are part of the “Girl in the Blue Skirt” series. Others that are, I think from my Grandma’s house. But I’m not 100% sure. But she always had peonies. Plus the roses look like the roses from her yellow rose bush.

The new occupants of her house, pruned that bush too much this year, but I hope it returns to form in 2021.


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Whispering Beauty - 2010

Whispering Beauty - 2010

Whispering Beauty - 2010

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Memorial Day Weekend

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:

Memorial Day Weekend

Social Networking and the Beast

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 24 BETA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Jen and Derrick.

Merry Christmas – 2020

I need to start by wishing everybody a Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas - 2020

Many of us (me included) aren’t having our typical Christmas, or even the Christmas that they remotely wanted. Remember it is okay to feel a mixture of feelings today, because this isn’t the Christmas you wanted. Maybe it is the first Christmas without somebody. Maybe it is a Christmas you can’t spend with the people you want because of the pandemic. It is okay to feel whatever you feel. It is with those thoughts that I still say (and remember joy and happiness are not the same thing):

Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!

And of course to remember who that baby in that manger grew up to be:

JESUS WAS
A Radical.
A Nonviolent Revolutionary.
He hung out with lepers, hookers, and crooks.
Was NOT American.
Did NOT speak English. (Spoke Aramaic, if you were wondering)
Was ANTI-wealth.
Was ANTI-death penalty.
Was ANT-public prayer.

NOT ANTI-gay.
NEVER mentioned abortion. (Yes, abortion pre-dates Jesus by at least 1600 years)
NEVER mentioned birth control. (Yes, birth control pre-dates Jesus by at least 1850 years)
NEVER called the poor lazy.
NEVER justified torture.
NEVER fought for tax cuts for the wealthy.
NEVER asked a leper for a co-pay.
NEVER slut-shamed. In fact Jesus was anti-slut shaming.

WAS long-haired.
WAS brown-skinned.
WAS homeless.
WAS a refugee.
WAS a community organizer.
WAS a middle easterner.
WAS a Jew.

TOLD us to love one another.
LOVED poor people.
HUMANIZED everybody, regardless of their background.
MET people where they are at.
WAS considered a troublemaker by the authorities.
WAS ultimately murdered by the police.

Let every heart prepare room!

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The June calendar image is taken from when Fly Iowa was in Boone back in 2019. Remember big events, when you could be around other people. Safely. Yeah. Good times. Good times. This picture was taken on August 3, 2019.


2021 Calendar - June

Here are some details of this photo:

PHOTO DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCA-77M2
LENS: 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6
FOCAL LENGTH: 180mm (270mm 35mm equivalent)
APERTURE: f/5
EXPOSURE: 1/2000
ISO:250
FIELD OF VIEW: 7.6 degrees
LATITUDE: 42.05149
LONGITUDE: -93.84873

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Today I’d like to share some pictures I took back on another holiday… Labor Day. On Labor Day I loaded Mom and Teresa up into a car and drove to Mines of Spain because I wanted to see Horseshoe Bluff. I posted some drone pictures of this day in the past. Now I’m getting around to pictures that are more for you land lovers. Or is that spelled land lubbers! I’m not sure, it has been so long since I’ve had my sea legs. Or lake legs. Or river legs. Or small farm pond legs. But we don’t need to talk about the last time I was on a boat in a farm pond.

Mom and Teresa did not want to get up and leave as early as I did. They have both volunteered to be a part of a future town sign harvesting road trip. Hopefully, they remember how early these trips need to leave dock…

Here are some pictures from one of the most beautiful parks in Iowa.


Mines of Spain Graffiti

Mines of Spain Graffiti

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

Horseshoe Bluff - Mines of Spain

I would love to go there again. It would probably make a beautiful winter subject as well. Plus, less lousy with people. People, the enemy of nature photography.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ROAD TRIP.


WEEK 276 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

A ROAD TRIP photo is any picture taken during a ROAD TRIP or making preparations for a ROAD TRIP or spoils that came from a ROAD TRIP. What constitutes a ROAD TRIP? I’m pretty lax, but I would say that as long as your car leaves the driveway, it is a ROAD TRIP.

Happy photo harvesting!

Postcard Recreation Project – Boone FUMC

Happy Christmas Eve everybody! This is always my favorite worship service of the year. However, it is just one of the many things taken away by a horribly mismanaged pandemic. But I thought I would share a picture from the 2016 service as hopefully a reminder of what is coming in 2021.


Candlelight Service - 2016

I believe my church is doing some kind of Zoom service tonight, but I haven’t received any details on it yet. Maybe they are still coming.

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The May 2021 Photography 139 Calendar image is a picture of a dandelion that I had sprayed down with water. It was taken with extension tubes. It was taken on May 23, 2020.


2021 Calendar - May

Here are the details of the photo:

DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: Not Recorded
EXPOSURE: 1/60
ISO: 250
LATITUDE: 42.05333
LONGITUDE: -93.87070

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A couple weeks back I decided that churches would be a good subject for THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT during this time of year. So I decided, why not start with my own church. I am prejudiced, but I do believe it to be the prettiest church in Boone. At least from the outside. I’m not sure that we have the most beautiful sanctuary. It might not be the most useful setup building, but I would rank it as the prettiest church in town. I’d give second to the Presbyterian Church and third to the Catholic church.

Often, in this process I’ve looked up the history of the places I was photographing. For an upcoming project, I did a lot of research on the history of different congregations in town. Almost every church I looked up had a decent “History” section on their website. I assumed their would be one on our church website.

I was badly mistaken. I knew our website wasn’t the best, but I was pretty surprised to see that there isn’t a history section on the website. Actually our website could use a ton of TLC. There is probably more misinformation on there than a FoxNews broadcast. But less than a NewsMax broadcast.

I probably should know more about the history of the church I attend, but I don’t. This is what I can tell you. The original building was built in the 1890s. The education addition was added in the 1950s. There was a considerable remodel to the education wing in the 1990s.

This year, we were supposed to celebrate, I believe the 125th Anniversary of the church building, but I believe this congregation was established in 1865.

Despite the best efforts of Pastor Phil Webb, it has never burned down. Which I’ve learned, a building in Boone that was built in the 1890s, to have never burned down, is quite the accomplishment.

Here are the postcard recreations:


First M. E. Church Boone, Iowa - Original
First M. E. Church – Boone, Iowa – Original

First M. E. Church Boone, Iowa - Redux
First M. E. Church – Boone, Iowa – Redux

When I first saw this postcard, I thought it was so strangely designed. I didn’t believe it was a postcard, but a scan in a book. However, when I found a website selling it, they showed both sides, and it is a postcard, with an incredibly bizarre design. One thing that has stuck with me during this project is the old-timey postcard designers insistence on putting periods all over the place.


Methodist Church - Boone, IA - 2228 - Original
Methodist Church – Boone, IA – 2228 – Original

Methodist Church - Boone, IA - 2228 - Redux
Methodist Church – Boone, IA – 2228 – Redux

One thing that is maddening about this angle is that the power line is always in the picture from these angles. Something they didn’t have to deal with back then.


M. E. Church, Boone, Ia. - Original
M. E. Church – Boone, Ia – Original

M. E. Church, Boone, Ia. - Redux
M. E. Church – Boone, Ia – Redux

I actually used the Photoshop Sky Replacement Tool on this one. Not a tool I’d use often, but when this one is already so Photoshop heavy with the use of the Watercolor Filter, what does a little more “lying” matter?

Finally, my modern interpretation of what a modern postcard of the Boone First United Church would look like:


Boone First United Methodist Church - Modern Interpretation.
Boone First United Methodist Church – Modern Interpretation

I actually took the drone up to get the church’s angles. Mostly did it to avoid that blasted power line in the composition. I also like that in the background you can see the Presbyterian Church, the Central Christian Church, and a little bit of the Grace Episcopal Church.

Next time we hit up THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT, it will also involve churches. The pre-work has been done, but the Photoshop work on this one will be time consuming. Not sure how much of the style I’m going to try to emulate. Because, frankly, I’m not even sure how to do part of it at this time.

Rodan139: Community Thanksgiving

The March image from the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken at Badger Creek Recreation Area. It was taken in the sunflower field there. It was taken on July 25, 2020. It was taken with a Lensbaby lens.


2021 Calendar - March

Here are some details on the picture:

DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 35mm
ISO: 50
APERTURE: f/2.8 (probably, didn’t record)
EXPOSURE: 1/320
LATITUDE; 41.47915
LONGITUDE: -93.91051

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Back on Thanksgiving, when I was taking pictures of Boone First United Methodist Church’s Free Community Thanksgiving, I decided to take Rodan139 up in the air to take a few pictures of the line.


Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Rodan 139: Thanksgiving

Hopefully this is the last time I have the opportunity to use the drone for the Thanksgiving meal. Hopefully next year this meal is back inside the church.

WPC – WEEK 275 – COLORFUL

The February image for the Photography 139 2021 Calendar is a macro photo of my favorite flower, the moonflower. It is taken with a flash ring. It was taken on July 28, 2020.


2021 Calendar - February

Here are some details on the picture:

DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro
FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm
APERTURE: f/8
EXPOSURE: 1/60
ISO: 160
LATITUDE: 42.05226
LONGITUDE: -93.87074

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COLORFUL is a theme that really spoke to a ton of people. I had double digit submission before I even went to bed last night. That is 64 straight weeks. Also exciting, is there was a first time contributor in Elizabeth’s son Alexander!

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


WEEK 275 - COLORFUL -  ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - ALEXANDER NORDEEN
Alexander Jackson

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL -  ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 275 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

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 276 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great theme! But what is a ROAD TRIP photo? A ROAD TRIP photo is any photo you take while on a ROAD TRIP. Or if you aren’t leaving your house this week, any picture that could be taken while planning for a ROAD TRIP. What qualifies as a ROAD TRIP? To me, it is any time your car leaves your drive way. I mean, my Mom lives 3 blocks from me and I can crush a whole bag of Funyuns in that drive, which makes that journey a ROAD TRIP to me.

Here is a look back at all the times in the past that ROAD TRIP was a theme:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 51 – ROAD TRIP

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 59 – ROAD TRIP

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 134 – ROAD TRIP

WPC – WEEK 199 – ROAD TRIP

WPC – WEEK 249 – ROAD TRIP


I look forward to seeing your 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 road worthy Monday!

Kanoa at 1!

The January image of the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken in lower Ledges. It was taken on January 4, 2020. It was taken shortly after a recent snow fall. One sad part about the printed version of this picture in the calendar is that the picnic table gets cut off where the pages are bound.


2021 Calendar - January

Here are some of the details of the picture:

DETAILS

CAMERA: SONY ILCA-77M2
LENS: DT 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
FOCAL LENGTH: 20mm (30mm in 35mm)
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/250
ISO: 100
LATITUDE: 41.99793
LONGITUDE: -93.88033

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Back in August at Kanoa’s Birthday Party he also “posed” for some more formal portraits. Here are some of my favorites:


Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1
You’d be surprised to know how much Photoshop was used on this picture to remove Johnathan.

If you want to peruse the rest of the Kanoa pictures, click on the link below:

Kanoa – 1 Year Old

Not getting to see Kanoa very much is just one of the many things that suck about this mismanaged pandemic. But hopefully I’ll get to see him more in 2021.