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Rodan139: Richland

Back in May, while I was cruising around Keokuk County harvesting their town signs, I stopped in Richland to pub Rodan139 in the air. My main goal was take a picture for that week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme. That theme was SQUARE. But I also took a few other pictures.

Have a look:


Rodan 139: Richland
This is actually my block.

Rodan 139: Richland
This is Richland.

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Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

One of my 2023 goals is to get Rodan139 out and about more this year. We’ll see how I do.

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


WEEK 384 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

Happy photo harvesting!

Tried So Hard to Be Everything that You Liked

Today seems like a good day to share the rest of the pictures that I considered for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar, but did not use.


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Last Penny - 2022

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Just because I rejected these images this year, doesn’t mean that one of them couldn’t show up in a future calendar.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES:


WEEK  382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES

But what is a TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOBOMILES picture? Simply put it is a picture that involves a TRAIN or a PLANE or an AUTOMOBILE. All 3 don’t have to be in the picture. One will suffice. The picture can also be of anything that is tangential to TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMBILES. Roads, bridges, train tracks, terminals, stations, are all fair game.

I made this a theme this year because it will be one of the categories in this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. If you submit a photo for this theme, you have a picture you can enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Happy photo harvesting!

Before it Breaks

It is time to reveal the October image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - October
October

The October image was taken with Rodan139. It is Oriole Road shortly before it enters Ledges. This picture was taken for Week 371 of THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The theme was LINES. I placed this picture in October since it was showing some of the fall colors of Ledges. I often put pictures of ruins in October, but not this year.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Hasseblad L1D-20c
DATE: October 21, 2022 – 5:17 PM
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/4
EXPOSURE: 1/120
ISO: 100
SEA LEVEL: 332m

Tomorrow I will reveal the November image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

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Around here, it’s the hardest time of year
Waking up, the days are even gone
The collar of my coat
Lord help me, cannot help the cold
The raindrops sting my eyes
I keep them closed.

But I’m feelin’ no pain
I’m a little lonely and my quietest friend
Have I the moonlight? Have I let you in?
Say it ain’t so, say I’m happy again

Say it’s over, say I’m dreaming,
Say I’m better than you left me
Say you’re sorry, I can take it
Say you’ll wait, say you won’t
Say you love me, say you don’t
I can make my own mistakes
Let it bend before it breaks
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers and this Thursday is nothing different. This Thursday’s flower images were taken on August 16 at the Iowa State Fair:


Before it Breaks

Before it Breaks

Before it Breaks

Before it Breaks

Unceasing Effort - 2022

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Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

2023 is almost here and so many more flower pictures to share in the new year!

I Know that You Loved Before

It is time to reveal the August image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - August
August

This picture is of the only fire watch tower in the state of Iowa. It is located in the Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa. It is only accessible via forest road. So if you plan on going to see it, don’t take a sedan. That isn’t to say the road is really rough. It doesn’t require a 4×4, but you definitely want something with some ground clearance. It is also basically a one lane road, so if you meet somebody coming the other way, you do need to make some room.

You can not climb up the fire watch tower. There is a fence around it. If you stand near it and look straight up, there is no floor.

I took this picture with Rodan139. There is not necessarily a strong reason for it to be with August. Teresa was with me when I took the picture and she was born in August. However, she never got out of the vehicle. She might have thought what we were doing was illegal. Which it wasn’t. I will let you know if what we are doing is illegal or questionably legal.

TECHNICAL DETAILS:

CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D-20c
DATE: June 25, 2022 – f/2.8
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/400
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS: -.7
ALTITUDE: 363m Above Sea Level

Tomorrow I will reveal the September image of the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

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Time to share a second collection of the 90 images I rejected for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


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I still have one more collection of rejected calendar images left to share.

Rodan139: Thanksgiving

I was able to take Rodan139 on a flight during the Boone First United Methodist Church’s Community Thanksgiving. It was weird because as I took Rodan139 up, it kept getting foggier and foggier and foggier. The ceiling for the flight kept getting lower and lower. But after the flight, the fog disappeared pretty quick.

Here are some drone photos of the meal:


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Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

I need to take Rodan139 out more often than I have been. It is one of my goals for 2023. However, setting such a goal in the winter isn’t the easiest to accomplish. Drones are very susceptible to bad weather. Particularly the cold and the wind. But we will see how it goes.

WPC – WEEK 376 – IN THE AIR

It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. Some people refer to this as The Kio Dettman Rule. Even though it isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique? The goal is NOT to take as many picture for the theme as possible. The goal is to take the best picture for the theme you can, during the week.

The three photo suggestion would better be referred to as The Kio Dettman Suggestion or The Kio Dettman Best Practice.

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week. Although we did hit 30 participants last week, so maybe a hard limit of 1 per person is on the horizon.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up again for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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Was IN THE AIR a popular theme? Or did people eat too much Thanksgiving turkey to participate? The answer is blowin’ in the wind, so you will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 21, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jesse Howard – 1 week
2-Sarah Karber – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Tamara Peterson – 3 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 9 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 13 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 14 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 17 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 18 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 19 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 22 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 26 weeks (3)
14-Kim Barker – 32 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 34 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 35 weeks (2)
17-Teresa Kahler – 44 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 44 weeks (3)
19-Michelle Haupt – 45 weeks
20-Micky Augustin – 46 weeks
21-Andy Sharp – 47 weeks
22-Bill Wentworth – 48 weeks
23-Cathie Morton – 52 weeks
24-Elizabeth Nordeen – 53 weeks
25-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 55 weeks
26-Kio Dettman – 57 weeks (2)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 23 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 33 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 47 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 58 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 18 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 2 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 4 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 19 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 35 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 48 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 45 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 27 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 54 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 10 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 53 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 45 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 56 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 20 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 46 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 376 - IN THE AIR - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks


29 participants! That is a great week! Especially considering there was a major holiday smack in the middle!

I received submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Colorado this week. That is a lot of places!

I took my picture in my back yard.

There were once again 3 Sara(h)s participating. Over 10 percent of the participants.

Sara Lockner reached the double digit streak club! WooHoo!

Another great development was that no streaks were snapped this week! WooHoo!

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 377 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

ANIMAL! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an ANIMAL picture? Simply put it is a picture of an ANIMAL. It can be a wild ANIMAL or it can be a pet or it can be a stuffed ANIMAL or it can be a statue of an ANIMAL. It can be a dog or a bird or a squirrel or a fish or a lizard or a dog or a deer or a possum or a dog or a hamster or a rat or a dog or a bear or an alligator or a dog.

While considering possible subjects for your theme, meditate on the following quote:


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened, Michelle.
-Anatole France

I might have added the Michelle part.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of ANIMAL in this place that doesn’t have enough dog pictures next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 374 – STRONG

Thanks to the three people that left ideas for themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I am very grateful for your suggestions. I will consider all of them, except for Andy’s last one, which was ridiculous.

So was STRONG a strong theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Mary Green – 3 weeks (7)
6-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
8-Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 7 weeks
10-Suzie Brannen – 11 weeks
11-Brandon Kahler – 12 weeks
12-Linda Bennett – 15 weeks (2)
13-Sarah Toot – 16 weeks (2)
14-Monica Jennings – 16 weeks (2)
15-Angie DeWaard – 20 weeks (2)
16-Dawn Krause – 24 weeks (2)
17-Kim Barker – 30 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 32 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 33 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 42 weeks (4)
21-Carla Stensland – 42 weeks
22-Michelle Haupt – 43 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 44 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 44 weeks (2)
25-Bill Wentworth – 46 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 50 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 51 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 53 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 55 weeks (2)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 56 Weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 54 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 47 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 16 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 8 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 21 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 31 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp – 1 week

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 52 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 12 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 18 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 17 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 51 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 44 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 33 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 25 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

26 participants! That is a good week! But a big fall from the 30 from the previous week.

There were submissions this week from (assumptions here) Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Puerto Rico. My picture was taken about 5 miles from my front door.

There was the first ever submission from Myriah Sharp. Her picture was the one from Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico to be exact.

Elizabeth reached a huge milestone. She is the third person to join the 1 Year Streak Club. WooHoo! Nice work Elizabeth!

But it wasn’t all good times, with good friends, and strong drinks in tropical locations. There was a streak bloodbath. Evie couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Willy couldn’t either. Vest also, a one week man. Jesse’s streak was snapped at 5 weeks.

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 375 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a COMMUNICATION photo? A COMMUNICATION photo is simply a photo where the subject or a major compositional element shows a form of COMMUNICATION. The theme reveal picture is of a sign that is COMMUNICATIONing that there are rules to using this parking lot. It is for church parking and no overnight parking is allowed. While signs are great at COMMUNICATIONing, there are all sorts of COMMUNICATION. The phone. A letter. A postcard. Talking. Just talking to somebody.

While considering possible subjects for your COMMUNICATION image, meditate on the following quote:

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
-Epicetus

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of STRONG in this place that is filled with my every day strength next Monday.

*This is not to be seen as any kind of endorsement of astrology, which is complete and utter nonsense.

WPC – WEEK 372 – ART

It is Halloween! So happy Halloween everybody. On Halloween, I like to release my Candy Power Rankings. It is a definitive list of the 10 best candy bars on the market.

So without furth adieu…

CANDY BAR POWER RANKINGS
10. Caramel M&M’s
9. Baby Ruth
8. Payday
7. Heath
6. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
5. Twix Caramel
4. Snickers
3. Peanut M&M’s
2. Take 5
1. Whatchamacallit

Please respect my decision. There will be no interviews at this time.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. Some people refer to this as The Kio Dettman Rule. Even though it isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique? The goal is NOT to take as many picture for the theme as possible. The goal is to take the best picture for the theme you can, during the week.

The three photo suggestion would better be referred to as The Kio Dettman Suggestion or The Kio Dettman Best Practice.

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week. Although we did hit 30 participants last week, so maybe a hard limit of 1 per person is on the horizon.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I accept suggestions this Monday and next Monday, BUT only in the comments section of this post and next Monday’s post. Don’t email your suggestions to me. Don’t text them to me. Don’t Snapchat them to me. Don’t send them to me via United States Postal Service. Don’t call me with them. Don’t stop me in the grocery store with them. They can ONLY be submitted in the Comments section.

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REMINDER: This is repetitive since you just read the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ, but this is one of two weeks you can suggest themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The one and only way to do that is to leave your suggestions in the COMMENTS section of this post. Do not email them to me or text them to me. The suggestions have to be left in the COMMENTS section of this post!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 24, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (6)
3-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
4-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 5 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 9 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 10 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 13 weeks (2)
12-Sarah Toot – 14 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 15 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 18 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 22 weeks (2)
16-Kim Barker – 28 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 30 weeks (2)
18-Logan Kahler – 31 weeks (4)
19-Teresa Kahler – 40 weeks (2)
20-Tamara Peterson – 40 weeks
21-Carla Stensland – 40 weeks (3)
22-Michelle Haupt – 41 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 42 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 43 weeks
25-Bill Wentworth – 44 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 48 weeks (2)
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 49 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 51 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 54 weeks (3)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 372 - ART - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 31 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 55 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 372 - ART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 14 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 2 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 372 - ART - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 372 - ART - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 52 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 15 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 372 - ART - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 372 - ART - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 19 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART -BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 45 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 44 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 43 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 50 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART -
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 372 - ART - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 32 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 372 - ART - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 29 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 41 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 41 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 372 - ART - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 372 - ART - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 10 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 23 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 372 - ART - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 49 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 372 - ART - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 11 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 42 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 16 weeks

WEEK 372 - ART - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 372 - ART - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 6 weeks

26 participants! A good week, but a pretty big fall from last week. I guess not everybody has ART in their life and that makes me sad.

There were submissions this week from (mostly assumptions here) Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

I took my picture about 1 mile from my house.

There were a couple big accomplishments this week. Suzie joined the double digit streak club! Shannon reached a year straight of submissions. Only the second person to ever do that! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Jen couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Willy and Vest’s 2 week streaks are gone. But most tragically… Tamara’s 40 week streak is over. By far the longest streak to be snapped. But I won’t be sad that it is over. I choose to be happy that it happened.

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 373 - DECORATION
DECORATION

DECORATION! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a DECORATION photo? A DECORATION image is simply a picture of a DECORATION or a picture where a DECORATION plays a heavy element in the composition. Seeing how today is Halloween, there are a ton of DECORATION(s) out there for you to photograph. Just for an example.

While considering possible subjects for your DECORATION picture, mediate on the following quote:

Like a rhyme with no reason
In an unfinished song
There was no harmony, life meant nothin’ to me until you came along
And you brought out the colors
What a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be, shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love
All over my heart
You decorated my life
-Kenny Rogers

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of DECORATION in this place that is filled with everything that has decorated my life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 371 – LINES

LINES. A quick and easy theme. But did it trigger the creative juices of a ton of people? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Harrison Gorshe – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 9 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 12 weeks (3)
10-Sarah Toot – 13 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 17 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 21 weeks
14-Kim Barker – 27 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 29 weeks (2)
16-Logan Kahler – 30 weeks (4)
17-Teresa Kahler – 39 weeks (2)
18-Tamara Peterson – 39 weeks
19-Carla Stensland – 39 weeks (3)
20-Michelle Haupt – 40 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 41 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 42 weeks
23-Bill Wentworth – 43 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 47 weeks
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 48 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 50 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 53 weeks (4)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 371 - LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 371 - LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 30 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 54 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 371 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 13 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 371 - LINES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 41 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 51 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 44 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 371 - LINES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 42 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 18 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 28 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 49 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 371 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 40 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 43 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 9 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 5 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 31 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 371 - LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 22 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 371 - LINES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 10 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 15 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 371 - LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES -JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES -JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 371 - LINES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 48 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 14 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 371 - LINES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 371 - LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

30 participants! That is a great week. Possibly 30!

Pictures this weeks from Madrid, Spain for the international flavor. Those were Joe’s pictures. From the States, I got pictures submitted that were taken in Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, and California. The California submission will probably be the last from California for a bit. Sabas has moved to Iowa and is becoming an Iowan. A welcome addition to the Cyclone State!

I took my picture about 4 miles from my house.

The big accomplishment this week was Brandon. He joined the double digit streak club!

It wasn’t all good news though. Harrison’s couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. But submitting at all is a pretty big accomplishment from a toddler.

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 372 - ART
ART

ART! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an ART image? It is simply a picture of something that is a piece of ART. I would urge you to not just take a standard straight on picture of a piece of ART. Try to see it from a different angle than it might be normally viewed. While your subject might be ART, your interpretation of your subject should be ARTistic. Now a truly arrogant photographer could just claim that every picture they take is ART.

While considering possible subjects for your submission, meditate on the following quote:

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
-Aristotle

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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 your idea of ART in this place where I record the art of my life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 347 – SQUARE

WARNING: THE THEME FOR NEXT WEEK IS THE OTHER WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE THAT DOES HAVE A SECOND RULE. READ THE DIRECTIONS CLOSELY.

Square has proven to be a pretty popular theme.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 2, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 4 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 5 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 7 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 7 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 15 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 17 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 18 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 19 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 23 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 24 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 26 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 29 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 30 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 20 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 19 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 27 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 25 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 18 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - CATHIE RALEY - SQUARE
Cathie Raley – 24 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

I’m not going to get into who had streaks broke and how many participants there were, because Mediacom sucks. Just absolutely sucks. You are lucky you are even seeing this post, that is how bad Mediacom sucks.

There were 31 submissions. That is all you get.

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 348 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a SLICE OF LIFE photo? It might not be what you think. Hence this week’s special rule. SLICE OF LIFE is a reference to the photo postcard company that my Dad created. That is why (and here is the special rule) this week, the theme is NOT up for interpretation. This week’s theme is to take a picture that you could see used as a postcard. That is the only interpretation available to you.

Some of you might not live in a tourist hotbed like Boone, Iowa (no seriously, Boone has lots of tourist attractions from Pufferbilly Days to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace to Ledge State Park to the Boone Speedway to name a few) but there is certainly something in your town that you could see put on a postcard. For those of you that are under the age of 40 you may have to ask an elder what a postcard is, but I’m sure they will be happy to tell you all about it. And also other amazing things that happened in the 80s or 70s or before.

To give you another few examples of postcards. Here are a few postcards that my Dad made that I hastily scanned this morning:


Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

When you look at these postcards, remember that these were made in a darkroom. With film! Quite a bit harder than dragging and dumping layers in Photoshop.

So remember, it has to be the kind of image you would see on a postcard. Not a picture of your pet or your kid and then saying, this is a “slice of my life”. That doesn’t qualify this week.

Do I expect this to possibly be a streak killer for many people? Maybe, but maybe SQUARE already was a major streak killer, who knows?

BONUS: If you want to go the extra mile, this isn’t a requirement, you can take your image in black & white as my Dad’s postcards were black & white.

While considering your SLICE OF LIFE subjects, meditate on the following quote:

The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.
-Mary E. Pearson

I look forward to seeing the digital postcards you send me.

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 your idea of SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is nothing more than my postcard to the world next Monday.