Category Archives: Fisheye

‘Cause I Thought You’d Like Me More

I’m putting off Formal Portrait Sunday for at least another week. The people that were supposed to be featured today recently broke up, so I’m not sure if I should still post the pictures. I’ve decided just to think on it and we will see what happens next week. Or the week after that.

Instead, I’m going to publish a bunch of pictures from January I never published. Some are from an experiment with a fisheye lens. I’m still not particularly comfortable with my current fisheye lens. I need to really work with it more. Which means, for you, you might start seeing way more fisheye lens pictures. Get pumped.

The rest of the images are pictures that didn’t make the cut for various THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes. Like LOVE and TRIANGLE, for example.


'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

'Cause I Thought You'd Like Me More

I can’t believe that it is almost Christmas. I’ve done pretty much no decorating. Carla and I did the reading and lit the 4th Advent Candle in church today and it still doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. Maybe I’ll get there.

WPC – WEEK 377 – ANIMAL

Did ANIMAL inspire a lot of people to get out there and photograph their favorite furry or feathered creatures? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 28, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Sarah Karber – 2 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 4 weeks
7-Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 10 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 18 weeks
12-Sarah Toot – 19 weeks
13-Monica Jennings – 20 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 23 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 27 weeks
16-Kim Barker – 33 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 35 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 36 weeks
19-Teresa Kahler – 45 weeks (2)
20-Carla Stensland – 45 weeks (3)
21-Michelle Haupt – 46 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 47 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 48 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 49 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 53 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 54 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 56 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 58 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 377 - ANIMAL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHAWN LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 11 weeks (Assisted by Shawn Lockner)

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 15 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 19 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 20 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 21 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 24 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 28 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMALS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 34 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 36 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 37 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 46 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 47 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 48 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 49 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 50 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 54 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 55 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 57 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 59 weeks

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 480 weeks


29 participants! That is a great week!

Had submissions from (assumptions on my part mostly) Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and St. Thomas of the Virgin Islands.

My picture was taken about 15 steps from my back door, but with this week’s theme I will have to travel farther than that.

There were no big milestones and only two streaks came to an end. Sarah Karber’s 2 week streak came to a halt. Surprising when she is a big dog lover. Becky Parmelee (another big dog lover) had her streak halt at 6 weeks. There could have been more dogs!

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 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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

But what is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY? Besides consistently the least popular theme… every single year. This is the most important thing to note: it is NOT a picture of a street. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is photography that is done in a public place. The most popular version would be candid portraits, but it doesn’t have to be a portrait. It can be anything found in public. Like a piece of public art. Anything you find in public that interests you.

And if you think you need some extra inspiration, look into the works of Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Besson, Saul Leiter, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand. Some of the greatest street photographers of all-time.

Vivian Maier’s history is particularly interesting, and worth a Google search.

While thinking about possible subject, meditate on the following quote:

Street photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.
-Thomas Leuthard

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 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY in this place that learned many a lesson on the streets next Monday.

Pufferbilly Day 2022 – Photo Contest

This is the final collection of images from Pufferbilly Days. This collection is the behind the scenes pictures from the Photo Contest. Which for the most part went well, but there are already ideas being explored to streamline some of the process. By streamline the process, I mean find ways for me to do less work.


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

There is going to be a new person running Pufferbilly Days in 2023. Laura moved on to a job at the best university in all the land, so it is hard to blame her. I don’t know how that will effect that Photo Contest, but I don’t think it will much. Those might be famous last words.

I imagine many of the same people will help me again next year. But I bet there will be some new people as well. I have my eye on some of you.

I’ve kind of gotten used to using Fridays to mostly share pictures from fairs or festivals. I think next Friday I will share some pictures from a Renaissance Festival I attended back in May.

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


WEEK 371 - LINES
LINES

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

But what is LINES photo? Lines are a very powerful compositional element. The eye will naturally follow lines through the image. This is why they use of leading LINES is a very popular tool. That would be placing your subject at the end of a line in the picture. But you don’t have to just use leading LINES. Just any picture of a LINE(S) would work. Whether they lead somewhere or nowhere. Of course there are all sorts of different types of LINES. There are LINES to the bathroom (or so I’m told, I’m a man, I’ve never experienced such a thing) or LINES at a cash register. Traffic LINES. Some of us that are a little more aged even have LINES on our face. In some ways, it is practically impossible to take an in-focus picture that doesn’t include LINES.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 358 – WILD

A reminder that this Friday is the deadline for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Entries are to be submitted to the Chamber office by 5 PM.


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

I hope there are plenty of submissions this year! Or at the least, more than there were last year.

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Was WILD a WILDly popular theme? I guess you will have to scroll down to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
+ Mike Vest – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 4 weeks
+ Mary Green – 4 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 6 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 9 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 11 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 15 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 16 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 18 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 26 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 28 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 29 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 34 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 40 weeks (3)

You might look at this list and be thinking, “Wait a second. Didn’t Carla’s streak get snapped last week?” You are experiencing the Mandela Effect.

What is the Mandela Effect?

The Mandela Effect refers to a situation in which a large mass of people believes that an event occurred when it did not.

Here is the most famous example:

The famous children’s book series the “Berenstain Bears” is not immune to the Mandela effect. Many people report remembering the name being the Berenstein Bears (spelled with an “e” instead of an “a”).

So that is what is going on here. Just the Mandel Effect.

You also might be coming down with a touch of gaslighting here too…

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 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 5 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 7 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 41 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 10 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 29 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 357 - WILD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 357 - WILD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 35 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 357 - WILD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 17 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 358 - WILD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 19 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 358 - WILD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 16 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 3 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 358 - WILD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 30 weeks

26 participants! A great week!

Included in that list is the first time ever submissions from Sarah Toot. In fact, it was a big week for Sara(h)s! There were 3 Sara(h) participants. Smashing the previous record held by Michaels. Congratulations to Sara(h)s everywhere!

In another abnormality, it was the second straight week where there was a submission of a Pepsi product. Proving once again that Pepsi is better than Coke (although you shouldn’t drink either cause they are both poison, he said before taking a swig from his 20 oz bottle of Pepsi). The Cola Wars are over. All hail Pepsi!

A big milestone was reached by Dawn. Her streak reached 10 weeks. Another member of the double digit club!

But it wasn’t all good times with the choice of a new generation. 4 streaks were tragically snapped. Jesse couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. Michael Vest couldn’t join Michael Augustin on the big board. His streak snapped at two. Jen’s streak withered on the vine at 4 weeks. And worst of all, Linda’s streak crumbled at 11 weeks. If there were family streak’s they would be at 12, but there are not family streaks.

I have no doubt all four will get back on the photography horse and have great things for us again in the future.

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 27 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 29 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 30 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 35 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 41 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 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is an ODD CAMERA ANGLE photo? It is pretty simple. 99.9% of the pictures in the world are taken from the eye level of the photographer. This theme asks you to move the camera. It can be from an extremely low camera angle. Or it can be from an extremely high camera angle. Move your body and your camera to a perspective of your subject that isn’t normally seen.

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

Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find the truth about who you are.
-Ann Lamott

I look forward to seeing the interpretations.

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 ODD CAMERA ANGLE in this place that is my crooked look at the world next Monday.

Dog Day

It has been too long since I’ve had a Naima post. I think there was a period during early pandemic where I was taking way too many Naima pictures. I was becoming THAT person. But then again, you can never really take too many pictures of Naima.

Here is a collection of pictures that I took that were alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme ANIMAL and other were alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme FOOD:


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WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

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WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

WPC - Food Alternate

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This collection of Naima photos almost completes the non portrait images from 2020. I still have a couple of flower posts in the future. Plus, I’m still on the fence about sharing my Christmas Star pictures, but those will probably be share soon as well. Then it is all 202!.

Alexis Prego Uno

A couple months back I met Alexis at McFarland Park to take some pictures of her shortly before she gave birth to Anela. While 2020 was a cesspool of terrible, I did add two great-nieces to my family. In Anela and Dahlia. Here is the first collection of Alexis pregnancy pictures:


Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

Alexis Pregnant with Anela

As always, with my luck with portraits, the lighting was brutal, but yet I feel still like we did some good work. There is more of pregnant Alexis on the way. Kupono and Kanoa will even show up eventually.

Dubuque Monument

I’m not the type of person that makes New Year’s Resolutions. So I don’t have any for you. Originally I was going to include a bunch of year in review stuff here. However, we are closing in on Post #4000 pretty soon, so I don’t see a need to do that now and then do it again in a few more weeks. So I’ll just say, Happy New Years! If you are the sort that celebrated.

Back on Labor Day, I took a road trip to Mines of Spain with my Mom and Teresa. I’ve already published all the pictures from Horseshoe Bluff. Now I want to post the pictures from the Julien Dubuque Monument.


Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Monument

Mines of Spain is definitely one of the prettiest parks I’ve ever visited.

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


WEEK 277 - TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION

A TRANSPORTATION image is any picture where the subject is something that is used in transporting something or somebody somewhere.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 271 – NIGHT

Over the weekend I finalized the list for the next 52 themes. I will release the new list sometime in early December with a small explanation of how I arrived at the new list. Thanks again to Andy for being the only person to suggest theme ideas. A few of them were incorporated into the new set of themes. Until that day, continue to enjoy the Hall of Fame Theme List.

This was a theme I was worried about breaking the double digit streak, but I had double digit submissions before I even woke up on Monday morning! 60 straight weeks!! WooHoo!

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


WEEK 271 - NIGHT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 271 - NIGHT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

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 272 - RUINS
RUINS

RUINS! What a great theme! But what is a RUINS picture? A RUINS picture is simply a picture of something that is falling apart. Something that has been abandoned. Something that has seen better days.

Here is a look back at all the times in the past RUINS has been a WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 30 – RUINS

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 103 – RUINS

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 121 – RUINS

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 177 – RUINS

WPC – WEEK 211 – RUINS

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 ruined Monday!

WPC – WEEK 268 – FRAMED

A reminder to start of this post. This is the last day to suggest a theme for the next 52 weeks of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There is only one way to suggest a theme for the next 52 weeks in THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Don’t email me a suggestion. Don’t text me a suggestion. Don’t call me with a suggestion. Leave your suggestion(s) in the Comments section of this here journal entry.

All suggestions will be considered, but might not necessarily make the cut. For example, if you suggested CATS, that would be dismissed out of hand. Save your key strokes.

The last time we didn’t hit double digit submissions was September 23, 2019. The theme was STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. If I don’t get a couple of suggestions, I might just make every week STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Not just out of spite, but also because I do legitimately love STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Even though, a pandemic that is completely out of control in Iowa, is not a good time for STREET PHOTOGRAPHY.

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57 straight weeks of double digit submissions!! WooHoo! I was worried about FRAMED, but I didn’t even have to send any reminder messages to people.

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


WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Kim Barker

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 268 - FRAMED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 269 -TREE
TREE

TREE! What a great theme! But what is a TREE image? It is any image of a TREE or anything that deals with trees, like a leaf, or mulch, or a stump, or lumber or, you get the idea.

Here is a look back at all the times that TREE has been a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 27 – TREE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 84 – TREE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 151 – TREE

WPC – WEEK 196 – TREE

WPC – WEEK 242 – TREE

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.

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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 woody Monday!

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.