Category Archives: Iowa State

Selfie Project – October

On Sunday I completed another successful month of THE SELFIE PROJECT. One thing that always happens when I look back at a month’s worth of pictures I’m always surprised at some of the things that all happened in the same month. That? That happened this month? I thought that was like 2 months ago.

Here are my favorites from October:


Day 274 - October 1, 2021
October 1

Day 275 - October 2, 2021
October 2

Day 276 - October 3, 2021
October 3

Day 277 - October 4, 2021
October 4

Day 278 - October 5, 2021
October 5

Day 280 - October 7, 2021
October 7

Day 281 - October 8, 2021
October 8

Day 282 - October 9, 2021
October 9

Day 285 - October 12, 2021
October 12

Day 287 - October 14, 2021
October 14

Day 289 - October 16, 2021
October 16

Day 290 - October 17, 2021
October 17

Day 291 - October 18, 2021
October 18

Day 293 - October 20, 2021
October 20

Day 295 - October 22, 2021
October 22

Day 296 - October 23, 2021
October 23

Day 297 - October 24, 2021
October 24

Day 298 - October 25, 2021
October 25

Day 301 - October 28, 2021
October 28

Day 303 - October 30, 2021
October 30

Day 304 - October 31, 2021
October 31

There can be only one Selfie per day, but here are some of favorite alternate selfies from October:


Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Hopefully November is a good month too.

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

On Tuesday night Layla wanted to go to a 4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt on the Iowa State Campus, but both her parents were indisposed. They asked me to take her and since 4-H photography runs through the blood of this family (both my sisters were accomplished 4-H photographers) I agreed to the excursion.

Before the hunt, there was a presentation where a Story County 4-H Photography Judge gave pointers on taking pictures for the photo contest. She mostly hammered down on the “rule of thirds” and “giving space for objects in motion to move”. Good rudimentary rules for beginning photographers.

Here are the 10 items Layla was to photograph:

+ “Images” on the ground from the sun.
+ You can see me in the water, but I never get wet.
+ A type of insect with antennae on its head. It might be found in a hill and can be red.
+ Out in nature I can be seen, I fall, but not from an evergreen.
+ Any item you can see moved by wind or force.
+ I am pretty and smell sweet, you will find me if you look down near your feet.
+ Here, books are organized by numbers and from A-Z.
+ Orange, blue, yell, green, red, indigo. What is the color this is missing from the rainbow.
+ Full of water, but not a lake. On top sits a 40 foot tank.
+ I’ve told you what to find until now, here’s your chance to make me say “WOW!”. Find an object and show your own unique perspective.

Here are pictures I took of Layla taking her pictures.


4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

After they completed the hunt, the group posted it up in the new Student Innovation Center (which is a sweet, sweet building) and everybody showed their favorite picture from the hunt. Then the judge and her son gave the pointers and lot more talks of Rules of Thirds. But don’t be surprised if at the Story County Fair next year (I honestly have no clue where or when that is) there are lots of pictures of the Marston Water Tower.

I do think that the Photo Scavenger Hunt is a good idea for getting the youth to take pictures they can enter in a photo contest. You may not know this, but the original idea for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (born the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT) was to generate pictures that could be used for photo contests. The idea, Vest said was that at the end of the year you would have 52 pictures you could consider for photo contests. While I’m not sure how many (or if any) pictures I have taken have ever been entered in a photo contest, but the idea still stands.

I wonder if I could somehow steal the Photo Scavenger Hunt idea to try to generate youth entries for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. This would be an easier idea to pull off if Boone still had a Camera Club. Hmmmm…

WPC – WEEK 315 – DREAM JOB

DREAM JOB wasn’t an extremely popular theme. I guess people just have forgotten how to dream.

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


WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB -
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 315 - DREAM JOB - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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 316 - FLOWER
FLOWER

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

You might think it is kind of late in the year for FLOWER, but in my yard I still have moonflowers, asters, marigolds, and zinnias still blooming. And that is just off the top of my head. But the FLOWER you photograph doesn’t have to be living. It doesn’t even have to be real. It can be fake or it can be painting or a sculpture. It can be a seed packet. There are so many options for the creative thinker!

Think on the flower quote when considering your FLOWER image:

In joy and sadness, flowers are our constant friends.
-Unknown

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of DREAM JOB in this place that more than a few people think already has too many flowers next Monday.

12December2010

I didn’t take many pictures in the month of December in 2010, so I decided to just do the entire month and combine all the folders into one mega sized post. There are pictures in here from a family portrait fundraiser (that was not a huge success) for the youth group. There are a few pictures taken on Christmas Eve around the church. Then a bunch of pictures taken for different THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, back then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


Snowy Tree

Squirrel

WEEK 47 - DISCOVER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 48 - ACTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 49 - LOVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 50 - RESTAURANT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

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:

Youth Group Fundraiser

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #47

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #51

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #52

RWPE #47 – DISCOVER

RWPE #48 – ACTIVE

RWPE #49 – LOVE

RWPE #50 – RESTAURANTS

RWPE #51 – PEACE OF MIND

It is hard to say what next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve. It looks like 2011’s organization was really bad. We’ll see what happens. There might just be a ton of 2011 images lost. Hope not, but it is certainly a possibility.

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

On Tuesday when I opened up the Twitters looking for any new Iowa State or Big 12 expansion news, I saw this post from Nick Bassett that made me smile so big:



For those of you that don’t follow sports, College GameDay is a pregame show on ESPN on Saturday mornings for college football. It is a huge deal when they come to your town and they are in Ames for Iowa State’s game this Saturday. It is awesome that they are interviewing Nick.

If you don’t know Nick, you are missing out. He did Speech stuff with Logan in high school and Elainie used to go out to his place for their bonfires. He is a great guy that sits a section from me at the Iowa State games. The Des Moines Register recently ran a story on him. You can read it by clicking on the link below:

Inspired by Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Cyclones fan to return to Jack Trice Stadium after having legs amputated

I will share just a small chunk of the story:

Bassett was given about an hour to mull over the biggest decision of his life: Whether to amputate his legs or keep them and risk further infections. Both of Bassett’s legs had sores caused by poor circulation. If Bassett opted against amputation, he’d have to go through skin grafts and operations. After discussing the options, his doctor left the room and told him he’d be back in an hour.

Bassett didn’t need that long.

Bassett called his parents and told them to come to the hospital. He was going to have his legs amputated. His doctor scheduled an operation to remove them just above the knee for later in the week.

After making the decision, Bassett logged on his Twitter account and announced it, along with a plan for the future to followers.

He wrote that there was “no clear line on recovery but my goal is to be healthy enough to watch” Campbell and the Iowa State football team at Jack Trice Stadium this fall.

He ended it with this: “Two words keep racing through my mind…”I Will.”

Once again, here is the picture I took of Nick at the game on Saturday:


Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

College GameDay is on ESPN from 8 AM to 11 AM, in case you want to watch.

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This Saturday from 8-12 we are going to have the final sale at my Mom’s house. There is still lots of glassware and collectibles for sale. A few tools. Many decorations. Maybe some furniture. Some other stuff will be added this week as well I’m sure. The address is 111 South Benton Street. The sale is in the garage and in the garage only. The garage is on the alley. The alley is a dead end, so don’t come down the alley and try to park. I’ll let you know if any of the details change.

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Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on May 16, 2021.


The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Many more flower pictures to share. Many more!

#7 Iowa State Cyclones 16 Northern Iowa Panthers 10

I did take my camera in for Iowa State’s embarrassing, pathetic performance/victory against UNI yesterday. There is a limit of 6 inches on the length of lenses that you are allowed to bring in, so the lens I brought in was definitely a wide angle lens, sorta. You don’t want to here the technical details on all of that. Therefore the pictures aren’t exactly in the action. But thought I would share them anyways.

Here are some of my favorites from yesterday:


Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021
If you haven’t read the Des Moines Register article on Nick Bassett, you really should.

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Next Saturday Iowa State hosts Iowa. It is the biggest (maybe second biggest) game of the week in all of college football. ESPN is broadcasting College GameDay from Ames. It is only the second that GameDay has come to Ames, so it should be pretty exciting!

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

Iowa State Football – 2021

It is mostly band/cheerleader type pictures. It is hard for me to take pictures of the game when it is close and we are playing poorly. Both of those things happened on Saturday.

2010-11-22

Most of the pictures from the folder 2010-11-22 are from when I took some pictures of the Baiers around Iowa State’s beautiful campus.


WEEK 46 - SPIRITUAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

Baier Family Photo Shoot - 2010

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

RWPE #46 – SPIRITUAL

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a youth group fundraiser.

Last Day of the Fair

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

Here are some pictures from the day:


Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

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

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


WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE
‘SCAPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy photo harvesting!

2010-11-08

The pictures in the folder 2010-11-08 are from the last time that Iowa State and Nebraska played each other in football. Nebraska, tired of being mediocre in the Big 12 and being pushed around by Texas off the field, left for the Big Ten. Their fans thought for sure that they would soon dominate a conference with weaker competition and no long have to be bossed around by Texas. Instead, Nebraska has gone from mediocre to awful and now they are bossed around by Ohio State. While I enjoy watching Nebraska suffer, I do miss playing Nebraska. I also miss playing Missouri and Colorado to a lesser degree. However, I do not miss Texas A&M at all. That school is a cult and the SEC is welcome to keep that freakshow all to themselves.

I don’t know that we’ll get to see Iowa State and Nebraska play football any time soon. The only way that would happen now is in a bowl game. Iowa State is now a top ten football program and Nebraska is struggling to get out of the cellar of the Big Ten West, the weakest division in Power 5 football.

If Nebraska somehow managed to squeak into a bowl game, it would be some garbage bowl that was nobody has heard of. While Iowa State will be playing in one of the most prestigious bowls in all the land.

I think this game might have marked the beginning of the end of the Paul Rhoads era. Iowa State lost 31-30. Iowa State scored a touchdown late in the game that would have tied it. But rather than going for one, Iowa State ran a fake PAT and while the receiver was wide open in the endzone for for the 2 point conversion, Iowa State’s holder threw a terrible pass and Nebraska escaped with a win.

That errant pass would cost Iowa State a bowl game. And Iowa State never had a winning record on Paul Rhoads after his first season.

Although his firing would lead to the hiring of Matt “Bullshit Programs Care About 6-6” Campbell. The rest has been history.

Here are some pictures from the game:


Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

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:

End of an Era

RWPE #44 – HANDS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a flute, at the very least.