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Selfie Project – March 2022

Tomorrow is the Final Four. Thought it would be a good time to check-in on the Roundball Oracles.

With 3 games left to go in the NCAA tournament this is the Top 3:

1. Becky Parmelee – 231 Points
2. Carla Stensland – 229 Points
3. Angie DeWaard – 224 points

This is the Bottom 3:

34. Joey Randazzo – 143 points
35. Olivia Baier – 141 points
36. Toby Sebring – 140 points

At this point, there are 4 people left that have a chance of taking home the Championship Trophy. 2 people still have a shot at The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for The Sara:

If Villanova beats Kansas then Toby “wins” The Sara.
If Kansas beats Villanova then Joey “wins” The Sara.

Note as Olivia Baier is a child, she is not eligible for The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for the Championship:

If Duke wins the National Championship then Sarah Karber wins the trophy.
If Kansas wins the National Championship then Ben Baier wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats Duke for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Villanova for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Kansas for the National Championship then Ben wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats North Carolina for the National Championship then Derrick Gorshe wins the trophy.

It is possible, that there is an error in my math, but I’m fairly certain this is correct.

Root accordingly.

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I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I think I actually did some stuff in March. I didn’t go to Pennsylvania and Illinois (briefly) and North Carolina (briefly), but I did stand in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota all at the same time. I ate the reigning Best Tenderloin in Iowa. I went to two Iowa State NCAA Tournament games. I stood on the highest point in Iowa and the second highest. I hosted Alligator Movie Night. I had some good times with friends and some poignant times with family. March wasn’t too bad. Raised the bar a bit for April.

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from March:


Day 60 - March 1, 2022
March 1

Day 62 - March 3, 2022
March 3

Day 63 - March 4, 2022
March 4

Day 64 - March 5, 2022
March 5

Day 66 - March 7, 2022
March 7

Day 67 - March 8, 2022
March 8

Day 68 - March 9, 2022
March 9

Day 70 - March 11, 2022
March 11

Day 71 - March 12, 2022
March 12

Day 72 - March 13, 2022
March 13

Day 74 - March 15, 2022
March 15

Day 75 - March 16, 2022
March 16

Day 76 - March 17, 2022
March 17

Day 77 - March 18, 2022
March 18

Day 78 - March 19, 2022
March 19

Day 79 - March 20, 2022
March 20

Day 80 - March 21, 2022
March 21

Day 82 - March 23, 2022
March 23

Day 84 - March 25, 2022
March 25

Day 85 - March 26, 2022
March 26

Day 88 - March 29, 2022
March 29

Day 89 - March 30, 2022
March 30

Day 90 - March 31, 2022
March 31

Oh yeah! I also bought a new camera in March! I hope to continue to do good work in April!

Of course, there can only be one selfie for each day. Here are my favorite alternates I took for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

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Jesse is a sleeper!

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


WEEK 342 - FRAMED
FRAMED

But what exactly is a FRAMED picture? It is simply a picture where the subject is FRAMED in by something else. In the theme reveal, the edge of the garbage can makes a frame for the subject of the refuse. A doorway makes a good frame. So does a hall way. A window Any thing that creates negative space makes a great frame for your subject. Or you could even do something as easy as taking a picture of something that is in a literal picture frame.

Happy photo harvesting!

Kossuth and Winnebago County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

Today is a big day for Iowa State athletics. Iowa State is one of only two schools that have both their Men’s and Women’s basketball team still alive in the NCAA tournament. For the Men, this is pretty shocking since they only won two games last year. This was the expectation for the Women.

However, for the third time in as many games, in their infinite wisdom, the NCAA has scheduled the Men’s and Women’s games to overlap. (Yes, I actually know that the television networks schedule the game times, but still!) This has lead several people to ask me how I’m going to watch both games. The astute people know that I refuse to DVR games, so that isn’t a possibility.

The answer is simple. I’m going to watch Season 2 of BRIDGERTON on Netflix and then read about the games in the morning paper on Saturday.

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Several months back I cruised around Kossuth ad Winnebago County harvesting their town signs. This is the second collection of auxiliary images from that road trip. All these images were taken in Kossuth County.


Kossuth County - Algona
Algona

Kossuth County - Algona

Kossuth County - Algona

Kossuth County - Algona

Kossuth County - Algona

Kossuth County - Algona

Kossuth County - Wesley
Wesley

Kossuth County - Titonka
Titonka

Kossuth County - Titonka

Kossuth County - Titonka

Kossuth County - Titonka

Kossuth County - Titonka

Kossuth County

Kossuth County

Kossuth County

Kossuth County - Lone Rock
Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

Kossuth County - Lone Rock

There is still one more collection of images from this trip to share.

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


WEEK 341 - SHADOW
SHADOW

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

But what exactly is a SHADOW picture? A SHADOW picture is simply a picture where one of the major compositional elements of the image is a SHADOW. The SHADOW can be on the ground. It can be on a wall. It can be across somebody’s face. A silhouette picture is a SHADOW picture, for example. And of course, there are other types of less literal SHADOWs out there too.

Happy photo harvesting!

Fat Mum Slim – February 2022

Back on Monday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. I once again should thank Elizabeth as she assisted on a few of the photos this month.

Here are the pictures from February:


February 1
February 1 – A is For…

February 2
February 2 – B is For…

February 3
February 3 – C is For…

February 4
February 4 – D is For…

February 5
February 5 – E is For…

February 6
February 6 – F is For…

February 7
February 7 – G is For…

February 8
February 8 – H is For…

February 9
February 9 – I is For…

February 10
February 10 – J is For…

February 11
February 11 – K is For…

February 12
February 12 – L is For…

February 13
February 13 – M is For…

February 14
February 14 – N is For…

February 15
February 15 – O is For…

February 16
February 16 – P is For…

February 17
February 17 – Q is For…

February 18
February 18 – R is For…

February 19
February 19 – S is For…

February 20
February 20 – T is For…

February 21
February 21 – U is For…

February 22
February 22 – V is For…

February 23
February 23 – W is For…

February 24
February 24 – X is For…

February 25
February 25 – Y is For…

February 26
February 26 – Z is For…

February 27
February 27 – Letters

February 28
February 28 – Your Fave Word

This month I did manage to take pictures in 3 different states. Iowa, of course. Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I was also in Illinois for a bit, but didn’t take any pictures there. At least not for the Photo A Day Challenge.

These are the Photo A Day Challenge Prompts for March

March 1 – Weather
March 2 – Something in Your Kitchen
March 3 – Skyline
March 4 – Makes You Feel Nostalgic
March 5 – Books
March 6 – A Corner
March 7 – A Bus Stop
March 8 – Sunset
March 9 – From Inside the Car
March 10 – A Meal You Made
March 11 – Somewhere with a Good View
March 12 – An Insect
March 13 – A Close-up
March 14 – Something You’ve Never Photographed
March 15 – A Playground
March 16 – A Local Cafe
March 17 – Something You Think is Boring
March 18 – Flowers
March 19 – A Grocery Store
March 20 – Something Weird
March 21 – A Colorful Place
March 22 – A Garden
March 23 – A Leaf
March 24 – A Sunbeam
March 25 – Graffiti
March 26 – An Empty Road
March 27 – A Tree
March 28 – A Shop Window
March 29 – Old Building
March 30 – A Stranger
March 31 – Under a Tree

Of course, you can follow the daily posting on The Gram by following @fmsbennett.

WPC – WEEK 337 – HARMONY

For a somewhat abstract concept, quite a few people have found HARMONY in their lives somewhere. In fact, it was a record breaking week!

As of 10:59 AM on Monday, February 28, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Linda Bennett – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Logan Kahler – 1 week
+ Dawn Krause – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Joe Duff – 5 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 5 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 6 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 7 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 7 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 8 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 8 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 9 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 13 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 14 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 16 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 16 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 19 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 337 - HARMONY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 6 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 20 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 2 weeks

WEEK 3337 - HARMONY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 7 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous – 1 week

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 6 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 17 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 10 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 8 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 9 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE
Logan Kahler – 2 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE
Logan Kahler

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE
Logan Kahler

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 6 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - DAWNK KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 2 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - JEESE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - JEESE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 14 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 15 weeks

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 337 - HARMONY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

33 submissions from 22 participants. I do believe both of those are records! WooHoo!

Only 3 streaks were snapped. But they were significant steaks. Kim’s 16 week streak went kaput. So did Becky’s 8 week streak and Monica’s 7 week streaks.

But it wasn’t all bad new on the streak front. Bill extended his streak into double digits! Congratulations to him!

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 20 weeks
2. Shannon – 17 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 15 weeks
4. Cathie – 14 weeks
5. Bill – 10 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 338 - HOBBIES
HOBBIES

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

But what is a HOBBIES image? A HOBBY image is simply a picture of anything related to a HOBBY. There are all sorts of HOBBIES out there. People collect things. People make things. People sew. They make art. They make music. They play games. You picture doesn’t have to be of your HOBBIES. But can be of somebody else’s HOBBIES. It can be of something they have finished. Or it can be of the tools used in their HOBBIES. Or it can be a picture of somebody in mid-HOBBIES. There are just so many possibilities!

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

I don’t have hobbies; hobbies cost money. Interests are quite free.
-George Carlin

I look forward to seeing your 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 our idea of HOBBIES in this place that is little more than where my various interests merge next Monday.

2011-04-12 & 2011-04-16

The pictures in the folders 2011-04-12 & 2011-04-16 are of two varieties. One set will no doubt be very confusing to you. 98% (probably higher) will think that those picture are rubbish. They are more pinhole camera pictures. It has been months since I published pinhole camera pictures. What sets these apart is that they are taken with filters.

The second set of pictures are more straight forward. Simply pictures of Iowa State’s 2011 Spring Game.


The Better

The Better

The Better

The Better

The Better

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

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:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #68
IOWA STATE SPRING GAME

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

WPC – WEEK 328 – HOLIDAYS

The August image of the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a drone shot of the High Trestle Trail Bridge:


2022 Calendar - August

Tomorrow I will share the September image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

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HOLIDAYS proved to be fairly popular theme.

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


WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEL 328 - HOLIDAYS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Jesse Howard

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

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 329 - EDUCATION
EDUCATION

EDUCATION! What a great theme to end Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on!

But what is an EDUCATION image? An EDUCATION photo is a picture of anything that relates to EDUCATION. Kids in school. A picture of school. Degrees. Diplomas. Books. Libraries. But not all EDUCATION happens in a school. I would actually argue that next to no EDUCATION happens in schools, but that is another subject for another time. However, my point is don’t discount other forms of EDUCATION. For example, back in my prime, I used to take fools to school on the basketball court all the time.

As you consider your possible subjects for EDUCATION, mediate on this scene from one of my all-time favorite movies GOOD WILL HUNTING:

CHUCKIE
Yeah, cause I think I had a class
with you.

At this point, several interested parties materialize. Morgan
Billy and Will try, as inconspicuously as possible, to situate
themselves within listening distance. A rather large student
in a HARVARD LACROSSE sweatshirt, CLARK (22) notices Chuckie.
He [Clark] walks over to Skylar and Lydia, nobly hovering
over them as protector. This gets Will, Morgan, and Billy’s
attention.

SKYLAR
What class?

CHUCKIE
Ah, history I think.

SKYLAR
Oh…

CHUCKIE
Yah, it’s not a bad school…

At this point, Clark can’t resist and steps in.

CLARK
What class did you say that was?

CHUCKIE
History.

CLARK
How’d you like that course?

CHUCKIE
Good, it was all right.

CLARK
History? Just “history?” It must
have been a survey course then.

Chuckie nods. Clark notices Chuckie’s clothes. Will and Billy
exchange a look and move subtly closer.

CLARK
Pretty broad. “History of the World?”

CHUCKIE
Hey, come on pal we’re in classes
all day. That’s one thing about
Harvard never seizes to amaze me,
everybody’s talkin’ about school all
the time.

CLARK
Hey, I’m the last guy to want to
talk about school at the bar. But as
long as you’re here I want to “seize”
the opportunity to ask you a question.

Billy shifts his beer into his left hand. Will and Morgan
see this. Morgan rolls his eyes as if to say “not again…”

CLARK
Oh, I’m sure you covered it in your
history class.

Clark looks to see if the girls are impressed. They are not.

When Clark looks back to Chuckie, Skylar turns to Lydia and
rolls her [own] eyes. They laugh. Will sees this and smiles.

CHUCKIE
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t there
much. The class was rather elementary.

CLARK
Elementary? Oh, I don’t doubt that
it was. I remember the class, it was
just between recess and lunch.

Will and Billy come forward, stand behind Chuckie.

CHUCKIE
All right, are we gonna have a
problem?

CLARK
There’s no problem. I was just hoping
you could give me some insight into
the evolution of the market economy
in the early colonies. My contention
is that prior to the Revolutionary
War the economic modalities especially
of the southern colonies could most
aptly be characterized as agrarian
precapitalist and…

Will, who at this point has migrated to Chuckie’s side and
is completely fed-up, includes himself in the conversation.

WILL
Of course that’s your contention.
You’re a first year grad student.
You just finished some Marxian
historian, Pete Garrison prob’ly,
and so naturally that’s what you
believe until next month when you
get to James Lemon and get convinced
that Virginia and Pennsylvania were
strongly entrepreneurial and
capitalist back in 1740. That’ll
last until sometime in your second
year, then you’ll be in here
regurgitating Gordon Wood about the
Pre-revolutionary utopia and the
capital-forming effects of military
mobilization.

CLARK
(taken aback)
Well, as a matter of fact, I won’t,
because Wood drastically
underestimates the impact of–

WILL
“Wood drastically underestimates the
impact of social distinctions
predicated upon wealth, especially
inherited wealth…” You got that
from “Work in Essex County,” Page
421, right? Do you have any thoughts
of your own on the subject or were
you just gonna plagiarize the whole
book for me?

Clark is stunned.

WILL
Look, don’t try to pass yourself off
as some kind of an intellect at the
expense of my friend just to impress
these girls.

Clark is lost now, searching for a graceful exit, any exit.

WILL
The sad thing is, in about 50 years
you might start doin’ some thinkin’
on your own and by then you’ll realize
there are only two certainties in
life.

CLARK
Yeah? What’re those?

WILL
One, don’t do that. Two — you
dropped a hundred and fifty grand on
an education you coulda’ picked up
for a dollar fifty in late charges
at the Public Library.

Will catches Skylar’s eye.

CLARK
But I will have a degree, and you’ll
be serving my kids fries at a drive
through on our way to a skiing trip.

WILL
(smiles)
Maybe. But at least I won’t be unoriginal.
(beat)
And if you got a problem with that,
I guess we can step outside and deal
with it that way.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation next week.

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Next Monday will mark the beginning of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Here are the 52 themes for next year:

1. Black + White
2. Rock
3. Triangle
4. #love
5. Junk
6. Believe
7. Still Life
8. Harmony
9. Hobbies
10. Government
11. Abstract
12. Shadow
13. Framed
14. Gratitude
15. Orange
16. Letters or Numbers
17. #Instagood
18. Square
19. Slice of Life
20. Hat
21. History
22. Flower
23. Children
24. Service
25. Self-Portrait
26. Entertainment
27. Road Trip
28. Work
29. Wild
30. Odd Camera Angle
31. People
32. Family
33. Animal
34. Weekends
35. Circle
36. Colorful
37. Green
38. Paths
39. Signs
40. Ruins
41. Violet
42. Macro
43. Lines
44. Art
45. Decoration
46. Strong
47. Communication
48. In the Air
49. Street Photography
50. Water
51. Explore
52. Body Part

Now you can start thinking on them, but you can’t start shooting them. Them’s the rules. Speaking of rules…

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 EDUCATION in this place that is little more than result of my misspent learning next Monday.

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

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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.