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WPC – WEEK 346 – #INSTAGOOD

#INSTAGOOD proved to be a pretty popular theme. Which is good, because there literally isn’t an easier theme on the Year 9 Calendar.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Angie DeWaard – 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 3 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 4 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 4 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 6 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 6 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 14 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 16 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 17 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 18 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 22 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 23 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 25 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 28 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 - #INSTAGOOD - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 4 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 5 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 7 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 7 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 17 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 18 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 19 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 23 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 24 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 26 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 29 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD -
Christopher D. Bennett – 448 weeks


25 submissions from 25 participants! That is a great week. I do believe that the 25 participants is a new record.

Only 1 streak was snapped. Linda’s streak of 5 did not make it to 6.

Shannon extended her streak to 26! That is six straight months of submissions! WooHoo!

Here is the current list of top streaks!

1. Kio – 29 weeks
2. Shannon – 26 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 24 weeks
4. Cathie – 23 weeks
5. Bill – 19 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 18 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 17 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks
9. Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 15 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 347 - SQUARE
SQUARE

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

But what is a SQUARE image? A SQUARE image is any image where one of the major elements of your composition is a SQUARE. Remember, all SQUAREs are rectangles, but not all rectangles are SQUAREs. If you look around, you will see that there is are SQUAREs all over the place. Once you see them, you won’t be able to stop seeing them. The next step is to photograph one. I wouldn’t even hate on you if you took a picture of your dog and used a 1:1 aspect ratio.

There are also other definitions of SQAURE you can ponder.

While thinking on your possible subjects for SQUARE, meditate on the following song lyric:

I used to be a renegade
I used to fool around
But I couldn’t take the punishment
And had to settle down
Now I’m playing it real straight
And yes, I cut my hair
You might think I’m crazy
But I don’t even care
Because I can tell what’s going on
It’s hip to be square

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 your idea of SQUARE in this place that is nothing more than proof that I’m a square next Monday.

2011-04-10, 2011-04-17, and 2011-04-23

The pictures in the folders 2011-04-10, 2011-04-17, and 2011-04-23 are mostly of tulips from a trip I took to Pella back in 2011. But there are also a couple pictures there from Year 2 of the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


WEEK 15 - DRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 15 - FOOD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

I’m pretty sure that over 10 years later those same spices are on my stove.

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:

RWPE Y2 #14 – DRY

RWPE Y2 #15 – FOOD

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 BETA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 GAMMA

Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve a Young Heroes event, at least I’m pretty sure it will.

Closer to You

It is -9 degrees as I sit down to write this entry. I don’t mind the cold too much, but it still makes me long for warm August days and the Iowa State Fair. Standing in the Discovery Garden, photographing flowers.


Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Closer to You

Closer to You

One of my organizational projects of 2021 is to get my flower galleries better organized and get the naming conventions nailed down better. For example, I name any hibiscus picture I take “Unceasing Effort” for the Alan Key quote, “Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.”

It shouldn’t take anywhere near as long as fixing all my past broken blogs has taken and continues to take, but it is a larger project than I want it to be.

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


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE
TRIANGLE

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

But what is a TRIANGLE image? It is simply a picture where the subject includes or is a TRIANGLE. Isosceles, equilateral, scalene, obtuse, acute, or right. Doesn’t matter. When you start to look for them, you will realize that TRIANGLE(s) are every where. Commonly used in construction and logos, for example. Heck, sometimes even love has a TRIANGLE.

Happy photo harvesting!

Cerro Gordo and Worth County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back Jesse and I traveled up north to harvest the town signs of Cerro Gordo and Worth County. This trip included a stop at the Music Man Square in Mason City. Music Man Square is devoted to the history of famous composer. Wilson is most famous for writing the Iowa State pregame song “For I, For S”. Some people recognize the name because he wrote THE MUSIC MAN too. I think there is some little ditty you hear coming out of Iowa City now and again that he also wrote. A song that is based on another one of his hits, “It’s Begging to Look a Lot Like Christmas”. But he is definitely best known for “For I, For S”.

Here is the first collection of pictures from the road trip:


Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell
Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
The starts the T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

If you think I was watching the inferior but still great Matthew Broderick version of THE MUSIC MAN that you can watch for free on YouTube while I was writing this post, well you would be right! One of the greatest musicals ever.

Painted Without Instruction – 2021

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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On the Saturday of Pufferbilly Days, Teresa and I went out to Rinehart’s for breakfast. At that time their sunflower patch was in its final throes. We still drove out there and I took a few pictures of it. Here are some of those pictures:


Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

Painted without Instruction - 2021

I wish I would have cracked out Rodan139, but it being Pufferbilly Days, there were some time constraints. I did crack out the Lensbaby Velvet 85. Any time I get to crack that out in a flower patch is a great day.

Orange City’s Little Cousin

I usually like to make it to Pella about a week before their annual Tulip Festival. It is a perfect combination of nobody is around and most of the flowers are blooming. This year I bungled my calendar and didn’t end up there until a week after the Tulip Festival. It wasn’t exactly the Sahara for Tulips but the majority were gone. However, I found a enough to take a few photos and with some creative composition (that sounds stupid all composition should be creative) it hopefully isn’t too obvious that most of the tulips are gone.


Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

Still Laughing - 2021

My title is slightly facetious and maybe designed to get under the skin of an email subscriber that went to Central. However, I do want to try to hit both Orange City and Pella for tulips next year. Orange City is much farther north so their tulip festival is a few weeks later than Pella’s. After that I will deem which town is the true tulip monarch.

Congregation

This collection of images is cleaning up some random photos from January and February. The highlight and the majority of these images are taken from when Logan brought Dahlia over see Mom and Teresa.


Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

That was a good day!

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


WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

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

But what is a COMMUNICATION image? It is simply any picture that shows a type of COMMUNICATION or people COMMUNICATIONing or things that are used for COMMUNICATION. For example, in the theme reveal there are several things being COMMUNICATIONed. The business is a carwash. The phone number to reach the proprietor is 515-890-1900. Somebody fears the commercialization of Christmas. They also must like fish. Signs are a great form of COMMUNICATION, as just an example.

Happy photo harvesting!

More of that Velvet 85

Here is another small collection of some of the first images I took with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 back in January:


Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Lensbaby Velvet 85

I’m still going to go into some detail about what makes the Lensbaby Velvet 85 such a special unique lens at some point. Just not today.

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


WEEK 295 - FACE
FACE

A FACE image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture where a FACE is a major compositional element. Everybody has access to a FACE. Almost everybody either has a FACE or knows somebody that has a FACE. But not just humans have a FACE. Animals have a FACE. Clocks have a FACE. Even cliffs have a FACE.

Think about the following quote when you are contemplating your FACE image:

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-Victor Hugo

Happy photo harvesting!