Category Archives: Macro

Sorrow and Gladness – 2020

In early August I went on a small road trip with my Mom. The end goal was to see some buffalo at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. However, on the way there, we made a stop at the rose garden in State Center. Early August has the potential to be too late for roses, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good of shape the roses were.

Here are some rose pictures and one clematis picture:


Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Sorrow and Gladness - 2020

Just Exists - 2020

I should probably get the sunflower pictures from Badger Creek Park at some point.

The Goodness of God

Today I’m sharing a collection of flower pictures I took back in late June. Daisies. Hollyhocks. Lilies. Oh my!


Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

There are probably a couple potential calendar images in this collection. Depends on how flower heavy I go with the 2021 calendar. One thing the pandemic did do, was cause me to take so many flower pictures around my yard. So there are plenty to choose from.

2010-04-05

The pictures in the folder 2010-04-05 are from a combination of us introducing Jackson to the greatness of Homerun Derby and then the rest are pictures for a MACRO theme of the first year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


WEEK 13 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Makes me want to get a big red bat and knocks some balls around the yard again!

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:

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

The Virtue of the Bored

RWPE #13 – Macro

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the most beautiful campus in the entire world.

9/11

Today is the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane that was ultimately taken down in Pennsylvania.


9/11 - 2020

2,977 people died on that day. On the anniversary, I usually recount my experience on that day. I won’t do that today. I will merely point out that currently in this country we are losing the equivalent of 9/11 every third day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have experienced the equivalent of over sixty 9/11s.

I wish it still felt like this though:


We Are in This Together

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Here are some flower pictures I took back in June:

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2020

Just Exists - 2020

Just Exists - 2020

Just Exists - 2020

The Dahlias came from a baby shower that was “held” for Logan and Amanda for the baby they were about to have that they named… Dahlia. I don’t have any baby Dahlia pictures to share at this time. I have got to see her once, but I didn’t take any pictures. So you’ll just have to wait for that.

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


WEEK 261 - MACRO
MACRO

A MACRO is a close-up photo. That is all there is to it.

Happy photo harvesting!

Radiation of Happiness

This should be Day 4 of my vacation. I don’t have too much planned for today. I’m hoping that this will be a day of recovery after a fairly full and productive Day 3 of my vacation. But you know… the best laid plans of mice and men.

Today I’m sharing a collection of images that were taken in late July. Most of these pictures were taken with a flash ring. I can almost guarantee you one of these pictures will be featured in the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar. But you know… the best laid plans of mice and photographers.


Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Brown-eyed Susans. Lilies. Moonflowers. In that collection.

WEEK 261 THEME REVEAL – MACRO

First of all, happy Labor Day. I hope you spend sometime to day thinking about how much better your life is because of organized labor movements. For example, you like weekends? Thank you unions! You like fair wages and relative income equality? Well, this has begun slipping away, but thank you unions for these things almost existing at one time. You like not having to send your 6 year old to work in the coal mine? Thank you unions! You like having widespread employer-based health coverage? Well actually, it is an extremely stupid idea to tie people’s health coverage to their job, but it is a vast improvement from before when next to nobody had health insurance. Thank you unions! Finally, do you like the Family and Medical Leave Act? This law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave annually to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, seriously ill family member or for your own illness. Thank you unions!

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If my vacation is going as planned, I’m somewhere on a road or in a park in eastern Iowa right now. Therefore, I will publish this week’s submissions later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Sometime after I get back to the Photography 139 worldwide headquarters.

However, just because I’m out gallivanting around, doesn’t mean you can’t start on this week’s theme. It is:


WEEK 261 - MACRO
MACRO

MACRO! Wait, didn’t we just do MACRO 3 weeks ago? In fact we did. Last week’s theme SKY represented the end of Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. With the end, I’ve decided I want to line up the beginning of Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE with the beginning of the calendar year. The problem, it is 17 weeks until 2021. I know, that seems like forever and a day. But the real question was, what to do in the 17 week interim? Give you guys a 17 week break. Nah fam. I’m gong to have 17 weeks of Hall of Fame of themes.

What does that mean?

Well, I went through the list of every theme we’ve had over the 7 years of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I compiled a list of the themes that we have used the most and created a list of 17 themes that have been used the most. Actually, the list ended up being 22 themes, and then 4 had to sadly be eliminated. I mean, they were sent to the farm to live with grandpa.

5 themes have been used in every set of 52 THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes:

1. SELF-PORTRAIT
2. SIGNS
3. MACRO
4. STILL LIFE
5. WATER

2 themes have been used in 6 out of 7 sets.

6. BLACK & WHITE
7. ANIMAL

15 themes have been used in 5 out of 7 sets.

8. FRAMED
9. REFLECTION
10. SHADOW
11. NIGHT
12. TREE
13. FOOD
14. FLOWER
15. ART
16. ROAD TRIP
17. RELIGION
18. MUSIC
19. COLORFUL
20. FACELESS PORTRAIT
21. RUINS
22. TRANSPORTATION

I randomly eliminated 5 themes from the third set to get to my Hall of Fame list of 17:

1. MACRO
2. WATER
3. STILL LIFE
4. SIGNS
5. SELF-PORTRAIT
6. BLACK AND WHITE
7. ANIMAL
8. FRAMED
9. TREE
10. ART
11. NIGHT
12. RUINS
13. FOOD
14. FACELESS PORTRAIT
15. COLORFUL
16. ROAD TRIP
17. TRANSPORTATION

Now you know the list and order for all the themes for the rest of 2020.

If you want to take a look back at the ghosts of MACRO past, here are the links to the 7 previous times that MACRO was the theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

RWPE #13 MACRO

RWPE Y2 #5 MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 50- MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 66 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 109 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 175 – MACRO

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 257 – MACRO

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was originally called THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. It was first published on January 14, 2010. While I am not its guardian, it was originally more of an idea by Vest. Originally the submissions were published on both of our websites. Well, his submission and my submission were published on both websites. Then whomever else we got to submit were published on their respective websites.

On Monday mornings, a new theme was spit out by a random generator program that Vest wrote. The very first theme was USE OF SPACE. Now I write up the entire list of 52 themes and put it into a list generator website. Whatever it spits back out is the order of the themes.

THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT was for a from a success. I was lucky to get 3 to 4 submissions on a good week. I cancelled THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT after two years. The final theme was SELF-PORTRAIT. It was published on January 2, 2012. There were only two submissions. My submission and Vest’s submission. In fact, you had to go all the way back to November 21, 2011 to find a submission from somebody besides me or Vest. There was one submission by Jesse for the theme SIGNS.

I pulled the plug, and thought is was a fun attempt at getting participation for the website. However it failed miserably. However, every once in awhile, people would tell me that they missed it and wished I would bring it back. I mostly ignored these people, because if they enjoyed it so much, I’m pretty sure that they would have submitted. Finally after about the fifth different person pushed for its return, I reluctantly brought it back. This time, under the new name, THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

On September 21, 2015 THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE burst from its tomb like Lazarus. Resurrected by a groundswell of support. The theme for the first week was NIGHT. There were submissions from Angie, Becky, Micky, Michelle, Dawn, and Vest. It was good start, but I expected it to peter out quickly. Here we are, 5 years later. To my amazement, the strongest this weird little experiment that Vest and I started in 2010 is somehow the strongest it has ever been.

I thank everybody that participates. Either every once in a while or every week. It really is one of my favorite parts of running this website. To everybody that thinks about participating, but just hasn’t pulled the plug. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. The idea of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE isn’t to create a masterpiece. The point is to create!

Oh But Still

You couldn’t have possibly thought that I didn’t have alternate FLOWER photos for last week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE did you? Of course, I took lots of flower pictures last week, but only a few were contenders for my submission to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Here are the contenders that could have been somebody, but ended up being a bum, which let’s face it, is what they are:


Oh But Still

Soul Expansion - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

4 hours from this post, I’ll be vacation. Sweet, sweet vacation!

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


WEEK 260 - SKY
SKY

A SKY photo is a photo where the sky is a major compositional element of the image.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 259 – FLOWER

48 straight weeks of double digit submissions. Once again, I didn’t have to send out any reminder texts this morning! Just 4 more weeks, and it will be one straight year! That is impressive folks! But let us not count our bantams until they are hatched.

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


WEEK 259 - FLOWER - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - SHANNON BAROLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 259 - FLOWER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 260 - SKY
SKY

SKY! What a great theme! But what is a SKY photo? A SKY photo is any picture that uses the SKY as a major compositional element. Or it could be a picture taken from the SKY. Or it could be another interpretation.

A note, next Monday is Labor Day. While banks and government employees take the day off, there are no days off for Photography 139. If you are going out carousing, still plan on getting your submission in by 11 AM!

Another note, SKY is the last theme for Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Next week will start something slightly different. Nothing will really change on your end, but there will be something slightly different for a few weeks, like 17 of them. Details will come out next week.

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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 sky high Monday!