Category Archives: Nature

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!

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

I should point out that I messed up the coding in yesterday’s post. You should go to that post again to see the corrections in the code that allow you to see Kim’s and Shannon’s submissions.

My Christmas present to my self was a Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens. I was going to do a whole thing on it, but I have owned if for going on 5 months now and I think it is just time to share the first few pictures I took with it.

Rather than going into any of those technical details, here is a description from the Lensbaby website:

A manual focus portrait lens from Lensbaby that’s dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 85mm.

Create soulful portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a velvety glow at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic.

Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and buttery smooth bokeh found in the best 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capabilities to capture significant details with new life.

The Velvet 85 design features a solid heft and smooth, dampened manual focus.

Here are the first few pictures I took with it:


Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

I actually have two other lenses I purchased around the same time. Those lenses are more practical, but I’ll discuss them at some point in the future.

2010-08-11

The pictures in the folder are from when the Creek formerly known as Squaw flooded Duff Avenue in the August of 2010. I’m not being sarcastic, I just know that they recently changed the name of Squaw Creek, I just have no clue what they changed it to. Ioway maybe?


Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

Contaminationville

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

Contaminationville

Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve flowers and Jesse, but not necessarily together.

2010-08-01

EDITOR’S NOTE: I WROTE THIS POST BEFORE MY MOM PASSED AWAY, BUT I DON’T HAVE THE HEART TO CHANGE THE TEXT.

The grand majority of pictures from the album are from my Mom’s Retirement Party. The other one if from Dickcissel.

I haven’t looked at the pictures from the Retirement Party in years and while it is sad that a few of the people in the pictures aren’t with us any longer, it still gives me a sense of joy to look through them again.


WEEK 30 - REFLECTIONS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

Mom's Retirement Party

My Mom will turn 80 next year. I hope we are able to have as large of a party for her then as we did when she retired.

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:

Retired

RWPE #30 – REFLECTIONS

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

The Christmas Star

I don’t know if you remember this by now, but back in December Saturn and Jupiter were really close to each other in the sky, creating the phenomenon known as The Christmas Star. I went out in the country south and west of Ogden with my Mom to take a look at it and take a few pictures.

I was never really in love with how the pictures turned out, but you can have a look:


The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

These are the last of the 2020 images to share that aren’t related to portraits. I’ll get to sharing those portraits again soon.

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



SHADOWS

A SHADOWS picture is pretty simple. It is a picture that includes a SHADOW(S) as part of the composition.

Happy photo harvesting!

2010-07-15 & 2010-07-18

There are a couple of different types of pictures in the folders 2010-07-15 and 2010-07-18. Some are flower pictures and others are my attempts to take pictures of lightning.

Have a look:


Dr. The Incidental Gardener

Dr. The Incidental Gardener

Dr. The Incidental Gardener

Dr. The Incidental Gardener

Dr. The Incidental Gardener

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

Ain't Distributed Right - Alternate

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

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #35

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the remains of burnt out building in downtown Boone.

2010-06-29, 2010-06-30, & 2010-07-01

The folders 2010-06-29, 2010-06-30, & 2010-07-01 Center Street Bridge are fairly small, so I combined them all into one fair sized post. Most of them are pictures of flowers, but a few are pictures I took with Sara at or near the Center Street Bridge in Des Moines.


Never the Same River

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project of the Week #23 - Alternate

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 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:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #34

THE INCIDENTAL GARDENER FILES

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve skydiving again. This time, maybe Shannon gets to jump out of a plane.

Time Lapsed

Back in September, I strapped the Sony RX0 II to the side view mirror of the Camry. Loaded Naima into the car and drove down the canyon road at Ledges taking time-lapse images. Here are a few of them:


Ledges
I’m not sure what happened here, but I absolutely love the result!

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

Naima at Ledges

I never turned them into a time-lapse video, but that was never really the intent. I need to crack that little camera out more.