Category Archives: Panorama

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Last Friday Andy wanted me to come to the Boone High football game and take a few photos. I wasn’t really ready to be in a crowd that large yet. Then, he suggested I bring the drone out and take a couple of photos. Now strictly speaking, that isn’t 100% legal for a couple of reasons. However, I considered doing that because drone laws make very little sense and I’ve already taken quite a few “illegal” flights.

However, it rained pretty much all day Friday and then poured Friday night. The drone is many things, but waterproof definitely isn’t on the list. In fact, you aren’t really supposed to fly it where it can get wet at all.

I spent Friday glued to my couch watching COBRA KAI. It was the wise decision at the time.

I intended to get up early Saturday morning and go out to the High Trestle Trail Bridge to take a flight, but that never really happened. However, I did take a quick flight over Goeppinger Field to take some photos. Nobody is playing obviously, but it was a good scout flight.


Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

If you look closely at the panoramas, you can see Jesse’s garage and Scottie D.’s house. Other stuff too.

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


WEEK 262 - WATER
WATER

A reminder that a WATER photo is any photo where WATER is a major element of the composition.

Happy photo harvesting!

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

I suppose I should report on how I did on my vacation goals from last week:

1. I want to visit 5 state parks I have never visited. Including Mines of Spain and Preparation Canyon.
I DIDN’T EXACTLY HIT 5 STATE PARKS. BUT I DID HIT 3 STATE PARKS AND 2 STATE FORESTS. SO I’M COUNTING THIS IS AS A WIN.

2. I want to add at least 20 new signs to THE TOWN SIGNS PROJECT. A project I’ve mostly ignored this year, despite the fact that this would have been a good year to work on it.
I BELIEVE I GOT 21 OR 22 NEW TOWN SIGNS. SO ANOTHER WIN.

3. I want to finally meet Jen and Derrick’s dog.
I NEVER EVEN CONTACTED THEM. MY FAULT, BUT I’M LEERY TO ENTER THE COVID DRENCHED TOWN THAT IS AMES. PLUS I’M PRETTY SURE THAT DERRICK’S PHONE DOESN’T WORK.

4. I want to finally tackle those POSTCARD PROJECT pictures that I have put off for like 3-4 years now.
I TACKLED ABOUT 5 OF THESE. SO WIN.

5. To play with a new lens I hope to purchase between now and then, but the verdict is still out on what new lens I’m going to purchase.
OH YEAH. DEFINITELY PLAYED WITH THAT LENS. PROBABLY A REPORT ON THAT LATER THIS WEEK.

6. Take some near full moon photography. The next full moon is September 2. Which is a Wednesday. But I figure there will still be plenty of moonlight left on September 4.
ANOTHER FAIL. IT WAS TOO CLOUDY ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY TO TACKLE THIS. AFTER THAT, THERE WASN’T ENOUGH MOON. NEXT FULL MOON IS OCTOBER 1. THAT IS A THURSDAY, WHICH ALL OF A SUDDEN IS SEEMING LIKE A REAL GOOD REASON TO HAVE A 3 DAY WEEKEND.

4 out of 6, I’ll consider that a success. There were a couple other failures out there, that weren’t stated goals. I wanted to go to Pike’s Peak State Park, but I cut my Monday road trip short because Naima hurt her leg the night before, so I felt it was best to get back early to check on her condition. She might have been milking it as she seemed fine by 8 PM Monday night. But probably not.

I also wanted to take Rodan139 out to the High Trestle Trail Bridge again, but it rained about every day of my vacation. So that didn’t happen. It’s all good though.

I did make accomplish my number one goal from the week though. That was visiting Mines of Spain. I was originally going to do this on Tuesday, but I ended up going on Labor Day so that Teresa and my Mom could go. I didn’t want to get stuck in a State Park with a ton of people, plus I wanted to get there with some good soft morning light. This meant leaving at 5 AM. My sister and Mom didn’t seem to understand that I was serious about this, until I showed up at their door at 4:55 AM.

I’ll go into more details about that trip later, but here are some pictures from Mines of Spain taken by Rodan139. Mostly at Horse Shoe Bluff, but also around the Julien Dubuque Monument:


Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

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Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

Rodan139: Mines of Spain

I will definitely need to visit this park again. I considered this a good scouting trip, but now I have more ideas of how to best drone photograph the park.

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Last Monday, I took Rodan139 out for a quick flight in Ledges to test it with Teresa’s spare phone. I wanted to use her spare phone for a potential road trip I was planning for Labor Day. That way I could save the battery on my old timey Pixel 2 for other road trip fun times. Like the Snapchat or the Instagram or for GPS type stuff.

The spare phone did work masterfully. Here are some pictures from Rodan139’s test flight:


Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

Pixel 3 Test Flight

I don’t know if there is anything particularly special in this collection, but some of them are not without merit.

Morning in America

Last Saturday morning I was able to take get up at the crack of dawn and drive down to the High Trestle Trail to take Rodan139 on a flight around the Des Moines River Valley. Well, we didn’t go much around the valley as a I was pretty cautious with flying it there, since it was our first flight in that area.

Here are some of the pictures from the flight:


Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

Morning in America

If anything, I need to leave my house even earlier next time. Although as we quickly approach the fall, sunrise keeps getting later and later. Sunset keeps getting earlier and earlier.

I’m 95% sure one of these pictures will grace the pages of the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar.

It’s Hard for Me to Weep When I’m Strong

When I went out in the middle of nowhere Boone County to fly the drone around an old country church to take my RELIGION picture for last week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I took several photos. Some of the church. Some of the little park across the road. Some of the windswept fields of the nearby farms.

Here are some of the pictures I took on the drone flight:


It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

It's Hard for me to Weep When I'm Strong

Hopefully I can get Rodan139 out this weekend too.

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


WEEK 259 - FLOWER
FLOWER

A FLOWER picture is any picture that involves a FLOWER.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 258 – RELIGION

47 STRAIGHT WEEKS! 47 straight weeks of double digit submissions! This week even includes the first, the second, and the third ever submission by local legend Kio Dettman! Glad to have you onboard Kio. Hopefully is just the beginning of great things!

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


WEEK 258 - RELIGION - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 258 - RELIGION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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 259 - FLOWER
FLOWER

FLOWER! What a great theme! But what is a FLOWER picture? A FLOWER picture is simply a picture of a FLOWER or anything that is used in the raising of a FLOWER.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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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 flowery Monday!

Derecho Gamma

On Saturday morning before breakfast I took the drone out to take some pictures of the “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” semi trailer and the Luther grain bins. It was very peaceful and quiet. I might have to make this a Saturday morning tradition. Gets me off the couch and more active on Saturday mornings. Plus early morning is a good time to take the drone out There aren’t many people. The lighting is usually okay and there isn’t usually much wind. I might have to go out to the High Trestle Trail Bridge this Saturday. Depending on how late of a Friday night I have.


Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Derecho Gamma

Probably one more post with derecho damage in the future, but we will see. Some of this damage isn’t going away any time soon.

So Many Stories of Where I’ve Been

I took plenty of NATURE photos that just weren’t ready for the world on Monday. They needed a little bit more time in the oven. These pictures were taken at Summerset State Park, Harrier Marsh, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, and Honey Hollow.


So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories I've Where I've Been

So Many Stories I've Where I've Been

So Many Stories I've Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

So Many Stories of Where I've Been

I haven’t even thought about this week’s theme yet…

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


WEEK 256 - TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION

A TRANSPORTATION photo is any photo that involves the TRANSPORTATION of people or goods. A car. A train. A boat. Your feet. A road. A bridge. You get the idea.

Happy photo harvesting!

Space Jockey

I need to start today’s post by wishing Alisa a happy birthday. Happy birthday Alisa!


Selfie Project - January 27

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

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My friend Anders is a very talented writer and an incredible film researcher. However, the reason why we are such friends in that often our tastes in cinema so closely aligns.

We are both big fans of science fiction. While his tastes run more towards STAR TREK and STAR WARS and mine run more towards dudes in rubber suits, it is really our love for the absolute dregs of the cinema that really bonds us.

We both have a deep affection for MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE and THE SWARM and NIGHT OF THE LEPUS and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. However, the one film that really brings us together is the Phil Tucker joint ROBOT MONSTER.

It is my absolute favorite terrible movie and I’m pretty sure it Anders’ favorite as well. After all, he did write the definitive book on the movie.

2016 Birthday Party Invite
Picture of me reading Anders’ book while dressed as The Master from MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, while Jorge mows my lawn dressed as Torgo from MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE. Basically a typical Saturday for me.

You can purchase our copy here:

I Cannot, Yet I Must

To say that I’ve spent hours on the internet reading up on how to create my own Robot Monster costume would be an understatement. But I’m not here to talk about the greatness of ROBOT MONSTER. I’m here to talk about a different Phil Tucker joint, SPACE JOCKEY.

Anders and I first read about the movie SPACE JOCKEY in the book “The Golden Turkey Awards”. In that book, Phil Tucker is interviewed about ROBOT MONSTER, but he ends the interview by saying that ROBOT MONSTER is a masterpiece compared to another one of his movies SPACE JOCKEY. A movie he described as “a real piece of sh!t”.

Sadly, SPACE JOCKEY has been lost to the sands of time. Very little is known about it, other than a few articles in an Alaskan newspaper.

However, when Anders published the definitive work on ROBOT MONSTER he became somewhat of a celebrity in the old timey science fiction world. It was because of this fact that well, I just let Anders tell it:

It is my privilege and my pleasure to make a huge announcement.

The script for Phil Tucker’s lost film Space Jockey has been discovered, thanks to a copy of it kept by an original cast member. The film remains lost to the best of my knowledge, but Tucker’s script for his lost film has surfaced.

In September 2019, I was contacted by Tok Thompson, professor of Anthropology and Communication at the University of Southern California. Tok’s mother Donnis Stark Thompson, recently departed, had lived a full and fascinating life that included an early stint as an actress. And when Phil Tucker shot the lost film in Fairbanks, Alaska during the late summer of 1953, she was part of the cast. Years later among his mother’s belongings, Tok’s family discovered her copy of the Space Jockey script. Contacting film journalist Phil Hall, Tok was advised to contact me about the script because of my Phil Tucker book I Cannot, Yet I Must.

Thanks to Tok graciously sharing the script, I’ve been able to read it and, thanks to the copyright research of Elias Savada, it’s been confirmed that Tucker’s script was never copyrighted or renewed. As the script is public domain, I am pleased to say that it will be published in the year 2021. Also, there are hopes of performing it in some manner.

As this project is in development and ongoing, I’ll have more to post as the year keeps rolling on, with a publication date to be narrowed down and announced later. I hope that everyone out there who is a fan of Robot Monster, Phil Tucker’s movies, and cult cinema in general is as excited about this project as I am, and I look forward to you being able to experience this lost original script by Phil Tucker.

Stay tuned!

Anders sent me the script last summer. I read it immediately and have been dying to talk about it since then! I finally can!

I want to put together my own table reading of SPACE JOCKEY. Who has Zoom? Who wants a part?

Source: https://runestadwrites.com/2020/07/19/phil-tuckers-space-jockey-a-lost-script-found/

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Around the 4th of July, it was crazy around my neighborhood with the fireworks. I took the drone up and took some video. I’m not great at editing video, so you’ll probably never get to see that, but here are some photos I took:


Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

Space Jockey

A few of the pictures at the end are from the last couple of nights. I need to let Rodan139 spread its wings more often.