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Subtly Dissolves

Hitting up the 2018 backlog again. This is a collection of photos I took while I was playing with the panorama setting on the trusty old 77ii.

Most of them were taken out a Dickcissel Park. This was a trip with Naima that involved her running off some pheasants. I was proud of her, because I have a spot in my heart for almost all of God’s creatures. I don’t even kill stink bugs. But I do hate pheasants and have a reputation for not liking cats.


Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Naima has been sad hat we haven’t made that many trips out to Dickcissel this year, but every time we go out there, she comes home with an ear affliction. But I better get out there a few times before the weather makes it impossible.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Results

Another Pufferbilly Days has drawn to a close. Seems like a fitting time to share the pictures that my loyal fans selected for me to enter into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest and furthermore, if any of those pictures received any form of love.

Here are my entries:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
Displayed – Hidden Treasures of Boone County

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
Displayed – Hidden Treasures of Boone County

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
Displayed – Photojournalism

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
1st Place – Photoshop

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
1st Place – Nature

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2019
Displayed – Nature

In the last 2 years I’ve been blessed to get 1st Place in 3 of the 4 enigmatic Pufferbilly Days categories. However, Hidden Treasures of Boone County has still eluded me. I got a 3rd Place in that category last year. I might have to make that a focal point of some of my photography in the next few months. Unless I somehow get my wish and get some kind of administrative role with the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

I do have a small group of photographers that would probably help me start my own Photo Contest, I just don’t know in what context I could start a contest and have it work.

Thanks again to everybody who voted to help select my entries!

WPC – WEEK 206 – RED

RED was another extremely popular theme. In fact, I daresay that these last few weeks have been the most successful weeks in the history of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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


WEEK 206 - RED - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 206 - RED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 206 - RED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 206 - RED - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 206 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 206 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 206 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 206 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 206 - RED - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 206 - RED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 206 - RED - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 206 - RED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 206 - RED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 206 - RED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 206 - RED - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 206 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 206 - RED - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 206 - RED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 207 - TOY
TOY

TOY! What a great theme! But what is a TOY photo? A TOY photo is any image that involves a TOY. Or is taken by a TOY camera or with the TOY setting on a camera. The definition of a TOY can vary widely. One person’s tool is another person’s TOY.

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 childish Monday!

A Photo Journal – Page 117

I recently went over to my Grandma’s house with my Mom to take a picture for Page 117 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. I don’t usually explain what the directions for the page before I unleash the picture on the world, but I’m going to explain the theme first this time.

The directions for Page 117 are “Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds into your favorite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.”

I don’t have a favorite film 100%, but I do have at least a handful that I would say are in the conversation. There A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, KING KONG (1933), PSYCHO (1960), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, and INHERIT THE WIND.

I actually went through all of these movies before deciding on INHERIT THE WIND. I know INHERIT THE WIND, so l’ll explain a big of it.

INHERIT THE WIND was directed by Stanley Kramer. Stanley Kramer was an underrated director who also directed THE DEFIANT ONES, ON THE BEACH, JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.

It is a dramatized telling of the Scopes Monkey Trial. The trial in Tennessee in 1925 where John Scopes was put on trial for teaching evolution.

INHERIT THE WIND stars Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond, a dramatized version of Clarence Darrow, who was probably the greatest legal mind in our history. Darrow was Scopes’ defense attorney. Frederic March plays Matthew Harrison Brady, a dramatized version of William Jennings Bryan, who ran for president 3 times, and assisted the prosecutors. Gene Kelly played E.K. Hornbeck, a dramaitzed version of H.L. Mencken, who was a brilliant journalist that covered the trial.

The scene that happens right before the scene that is unfolding at 57 minute 32 second mark of the movie is a “prayer meeting” in the park where the local Pastor (who is also the father of the defendant’s girlfriend) preaches damnation for the defendant and his defenders. Brown is the pastor. Rachel is his daughter:

BROWN

Do we call down hellfire on the man who has sinned against
the Word?

ALL

(Roaring)

Yes!

BROWN

(Deliberately shattering the rhythm, to go into a frenzied

prayer , hands clasped together and lifted heavenward)

O Lord of the Tempest and the Thunder! O Lord of Right-
eousness and Wrath! We pray that Thou wilt make a sign
unto us! Strike down this sinner, as Thou didst Thine enemies
of old, in the days of the Pharaohs! (All lean forward, almost
expecting the heavens to open with a thunderbolt . rachel is
white. Brady shifts uncomfortably in his chair; this is pretty
strong stuff, even for him) Let him feel the terror of Thy
sword! For all eternity, let his soul writhe in anguish and
damnation—

RACHEL

No! (She rushes to the platform) No, Father. Don’t pray
to destroy Bertl

BROWN

Lord, we call down the same curse on those who ask grace
for this sinner— though they be blood of my blood, and flesh
of my flesh!

Brady stops him from going on and preaches a more forgiving brand of Christianity:

BRADY

(Rising, grasping brown’s arm)

Reverend Brown, I know it is the great zeal of your faith
which makes you utter this prayer! But it is possible to be overzealous, to destroy that which you hope to save— so that
nothing is left but emptiness, (brown turns) Remember the
wisdom of Solomon in the Book of Proverbs— ( Softly ) “He
that troubleth his own house . . . shall inherit the wind.”
(braby leads brown to a chair, then turns to the townspeople)
The Bible also tells us that God forgives His children. And
we, the Children of God, should forgive each other, (rachel
slips off) My good friends, return to your homes. The bless-
ings of the Lord be with you all.

After this scene Brady and Drummond (who are old friends) are sitting on the front porch of the boarding house where they are both staying. They are discussing the prayer meeting. Drummond describes it as gilded. Glossy on the outside and hollow on the inside he compared it to a toy he wanted as a child:

BRADY

There used to be a mutuality
of understanding and…
admiration between us, Henry.
Why is it, my old friend, that you’ve…
you’ve moved so far away from me

DRUMMOND

Well, all motion is relative, Matt.
Maybe it’s you who have
moved away by standing still.

BRADY

Hmm.
If progress means abandoning God
abandoning the faith of our fathers…

DRUMMOND

I saw a demonstration of that faith tonight.
it’s a pretty deadly instrument, I’d say.

BRADY

What you saw was a reflection
of the violence and hate
in the world around them,
Henry… your world
But they’re driven to it
because their faith was challenged.
These are simple people, Henry, poor people.
they work hard
and they need to believe in something…
something beautiful.
They’re seeking for something
more perfect than what they have

DRUMMOND

Window shopping for heaven.

BRADY

why do you want to take it
away from them, Henry
it’s all they have…
like a golden chalice of hope.

DRUMMOND

Ah.
Like my golden dancer.

BRADY

Your what?

DRUMMOND

Golden dancer.
She stood in the big side window
in the general store in Wakeman, Ohio.
I’d stand out on the street
and say to myself,
“if I had golden dancer, I’d have
everything in the world I ever wanted. ”
I was about 7 years old at the time
and a great judge of rocking horses.
Golden dancer had a bright-red mane,
blue eyes,
and she was gold all over with purple spots.
And when the sun hit her stirrups,
She was a dazzling sight to behold.
But she was a week’s wages for my father,
So golden dancer and I
always had a big plate-glass window
between us.
And then…
Let’s see…
It couldn’t have been Christmas.
It must have been my birthday.
I woke in the morning,
and there was golden dancer
at the foot of my bed.
Mom had skimped on the groceries,
and my father had worked nights for a month.
I jumped into the saddle,
and I started to rock…
and it broke.

BRADY

No

DRUMMOND

Split in 2. The wood was rotten.
The whole thing was put together
with spit and sealing wax.
All shine and no substance,
And that’s how I feel about that
demonstration I saw tonight, Matt…
All glitter and glamour.
You say you’re giving the people hope
I think you’re stealing their hope.

BRADY

Oh no, Henry…

DRUMMOND

As long as the prerequisite
for that shining paradise
is ignorance, bigotry, and hate…
I say, “the hell with it. “

It is this scene of two old friends sitting on a front porch that inspired me to take this picture:


Photo Journal - Page 117
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds into your favorite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.

I did take a few more pictures that I like, but only one can be physically adhered into the physical PHOTO JOURNAL. Here are a few alternates:


Photo Journal - Page 117

Photo Journal - Page 117

Photo Journal - Page 117

This leaves only the following images left to capture before finally closing the book on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason Evans. – This is a profoundly stupid page, but I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it at some point.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
PAGE 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compose your shot using touch rather than vision.
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is RED!


WEEK 206 - RED
RED!

A RED photo is any picture that centers around a subject that is RED.

Happy photo harvesting!

Indianola Balloon Festival – Volume 3

This is the final collection of pictures from my trip to the Indianola Balloon Festival in 2018.

I didn’t make an appearance at the Balloon Festival in 2019, so I’m sure I’ll have to make an appearance in 2020. In fact, I’d like to actually take a balloon ride in 2020. I understand that it is $200 a person, which I think is fair.

Enjoy these ground based images from 2018:


Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Probably next up in the 2018 backlog are some Pufferbilly Days pictuers.

WPC – WEEK 205 – FLOWER

Much to the chagrin of floraphobes like Russell Kennerly, FLOWER proved to be an exceedingly popular theme. Possible the most submissions ever for one theme in the 6 year history of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

There is even a first time submission from Elizabeth. At the Computer Mine there is a Photo Bar across from the kitchen. Every year there is something of a “photo contest” to get employee photography up. I think there is 12 or 14 pictures that go up. Elizabeth got 2 pictures selected for display this year. Which shocked me because I didn’t even know that Elizabeth took pictures. A self-described Ansel Adams was right under my nose and I didn’t even know it. This week was her first submission, but I hope that it won’t be the last.

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


WEEK 205 - FLOWER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - JODIE CUE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - JODIE CUE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 205 - FLOWER -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 205 - FLOWER - 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 206 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme! But what is RED photo? A RED photo is any photo where the subject is RED or where RED is significant to the photo.

There were no ideas submitted for themes for Year 7 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, so next year you guys will be totally at my mercy. I’ve already selected the 52 themes and randomized them. Hooray me!

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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 red Monday!

Indianola Balloon Festival – Volume 2

Reminder, there are 6 days left to vote for the pictures I enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

If voting for 6 photos at one time is too much for you, you can vote for my Photoshop entry below:


Poll will Start on August 7
Photoshop Category Poll - Choose 1 (2019)
Curtiss
Franconia
Alien
Drops
Nora
Naima
Beardo
Balloons
Lily
Nader

If you are ready to vote in all 6 polls, click on the link below:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Poll

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Here is another collection of pictures from the 2018 Indianola Balloon Thingie:


Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

There is one more collection of pictures from the day.

A PHOTO JOURNAL – PAGE 116

I made a recent stop at Boone’s local old timey ice cream shop for a malt and to pick up a couple glass bottles of Pepsi to pay off a 7 month (but who’s counting) debt. While I was there I spied a couple glass bottles of Bubble Up.

Bubble Up is a soda that reminds me of Jesse. When he was a child his family would travel from Boone to Clinton to visit relatives. On the way there they would stop at King Tower Cafe in Tama. One time Jesse and I and I think Eric made the trip to Clinton and we also stopped at King Tower Cafe. Now, this was over 20 years ago, but the one thing I distinctly remember about the experience is that they served Bubble Up. As a Fountain Drink.

When I spied the Bubble Up, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I needed to purchase it and then photograph Page 116 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 116
Page 116 – Shoot an advert where the image says it all wihtout th eneed for any additional copy.

I shot one other picture I liked, but not enough to physically adhere it into the physical copy of A PHOTO JOURNAL (there can be only one):


Photo Journal - Page 116

The leaves the following pages of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT left to photograph:

Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason by Jason Evans. – This is a profoundly stupid page, but I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it at some point.
PAGE 27- Create drama around the edge of your frame.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 31 – Tell a joke with two pictures.
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
PAGE 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compose your shot using touch rather than vision.
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds in to your favourite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is LETTERS OR NUMBERS:


WEEK 203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS
LETTERS OR NUMBERS

Happy photo harvesting!