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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

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Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

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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!

Indianola Balloon Festival – Volume 1

Before we get into pictures from the Indianola Balloon Festival I want to point out that I have been tinkering with the way that the blog comes to the inbox of Photography 139 email subscribers. If you have a gmail email account, you should have noticed the change starting on Tuesday. Rather than getting provided with a link to see the blog post, it should be arriving in your inbox in their entirety. People with other types of email accounts should be seeing this change in the near future as well.

Last year I went to the Indianola Balloon Festival with Carla and my Mom. It was the first time had actually been there and it was pretty cool. It doesn’t look like I’m going to make it there this year, but hopefully make it again in the future. I still have a goal of actually going on a hot air balloon ride at some point.


Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

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Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Indianola Balloon Festival

Plenty more hot air balloon pictures in the hopper!

Available as Another Possibility

It is well established that my favorite theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is BLACK & WHITE. Therefore I took several BLACK & WHITE pictures in the last week and not just the picture of Taylan that I used as my submission for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Here are a few more of those BLACK & WHITE pictures:


WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ALTERNATES - BLACK & WHITE

2009-04-09

The pictures from the folder 2009-04-09 hearken back to a time that I was panicked that the world’s best toaster pastry was being removed from the market. There was a brief period where my local grocery store wasn’t stocking Toast ‘Ems! I set about photographing Toast ‘Ems, so I could always remember.

Here are a few of those pictures:


Toast 'Em

Toast 'Em

Toast 'Em

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

Friday Night Jazz Club

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

A Photo Journal – Page 109

Ever since the first time I flipped through THE PHOTO JOURNAL and landed on Page 109, I knew exactly where I wanted to take that picture. I flipped flopped on what I wanted the subject to be, but I never waiver on the setting.

It wasn’t until a week or so before I took the photo that I decided on what I wanted the subject to be. I decided the subject should be me.

Occasionally on Wednesdays I shoot over the ISU Surplus Sale. I don’t usually buy anything, (although I occasionally I come home with a gem) but I like to peruse. A week before I finally pulled the trigger on Page 109, I planned on taking this picture. However, after I left the ISU Surplus Sale and headed west on Airport Road to take the image, I found something terrible. The setting had been fenced off. It now required a security code to get there. A security code I didn’t have. It became obvious that Page 109 was going to need a new setting.

Then out of nowhere I got an email that Micky, I, and others were going to take a Computer Mine Field Trip out there. Boom! Plan back on!


Photo Journal - Page 109
Page 109 – Photograph a word to change its meaning.

While I can only physically adhere one image into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL, I did take one more photo that I feel like sharing:


Photo Journal - Page 109

I think I have about 10-15 of these pages left.

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Here is you weekly reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is CANDID PORTRAIT:


WEEK 198 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

Happy photo harvesting!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 112

Last Saturday when I decided to go see Bernie Sanders, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to knock off Page 112 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Bernie Sanders was speaking at the Sun Room at the Memorial Union at noon, which gave me the perfect opportunity to get there early and prowl around Iowa State and capture an image that would encompass Page 112 to perfection:


Photo Journal - Page 112
Page 112 – Take a picture inspired by the last thing that jolted you awake.

To explain slightly, I have a recurring dream where I’m still a student at Iowa State University and it is approaching the end of the semester and I haven’t been to class since the first week of the semester. I used to have this dream a few times a year. Now it is probably once a year at the most. However, it is so vivid that I often wake-up in a panic and have thoughts of finding my syllabus and figuring out if it even possible for me to pass any classes. Then I realize, I graduated a long, long, long time ago.

I purposely went with a surreal look to the image to make it coincide with something you might experience in a dream.

Here are a few other pictures I took for Page 112, but won’t be physically adhered in the physical THE PHOTO JOURNAL that sits on the coffee table in my humble abode:


Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Photo Journal - Page 112

Not sure what page we’ll get to in THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT next week, but I definitely have plans for some pages, that I’m just waiting for weather to be just right. The next page could be:

Page 116 – Shoot an advert where the image says it all without need for additional copy.
Page 117 – Show us photography is a form of magic.
Page 109 – Photograph a word to change its meaning.
Page 74-75 – A record of interesting backgrounds.
Page 36 – User shutter speed to capture ANGER!

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This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY:


WEEK 191 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is photography that involves capturing candid moments on the streets. Chance interactions. They don’t necessarily involve people, although frequently do.

Happy photo harvesting!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 90

A couple weekends back up I went to Minnesota to check out the Final Four festivities and check-in with a few people I hadn’t seen for a long time.

On Sunday morning I hit a donut shop with Becca and Shawn. Then I went to Minnehaha Falls to kill sometime before meeting Sarah, Shawn, and Addie at Revival. I figured that this trip was a great time to knock out Page 90 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Even though it was absolutely just pouring down.

I made the walk to from the parking lot to Minnehaha Falls, protecting the camera as best as I could. I took a few pictures and then it really started pouring down. By the time I got to the car every inch of me was completely soaked.

I was so soaked that even after a 30 minute or so wait at Revival and about an hour eating and talking, my shirt only had a few dry spots on it.

Here is the picture that will be physically adhered to Page 90 of the physical PHOTO JOURNAL:


Photo Journal - Page 90
Page 90 – Create ambiguity with a blend of artificial and natural light

Pretty much every camera (even your cell phone) has white balance. This is where you set the kind of light that is dominant in your scene. It is set on Auto White Balance so that you don’t have to think about it. This is the type of thing that in the olden days you had to do with film. Film was balanced for different kinds of light. Pretty much all consumer film was balanced for daylight. Which is why when you took pictures inside, there was often a strange color cast to it.

The same thing happens when you take your color balance off of auto and set it for a type of light that isn’t in your picture. For example, in the picture of Minnehaha Falls, I set the white balance to tungsten. Since the lighting of this picture could be best described as shady, it the camera cast a blue hue on the image, thinking it was seeing tungsten light. Different kinds of lights have different color temperatures. You can make surreal images by setting your white balance against type.

One of the advantages of shooting in RAW is that you can change the white balance to whatever you want it to be. So I changed half the white balance from the image above to shady, so you can see what the image would have conventionally looked like:


Photo Journal - Page 90

Admittedly, I did play up the blue cast of the images a bit in post.

Here are a few other images I took at Minnehaha Falls:


Photo Journal - Page 90

Photo Journal - Page 90

Photo Journal - Page 90

Photo Journal - Page 90

Photo Journal - Page 90

I’m still on goal to knock out one page of the PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT a week. This week I’m looking at knocking out one of these pages:

Page 97 – Photograph a human as though it were an animal.
Page 84 – Photograph a lie.
Page 43 – Take a picture that only works in Black & White.
Page 37 – Use aperture to capture melancholy

You could be featured in just such a picture.

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Reminder that the theme for this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is RELIGION:


WEEK 188 - RELIGION
RELIGION

A RELIGION picture is any picture that involves the practice of a RELIGION. From a picture of a religious building, to a religious symbol, to a religious book, to a religious service.

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 187 – FAVORITE COLOR

The weather last week was all over the place in Central Iowa. Beautiful one day. Windy enough to blow down one side of the Burger King garbage corral the next. Then beautiful again. Then a few snow flurries the next. Then beautiful again. While the weather was all over the place, it didn’t dampen participation rates for FAVORITE COLOR at all.

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


WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 187 - FAVORITE COLOR - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 188 - RELIGION
RELIGION

RELIGION! What a great theme! I can feel what you’re thinking. I can feel it from here. I see through you. All the way to your back button. You are thinking that it sure is super convenient that RELIGION is the theme the same week as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter and Passover for that matter.

You’re thinking that I rigged it so that RELIGION would be the theme the same week that all the chreasters will be going to church.

There are two things you need to know:

#1. I don’t use the term chreaster. I don’t look down on chreasters. They obviously feel there is at least some need in their life for church, otherwise they wouldn’t show up twice a year. If they are only coming twice a year, the church needs to do a better job of making them want to come the other 52 weeks of the year.

There is a story for why they only show up twice. It could be that they tried to get active in the church and had a bad experience with an overbearing volunteer supervisor. It might be that they sat in somebody else’s pew and were told to move. It can be that they were made to feel unwelcome because of the way they dressed, wore their hair, their personal hygiene, or whatever. Maybe the time they came, the reverend’s sermon made them feel like they weren’t rich enough to belong because he mocked people that buy suits from JC Penney.

Time would be better spent figuring out why some people only show up twice a year rather than pointing out that they don’t reach your gold standard for church attendance

I don’t know their story. I don’t judge their story. Everybody is walking their faith journey and I won’t judge people for where they are on it. I hope people won’t judge me for where I am on mine.

#2. Themes are assigned randomly. I have no control over it.

But, what is a RELIGION photo? A RELIGION photo is any photo that deals with RELIGION. It doesn’t have to be Christianity. It could be Islam. It could be Judaism. There are 12 major religions. Christianity is the largest with 2.04 billion followers. The smallest is Judaism which as 14.5 million followers. Which is a startling number when you recall that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

That is the 12 major religions. Overall there are over 4,300 religions practiced worldwide. That is a tremendous amount of RELIGION photo opportunities.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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. 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

Jen Ensley-Gorshe is the latest person to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. Jen, in fact was the first person to sign up using the tools on the website to sign herself up. You may not have heard that this was a possibility because I haven’t actually made them public knowledge yet, so I was super impressed with her diligence. Jen is married to longtime subscriber Derrick Gorshe. They have 4 amazing kids and recently moved to a new house. I have known Jen since we were wage slaves to the Evil Clown Empire. Both of us are now fabulously wealthy and only show up for work because we want to.

If you see Jen out and about, feel free to give her a knowing glance and teach her the super-secret Photography 139 handshake.

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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 religious Monday.