Category Archives: Portrait

Kyle – Volume 1

It is another formal portrait Sunday. This Sunday I’m going to share a collection of pictures from Kyle Sharp’s photo shoot(s). Kyle is a senior at Boone High School, was an active member in my church’s youth group and is the son of Andy, a frequent contributor to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

A ton more pictures of Kyle still in the hopper.

Next Sunday’s formal portraits will involved the Juncks.

Jayton – Volume 1

As I indicated last Sunday, Sundays are going to be about formal portraits I took in 2021 for the foreseeable future. For a little bit anyways.

Today I’m going to share the first collection of images from a photo shoot I had with Jayton Poole. Jayton is a senior at Boone High School. I got together with his family to take some senior pictures of Jayton a few months back now.


Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

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Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Jayton Poole

Next Formal Portrait will involve a kid named Kyle.

2011-04-12 & 2011-04-16

The pictures in the folders 2011-04-12 & 2011-04-16 are of two varieties. One set will no doubt be very confusing to you. 98% (probably higher) will think that those picture are rubbish. They are more pinhole camera pictures. It has been months since I published pinhole camera pictures. What sets these apart is that they are taken with filters.

The second set of pictures are more straight forward. Simply pictures of Iowa State’s 2011 Spring Game.


The Better

The Better

The Better

The Better

The Better

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

Iowa State Spring Game - 2011

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 #68
IOWA STATE SPRING GAME

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

WPC – WEEK 330 – BLACK + WHITE

As we are about to kickoff the 9th Year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (birthed into this world kicking and screaming as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT) I thought we could look at what we accomplished as a community in Year 8.

+ There were 866 total submissions by 35 different participants. Averaging 16.65 submissions a week.
+ The most popular themes were HOBBIES and FRIENDS. Both had 30 submissions.
+ SYMMETRY + PATTERNS had the most participants with 19.

Here are the individual statistics for the 35 different participants:
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 52 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Kio Dettman – 50 weeks, 119 photos.
+ Micky Augustin – 44 weeks, 53 photos.
+ Tamara Peterson – 44 weeks, 44 photos.
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Kim Barker – 36 weeks, 43 photos.
+ Carla Stensland – 32 weeks, 73 photos.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks, 40 photos.
+ Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Bill Wentworth – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Cathie Raley – 26 weeks, 26 photos.
+ Andy Sharp – 26 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Teresa Kahler – 22 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Joe Duff – 19 weeks, 25 photos.
+ Mike Vest – 16 weeks, 16 photos.
+ Logan Kahler – 14 weeks, 32 photos.
+ Jesse Howard – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Dawn Krause – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 12 weeks, 20 photos.
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks, 14 photos.
+ Monica Henning – 11 weeks, 24 photos.
+ Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks, 11 photos.
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks, 8 photos.
+ Sara Lockner – 5 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Amy Peterson – 4 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Susanna Funk – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Aaron Barnett – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Lori Backous – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Steve White – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Jodie Cue – 1 week, 3 photos.
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week, 1 photo.

Thanks to everybody that participated on any level!

I’ve gotten slightly into Snapchat streaks in the last few weeks and I’m going to carry the idea of streaks over to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Heading into this week, these are the people that have “streaks” of submitting photos for consecutive weeks:

+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Angie DeWaard – 1 week.
+ Andy Sharp – 1 week.
+ Teresa Kahler – 1 week.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Bill Wentworth – 2 weeks.
+ Joe Duff – 2 weeks.
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks.
+ Cathie Raley – 6 weeks.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 7 weeks.
+ Kim Barker – 9 weeks.
+ Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks.
+ Kio Dettman – 12 weeks.
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 431 weeks.

Okay, in fairness, I run this show and it does bend around my schedule, slightly, so my streak doesn’t really count for much. It will be interesting to see who is able to build on their streak this week and who has their streak snapped.

As we start up Year 9, just a reminder that the picture has to be taken the week of the theme. The picture needs to be taken somewhere between 12:01 PM on the Monday the theme is revealed and 11:00 AM the following Monday, when I click Schedule on this post and head to lunch. This is a get off your butt and TAKE photos challenge. It is NOT a curate your photos challenge.

Photos are not evaluated for quality (at least not by me) to be posted. This challenge is about doing the work. You put in the work, the quality will come. What I am saying is, don’t hold back a submission because you don’t think it is good enough.

There are two ways to submit your photos to me. You can email me at bennett@photography139.com OR you can text them to my phone. Either one is perfectly acceptable.

These are not rules, but I’d say fairplay guidelines:

+ Don’t send me multiple pictures of the same subject in the same week. Send me multiple pictures, sure, but make them unique.
+ Don’t send me multiple pictures and ask me to choose the best one. I won’t do it. Even on a theme that is coming up in a few weeks where there will be for the first time ever a limitation of 1 submission per participant, I still won’t do it.
+ Watch the resolution of the images you submit. The size should be at least 800 pixels for it to look decent on the website.
+ YOU should be the one taking the picture. If a friend of yours takes a picture and you want to submit it for them, that is fine, but they should get the credit for the picture and they should be cool with it being posted.

Enough of that noise. You didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates and the best ways to participate, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (3 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Tamara Peterson (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley (7 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Teresa Kahler (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Elizabeth Nordeen (8 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (4 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (2 weeks)

29 submissions from 20 participants. That 20 participants is more than any theme had last year! I’m pumped now! That is a great week! Lots of streaks continued. Only the streaks of Mike Parmelee, Angie DeWaard, and Jen Ensley-Gorshe came to an end.

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 331 - ROCK
ROCK

ROCK! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ROCK photo? Well, there are several types of rocks. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  All you have to do is find a rock you like (I’m partial to igneous) and take a picture of it. And ROCKs have so many uses, they can hold historical markers, they are canvasses for artists, and people build things out of them.  Just to name a few.  Of course, ROCK can have multiple meanings. There is the type of ROCK that Twisted Sister wants to do. Which isn’t all that different from the kind of ROCK that AC/DC salutes those about to engage in or that Queen wants to do to you. Whatever definition of ROCK you use, it will be the right one for you.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ROCK was a theme suggested by Angie.  Thanks for the suggestion Angie.

While thinking on your possible subjects for  your ROCK picture, think on this following quote from one of my old time favorite movies.  INHERIT THE WIND. It is a highly dramatized telling of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. One of the lawyers that is prosecuting the teacher on trial for teaching evolution has taken the stand as an expert on The Bible. The lawyer defending the teacher is cross examining him.

Drummond:  It’s sad that we don’t all have your positive knowledge of what is right and wrong, Mr. Brady. How old do you think this rock is?

Brady: I am more interested in the “Rock of Ages” than I am in the age of rocks.

Drummond: Dr. Paige of Oberlin College tells me this rock is at least 10 million years old.

Brady: Well, well, Colonel Drummond, you managed to speak here some of that scientific testimony, after all.

Drummond: Look, Mr. Brady. These are the fossil remains of a marine prehistoric creature found in this very county, and which lived here millions of years ago when these very mountain ranges were submerged in water.

Brady: I know. The Bible gives a fine account of the flood. But your Professor’s a little mixed up in his dates. That rock is not more than six thousand years old.

Drummond: How do ya know?

Brady: A fine biblical scholar, Bishop Usher, has determined for us the exact date and hour of the Creation. It occurred in the year 4004 B.C.

Drummond: Well, that’s Bishop Usher’s opinion.

Brady: It’s not an opinion. It’s a literal fact — which the good Bishop arrived at through careful computation of the ages of the prophets, as set down in the Old Testament. In fact, he determined that the Lord began the Creation on the 23rd of October, 4004 B.C. at, uh, 9:00am.

Drummond: [Is] that Eastern Standard Time? Or Rocky Mountain Time? It wasn’t Daylight Saving Time, was it, because the Lord didn’t make the sun until the fourth day.

Brady: That is correct.

Drummond: That first day, what do you think, it was 24 hours long?

Brady: [The] Bible says it was a day.

Drummond: Well, there was no sun out. How do you know how long it was?

Brady: The Bible says it was a day!

Drummond: Well, was it a normal day, a literal day, 24 hour day?

Brady: I don’t know.

Drummond: What do you think?

Brady: I do not think about things that I do not think about.

Now maybe that scene doesn’t have much to do with rocks, but any chance I can even tangentially reference that movie I will.  I look forward to seeing your ROCK interpretations.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of ROCK in this place that records my metamorphic change next Monday.

The Baughers 2021 – Volume 1

Looks like Sundays are going to be formal portrait time for a little bit. I haven’t shared really any formal portraits I took last year, so I better start doing that now. This collection is from pictures I took of Alexis’ family back in June. Carla was the baby wrangler or at least she tried to get them to look in the direction of the camera.


Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Baugher Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Plenty more to share from that photo shoot!

Selfie Project – December

I’ve decided to do the SELFIE PROJECT in 2022. I usually don’t do this in back to back years, but I thought I would give it a shot.

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from December:


Day 335 - December 1, 2021
December 1

Day 336 - December 2, 2021
December 2

Day 337 - December 3, 2021
December 3

Day 338 - December 4, 2021
December 4

Day 343 - December 9, 2021
December 9

Day 345 - December 11, 2021
December 11

Day 346 - December 12, 2021
December 12

Day 347 - December 13, 2021
December 13

Day 348 - December 14, 2021
December 14

Day 350 - December 16, 2021
December 16

Day 353 - December 19, 2021
December 19

Day 354 - December 20, 2021
December 20

Day 355 - December 21, 2021
December 21

Day 356 - December 22, 2021
December 22

Day 358 - December 24, 2021
December 24

Day 360 - December 26, 2021
December 26

Day 361 - December 27, 2021
December 27

Day 363 - December 29, 2021
December 29

Day 364 - December 30, 2021
December 30

Day 365 - December 31, 2021
December 31

To check out all THE SELFIE PROJECT images from 2021, click on the link below:

Selfie Project – 2021

I took several selfies that couldn’t be included in THE SELFIE PROJECT cause there can only be one per day, but I would like to share some of my favorite alternates:


Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Hopefully the 2022 SELFIE PORTRAIT PROJECT goes off without a hitch.

Computer Mine Secret Santa

The December image from the 2022 Photography Calendar is a drone picture of a forest along the banks of the Des Moines River.


2022 Calendar - December

I hope people enjoy the calendar this year. I’ve got some positive feedback on it anyways.

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Several years ago, I used to finish the year with the Proust Questionnaire as a form of reflection on the year past. Well, I think we can all agree that 2021 was a terrible, terrible year. And while even terrible, terrible years do have some positives and are still worthy of reflection, I didn’t feel like doing the entire 31-35 question questionnaire. So I thought maybe just answering the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire would be enough:

1. What is your favorite word? Well… I actually overuse it more than actually enjoy using it.
2. What is your least favorite word? Maybe.
3. What is your favorite drug? The open road.
4. What sound or noise noise do you love? Juicy Wiggle.
5. What sound or noise do you hate? My phone ringing.
6. What is your favorite curse word? Mulkey.
7. Who would you like to see on a new banknote? Ted Lasso – Be curious. Not judgmental.
8. What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? Most really. Any job with more human contact than mine. It is pretty evident at this point in history that humans suck at the aggregate level.
9. If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? Golden retriever.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Matthew 25:21.

Maybe next year I’ll bring back the Proust Questionnaire. Maybe.

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Back a week or so ago, we did a Secret Santa thing at the Computer Mine for hybrid or work in the office full-time. I took some pictures for the Computer Mine social medias. Here are some pictures from the event:


Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Computer Mine Secret Santa - 2021

Michelle was my Secret Santa. She got me some sweet Cyclone socks and some of my favorite candies. I was Denise’s Secret Santa. I got her some booze and some peanut butter cups.

NYC – Six

I should start by wishing everybody a Merry Christmas, so Merry Christmas!

The June image in the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is of an old grain elevator (or something similar) in Pioneer, Iowa.


2022 Calendar - June

Tomorrow I will share the July image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

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This is yet another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse back in 2011. Steph pops up in these images. She used to live on this cool little island called Roosevelt Island. But now she doesn’t.



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

THE END OF RANDOM NYC

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will also involve New York City. It might be the last collection of New York City images. Or perhaps, there will be one more. You’ll have to wait and see.

WPC – 327 – CANDID PORTRAIT

The January image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is an image I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It is of a corn crib (methinks) that was blown askew by the derecho. It is slightly east of Boone on US-30.


2022 Calendar - January

Tomorrow I will reveal the February image.

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Thus far, CANDID PORTRAIT has proven to be a very popular theme.

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


WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensely-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEL 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 327 -CANDID PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

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 328 - HOLIDAYS
HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAYS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! But wait, I thought the themes were random? Seems also convenient that HOLIDAYS is the theme the same week as Christmas? Yeah, it does seem convenient. Perhaps even desperately random…

But what exactly is a HOLIDAYS image? Simply put, a HOLIDAYS image is just any image that suggest the celebration of a HOLIDAY. Opening presents, decorations, making treats, hanging with family or friends or co-workers. There are so many possibilities! And yes, Christmas is this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the basement and pull out your favorite Arbor Day decoration and take a picture of that.

While considering your possible subjects for your HOLIDAYS image, consider the following quote:

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
-Garrison Keillor

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of HOLIDAYS in this place that is little more than where I go for my personal holidays next Monday.

Cass County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

It is time I start revealing the images that are included in the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar. Each picture was chosen for one reason or another. I might reveal the reason why those images were picked or I might not. It is a mystery. But the pieces are there, if you can put them together.

I tried to represent all the photo projects I’ve worked on or the pictures I entered into Photo Contests, but I only entered one photo contest this past year and most of those pictures were in last year’s calendar. However, THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT is represented by 3 of the images. 3 of the pictures were auxiliary images taken on THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trips. THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is represented by 2 images. I also included 2 drone images, even though I barely took any drone images this year. I didn’t include any pictures from THE SELFIE PROJECT, cause nobody wants to stare at this mug for 31 days. I also didn’t include any images from the abandoned POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT. None of them seemed to fit any of the prerequisites that I have inside my head for each month’s image.

Here is the image that graces the front cover:


2022 Calendar - Cover

This picture of a Banksy inspired mural was found on the side of a building in Creston, Iowa. To know me at all is to know that I love Banksy. I took this picture on the last town sign harvesting trip I took with my Mom.

Tomorrow I will reveal January’s image.

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Here is the balance of the images I took on my road trip with Logan and Brandon to harvest the town signs of Cass County:


Cass County - Cold Springs State Park
Cold Springs State Park

Cass County - Cold Springs State Park

Cass County - Cold Springs State Park

Cass County - Cold Springs State Park

Cass County - Lewis
Lewis

Cass County - Lewis

Cass County - Lewis

Cass County - Lewis

Cass County - Lewis

Cass County - Lewis

Cass County - Hitchcock House
Hitchcock House

Cass County - Hitchcock House

Cass County - Hitchcock House

Cass County - Hitchcock House

Cass County - Atlantic
Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Cass County - Atlantic

Audubon County - Tree in the Road
Tree in the Road – Audubon County

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Audubon County - Tree in the Road

Greene County - Grand Junction
Grand Junction – Greene County

Here is the story behind the Tree in the Road from the Travel Iowa website:

This is a Cottonwood tree that has become a landmark in Audubon County. The story is when the county lines were being established the surveyor placed a green cottonwood stick into the ground at the exact point where the lines crossed and grew into the present tree.

The next set of auxiliary images will come from southwest Iowa.