Category Archives: Candid Portrait

2009-09-27

The pictures from the folder 2009-09-27 come from a Saturday when I went down to Des Moines to watch Jen compete in the Des Moines Regatta and watched Iowa State beat Army in football.

All the pageantry that comes with Army coming to your stadium is pretty amazing. Iowa State was also schedule to play both Navy and Air Force, but both those games got cancelled after the Big 12 went to a 9 game conference schedule and some nonconference games had to be cancelled. I still wish those game would get rescheduled, but I know it will never happen.


Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

I’m not sure if this was the last Des Moines Regatta that Jen ever competed in, but I’m pretty sure that it was.

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:

Des Moines Regatta
Army

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve an Art Festival.

The Gambler, He Broke Even

Kenny Rogers passed away on Saturday. Celebrity deaths don’t usually have much effect on me. However, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers is my Mom’s favorite and therefore is one of my favorite country singers. I can’t stomach modern country, but I have more than a few old timey country artists I love. Like Hank Williams because of my Grandpa, (I’ve probably covered the Nirvana Christmas Story to recollect it again here) Ernest Tubb because of my Grandma, and Johnny Paycheck AND Tom T. Hall and Dolly Parton because of my Dad. Then there is Kenny Rogers because of my Mom.

Kenny songs were a staple in the Bennett household as I grew up. I have so many favorites:

-Coward of the County
-Lucille
-Lady
-She Believes in Me
-Islands in the Stream
-Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer
-We’ve Got Tonight
-Through the Years
-She Believes in Me
-You Decorated My Life
-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town
-You Decorated My Life
-Love Will Turn You Around

and of course

-The Gambler

I think “The Gambler” is the song that most people in my generation affiliate with Kenny Rogers. It isn’t actually my favorite Kenny Rogers song, but I do love it so. I also think there is some real world, great, practical advice in that song.

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

When I was a kid, I foolishly thought that this was advice about how to play poker. It wasn’t until later in life (probably embarrassingly later) that I realized that this advice had nothing a card game. It was about life. It is advice that I should really apply to my life.

There are too many times where I should fold ’em and walk away. I can think of a couple times where I should have folded ’em and then ran. I’m a person who sometimes tries to hold ’em too much. Or as he says in “Lucille”:

“I’m no quitter, bit I finally quit livin’ on dreams.” I’m hungry for laughter and here ever after. I’m after whatever the other life brings”

It is sad that the dealin’s done for Kenny Rogers. But in his songs I found an ace I can keep.

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Thought I would share pictures from another event that takes me back to my childhood every time I go, the Iowa State Fair. This is the final collection of pictures from my trip there with Logan and Nader.

Most of these pictures are of animals. The DNR building is one of my favorite stops at the Iowa State Fair every year. There are also picutres of the baby pigs from the baby animal exhibit and cakes from the cake competition and sheep waiting for mutton busting.


Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

I can’t wait for this year’s Iowa State Fair. Hopefully there is one.

2009-09-12

The pictures from the folder 2009-09-12 are from the Iowa State-Iowa football game in 2009. I don’t recall who won the game, but I just hope everybody had fun!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:


Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

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:

The Iowa Hawkeyes

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the Howards.

ISFRXOII

Even though it is barely March, it is about time that I start turning my thoughts to the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. I hope to be more current with my images by the time I actually have to make a decision, but I am pretty sure I know of at least one picture I’m going to enter. Even though, I currently can’t remember that picture. I just remember taking a picture and thinking, I’m going to enter that in the Iowa State Fair. Could be a false memory planted by my therapist. Since, after all, having a therapist is a false memory placed by parts unknown.

Today’s collection is of pictures I took on the last day of the Iowa State Fair with the Sony RXOII. Nader went with me and Logan met me down there.


Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

This is just the beginning of the pictures from last year’s Iowa State Fair.

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


WEEK 234 - JUNK
JUNK

Remember, that there is a difference between JUNK and garbage. Also remember, there are many definitions of the word JUNK.

Happy photo harvesting!

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

A big thank you to all the people that showed up and supported the Youth Group on Ash Wednesday! This year, it was a huge success! We raised more than double the money that we raised on last year’s Spaghetti Fundraiser!

Here are some pictures from the event:


Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Fundraiser

Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it on Wednesday. There will be at least one more, possibly 2 more fundraisers for the mission trip to Indianapolis in the next couple of months!

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


WEEK 233 - FASHION
FASHION

Remember a FASHION photo is any photo where you get an look at the clothing that the people are wearing.

Happy photo harvesting!

2009-09-02 & 2009-09-04

The pictures in the folders 2009-09-02 and 2009-09-04 are from two separate but nearly equally great events.

A couple of the pictures are from Alligator Shirt Day. A holiday that I invented back in 2009, but then forgot to honor on a yearly basis. You can bet dollars to donuts that on the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar, you will find Alligator Shirt Day in it. Just one of the changes you will see in the 2021 calendar as I will make it an even more personal project, since I don’t sell them any longer.

The other event is the Iowa State football game against North Dakota State. Back then, I didn’t realize that North Dakota State had one of the most annoying fanbases in the world. A pretty big accomplishment for a nothing university in a town that nobody would’ve heard of if the Cohen brothers didn’t name a movie after the town and then set the movie in Minnesota.

Here are some pictures:


Alligator Shirt Day

Alligator Shirt Day

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State defeated the North Dakota State 34-17 on that evening.

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:

Alligator Shirt Day

North Dakota State

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a couple of road trips I went on.

I Just Smile, Once in a While

A few weeks ago I decided to buy a new camera. This isn’t the post about the new camera, because that one is going to get pretty deep into the weed, but this is a post that is happening because of that decision.

The short version is that because of the new camera purchase I started to look around at adapters. Something that happened while I was looking at adapters I came across some adapters that would hook my Dad’s Minolta manual focus lenses to my current camera and to my new camera. Those adapters arrived on Friday and I took dug out the lenses and took a few pictures:


I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

I Just Smile, Once in a While

In fact, my WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE submission from last week was a picture I took with my Dad’s lens of Logan taking a picture with one of my Dad’s lenses of my Mom:


WEEK 231 - FAMILY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

I’ll go a little more in depth on each lens in the future, but right now I just want to celebrate the fact that I can use them!

2009-08-29

The pictures from the folder named 2009-08-29 are mostly from a photo session I did with Stephanie. If I recall correctly, these pictures were supposed to be a headshot for her music career. I decided to convert those to black and white and save them for posterity.

The other pictures in this folder are from my garden.


2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

2009-08-29

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

Stephanie Kim - 2009

This is the first time that I’ve published any of these images.

Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve Ottumwa, Iowa and fire.

Purpose and Potential

Hitting up the old 2019 backlog. The pictures I share today are from the graduation church service for our church’s seniors. The other pictures are pictures I took on the same day.


Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Graduation - 2019

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

Purpose and Potential

I have seen some of those kids, ahem, young adults since they moved on to their next adventures. I’ve seen Casey and Anna and Mackenzie and Megan and Halle. They are all doing great things!