Category Archives: Candid Portrait

Warren County Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

This is the final set of peripheral images I took on my road trip with Shannon harvesting the town signs of Warren County. The last couple of pictures are from Maxwell that I took on my way back home. I stopped there because I still needed to photograph their Freedom Rock. They have a tank next to their Freedom Rock. Story County don’t play.


Warren County - Martensdale
Martensdale

Warren County - Churchville
Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Churchville

Warren County - Cumming
Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Cumming

Warren County - Summerset
Summerset

Warren County - Summerset

Warren County - Summerset

Story County - Maxwell
Maxwell

Story County - Maxwell

Story County - Maxwell

It was a good trip and hopefully Shannon joins me for another town sign harvesting trip in the future.

WPC – WEEK 318 – PASSION

In the next few weeks I will be compiling a list of the next 52 themes. If you have ideas for me to consider, place it in the COMMMENTS section of this here journal entry. I might not use them, but I will definitely give them the consideration that they deserve. I like to swap out at least half the themes from year to year. For this year’s set of 52 themes, only Andy submitted submissions. Makes a guy kinda sad.

PASSION is a pretty abstract theme, so I wasn’t sure how good participation rates would be. However, there were several people that have a PASSION about their PASSION. And a couple people that texted me that they have no PASSION in their life and furthermore don’t even know anybody that has a PASSION in their life. I guess those people don’t know me and I’m not sure how they got my phone number. But don’t worry, they have been blocked and reported.

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


WEEK 318 - PASSION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 318 - PASSION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 318 - PASSION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 318 - PASSION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 318 - PASSION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEL 318 - PASSION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 318 - PASSION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 318 - PASSION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 318 - PASSION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 318 - PASSION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 318 - PASSION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 318 - PASSION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 318 - PASSION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 318 - PASSION - 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 319 - GREEN
GREEN

GREEN! What a great theme! But what is a GREEN image? Simply enough, a GREEN image is any image where the color GREEN is an important part of the compositional elements. It can be the main subject, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. The word GREEN also has multiple meanings, if you want to explore that as well.

As you are considering your GREEN image, think on the following quote for inspiration:

Green in the prime color of the world, and that from which loveliness arises.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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 GREEN in this place that tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible the next Monday.

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

On Tuesday night Layla wanted to go to a 4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt on the Iowa State Campus, but both her parents were indisposed. They asked me to take her and since 4-H photography runs through the blood of this family (both my sisters were accomplished 4-H photographers) I agreed to the excursion.

Before the hunt, there was a presentation where a Story County 4-H Photography Judge gave pointers on taking pictures for the photo contest. She mostly hammered down on the “rule of thirds” and “giving space for objects in motion to move”. Good rudimentary rules for beginning photographers.

Here are the 10 items Layla was to photograph:

+ “Images” on the ground from the sun.
+ You can see me in the water, but I never get wet.
+ A type of insect with antennae on its head. It might be found in a hill and can be red.
+ Out in nature I can be seen, I fall, but not from an evergreen.
+ Any item you can see moved by wind or force.
+ I am pretty and smell sweet, you will find me if you look down near your feet.
+ Here, books are organized by numbers and from A-Z.
+ Orange, blue, yell, green, red, indigo. What is the color this is missing from the rainbow.
+ Full of water, but not a lake. On top sits a 40 foot tank.
+ I’ve told you what to find until now, here’s your chance to make me say “WOW!”. Find an object and show your own unique perspective.

Here are pictures I took of Layla taking her pictures.


4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

4-H Photo Scavenger Hunt

After they completed the hunt, the group posted it up in the new Student Innovation Center (which is a sweet, sweet building) and everybody showed their favorite picture from the hunt. Then the judge and her son gave the pointers and lot more talks of Rules of Thirds. But don’t be surprised if at the Story County Fair next year (I honestly have no clue where or when that is) there are lots of pictures of the Marston Water Tower.

I do think that the Photo Scavenger Hunt is a good idea for getting the youth to take pictures they can enter in a photo contest. You may not know this, but the original idea for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (born the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT) was to generate pictures that could be used for photo contests. The idea, Vest said was that at the end of the year you would have 52 pictures you could consider for photo contests. While I’m not sure how many (or if any) pictures I have taken have ever been entered in a photo contest, but the idea still stands.

I wonder if I could somehow steal the Photo Scavenger Hunt idea to try to generate youth entries for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. This would be an easier idea to pull off if Boone still had a Camera Club. Hmmmm…

BUTLER COUNTY AUXILIARY IMAGES VOL. 2

This is the final collection of auxiliary images I took while on a road trip with Carla to Butler County to harvest their town signs.


Butler County

Butler County - Clarksville
Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville
If you aren’t down with Mollie B, you aren’t down with me.

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Allison
Allison

Butler County - Allison

Butler County - Greene
Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Aredale
Aredale

Butler County - Bristow
Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Butler Center
Butler Center

Butler County - Butler Center

Franklin-Hardin County- Ackley
Ackley

Franklin-Hardin County- Ackley

I plan in great detail the order in which I will harvest the town signs on these trips, but I don’t really plan for other stops. I like these trips to be as organic as possible and to be surprised at the things I find. One of the most amazing discoveries on this trip was that memorial garden/park we found in Bristow with the little chapel. I had no clue it existed and I was so glad we found it.

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


WEEK 317 - TIME
TIME

What exactly is a TIME photo? In a way, all images are a TIME photo because all pictures record a little slice of TIME that will never ever happen again. Your challenge is to figure out how to capture that slice of TIME. Will you use a quick shutter speed to freeze TIME? Will you use a slow shutter speed to make TIME seem more fluid? Will you be more literal and like the theme reveal image take a picture of a TIME recording device?

Happy photo harvesting!

First Day of the Fair

On the first day of the Iowa State Fair I attended it with Jen, Layla, and Evie. Evie was performing with her Irish Dance Team. We wandered around the Fair for several hours before and after watching Evie perform. Here on some of the pictures from the day:


Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

Iowa State Fair - 2021

I also went to the Fair on the last day with Jesse. I will share those pictures in the future.

If you want to take peruse the rest of my Day 1 Iowa State Fair pictures, click on the link below:

Iowa State Fair – 2021

Over 200 images in there right now.

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


WEEK 311 - PEOPLE
PEOPLE

PEOPLE! What a great theme! But what is a PEOPLE photo? Fortunately for you, people infest nearly every corner of this planet, so they are easy to find. All you have to do is find some PEOPLE or remnants or proof that PEOPLE were once there. This group of PEOPLE doesn’t have to have any connection. They don’t have to be friends or family. They just have to be homo sapiens. I suppose Neanderthals would work as well.

Happy photo harvesting!

Benton County Auxiliary Images – 1

A few weeks back I hit the open road with Jesse and we harvested the town signs of Benton County and Poweshiek County. This collection focuses primarily on Benton County, although there are some pictures at the end from Buchanan County.

Jesse was the first Town Sign Assistant to use the map and eschew GPS in his navigator duties. It was quite impressive to see and I believe his ability to read a map gives me hope for the world.

Here are the first set of auxiliary images from the road trip:


Benton County - Van Horne
Van Horne

Benton County - Van Horne

Benton County - Garrison
Garrison

Benton County - Garrison

Benton County - Vinton
Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Vinton

Benton County - Mount Auburn
Mount Auburn

Benton County - Mount Auburn
Jesse didn’t get a Pepsi. The machine didn’t even have a power cord.

Buchanan County - Brandon
Brandon (Buchanan County)

Buchanan County - Brandon

Buchanan County - Brandon

Buchanan County - Brandon

Buchanan County - Brandon

Buchanan County - Brandon

Buchanan County - Brandon
No riffraff allowed!

I definitely really enjoyed Vinton. Any town with tons of artwork is my kind of town. It is definitely on my list of towns to visit again when I have more time. They also recently installed a glow-in-the-dark path that I want to checkout.

There are plenty more pictures from the road trip still to share.

Ain’t No Party Like A Carousel Party!

I was recently invited to Maven’s Birthday Party. It took place at a carousel! Yeah, all other parties are now ruined for me. You are going to have to step it up if you want this guy to make an appearance. Not entirely true. I will show up to any particular place where I could potentially get free food.

Here are some pictures from the festivities:


Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

Maven's 2021 Birthday Party

There was some talk of touring area carousels, but I think that has fizzled out now that Tenderloin Trail 2.0 seems to be on the horizon.

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


WEEK 305 - MUSIC
MUSIC

MUSIC! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a MUSIC photo? A MUSIC photo is any picture that’s composition includes anything related to MUSIC. A person playing MUSIC. Sheet MUSIC. A MUSICal instrument. Anything involved in the creation of MUSIC.

While thinking on your MUSIC photo, consider this quote:

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
-John Erskine

Happy photo harvesting!

Congregation

This collection of images is cleaning up some random photos from January and February. The highlight and the majority of these images are taken from when Logan brought Dahlia over see Mom and Teresa.


Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

Congregation

That was a good day!

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


WEEK 302 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a COMMUNICATION image? It is simply any picture that shows a type of COMMUNICATION or people COMMUNICATIONing or things that are used for COMMUNICATION. For example, in the theme reveal there are several things being COMMUNICATIONed. The business is a carwash. The phone number to reach the proprietor is 515-890-1900. Somebody fears the commercialization of Christmas. They also must like fish. Signs are a great form of COMMUNICATION, as just an example.

Happy photo harvesting!

Austin & Porter 2020 C

Here is the final collection of images from the 2002 photo shoot with the Degeneffe Boys:


Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

I look forward to the 2021 Degeneffe Boys Photo Shoot.

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


WEEL 293 - HANDS
HANDS

A HANDS image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture where the composition involves either HANDS or things that HANDS use, like gloves. It should be an easy theme, since almost everybody has HANDS or knows somebody with HANDS. I mean, even a clock has HANDS.

Think about the following quote while you are contemplating your image:

A man who works with his HANDS is a laborer; a man who works with his HANDS and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his HANDS and his brain and his heart is an artist.

-Louis Nizer

Meditate on this quote and I have no doubt your submission will rise to the level of art!

Happy photo harvesting!