Category Archives: Candid Portrait

Des Moines Farmer’s Market I

People often talk about how the Iowa State Fair is a great place for people watching. That is correct. All fairs and town festivals are great for such activities. But an underrated place for people watching is a good old fashioned farmer’s market. Like the Iowa State Fair it is also a great place to get great food. Walk in with a big old wad of cash and walk out with an empty wallet. I love a good Farmer’s Market from Rinehart’s Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market by Fraser to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market. The downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market is maybe… maybe my favorite place in the world (or at least central Iowa) to do a little bit of street photography.

One day last summer I went down there with Teresa and did just that.


Des Moines Farmer's Market - 2023

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Des Moines Farmer's Market - 2023

This year I plan on making multiple trips to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market AND I’ve talked for years about going to the Farmer’s Market in Valley Junction. This is the year I make that happen!

Still more pictures to share from this trip!

WPC – WEEK 448 – NECESSITY

NECESSITY! A great theme! But did enough people find it necessary to submit a photo to make NECESSITY a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 4 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 6 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 12 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 33 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Mike Vest – 38 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 43 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 45 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 45 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL)
21-Tamara Peterson – 57 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 60 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 89 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 90 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Dawn Krause – 98 weeks (IA)
26-Angie DeWaard – 94 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 104 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 105 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 116 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 116 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 118 weeks (2) (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 119 weeks (2) (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 120 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 123 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 125 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 127 weeks (2) (IA, CA)
37-Kio Dettman – 129 weeks (2) (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


1. The picture must 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 and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:


WEEK 448 Map
25 States

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks or the rules of the challenge or how to submit. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Chico, California) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Winnemucca, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Near Martinsville, Indiana)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 34 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Denver, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Miami, Florida) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Aruba) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Curacao)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 121 weeks

EDITOR’S NOTE: I never comment on submissions. It is one of the base creeds that I operate under for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. No matter how much I want to comment, I don’t. But there is a picture on here that I really need to comment on. You probably can’t even guess which one it is. I’m not going to comment on Elizabeth’s taste in music (although I do approve) or Baby Face Adam (although it does crack me up) or that there were a few pictures of dogs, but no pictures of cats as a NECESSITY. Interesting. Yes, provocative. What I have to comment on is how extremely jealous I am that Scott got to eat at a Taco Time! I’m like burning with jealousy. I’m not even comfortable with how jealous I am. The real ones know that Taco Time is the truth when it comes to “Mexican” fast food. Every once in awhile you will get somebody from dirty Dodge try to force Taco Tico down your throat. Which is uncomfortable because that isn’t how you eat tacos, you have to chew first and Taco Tico is gross. Taco Time is the ONLY fast food “Mexican” I will eat. I won’t even look Taco Bell in the face. I won’t even spit in the general direction of a Taco John’s. It has been years now since I’ve eaten at Taco Time. Now the axe-throwing place at North Grand Mall does a serviceable knockoff of the Crisp Meat Burrito, but at the end of the day… it is still a knockoff. I know it. They know it. The Crisp Meat Burrito knows it. We are living a lie. I miss Taco Time. Screw you Scott for opening this wound back up!

But while I am deeply, to a disturbing level, passionate about Taco Time, you may have noted Lowell’s picture was taken in a hospital. Leah is in the hospital for a few days, so if you are the praying type, keep them in your prayers and if you aren’t, keep them in your thoughts.

38 participants! The exact same participation rate as last week. Better than falling off… I guess…

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Aruba (1)
+ California (1)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Indiana (1)
+ Iowa (36)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Utah (1)

Thanks to Scott’s “business” trip we added Utah to the map! WooHoo! Thanks to Jesse’s vacation we also added 2 foreign countries in Aruba and Curacao! WooHoo!

Here is the Year 11 list of places where submissions have been taken (submissions taken in each places):

+ Arkansas (8.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (5)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (515)
+ Kansas (23)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (24)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (24)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

26 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN) – 5
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO) – 4
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy are in striking distance though!

The big milestone this week was Kio joining the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun in the sun and delicious tacos this week. Monica’s streak was blinded by the light and is now just a distant memory!

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 449 - TTIME
TIME

TIME! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I’m trying not to explain the themes this year, but sometimes I can’t help myself. ‘m like me at a table filled with Crisp Meat Burritos. Self-control is an issue. But I digress…

If you look closely at the TIME theme reveal image (not that closely) you will see that it is actually 2 separate images put together. On the left is a picture with a “fast” shutter speed that freezes the water. The right side of the image was taken with a “slow” shutter speed that makes the water more of a blur. The idea of the theme TIME is to either freeze TIME in place with a fast shutter speed or show the fluidity of time with a slow shutter speed.

However, I know most people don’t have control over the shutter speed on the camera they use, so as always interpret the theme as you see fit.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of TIME in this place that hopefully passes it for a few of you next Monday.

Christmas – 2023

Since Easter is tomorrow, thought I would share some pictures from Christmas. I spent the day with Teresa’s family and unfortunately didn’t get to see Carla’s family as they were down with the COVID. Maybe next year.

Here are a few photos:


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I hope everybody has as good of a Christmas as I did and I hope all of you also have a great Easter as well!

Birthday Hikin’

When I celebrated my birthday with Jesse and Jay it was actually a split affair. We celebrated my birthday and Jay’s birthday. We played miniature golf for me. Then Jay chose the restaurant. We ate at a Mexican restaurant in Granger. I took pictures and was going to make it a Sunday food adventure entry, but I found it a little hard to quantify. Then we went to Picket Fence Creamery and got ice cream. Then for the pièce de résistance, we made the hike to the High Trestle Trail Bridge. It was Jay’s first ever trip to the bridge. So while that may have been more for Jay, making this happen was definitely for me.

Some of the pictures here might confuse. Some of you might think they are HDR. Some might think they are Photoshopped. They are neither.

Here they are:


High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip
The 1st Step!

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

Every trip to the High Trestle Trail Bridge is a great trip. Now that Jay has been to the bridge there is only one person left that I badly want to make a trip there. But that is probably a pipe dream. But if I have to smoke opium to make it happen, I guess that is what has to happen.

A Miniature Birthday

Last year the only real birthday celebration I had was playing miniature golf with Jesse and Jay at Jester Park. I’m not old and unathletic enough to play real golf yet. Maybe I’ll get there in the next few years, but until then the occasional stroll around a miniature golf course is good enough for me.

Here are some pictures from the day:


Birthday Miniature Golf

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Birthday Miniature Golf

Jesse came out as the victor. Jay finished last. I look forward to playing miniature golf again this year. Maybe.

And You’ll Be the One Who’s Crying

A couple Sundays back my church honored our Building Engineer. He retired after 43 years with our church. Which is amazing when you think about it. Yesterday was my 18th anniversary with the computer mine. I can’t imagine working another 18 years there. Let alone another 25 years. Wow!

I used it as an opportunity to take pictures for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme SUNDAY MORNING. Here are some of the alternate images I took for the theme:


Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

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Ben's Retirement

It was a pretty great Sunday morning at the Boone First United Methodist Church!

Rancho Deluxe – I

It is time to share the August image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It was a picture taken with Rodan139 of RAGBRAI east of Luther.


2024 Calendar - August
AUGUST

I chose this RAGBRAI picture for August because RAGBRAI is a summer activity.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: Hasselblad L1D-20c
DATE: July 25, 2023 – 4:30 PM
LENS: 28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/4.5
EXPOSURE: 1/200
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will reveal the September image!

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High up on my list of things to see in 2023 is that kind of private art garden in Mason City known as Rancho Deluxe. Jesse and I stopped there on our way to Minnesota and it didn’t disappoint.


Rancho Deluxe

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There is another collection of images from this sweet place left to share.

Minnesota Independence Day Road Trip – Day 2

Time to share the February image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It is a picture of a strawflower bulb that was taken in my yard:


2024 Calendar - February
FEBRUARY

This image was placed in February as February houses Valentines Day and I like to think that flowertography is considered romantic.

TECHNICAL DETAILS:

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: June 7, 2023 – 7:43 PM
LENS: 105mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 105mm
APERTURE: f/2.8
EXPOSURE: 1/125
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will share the March image!

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My second and final day on my Independence Day Road Trip to Minnesota involved going to the Mall of America amusement park. But it started with breakfast:


Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

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Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

Independence Day Minnesota Trip - Day 2

It was a great trip! I should have stayed longer. Next time!