Category Archives: Formal Portrait

2010-06-05

All the pictures in the folder 2010-06-05 are pictures of Derrick and Jen while Jen was pregnant with Evie. This was a part of a series of images we took to document Jen’s pregnancy as part of a PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT.

Here are some of those images:


2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

2 of 6 Alternate

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 NO. 27

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve lightning and roses and art on a train bridge.

Kanoa at 1!

The January image of the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar was taken in lower Ledges. It was taken on January 4, 2020. It was taken shortly after a recent snow fall. One sad part about the printed version of this picture in the calendar is that the picnic table gets cut off where the pages are bound.


2021 Calendar - January

Here are some of the details of the picture:

DETAILS

CAMERA: SONY ILCA-77M2
LENS: DT 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
FOCAL LENGTH: 20mm (30mm in 35mm)
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/250
ISO: 100
LATITUDE: 41.99793
LONGITUDE: -93.88033

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Back in August at Kanoa’s Birthday Party he also “posed” for some more formal portraits. Here are some of my favorites:


Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1

Kanoa at 1
You’d be surprised to know how much Photoshop was used on this picture to remove Johnathan.

If you want to peruse the rest of the Kanoa pictures, click on the link below:

Kanoa – 1 Year Old

Not getting to see Kanoa very much is just one of the many things that suck about this mismanaged pandemic. But hopefully I’ll get to see him more in 2021.

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

When I got a refund for my Iowa State football season tickets back in August, I used the money and put it towards the purchase of a new lens. The biggest gap in my Sony mirrorless line up was what I would call a mid-telephoto lens. I don’t need a 400mm lens, yet. But something near a 200mm lens was definitely needed.

I considered about 4 or 5 different lenses before ultimately deciding on the Tamron 70-180 f/2.8. I was willing to sacrifice a bit on the length in exchange for have a consistent widest aperture of f/2.8. That was a pretty easy trade to make.

Here are some of the specs of the lens:

Specifications

Focal Length: 70-180mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Angle of View: Diagonal: 34 Degree 21′ – 13 Degree 42′ (for full-frame mirrorless format
Minimum Object Distance: 33.5 inch.
Filter Size: 67mm

Here are some pictures of the lens:


Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

I took a series of pictures to present an idea of the lenses reach. A 50mm lens is pretty close to way the naked eye sees the world. I took a picture with a 50mm lens and then a picture with the widest setting on the lens (70mm) and then the closest setting on the lens (180mm).


Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
50mm at 5 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
70mm at 5 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
180mm at 5 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
50mm at 10 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
70mm at 10 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
180mm at 10 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
50mm at 25 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
70mm at 25 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
180mm at 25 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
50mm at 50 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
70mm at 50 yards

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8
180mm at 50 yards

Here are a collection of the first images I took with the new lens:


Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Digging for God - 2020

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

Tamron 70-180 f/2.8

It has been a few months since I bought a new lens. I’m starting to jones for one. Look, Lensbaby is having a sale!

2010-04-29

Whew! This is a big one. Just by adding these pictures to the SmugMug Gallery from the folder 2010-04-29, I was able to fix 5 “An Artist’s Notebook” posts. I believe I added pictures to 14 different photo albums.

The pictures in this folder are taken from over several days of vacation I took back in 2010. Some in Minnesota. Some at Iowa State. Lots of flowers. A few of people.

Here are a few of them:


Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 3 - Guinea Pig

The 5-8 Club

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Where It Got Its Life

Where it Got Its Life

Vacation - 2010

Vacation - 2010

Vacation Day 6

Vacation - 2010

Vacation - 2010

Where It Got Its Life

Where It Got Its Life

Where It Got Its Life

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 4 - Cotton Candy

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

Vacation Day 6

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:

VACATION DAY 3 – GUINEA PIG DENIAL

VACATION DAY 4 – COTTON CANDY

VACATION DAY 5 – THE JUICY LUCY

VACATION DAY 6 – CAMPUS

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 21

In that collection of restored posts, is a very bad take on how well Fred Hoiberg would do at Iowa State.

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

2010-04-11

I need to start off this day by wishing Sara a happy birthday. Happy birthday Sara!


The Juncks - 2016


I hope your birthday was as amazing as you wanted it to be!

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It is also Scottie D.’s birthday! Happy birthday Scottie D.!


Scottie D. for City Council

September 23, 2017

Tenderloining at Cole's

Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2019

I hope your birthday was as amazing as you wanted it to be!

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The majority of the pictures in the folder 2010-04-11 are from a benefit event I photographed. I don’t even remember what it was a benefit for, but it was put on by a lady I used to work with. There were also pictures of Nader in there.


Nader

Nader

Nader

WEEK 14 - SYMMETRY AND PATTERNS

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

Kristy's Benefit

I don’t remember much of the night of the benefit, other than I left shortly after a bar fight that left the floor covered in the most blood I’ve ever seen from a fight. It was a lot of blood.

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:

A Benefit

RWPE #14 – SYMMETRY AND PATTERNS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Iowa State Football.

2010-04-08

The pictures in the folder 2010-04-08 are from a photo shoot for my 2010 Birthday Party invitation. The theme for the invitation was “Done Got Old”. The pictures were taken by Sara. The guitar in the pictures was donated by Derrick. The cane was from Sara’s personal collection of canes. And yes, the white shoes were intentional. I was asked this question frequently for some reason.


Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

I hope to have a birthday party in 2021. Hopefully by the we will be through this completely mismanaged pandemic.

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

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 16

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a benefit I photographed.

2010-04-05

The pictures in the folder 2010-04-05 are from a combination of us introducing Jackson to the greatness of Homerun Derby and then the rest are pictures for a MACRO theme of the first year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


WEEK 13 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

WEEK 13 - MACRO ALTERNATE

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

Makes me want to get a big red bat and knocks some balls around the yard again!

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:

Home Run Derby: The Next Generation

The Virtue of the Bored

RWPE #13 – Macro

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the most beautiful campus in the entire world.

2010-03-31

The pictures from the folder 2010-03-31 are from when I was officially given the title of Lone Wolf. Willy had been out there masquerading as a lone wolf for years. He had to have his wings clipped by Jay. Jay made me a mask that was presented to me and the title of Lone Wolf was officially bequeathed to me.

To celebrate a title that I have scientifically backed up over the years, I went out and had a photo session with the mask. Sara was the photographer.


The Story

The Story

The Story

The Story

The Story

The Story

The Story

Unfortunately, the mask did fall about a few years ago, but my claim to being the true Lone Wolf never has!

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 Story

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a transformer and a big red bat. Not together though.

2010-03-26 & 2010-03-27

I need to start the day by wishing Vest a happy birthday. Happy birthday Vest!


PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

01-01-08

Computer Mine Holiday Card - 2017

2019  Computer Mine Holiday Card

I hope your birthday was as amazing as you hoped it would be.

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Most of the pictures in the folders 2010-03-26 and 2010-03-27 are pictures of Jill and Shannon that I took for a couple of PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECTs.


WEEK 12 - SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Amplification

Amplification

Amplification

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Superstar

Jill's Hand and Foot

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 NO. 14

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 15

RWPE #12 – SIGNS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the time I scientifically proved that I am the the true Lone Wolf!