Category Archives: WPC – Reminder

Not What I Appear to Be

Happy Friday the 13th! May your night be Jason Voorhees free! Or, if you want, have the proper amount of Jason Voorhees. I have to confess that while I was on vacation I got sucked down a rabbit hole of watching the special features on about all of the discs in THE FRIDAY THE 13TH boxed set. I didn’t know if I would ever watch the movies when I picked up the boxed set for like $3 in a Wal-Mart bargain bin about 3 years ago. Turns out, I’m a sucker for documentaries and commentary tracks on terrible movies. You probably could have guessed that though.

Today’s collection of pictures is from August. Back when MUSIC was the theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I visited Derrick at Rieman Music to take some photos. These are the ones I didn’t select:


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If you have ANY music needs, you really should hop down to the Ames location of Rieman Music and talk to Derrick. The man knows everything there ever is to know about guitars.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SPORTS/GAMES:


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SPORTS/GAMES

A SPORTS/GAMES photo is any photo that involves anything that surrounds SPORTS/GAMES.

Happy photo harvesting!

But the Law Never Will

Here it is! The last batch of pictures of Melissa and Scottie D.’s children from the 2018 backlog! I think there are only 2 folders left in the 2018 backlog, but it might be less. I might just do a special Sunday “An Artist’s Notebook” entry just to be done with the 2018 backlog so I can begin in earnest hacking away at 2019.

Here is the final collection of Austin and Porter pictures:


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Austin & Porter - 2018

A few of these pictures Scottie D. had made into canvas prints and he gave them to Melissa for Christmas. A truly wonderful husband!

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This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is HIGH PERSPECTIVE.


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HIGH PERSPECTIVE

A HIGH PERSPECTIVE picture is a picture where your perspective comes from higher than your subject. It can be as simple as looking down on your subject OR you could just get up into a building or tree or whatever and get a perspective that is higher than ground level.

Happy photo harvesting!

Naima + Snow

Happy day to celebrate America’s addiction to soul-crushing consumerism! I will barely be leaving my house other than to ring the bell for the Salvation Army (4-5 at Hy-Vee if you are interested in dropping in and saying hi), do a little photography, and go watch Ashley Joens and the gang crush some hapless fools. So go punch another person in the face to save 5% on 2015’s television model for me.

Hitting up the 2018 backlog with a collection of Naima pictures. These pictures of Naima frolicking in the snow, which she is know to do. Big fan of snow, that dog. Extreme cold, not so much. Snow, definitely.


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Naima + Snow

Naima + Snow

I believe this only leaves 4 folders left in the 2018 back log. We should be finished up my the middle of December, at the latest!

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


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COLORFUL

A COLORFUL photo is a photo of any object that is filled with color.

Happy photo harvesting!

Howards 2018 – Volume 3

Here is the final collection of images from the 2018 Howards Photo Shoot that took place at some golf course that is like 3 blocks from my house.


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Sorry David, your character from the Howard Family Sitcom got written off. You will not be appearing in the 2019 Howard Family Photo Shoot.

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


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SHADOW

A SHADOW picture is a picture where a SHADOW is an important composition element of the picture.

Happy photo harvesting!

Howards 2018 – Volume 2

Another dip into the cool refreshing waters of the 2018 backlog. This time, a second collection of pictures from the 2018 Howard Family Shoot.

Here are a few more of my favorites:


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There is one more batch of 2018 Howard pictures still in the hopper! Stay pumped!

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PURPLE.


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PURPLE

Remember that a PURPLE image is any image that deals with the color PURPLE in its composition in a meaningful way.

Happy photo harvesting!

President Quest 2020 – Elizabeth Warren

In late October I went to the beautiful campus of the pre-eminent land grant university in the country to see Elizabeth Warren speak at Stephens Auditorium. She was the last of the major candidates I needed to see.

Here is a little bit about Elizabeth Warren from her website:

Elizabeth grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, a law professor, and a US Senator because America invested in kids like her.

Elizabeth’s dad sold fencing and carpeting, and ended up as a building maintenance man. Her mom stayed home with Elizabeth and her older brothers.

When Elizabeth was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack and was out of work for a long time. They lost the family station wagon, and were about an inch away from losing their home, when her mom got a minimum wage job answering phones at Sears. That job saved their home, and it saved their family.

All three of Elizabeth’s older brothers served in the military. Her oldest brother was career Air Force and flew combat missions in Vietnam. Her middle brother went on to work construction. Her youngest brother started his own business.

From the time Elizabeth was in second grade, she wanted to be a teacher, but her family didn’t have money for college. She earned a debate scholarship, but dropped out to get married to her high school sweetheart at 19. Elizabeth got a second chance at a commuter college in Texas that cost $50 a semester, and she started teaching children with special needs at a public elementary school. Her daughter Amelia was born when Elizabeth was 22.

When Amelia turned two, Elizabeth enrolled in a public law school that cost $450 a semester. Three years later, she graduated at eight months pregnant with her son Alex. Elizabeth hung out a shingle and practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching.

Elizabeth was a law professor for more than 30 years at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. She is one of the nation’s top experts on the financial pressures facing middle class families. She taught classes on commercial law, contracts, and bankruptcy, and conducted groundbreaking research on the connection between health care costs and personal bankruptcy.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid asked Elizabeth to serve as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel to provide some oversight of TARP, the Wall Street bailout. She fought to protect taxpayers, hold Wall Street accountable, and ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations.

Elizabeth is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As an assistant to President Barack Obama and special adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury, she led the establishment of the consumer agency to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products.

Wall Street opposed the CFPB, and they didn’t want Elizabeth – the agency’s biggest champion – to run it. After Senate Republicans vowed to block Elizabeth’s nomination to serve as the first director of the CFPB, Elizabeth ran for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Massachusetts. She has served as the Bay State’s Senior Senator since 2013.

Elizabeth and her husband Bruce have been married for 38 years. They have three grandchildren and a golden retriever named Bailey

Here is an example of her policy plans:

After decades of largely flat wages and exploding household costs, millions of families can barely breathe. For generations, people of color have been shut out of their chance to build wealth. It’s time for big, structural changes to put economic power back in the hands of the American people.

That means putting power back in the hands of workers and unions. It also means transforming large American companies by letting their workers elect at least 40% of the company’s board members to give them a powerful voice in decisions about wages and outsourcing. And it means a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to Internet access.

As the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we can make investments that create economic opportunity, address rural neglect, and a legacy of racial discrimination–if we stop handing out giant tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations and start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share.

That includes an Ultra-Millionaire Tax on America’s 75,000 richest families to produce trillions that can be used to build an economy that works for everyone, including universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and down payments on a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. And we can make a historic investment in housing that would bring down rents by 10% across America and create 1.5 million new jobs.

Some of my favorite pictures from the night:


Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

I don’t know that I’ll go see any more candidates. But I might go see a couple of my finalists again, if given the opportunity.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ORANGE.


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ORANGE

An ORANGE image is an image where the color ORANGE plays an important part of the composition. The subject of the picture could be ORANGE, for example.

Happy photo harvesting!

President Quest 2020 – Pete Buttigieg – Volume 2

Last Friday I published pictures of when I saw Pete Buttigieg speak at the Iowa State Fair. It was the best place to hear somebody speak, so I decided to see him again.

A few weeks back he came to speak at the Farm Expo Grounds near Boone. It was a cold, rainy, Sunday morning, but I made my way out there with Jesse to see him speak.

Here are some pictures:


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Buttigieg was one of the most impressive candidates I’ve seen to date. I was legitimately surprised how impressive he was. His eloquence. His master of issues. It was all very impressive. You can tell that he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was the first candidate I saw that dramatically moved the needle for me.

But I’m very far from committing to one candidate at this time.

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


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FORMAL PORTRAIT

A FORMAL PORTRAIT is a PORTRAIT where the subject knows that they are being photographed and pose for the picture.

Happy photo harvesting!

President Quest 2020 – Pete Buttigieg – Volume 1

On my first stop to the Iowa State Fair, the trip where Baby Got Rack dominated the competition with our Meatloaf Cupcakes, I stuck around longer in the day to see 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

He was speaking at the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox. I badly underestimated how soon the crowd would line up to see him. I also badly underestimated how many people would show up to see him.

I cracked out one of my longest telephoto lenses and grabbed what pictures I could. It was hard to hear him, so I decided that I would have to go see Mayor Pete a second time, in a more intimate locale.

Here is a little information on Pete Buttigieg from the Wiki, the first openly gay candidate to run for the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg[1] ( /ˈbuːtɪdʒɪdʒ/ BOOT-ih-jij;[2][3] born January 19, 1982) is an American politician and former U.S. Naval Reserve officer who has served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. He is one of two combat veterans running for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.[4]

After graduating from Harvard University and then from Pembroke College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, Buttigieg worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.[5] From 2009 to 2017 he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014.[6][7]

Buttigieg was elected Mayor of South Bend in 2011 and reelected in 2015. Before his reelection, he publicly came out as gay. On April 14, 2019, Buttigieg announced his candidacy in the 2020 United States presidential election,[8] after having formed an exploratory committee in January 2019.[9][10] His platform includes support for reducing income inequality, pro-environmental policies, cooperation between the Democratic Party and organized labor, universal background checks for firearms purchases, the Equality Act, a public option for health insurance, and preserving the DACA program for children of illegal immigrants. Buttigieg also supports reforms that would end gerrymandering, overturn the Citizens United v. FEC decision, and abolish the Electoral College.[11]

Here are some pictures of Mayor Pete:


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I would see Mayor Pete again, a couple of months later.

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


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LINES

LINES photography, is the drawing the viewer’s eye along vertical, diagonal, parallel and horizontal lines.

Many subjects make LINES. Roads, paths, bridges, buildings. Just to name a few.

Happy photo harvesting!

A Proud Assertion

Hitting up that 2018 backlog again. This is a collection of flower pictures I took in mid-August of 2018. Mostly sunflowers. A few of God’s other creatures sprinkled in for fun as well.


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Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower

Drop

Hollyhock

Goldfinch

Would you believe that I am almost done with pictures from August of 2018? Well, it is true…

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This is your reminder that the theme for this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE:


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STILL LIFE

A reminder that STILL LIFE photography is “used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects.”

Happy photo harvesting!

Flower of the Sun

Once again, hitting up the 2018 backlog. There aren’t many pictures in today’s collection just a sunflower picture and a few pictures taken out at good old Dickcissel!


Sunflower

Dickcissel Flowers

Dickcissel Flowers

Dickcissel Flowers

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Probably keep hammering on this 2018 backlog again next week!

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


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LOW PERSPECTIVE

A LOW PERSPECTIVE picture is a picture that looks up at its subject OR that is taken from a perspective that is below normal human eye level. I believe average human eye level is about 6 foot 3.

Happy photo harvesting!