Category Archives: Boone FUMC

FAT MUM SLIM – AUGUST 2022

Another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. Think there is some good work in there this week. Having so much going on in August certainly helped. We’ll see how September goes.

Here are the August images:


August 1
August 1 – I AM…

August 2
August 2 – I LOVE THIS COLOUR

August 3
August 3 – I WALKED HERE…

August 4
August 4 – I LIKE TO…

August 5
August 5 – I LIKE THIS TIME OF DAY…

August 6
August 6 – I LOVE…

August 7
August 7 – I MADE THIS…

August 8
August 8 – I WORK HERE…

August 9
August 9 – I HELD THIS…

August 10
August 10 – I WROTE THIS…

August 11
August 11 – I SAW…

August 12
August 12 – I LIKE TO DRINK…

August 13
August 13 – I STOOD HERE…

August 14
August 14 – I DO THIS ON SUNDAYS…

August 15
August 15 – I ONCE…

August 16
August 16 – I NEVER…

August 17
August 17 – I WENT TO…

August 18
August 18 – I READ THIS…

August 19
August 19 – I DID THIS GOOD THING…

August 20
August 20 – I LOVE THIS VIEW…

August 21
August 21 – I DON’T LIKE TO…

August 22
August 22 – ON MONDAYS I…

August 23
August 23 – I SAT HERE…

August 24
August 24 – I LIKE TO EAT…

August 25
August 25 – I HAVE TO…

August 26
August 26 – I WORE THIS…

August 27
August 27 – ON WEEKENDS I…

August 28
August 28 – I WATCHED THIS…

August 29
August 29 – I CAN…

August 30
August 30 – I CAN’T…

August 31
August 31 – I BELIEVE…

Remember you can follow these as they drop on the daily on my dedicated FatMumSlim Instagram account @FMSBENNETT.

Here are the prompts for September:

September 1: Something I Saw
September 2: Plastic
September 3: Paper
September 4: Somewhere I Went
September 5: Hobby
September 6: Green + Blue
September 7: Before Bed
September 8: An Emotion
September 9: Opposites
September 10: I Can Hear…
September 11: Paint
September 12: Symmetry
September 13: Tasty
September 14: Odd One Out
September 15: A Food Shop
September 16: 12:34
September 17: Lucky
September 18: Car Park
September 19: What’s on TV
September 20: Texture
September 21: Nature
September 22: Tree Trunk
September 23: Crunchy
September 24: I Can Smell…
September 25: Laneway
September 26: The Moon
September 27: Open Door
September 28: My Culture
September 29: Not My Style
September 30: Sentimental

Should be a good month. I think there are some good prompts in there. The woman who runs this challenge is Australian. There must be some Australian things in here cause I have no clue what a “Car Park” or a “Laneway” is, but I’ll find out.

Fat Mum Slim – July 2022

A quick heads up. If you were thinking of going to or entering an animal into the Pufferbilly Days Dog and Exotic Animal Show, because of the extreme heat of today it was postponed. It is now tomorrow at noon at the park on 9th and Story.

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I have another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge. This month wasn’t as difficult as last month because they were just standard themes. I think the images I took are a fair record of my experiences in July.


July 1
July 1 – Reflection

July 2
July 2 – Letters

July 3
July 3 – Human

July 4
July 4 – I’m Working On This…

July 5
July 5 – Wall

July 6
July 6 – Bright Colours

July 7
July 7 – A Fave Place

July 8
July 8 – Out of Focus

July 9
July 9 – A Boomerang

July 10
July 10 – Behind Someone

July 11
July 11 – Interior

July 12
July 12 – Exterior

July 13
July 13 – Life

July 14
July 14 – Create A Postcard

July 15
July 15 – Where I Stood

July 16
July 16 – Pattern

July 17
July 17 – Water

July 18
July 18 – Street Photography

July 19
July 19 – A Cylinder

July 20
July 20 – Hug

July 21
July 21 – A Church

July 22
July 22 – Current Interest

July 23
July 23 – Still Life

July 24
July 24 – A Metaphor

July 25
July 25 – Beauty

July 26
July 26 – Beauty

July 27
July 27 – Countryside

July 28
July 28 – An Old Car

JULY 29
July 29 – Black and White

July 30
July 30 – Happy Days


July 31 – Sunday Morning

I think there was some pretty good work in July. Hopefully some good work to be done in August.

Here are the August prompts:

August 1 – I Am…
August 2 – I Love This Colour…
August 3 – I Walked Here…
August 4 – I Like To…
August 5 – I Love This Time of Day…
August 6 – I Love…
August 7 – I Made This…
August 8 – I Work Here…
August 9 – I Held This…
August 10 – I Wrote This…
August 11 – I Saw…
August 12 – I Like To Drink…
August 13 – I Stood Here…
August 14 – I Do This On Sundays…
August 15 – I Once…
August 16 – I Never…
August 17 – I Went To…
August 18 – I Read This…
August 19 – I Did This Good Thing…
August 20 – I Love This View…
August 21 – I Don’t Life To…
August 22 – On Mondays I…
August 23 – I Sat Here…
August 24 – I Like To Eat…
August 25 – I Have To…
August 26 – I Wore This…
August 27 – On Weekends I…
August 28 – I Watched This…
August 29 – I Can…
August 30 – I Can’t…
August 31 – I Believe…

I guess people will get to know me better this month… unless I can help it.

If you want to follow this project on the daily, they are posted on my Fat Mum Slim Instagram account.

@fmsbennett

Otherwise, we’ll check in on this next month.

WPC – WEEK 352 – CHILDREN

A quick housekeeping note: for the last couple of months I haven’t been able to email people with a Gmail account. If you have written me and I haven’t written back, I have tried, just Gmail security has been dumb. However, on Friday, I believe I finally got all the SPF stuff in the right spot and it appears that I can now email my Gmail people. This hasn’t effected the email subscription service because those emails are delivered by a third party service called MailPoet that Gmail doesn’t actively hate.

Anybody that wants to hear the exciting tale of creating SPF records, can contact me directly. I can throw in a bonus DMARC story!

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CHILDREN has proven to be a popular theme. Many people love CHILDREN, but not as many as people as love FLOWER. Which is okay, FLOWER(s) don’t grow up to be teenagers.

Submissions did flow in from all over the country. Some from Texas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and California. I even travelled to exotic locale of Johnston, Iowa to take my picture.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 6, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Lori Backous – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week (3)
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week
+ Mary Green – 1 week
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 7 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 9 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 10 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 12 weeks (5)
+ Teresa Kahler – 20 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 20 weeks (2)
+ Carla Stensland – 20 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 21 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 22 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 23 weeks (2)
+ Bill Wentworth – 24 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 28 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 29 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 31 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 34 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 13 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 1 week

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 10 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 11 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 24 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 30 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 21 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 23 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 2 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 22 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 21 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 32 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 25 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 35 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 4 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 6 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 8 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 29 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 352 - CHILDREN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 21 weeks

33 submissions from 21 participants. So this answers the age old debate on whether or not people like flowers or children more.

There was a veritable bloodbath of streaks snaped this week. Lori, Suzie, Jen, Layla, and Monica all couldn’t extend there streak from 1 week to two. Evie’s 2 week streak also ended.

On the good news front, Kim joined the double digit club! Way to go Kim!

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 21 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 21 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 21 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 22 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 23 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 24 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 25 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 29 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 30 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 32 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 35 weeks

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 353 - SERVICE
SERVICE

SERVICE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

This is a theme that was suggested by Andy. If you don’t like it, well remember that I crowdsource the themes once a year about November, so watch for that post and conduct your actions accordingly.

That isn’t to infer that I don’t love this theme. If I didn’t love the suggestion, I would have filed it in the trash next to Shannon’s suggestion of CATS. Maybe not next to that suggestion. Cause that one I threw in the trash and then stomped the trash down. Then took it to the incinerator. I didn’t even own an incinerator. I went to the store and bought one, just so I could incinerate that suggestion.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t make suggestions for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE when that time is nigh. Just don’t suggest CATS. Happy birthday Shannon!

But what is a SERVICE picture? A SERVICE is simply the action of helping someone else. A SERVICE picture is simply a picture of one person helping another person. Or the results of one person helping another person. Now there are many different types of SERVICE. For example the theme reveal is a picture of a worship SERVICE. I get very questionable internet SERVICE from Mediacom. A couple days last week I ate at restaurant where I received SERVICE from many fine servers.

When considering your possible subjects for SERVICE meditate on the following quote:

11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
-Matthew 23: 11-12

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

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 your idea of SERVICE in this place that much exists only on servers next Monday.

Selfie Project – November

Yesterday I completed another successful month of THE SELFIE PROJECT. November really seemed to fly by, with the holiday and other commitments. I think there are some good pictures in here and somethings that I forgot even happened in November.

Here are some of my favorites:


Day 305 - November 1, 2021
November 1

Day 306 - November 2, 2021
November 2

Day 307 - November 3, 2021
November 3

Day 308 - November 4, 2021
November 4

Day 310 - November 6, 2021
November 6

Day 311 - November 7, 2021
November 7

Day 313 - November 9, 2021
November 9

Day 315 - November 11, 2021
November 11

Day 316 - November 12, 2021
November 12

Day 318 - November 14, 2021
November 14

Day 321 - November 17, 2021
November 17

Day 324 - November 20, 2021
November 20

Day 325 - November 21, 2021
November 21

Day 327 - November 23, 2021
November 23

Day 328 - November 24, 2021
November 24

Day 329 - November 25, 2021
November 25

Day 330 - November 26, 2021
November 26

Day 331 - November 27, 2021
November 27

Day 333 - November 29, 2021
November 29

Day 334 - November 30, 2021
November 30

I do like to share some of my favorite alternates, since there can only be ONE selfie a day. Here are those favorites:


Selfie Project - Alternate

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Hopefully December is a good month too!

Boone FUMC Community Thanksgiving – 2021

Once again, this year my church hosted a free Thanksgiving meal for the community. Once again, due to the pandemic it was carryout only. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:



You can look at all the images by clicking on the link below. They haven’t been edited or curated:

Boone FUMC Thanksgiving – 2021

Hopefully next year we will be able to have people dine-in for Thanksgiving again.

Methodist Women’s Rummage Sale

Although there isn’t really a youth group at the church right now, Andy was able to rustle a bunch of kids to help the Methodist Women collect items for their annual rummage sale and help tear things down after it was over. Other than an unfortunate run-in with a douchey member of the Boone Fire Department, every day went really well. I think a few of the kids were happy to be back in the church. Even if it was only a few of them.

Here are some pictures from the day:


2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

2021 Methodist Women Rummage Sale

It was good to see some life back in the church again.

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I didn’t take many pictures in the month of December in 2010, so I decided to just do the entire month and combine all the folders into one mega sized post. There are pictures in here from a family portrait fundraiser (that was not a huge success) for the youth group. There are a few pictures taken on Christmas Eve around the church. Then a bunch of pictures taken for different THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, back then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


Snowy Tree

Squirrel

WEEK 47 - DISCOVER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 48 - ACTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 49 - LOVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 50 - RESTAURANT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - 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:

Youth Group Fundraiser

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #47

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #51

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #52

RWPE #47 – DISCOVER

RWPE #48 – ACTIVE

RWPE #49 – LOVE

RWPE #50 – RESTAURANTS

RWPE #51 – PEACE OF MIND

It is hard to say what next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve. It looks like 2011’s organization was really bad. We’ll see what happens. There might just be a ton of 2011 images lost. Hope not, but it is certainly a possibility.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest – 2021

It seems like a good time to review my first time as the Chair of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I don’t know I can say it was an extreme success, but enough of a success to build on. Participation was way down this year, but I think that was to be expected as participation seems to be down across the board and there were lots of things working against the Photo Contest.

I was able to fix a few of the things that have bothered me about the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest in the past:

#1. The pictures were up for display on time, in fact, a day early.
#2. All the pictures were labelled with the name of the photographer, what class they were in, and the name of image.
#3. There was a display that named the winners that you could easily look at to see who placed in each class.
#4. Some small organizational things here and there, like putting stickers on the back of the entries, having a system for dividing and then combining the entries by photographer, and putting all the entries into bags with the judging forms, so they are easy to pick up.

There are plenty of changes I want to make next year, but I’ll get into that at the end.

I need to thank everybody that helped with the contest this year:

+ Michelle – Thanks for helping with adjusting the entry form and saved the life of at least one tree.
+ Kim – Thanks for the use of your Dymo for printing labels and the box.
+ Vest – Thanks for help with working with the OTHER Dymo.
+ Teresa – Thanks for all the help with the clerical/organizational side and creating the awards sign.
+ Carla – Thanks for all the help with the clerical/organization side, including labeling the ribbons.
+ Logan – Thanks for being a judge and smoking the meat for supper on the night of the judging.
+ Nathanial – Thanks for being a judge and bringing the sides for supper on the night of judging.
+ Lisa – Thanks for being a judge and bringing some experience and wisdom to this process.
+ Elainie – Thanks for being inside the window and setting up and taking down the display.
+ Kio – Thanks for getting me this gig and being the outside window helper when setting up the display.
+ Jesse – Thanks for putting up the banner and writing the thank you notes with your good penmanship. Also for distributing the flyers.
+ Megan – Thanks for your brilliant sidewalk chalk art.
+ Jorge – Thanks for the LaserJet printer that we used to print the labels.
+ The Staff of KWBG – For being supper supportive and always going the extra mile.
+ Boone First United Methodist Church – For providing a place to judge the images with an elevator.

I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody that helped during the process. This is not an intentional error. I thank whomever I forgot.

Here are some pictures from the judging process:


Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

We did the judging in Fellowship Hall at the Boone First United Methodist Church. I selected three judges because I didn’t want ties (although that was still a possibility) and I want a diversity of opinions and photographic skills.

The judges were:

Logan Kahler – Runs his own photography business. Former editor of the Boone News-Republican. Does wedding and event photography. Also does quite a bit of real estate photography.

Nathanial Brown – Proprietor of Nathanial Brown Productions. The leading force in Abandoned Iowa Photography and does a town of concert and event photography. Plus all sorts of photography for musicians in general.

Lisa Person – Half of Person Photography with her husband Bob. One of the best photographers I’ve ever known and it was particularly meaningful to me on a personal level to have her as part of the team for my first go as chair of this event. Their family and my family have always been intertwined in the world of photography. They did Senior Pictures for me and my sisters. They did the photography for all of our weddings. My Dad took a photography class (probably several) from Bob.

The story I’ve always heard about how Bob and my Dad met goes back to a 4-H display at the Boone County Fair. One of my sisters had entered a picture and Bob was a judge. Bob had given one of the pictures not a very good score. My Dad (who was over 6 foot and had a full manly beard) approached Bob who is more like 5 foot 6 (maybe) about why he gave this picture such a low score. (The picture used a technique called “soft focus”, but Bob considered that to just be out of focus.) Bob was terrified (or at least scared and intimidated) because he thought he had this big guy (that could surely squash him) pissed at him for giving his daughter’s picture low marks. But he soon found out that my Dad was only looking for information. Pointers. Advice. From that one conversation, they soon became great friends.

While Lisa was not a sentimental pick by any stretch of the imagination, it was very sentimental for me to have her in the room.

I got Megan Osborn to put down some sidewalk chalk art in front of the Photo Contest display to try to draw some more attention to it.

Here are some pictures of Megan:


Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Pufferbilly Days

Unfortunately, it rained that very night and washed most of it away. But then Jennifer from KWBG and her daughter traced over it and brought it back to life. Then it rained again. So the sidewalk chalk art didn’t draw people in, but now I know how to get it to rain.

Here are picture of the photo display being put up and taken down:


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Here are some statistics from the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest:

+ 24 total entries
+ 20 Adult entries
+ 4 Youth entries
+ 5 Photoshop Enhanced (Adult) entries
+ 3 Hidden Treasures of Boone County (Adult) entries
+ 1 Photojournalism (Adult) entry
+ 11 Nature (Adult) entry
+ 5 Adult photographers
+ 2 Youth photographers

The Award Winners:

Adult – Hidden Treasures of Boone County
1. John Roberts – Last Train of the Season
2. John Roberts – Slowly Sinking
3. Tyler Alber – Boone County IA Sunset

Adult – Nature
1. Angie DeWaard – Golden Glow of Summer
2. Ava Stevens – Floral Summer Sun of My Heart
3. Angie DeWaard – Dragonfire

Adult – Photoshop Enhanced
1. Beatrice Upah – Are those donkeys?
2. Beatrice Upah – Rest Time
3. Beatrice Upah – Middle of Nowhere

Adult – Photojournalism
1. Angie DeWaard – Pandemic Chicken

Youth – Hidden Treasures of Boone County
1. Kayelee Burns – train turn about

Youth – Photojournalism
1. Daphne Harris – Fun in the Park

Youth – Photoshop Enhanced
1. Daphne Harris – Reflextion of Pinkie Pie
2. Kayelee Burns – My dog at ledges

My two main concerns for next year are that I need to figure out a way to get participation up. The other thing I need to come up with is a plan for getting the window display cooled. It gets extremely hot in that display and that causes many of the pictures to curl and I swear almost melt. I have a few ideas in mind for this problem. One of them includes replacing a window (or windows) with peg board. If anybody comes across some free or very cheap peg board that I can cut down… well I’m your huckleberry.

I’m also researching air conditioner options.

Here is a list of ideas I may bring to the 2022 Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Not all ideas are mine, but all of them are being considered.

+ Change the classes. In particular, I’m not a fan of the Photoshop Enhanced and Photojournalism category. I’m not sure what the new classes would be, but I’ve received more than one suggestion that there should be a railroad class for a festival that celebrates railroad heritage.
+ Move the deadline back to the Friday before Pufferbilly Days.
+ Add a Best in Show winner.
+ Customized Ribbons.
+ A People’s Choice Winner where people can vote online for their favorite. (This will take some work.)
+ Get the rules and entry form out as soon as possible. Get the flyer out as soon as possible. I plan on sending a reminder postcard out to all of this year’s entries when the Chamber is ready to start taking in entries.
+ Split the age divisions into Youth, Teen, and Adult. Get rid of classes for Youth. One of the Youth entries I got simply listed their class as “Photo”. I made the command decision on what category to enter it into. I don’t think kids should get wrapped up in categories. The important thing is just that they take pictures.
+ I also want to get somebody with actual graphic design skills to design the flyer next year. Also, somebody with artistic skills to design a logo for the contest. I already have an idea of what I want it to look like.
+ I also want to tweak the rules. I don’t know that I will require foam board, but it might be strongly encouraged. Also dry mounting. I’m not joking when I say that some of the photos practically melted in there. I think I will also include some tips for entering photo contests. That sounds arrogant, because I definitely don’t want to claim that I have anything figured out on that front, but little things like don’t enter more than one picture that looks similar or has the same subject. Those are just going to compete against each other in the judges’ eyes and a picture of a different subject will scoot right by it and earn a ribbon.

Those are just the ideas off the top of my head. I know that there are more percolating around my head and heads of others. But I have plenty of time to work on it.

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


WEEK 309 - MOVEMENT
MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT! What a great theme! But what is a MOVEMENT photo? Simply put, a MOVEMENT photo is a picture of something that is in motion. There are two different ways to capture movement. Use a quick shutter speed to freeze movement. Use a longer shutter speed to blur motion.

And if you can’t control shutter speed, don’t worry about it too much. Just get a picture of something in motion and the photography gods will take care of the rest.

Happy photo harvesting!

2010-09-20

The pictures in the folder 2010-09-20 are from a block party at the Boone First United Methodist Church. It was supposed to be a mostly outside event, but bad weather forced it to be inside. It is weird looking at these pictures now, because these little kids are now in college and many of the older people have moved to a different town and don’t go to our church any longer. Unfortunately, many of them have also passed on.


Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

Boone FUMC Block Party - 2010

It appears that this is the first time that I ever shared these pictures on this website.

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

Selfie Project – April

So I’ve made a decision about THE SELFIE PROJECT. I’ve decided to start it backup tomorrow. Saturday, May 1.

I did a few selfies during the month of April. They weren’t for this suspended project, per se, but I threw them in that gallery and I will share them here, now.


Day 91 - April 1, 2021
Day 91 – April 1, 2021

Day 93 - April 3, 2021
Day 93 – April 3, 2021

Day 94 - April 4, 2021
Day 94 – April 4, 2021

Day 99 - April 9, 2021
Day 99 – April 9, 2021

Day 104 - April 14, 2021
Day 104 – April 14, 2021

Day 105 - April 15, 2021
Day 105 – April 15, 2021

Day 106 - April 16, 2021
Day 106 – April 16, 2021

Day 107 - April 17, 2021
Day 107 – April 17, 2021

Day 111 - April 21, 2021
Day 111 – April 21, 2021

Day 115 - April 25, 2021
Day 115 – April 25, 2021

Day 116 - April 26, 2021
Day 116 – April 26, 2021

Day 120 - April 30, 2021
Day 120 – April 30, 2021

Something I’ve noticed on social media is people badmouthing people that share pictures of them getting vaccinated or with their vaccine card. I just don’t get it. I didn’t share my vaccine-selfie on social media, but that is more because I just really haven’t been on social media much lately. Getting a vaccine is a pretty big deal and it is the key to getting out of this pandemic. Celebrating and marking this important event seems like a logical thing to do.

So if you are one of those people that posts things like, “Does the vaccine work without a selfie?” Get over yourself.

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


WEEK 294 - TRAVEL
TRAVEL

TRAVEL! Another great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

A TRAVEL image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture that involves TRAVEL. It could be the result of TRAVEL. You could TRAVEL somewhere and then take a picture of something. You could take a picture of things that are involved in TRAVEL. You could take a picture of things that are involved in preparing for TRAVEL. The possibilities are endless.

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

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Meditate on this quote and I have no doubt your submission will help others see the world with new eyes.

Happy photo harvesting!