Category Archives: Sports

Part Ballroom, Part Baller

Last April I went up to Minneapolis to checkout all the hoopla that surrounds the Final Four. Dae Hee and I went downtown and checked everything out. I snapped a few pictures. Here are some of my favorites:


Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

Final Four

It appears to be a down season for the Cyclones this year. I can only imagine what this team would look like if THT would’ve come back instead of going to the NBA. That being said, there is still time for the current team to get it figured out, starting tonight against Kansas. Go Cyclones!

July/August Reveal

Today we reveal the images that graced the 2020 Photography 139 Calendar for the months of July and August.

Here is the July image:


2020 Calendar - July
July

The July image was taken of the Pig Races held at the Boone County Fair in 2018. I took this image for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, Page 77. The theme for Page 77 was “Instill a powerful sense of narrative in your picture.” It was selected to be entered in the Boone County Fair Photo Contest by Shannon Bardole-Foley. It earned a Purple Ribbon. It was taken on July 22, 2018.


Details

Camera: Sony ILCA-77M2
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f/5
Exposure: 1/2000
ISO: 250

The August image:


2020 Calendar - August
August

The August image is of a yellow lily that lives in the lily patch that surrounds the old clothesline pole in my backyard. I nominated this picture for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest in the Nature category, but it did not get enough votes to be entered. It was taken July 14, 2018.


Details

Camera: Sony ILCA-77M2
Focal Length: 60mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/200
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will reveal the imagees from September and October.

WPC – WEEK 222 – SPORTS/GAMES

Another healthy week of submissions. The 12th week in a row of double digit submissions!

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


WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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 223 - LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE

LANDSCAPE! What a great theme! But what is a LANDSCAPE photo? Here is a good definition I took from the Wiki:

Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

You could also do a cityscape or a waterscape. Remember LANDSCAPE has more than one meaning.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very landscaped Monday!

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:


Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

Not What I Appear to Be

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:


WEEK 222 - SPORTS/GAMES
SPORTS/GAMES

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

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – November

Now that the 2018 backlog is mercifully behind us, it seems like a good time to check back in with THE SELFIE PROJECT. The 2019 version of THE SELFIE PROJECT has almost ran its course. I won’t repeat it in 2020, but maybe I’ll bring it back in 2021. We’ll see.

Here are my favorite images from November:


November 1, 2019
November 1

November 2, 2019
November 2

November 3, 2019
November 3

November 4, 2019
November 4

November 7, 2019
November 7

November 9, 2019
November 9

November 11, 2019
November 11

November 12, 2019
November 12

November 13, 2019
November 13

November 14, 2019
November 14

November 15, 2019
November 15

November 16, 2019
November 16

November 17, 2019
November 17

November 20, 2019
November 20

November 21, 2019
November 21

November 23, 2019
November 23

November 24, 2019
November 24

November 25, 2019
November 25

November 26, 2019
November 26

November 27, 2019
November 27

November 28, 2019
November 28

November 29, 2019
November 29

November 30, 2019

I think November was one of my best months. At least for interesting pictures.

WPC – WEEK 221 – HIGH PERSPECTIVE

HIGH PERSPECTIVE proved to be a highly unpopular theme. That is the bad news. The good news is that by skin of its teeth, HIGH PERSPECTIVE had double digit submissions, to run the streak of double digit submission to eleven! Woot! Woot!

My best prognostication is that the streak will make it to fourteen, but that the 15th theme will be a soul crusher. It will be one of those weeks where we get like 3 submissions.

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


WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 222 - SPORTS/GAMES
SPORTS/GAMES

SPORTS/GAMES! What a great theme! But what is a SPORTS/GAMES image? A SPORTS/GAMES image is any image of a SPORT or a GAME. It doesn’t even have to involve a GAME or SPORT in progress. A picture of a basketball would work. A picture of a fantasy football trophy would work.

Of course SPORTS/GAMES have multiple meaning, so feel free to not be too literal if you don’t want to be.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very sporty Monday!

GOAT II (No Actual Goats in this Post)

In the 2018 backlog, I found another collection of pictures I took at an Iowa State women’s basketball game. I decided to post them, to make sure, all of you understand that Bridget Carleton is the GOAT.

Bridge Carleton also:

#1 & #5 Scoring Seasons – 760 + 594
#1 & #4 Scoring Average Seasons – 21.7 + 19.2
#2 Free throws made in a season – 180
#1 Free throw percentage in a season – .939
#1 Field goals made – 254
#4 Rebounds – 302

Here are some pictures from a victory over Arkansas:


Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

Iowa State vs. Arkansas

I haven’t made it to a basketball game yet this season, but hopefully that changes on Friday.

GOAT

Hitting up the the 2018 backlog with some pictures I took of the Iowa State-Drake women’s basketball game. I think I took these pictures for a SPORTS theme week for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

I’m glad that I did, because I got some pictures of probably the best player in Iowa State history, Bridget Carleton.

Bridget Carleton finished in Iowa State’s career record book:

#2 Points Scored – 2,142
#1 Scoring Average – 17.3
#3 Field Goals Made – 713
#6 3 Point Goals Made – 255
#2 Free Throws Made – 461
#3 Free Throw Percentage – .857
#7 Rebounds – 863
#10 Assists =- 349
#3 Steals – 211
#3 Blocked Shots – 124

I was also able to get pictures of a couple of my other favorite Cyclones of all-time in Meredith Burkhall and Alexa Midleton.

While I think that the Cyclones will still be good this year with returning players like Ashley Joens, Kristin Scott, Madison Wise, Rae Johnson, and with Jade Thurmon taking a big step forwards and with newcomer Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw. But it definitely isn’t easy when you have to replace the GOAT!


Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake

Iowa State vs. Drake


She is only a sophomore, but Ashley Joens is well on her way to being the next GOAT. She just put up 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game. The biggest mistake Iowa ever made was not recruiting an Iowa City kid with 2 younger sisters that are also great players. One of her sisters has already committed to play at Iowa State next year. I can’t wait to watch the Iowa State women’s basketball team in the next few years. It is going to be a very exciting time!

2009-07-15

Sometimes these Saturday walks down memory lane that are part of a restoration project of old blog posts, takes a completely unexpected turn. The images in the folder 2009-07-15 contains a couple of those pictures.

In there are pictures of Sara and a sparkler. Then there are pictures of lilies. There is a picture of Andree in front of his house. Then there are pictures of Logan and Willy running in Midnight Madness.

But buried in those Midnight Madness photos are 2 pictures of people I haven’t thought about in years. One guy I liked and miss when I remember them and another person that was just the strangest briefest flash across the sky of my life. He was a person I had completely forgotten about.

The first picture is of a UPS guy named Blake that used to be the dedicated UPS guy at the Computer Mine my first 6 or 7 years I was swinging the pick. At a certain point Blake took a different route and I haven’t really seen him since then and it is too bad. I miss talking to that guy. He even once tried to pay me to pretend to be Santa for his kids. I declined the offer because, you know, kids smell, but in the history of people thinking I should portray Santa, Blake the UPS guy was the first. At least the first to offer me money.

The second is a more weird twisted, rocky memory lane. There is a picture of a guy named John in the collection. I can’t remember John’s last name at all, but at the very end of my tenure with the Evil Clown Empire I was stationed at the West Ames Outpost. John was my “boss”. He suffered from some mental illness, but I’m not entirely sure what flavor.

He spent an entire afternoon once counting paper clips and rubber bands in the lobby. Then he calculated which one was cheaper to bundle money with, paper clips or rubber bands. He spent hours on this project to try to save the store .0003 cents per bundle of bills.

I’m going to let you in on a secret. There are two ways to control your profit at a restaurant that matter. You control your labor costs. You control your food costs. Placing energy on anything is a complete waste of your resources. Control those 2 things and almost everything else will fall into place.

I only worked with John a few weeks. He was fired during the weeks I took off work after Olivia passed away. I can remember sitting in my Mom’s kitchen a couple days after Olivia’s funeral when John called me. He called to tell me that he had been fired. When I returned to work, they offered me John’s job. I told them where to stick their job in so many words. It was also when I put in my 1 month notice. In retrospect, I don’t know why I gave them a full one month notice, but at the time it seemed like the right thing to do.

As for John, it would be 3.5 years before I would see him again. He was running in Midnight Madness. He seemed to be doing well. I haven’t thought of him in years until I came across his picture in this collection.

I wonder what he is doing now, but I can’t even look him up. I don’t remember his last name.

Here are some pictures from that folder:


DFDA54

DFDA54

Midnight Madness - 2009

The Most Tolerable Third Party

The Most Tolerable Third Party

The Most Tolerable Third Party

The Most Tolerable Third Party

New Digs

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009
This is John

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009

Midnight Madness - 2009
This is Blake

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:

DFDA54

New Digs

The Most Tolerable Third Party

Yet There is Method in It

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve another Ames on the Half Shell concert.

Taco Tailgate – 2019

A couple Saturdays back a few of us gathered in lot G6 for the sacred ritual that is known as Taco Tailgate.

It was almost an entirely different crew than what usually shows up. Houlihan. No show. Joe. No show. Rachel. No show.

Who did show up?

Jorge. Taco Master! Also: Derrick, Logan, Brandon, and Craig.

Here are a few pictures from the day:


Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Sadly, only 2 home games left. Although I’m efforting to go down to see Iowa State play Kansas State in Manhattan. Dae Hee was supposed to go with me and he crapped out on me.

I’m currently taking applicants for somebody to go on a road trip to Kansas to see the football game known as Farmageddon with me.

If interested, you know how to find me.