Seeking Shadows in Siouxland, Sioux City

29 Apr

Well, one doesn’t exactly seek out shadows in Siouxland, although occasionally one finds one that works for a photograph. And sometimes one gets lucky in that one doesn’t have to travel very far to find such a photo. That happened to me recently when within my neighborhood I found a tree and a garage that when combined, made a nice image.

One of the compositional techniques I assign people in my Lifelong Learning classes is photographing light/shadow images. I always show examples and almost always people never quite make their shadows dark enough. Maybe as a populace we don’t like to see dark things, but it’s that combination that makes an image work. Like bacon and eggs, or ying and yang, marshmellows and chocolate with graham crackers. Well the lost one requires three items. But it’s the combination, and in the case of light and shadow, the opposites that help create the image. Finding the balance, like anything in life, takes some time and patience and figuring out what that balance is to the individual person.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tree shadow in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, April 10, 2016.  (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Tree shadow in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, April 10, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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