Light and Shade (Shadow) in Siouxland, Sioux City

7 Mar
Late afternoon sunlight creates shadow designs in downtown Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Feb. 25, Sioux City Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter maybe ending in Siouxland sometime this year, maybe in May, I sometimes find it hard to get motivated to get and photograph. And as much as I like photographing critters, there are times I want to pursue other interests. Finding opportunities of creating light and shadow photographs is a sometimes hit and miss adventure. It seems larger and somewhat older cities gives a person more chances of pursuing such interests.

Taller buildings, more of them, the light and shadow opportunities seem abundant. In smaller cities or towns with buildings spread out or nonexistent creates the challenge.

Late afternoon sunlight creates shadow designs in downtown Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Feb. 25, Sioux City Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

So a person needs to explore a bit and see what can be found. The day started out wet, overcast and a bit gloomy. Had it continued that way I had hoped to shoot early evening with reflected light in pools of water creating a smorgasbord of color. But it didn’t The sun appeared, streets dried up or hadn’t been sufficiently wet to begin with and it was necessary to take a different tack.

Sometimes objectives are not always possible to follow through on and a person must be open to seeing what is possible. So the “photo safari” wasn’t a total wash and even provided one opportunity for reflection, but that didn’t materialize either as as originally thought might happen. As the farmers used to say, and maybe some still do, “Make hay while the sun shines.”

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A building reflects in a puddle from late afternoon sunlight in downtown Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Feb. 25, Sioux City Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Too early for spring flowers for a waiting container seen late afternoon in downtown Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Feb. 25, Sioux City Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Light and Shade (Shadow) in Siouxland, Sioux City”

  1. doerfpub March 9, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

    I think that is the great thing about photography – you should never be bored as there are so many subjects/settings/light conditions to explore. I tell my non-photographer friends, no two pictures are ever the same.

    • jerrymennenga March 9, 2023 at 8:16 pm #

      So very true, and as I used to tell students in some Lifelong Learning photo classes I taught at a community college, what’s a better way to spend the day than out photographing. Thanks for all the comments. Appreciate it.

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