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Serendipity in Siouxland, Sunset in Sioux City

17 May

A ferris wheel at the Midwest Rides Carnival in the parking lot of the Southern Hills Mall is silhouetted by a setting sun, Friday, May 10, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes life can be good to you. I was working on a project recently in Siouxland and had finished and stopped by a grocery store on my way home. As I was coming out I saw the sky and the beautiful sunset that was occurring. There is also a carnival that comes to Sioux City every year and sets up nearby. It’s pretty compact squeezed into a parking lot area but I couldn’t have positioned the sun any better while trying to not include too many other carnival items in the frame. And simply worked the light and the ferris wheel until the sun disappeared, well, and my camera battery died.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Enjoying the Light in Siouxland, Vermillion, SD

9 May

This particular spring seems to just be an extension of winter in Siouxland. Grey skies, blustery, rain, which is better than snow and easier to scoop. Only intermittently does it seem that the suns peeks through the clouds, and some days I just want to photograph in sunshine.

Light and shadow on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It makes it much easier to record light and shade moments and to see more definition. Sunshine also helps make photos seem punchier, although for some subjects, cloudy skies are much better to photograph under because soft light renders those subjects in a more appealing manner. I just have to remind myself when summer is in full swing that I enjoy photographing light and shade and not wistfully wish for a cloudy, overcast day for photographing some subjects.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Cloud cover on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Sunshine hitting the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Photographing in Siouxland, Durham Museum, Omaha, NE

1 Apr

Descending stairs at the Durham Museum, formerly a Union Station, in Omaha, NE Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes as one pursues his/hers photographic interests or various endeavors, clicking the shutter can be a leap of faith. Going somewhere while making images but not really certain where that somewhere will lead them.

I enjoy creating images with light and shade. The two work hand in hand to help create an image. To me at times the images can be intriguing and ambiguous, and at other times pretty straight forward.

But unless one clicks the shutter and captures a moment to share with others, one may never know. One foot in front of the other and one click of the shutter at a time. Following the light into the darkness and vice versa. And I guess it is as some folk say, it’s not the destination, but the journey.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing Light and Shade in Siouxland, Sioux City

20 Mar

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Something I do from time to time and am not always conscious of the fact is seeing light, and how it and objects interact with each other. Driving about Siouxland or visiting a particular place or destination I enjoy my surroundings but am always looking at the light. Most times it might not be exactly as I would prefer in photographing a particular subject matter, but after years of working for newspapers and making due with what one finds I can get beyond that.

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

If I am in a place or revisiting a place I like to make an image to compare to an earlier version. I may be stopping by at a different time of day or time of year. The light is always changing and how it changes affects one’s subjects, even if buildings or landscapes remain the same. And it’s an exercise that I often pursue if for not other pleasure that to see if I can create a better image that previously. Some days are good, some are passable. It all comes down to how one sees and reacts to what is seen. Sometimes we can surprise ourselves and at other times feel disappointed. But at the end of the day, one should just enjoy being somewhere and appreciate the now.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Light coming in through a window, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Just Seeing in Siouxland, Sioux City

12 Mar

A doorway leading into or out of Eppley Auditorium where a student art of Morningside College students are on display in a gallery, Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes when I am out and about, I am just that. No defined destination or thought about what I might photograph. The other day I visited a student art show at a local college. Saw some nice work hanging on the walls, as well as of a permanent collection the college has. And so when I was leaving, I saw a couple things that intrigued me. Now they seem a bit obvious, but then, I guess they were thoughts manifesting into something more tangible that I could “see” and photograph. It’s just nice to be out and about even with winter hanging on. And it seems to be doing that well.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Interesting design found outside of Morningside College’s Eppley Auditorium where student art work ins on display in a gallery, Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Light and Shade in Siouxland, South Dakota and Nebraska

15 Jan

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Driving about Siouxland and parts near and farther, it’s not always the destination that I look to photograph or even the journey. Sometimes I am motivated simply because of the light, or lack thereof that draws my attention. Light and shade, it’s what makes images. Most times it’s the lighting of a subject or place or landscape a person is trying to share. But for me, it’s the interplay between the two and what transpires and the result.

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes it is not always as “clean” an image as I would like, but I still like the interplay that I see before me and try to capture and show what I saw at that moment in time.

Of course it helps to have objects that allow the interplay of light and shade to happen all around them, more easily done in urban settings, but sometimes it’s found more in nature, well, maybe where man had a hand in “shaping” nature.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Shadows and lines in the Haymarket in Lincoln, NE Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Light play through windows onto the floor of a former court room in the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, SD Monday, Oct. 22 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Lights and shadows in a bird blind at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Friday Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Light Play in Siouxland, Omaha, NE

26 Nov

Visiting the city of Omaha, NE, just south of Siouxland one can enjoy the urban environment without some of the hassle of much larger metropolis. And the light interacts differently with buildings there than it does in other cities I visit in and around the Siouxland area.

An architectural detail on a building near Old Market in Omaha, NE Wednesday, Nov. 7 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Soft light and a bit harsher light, although fall produces less of the latter with the sun occupying a different sector of the sky. I just enjoy the light play and how it interacts with these manmade structures and makes me ponder if the original architect really knew what would happen in such a scene as he/she were planning the design for this particular building, or if it was merely commerce and a commission to get something up that would become a warehouse, office building, or later formerly used buildings converted into loft apartments.

Afternoon light highlights one building and shades another near Old Market in Omaha, NE Wednesday, Nov. 7 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Neighborhood residents enjoy the sunshine near Old Market in Omaha, NE Wednesday, Nov. 7 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The architecture harkens an earlier era and gives a nice feel to this part of Omaha. And personally try to enjoy these simple pleasures, the interplay of light and shade, sometimes in snippets and fragments as I explore surrounding Siouxland areas.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Railing shadow and wall design near Old Market in Omaha, NE Wednesday, Nov. 7 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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