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Enjoying Lights and Shadows in Siouxland, Onawa

5 Mar

As spring gets nearer and the sun decides to show itself more in Siouxland  rather than hiding behind grey or overcast skies, it’s fun again to play with lights and shadows when out shooting. On a recent trip to Onawa I did a bit of a walkabout looking for something different to photograph than I have previously done. And I was happy with a couple images that I found. While not stellar maybe, I had not seen these particular angles before and satisfied, found a place for lunch I had not previously eaten at as well. So maybe a day for firsts, but just happy to see ol’ Sol beaming his big wide smile on this stretch of Siouxland.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Sunshine creates shadows in Oanawa, IowaTuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Using shadows to create an image in Oanawa, IowaTuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Seeing Color in Siouxland

20 Nov

Sometimes driving about Siouxland I see scenes or buildings that I really like and it all stems from their color and the light. During a walk in Storm Lake I came across a building near the campus of Buena Vista University. I liked the play of light on it, the texture that was revealed and its color.

Light and shadows on a storage shed in Storm Lake, Iowa Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

One morning on my way to another destination I stopped at the Museum Complex in Onawa because of how the light was striking some of the buildings there.

Hard light illuminates buildings at the Kiwanis Museum Complex in Onawa, Iowa Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Hard light illuminates buildings at the Kiwanis Museum Complex in Onawa, Iowa Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

These are not tremendous photos in and of themselves but I enjoy them all the same, at least the scene of the day I took the photos simply because of the play of light. It brings out the color. And that in and of itself to me is fun.

Hard light illuminates rail car at the Kiwanis Museum Complex in Onawa, Iowa Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A colorful residence in Okoboji, Iowa Wednesday Oct.11, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A Look at Autumn in Siouxland, Orange City

19 Nov

The other day brought the first snowfall to the Siouxland area along with wind gusts up to 50mph and low visibility. The dip into the low temperatures of the 20’s is something like most people I am not looking forward too. But it’s going to happen. So I am remembering a recent day out in Orange City and a walk around the downtown area and a milder temperature. Ahhhhhh, I will savor it while I can.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Enjoying Fall in Siouxland, Rural Plymouth County

1 Nov

Coming back a short trip in north Siouxland I stopped along the roadway to admire and attempt to capture a sunset. Watching it a bit I thought the sky was going to stay washed out, but then the color started bursting  into the clouds and it made a nice day even better.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A n intense sunset off Hwy 75 South in rural Plymouth County, Iowa Friday Oct. 28, 2016 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An intense sunset off Hwy 75 South in rural Plymouth County, Iowa Friday Oct. 28, 2016 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Learning to see in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

14 Sep

When I teach an introductory photography course to people I try to gently suggest they experiment and learn to open they eyes and see the world they know in different ways. And more importantly, to record what they see in different ways. On a recent trip to Yankton, SD I walked around the town and saw a plant that would look good photographed either in color or in black and white. Some subjects work well in one medium or the other. And sometimes in both. It depends on what you the photographer wants his/her viewer to see.

And that is what I try to impart on people taking my Lifelong Learning photo course. You the photographer are sharing what you see and witness at that moment in time, and so what is it that you want your viewers to see. And the scene you photograph may change over time, and you as an individual and as a photographer may see differently over time. But it doesn’t mean what you see and what you share is of any less significance.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

As Fall slowly fades in Siouxland, Vermillion, South Dakota

6 Nov

This year Fall is moving slowly into winter, and that is alright with me. Slowly, cool days and nights, then a warm up. There hasn’t really been a cold, hard frost yet, until recently. So the trees have been turning color sporadically. Some, not all, one or two or none. I like Fall and like watching the colors turn. So I try to get my color fix whenever I can. And sometimes it is just a single leaf, a spot of color and the changes coming.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

As Fall arrives a little color is beginning to show in Vermillion, South Dakota,  Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As Fall arrives a little color is beginning to show in Vermillion, South Dakota, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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