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Seeing Color in Siouxland, Arnolds Park

1 Aug

Some days during the summer it can be just a nice day to be out and seeing nature. On a recent visit to Arnolds Park I tried not to take in a broad view of places I have seen a few previous times, but looked for something photographically that appealed to me yet was something I had not really pursued. It seems easy to get caught in the same wagon train rut and ride along just trying to photograph something familiar but differently. And sometimes when relaxing and not really thinking about what it is exactly that you want to do differently, ideas appear. And the days seems all the brighter for it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Looking for color in Arnolds Park, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Looking for color in Arnolds Park, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Color or B&W in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

19 Jul

When I am out photographing in Siouxland my mind jumps back and forth between taking photos in color and B&W. People who attend my courses sometimes wonder about taking pictures in B&W and I firstly just encourage them to try it. Most cameras have a monochrome setting that allow users to take photos in B&W. This pics will not look like the black and white of yesterday, not without a bit of tweaking in a post processing software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro or Alien Skin.

I personally shoot with a Fuji X series camera that has excellent film simulation setting allowing me to shoot in a B&W setting.

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The question though that a person needs to ask is when is the appropriate time for using B&W. In the above example either color or B&W works as a medium since both has contrast within the image that makes either work. But mostly it comes down to whether or not a color photo or scene will render well in B&W. One has to think tonally in making that judgment call.

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The flowers on this plant stand out against the green foliage but get lost in the grey tonality of the second image. Sometimes color is a better choice. One needs to make certain the subject matter is “clean”, or able to stand out against a background. Leading lines, use of thirds and a host of other compositional techniques will also make a B&W photograph stronger just as it does in color, but one really needs to make certain the subject matter that might pop in color will stand out in B&W.

A little practice, a little perseverance and an eye detail will get a person started on the right track.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Does tonality affect the result of a photograph of a scene at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Thursday June 21, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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

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