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Siouxland through a Holga lens, Sioux City

25 Jul

From time to time I like to photograph with my plastic Holga lens. Like its film predecessor, the lens allows a person to shoot with the knowledge of low quality imagery with imperfections. The lenses made for shooting with digital dslr’s ( a variety of makes and models) do not give quite the same affect as the older plastic Holga film cameras, or the Diana camera that was so popular, but you can still get some nice effects. I think that these newer lenses can’t replicate the light leaks and other maladies that the film cameras created, often by happenstance, which lent such an other quality to images. The Holga camera, and now the digital lenses give some nice affects. The lenses are not really that expensive, maybe 2-3 latte drinks, and a nice way to kick start the way one sees subjects, whether people or objects. It’s nice to step outside your comfort zone sometimes.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s Rainy Farmers Market, Sioux City

22 Jun

The first official day of summer brought the typical Iowa summer weather with it, hot, muggy with high humidity, and plants stressing from no moisture. A lot of promise, but the weather people were not delivering. This year has been nothing if not unusual in the weather department. Snow falling in early May and seven days later, temperatures hitting the 100 degree mark. But today, Saturday, June 22, 2013, the weather has changed. It’s raining. The better part of yesterday watering my plants didn’t happen in vain, but, I could have saved a few dollars.

It seems though the vendors at the farmers market in Sioux City are not catching that good weather break. Today and last week the rain dampened the normally enthusiastic crowd. I find the wet weather doesn’t dampen (pun intended) my enthusiasm, but eating breakfast there can certainly be soggy. But one has to admit, the food couldn’t be any fresher with just a quick rinse before the buyer takes it home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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